Lassonde partners with SIG Combibloc for its ready-to-drink thickened beverages

By Jenny Eagle

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Lassonde and SIG Combibloc launch ready-to-drink thickened beverages

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Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde has expanded its product range with recloseable carton packs from SIG Combibloc for its Oasis NutriSolution Hydra+ for people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Hydra+ is a range of ready-to-drink thickened beverages based on ‘Oasis’ fruit juices, water or milk. Changing the consistency makes the liquids easier to swallow.

Homogenous textures similar to nectar or honey

Stefano Bertolli, VP, Communications, Lassonde, said the aseptic filling technology and carton packs with the recloseable screw cap from SIG Combibloc are ideal for providing dysphagia sufferers with liquid and nutrients.

The homogenous textures, which are similar to nectar or honey, allow users to swallow safely and without discomfort​,” he said.

He added the Oasis NutriSolution range is for people who have special requirements for their food in terms of formulation and handling and Oasis NutriSolution Hydra+ addresses this.

We were looking for packaging that would safeguard the quality of these special-purpose products, and could fit conveniently into the everyday routine of users and nursing staff. A screw cap was an indispensable requirement​,” added Bertolli.

They guarantee the added value we want to pass on to consumers in respect of the packaging as well​.”

Canton fondue broths

People who have difficulty swallowing as a result of certain illnesses tend to take in too little fluid, because conventional beverages cause problems such as: they flow too fast and are difficult to control in the mouth which creates a risk of choking.

As a result, thickened liquids with a smooth, homogenous consistency can be swallowed more easily and in a controlled way.

It is not the first time Lassonde, in North America, has worked with SIG Combibloc. It partnered with the firm in 2013 to change its Canton brand fondue broths from metal cans to aseptic carton packs.

Luciana Galvão, head of marketing Americas, SIG Combibloc, said aseptic carton packs have made an enormous leap forward in recent years in the perception and acceptance of US and Canadian consumers.

They’re lightweight and convenient to use and they offer significant benefits in terms of their logistical and environmental advantages compared to other packaging on the market​,” he said.

Because they’re made from 75% wood, a renewable resource, carton packs have a much smaller environmental footprint than other food and beverage packaging​.

Using the filling machines from SIG Combibloc, the system handles liquid products just as well and safely as viscous products and products with particulate content​.

In terms of volume and decor, we have a huge range of options. For example, in the carton design for Hydra+ we used a clear color coding system that makes it obvious what texture the products in the carton have. Lilac stands for a honey-like consistency; the products in the green packaging have a nectar-like texture​.”

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