Aseptic packaging involves the filling of sterilized perishable items in pre-sterilized packages made of rigid and flexible plastics, metal, and other materials in a sterile environment. Aseptic packages ensure ESL for the contents inside it, and also maintain their original texture, aroma, and other functional characteristics. Although packages are generally sterilized using thermal processing methods that involve the application of hot water, steam-air mixture, and microwave energy, they can also be sterilized using chemical reagents and radiation treatment. The items inside it are sterilized using UHT treatment and do not need any additives for preservation.
Analysts forecast the Aseptic Packaging market in the Americas will grow at a CAGR of 9.37 percent over the period 2014-2019.
The Aseptic Packaging market in the Americas can be divided into four segments based on the type of application: Milk, Beverages, Dairy Products, and Other Products. The key customers of aseptic plastic packaging products hail from the Dairy Sector, F&B Sector, and the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sector.
Aseptic Packaging Market in the Americas 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers North America and Latin America; it also covers the Aseptic Packaging market landscape in the Americas and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
The report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Aseptic Packaging Market in the Americas: Amcor Ltd., Bemis Company Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Sealed Air Corp. and Tetra Laval International SA.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Aseptic Solutions USA, CDF, DS Smith, Goglio, Graham Packaging, Lamican, Parish Manufacturing, Printpack, Robert Bosch, Scholle Packaging, SIG Combibloc and WILD Flavors.
One key trend in this market is adoption of electrical sterilization methods for solid food products. HTST techniques are mostly applicable to liquids. Ohmic heating methods such as electrical resistance heating are used to sterilize foods that are more than a couple of millimeters thick. These heating techniques are highly energy efficient as almost 90 percent of the electrical energy is transformed into heat. The process is controlled through a switch and it is environmentally viable as there is minimal consumption of fuel.
According to the report, one major driver of this market is increase in demand from the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors. As a result of the growing consumption of drugs, the need to ensure they are safe before being administered to patients has become a major cause of concern. Adoption of the aseptic filling process ensures the shelf life of drugs is lengthened at a much lower cost.
Further, the report states that one key challenge in the market is increased concern over contamination in aseptic packaging. There is a huge possibility of packages being contaminated during the aseptic packaging process because of the presence of barriers such as moisture, oxygen, microorganisms, and light. In addition, errors in processing aseptic packaging and problems with the workforce have made the process more vulnerable to contamination from external sources.
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