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Sidel: Proven efficiency and reliability on Quilmes Argentina’s hot-fill line that bottles Gatorade in PET containers

5:20 min Filling & BottlingHotfill
Parma, Italy

In collaboration with Sidel, Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes – the largest drinks company in Argentina – have reached high levels of efficiency, of up to 100%, on their most recent complete hot-fill line, as part of their ongoing pursuit of excellence. This complete, high-speed bottling solution produces, among other things, the Gatorade brand of isotonic beverages in PET containers, in compliance with PepsiCo's quality standards. The new line offers advantages in terms of production flexibility and protection of the environment, particularly due to energy savings

Quilmes have been operating in Argentina for over 130 years. The company started out in the beer business by opening their first brewery in the city of Quilmes, about 20 kilometers southeast of the capital, Buenos Aires. “Over the years, Quilmes have expanded across beverage categories by acquiring a carbonated soft drink business. This happened about 20 years ago, with PepsiCo’s exclusive franchise for production, distribution and marketing of the brand's full line of beverages in Argentina,” explained Juan José Ferrer, Plant Manager at Quilmes. The company also participate in the water business through Eco de los Andes SA, the result of a joint venture with Nestlé Waters. “The company’s objective is to provide consumers with quality beverages and to take care of the environment. The investment in Sidel’s bottling line is perfectly aligned with this aim,” he adds.

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