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RJ Corp in India implements Sidel's aseptic PET technology to combine dairy and juice filling on the same bottling line

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Varun Beverages Ltd, part of RJ Corp group, one of the largest franchises for PepsiCo Inc. globally, has installed Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis™ in its newly established plant in Punjab, India. This pivotal project aims to expand PET bottling capacity and provide production flexibility for the private label milk brand Cream Bell as well as Pepsi’s Tropicana juice range. By choosing the new aseptic dry preform sterilisation technology, RJ Corp is commercialising its liquid dairy products (LDP) in PET for the first time in India.

Since the early nineties, the privately owned Indian company RJ Corp has made itself a multinational powerhouse with thriving businesses in beverages, fast food restaurants, retail, ice cream, dairy products, healthcare and education. Through its operating company Varun Beverages Ltd., the group is one of the largest bottling partners for PepsiCo in the world, currently holding 36 plants on the Indian subcontinent and in Africa, and producing carbonated soft drinks, water and hot-fill juices as well as LDP.

Up to 200 hours of continuous production

The investment in Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis marks two major achievements for RJ Corp in India: not only is this the company’s first step into aseptic PET bottling, but also its first experience with dry preform sterilisation. Employing the injection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) before the oven, Sidel’s patented Predis technology requires no water consumption and can reduce the use of chemicals significantly. This is a lighthouse project for PepsiCo Inc. worldwide regarding the processing and bottling of its high-acid products – the Tropicana juices. The Aseptic Combi Predis also features a similar dry sterilisation for caps, Capdis™, as it was very important to optimise the cleaning process and the handling of the caps themselves to avoid deformation and ensure tightness between the cap and the bottle.

“RJ Corp chose Sidel because of our long-standing expertise in PET and aseptic technologies. Their new line allows for up to 200 hours of continuous production without any stoppages for cleaning, keeping the production running steadily without any compromise on product quality. Moreover, the equipment is easy to manage, and the operators find its functions intuitive and easily accessible,” says Rohit Sawhney, Sales Director for Sidel India.

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