NEWS: Wine and Pouch Applications for Oxygen Barrier Solution


AIPIA Member ALBIS PLASTIC will showcase its active packaging solution for bag-in-box (BIB) wine, at this year’s interpack trade fair. “SHELFPLUS® O² oxygen scavenger has made the jump from thermoforming to flexible films,” says Roland Schultz, director marketing packaging.  "The PE-based masterbatch is used in a laminable PE sealing film and helps improve product quality and shelf life. In many markets it makes it much easier to replace metallized films.”

The combination of EVOH and SHELFPLUS® can replace metallization in packaging, providing equal or better shelf life while reducing the carbon footprint, claims the company.

Adding SHELFPLUS® O2 to existing BIB films can delay oxidation of the filled product by up to 50%, depending on storage and filling conditions, it says.  “In other words, we can extend shelf life from six to nine months. This represents our contribution to the Save Food Initiative. The scope of this improvement in practice will be determined through comparative filling tests,” Schultz adds.

Prior to the Interpack, ALBIS worked with another AIPIA member, the Fraunhofer Institute, to develop a simple method which customers could use to measure films’ oxygen absorption themselves. ALBIS will be presenting the method and measurement equipment at the show.

In addition this product can now be used in stand-up pouches to improve product shelf life. SHELFPLUS® O2 can provide significantly better oxygen protection when combined with EVOH or SiOx and AlOx coatings. “Of course, conventional stand-up pouches with aluminum gas barriers can be improved as well - especially if the package has a “spout” that reduces the gas barrier properties of the whole pack,” Schultz says.