Anniversary: Krones combines 500th aseptic filler and 200th product UHT system in one line

Natural One installs a third bottling line

In June, Krones celebrated the double machine anniversary together with Natural One

From preform sterilization to the discharge of the sealed PET bottles, Krones has created an end-to-end process chain with the latest generation of the "Contipure Asept Bloc" that is aseptically safe down to the last detail. This overall concept has already proved its worth in the past with customers all over the world: : “Since the market launch of the updated ,Contipure AseptBloc' around one and a half years ago, more than forty CAB could be sold already. This is a significant proof of the convincing safety and sustainability arguments in the updated solution. So next to the milestone of 500 systems sold based on the full PET Aseptic Portfolio by Krones, we feel the acceptance and appreciation of this very latest Krones solution across the globe,” says Paul Schoenheit, Head of Sales Aseptic Technology. 

The Brazilian beverage producer Natural One has also chosen the "Contipure AseptBloc", and that's a reason to celebrate: because the 500th aseptic filler sold by Krones has been integrated into this sterile-block solution.

Natural One uses nature as inspiration

Inspired by the diversity of Brazilian nature, Natural One has specialized in producing juices from fresh fruit and vegetables in 15 varieties. The juice producer now exports its products from Brazil to around eleven countries. To enable the company to meet the rising demand, it is now expanding its bottling capacities, relying on state-of-the-art technology and expertise from Krones. The bottling solution is part of a new, already third Krones line at Natural One.

"Having already covered the continents of America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region with our juice products, we now want to reach these regions with our plant-based milk alternatives and CSD products as well, and we decided in favour of the 'Contipure AseptBloc' not only because of its technological advantages. The cooperation over the past few years was also decisive. Krones has proven time and again that we have a reliable and trustworthy partner at our side in the company. We are delighted to be commissioning the 500th machine from Krones' aseptic portfolio," says owner and founder of Natural One Ricardo Ermírio de Moraes.

The system also stands out in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability with minimal water and energy consumption. Thanks to modern technology, it is even possible to recycle the sterile blowing air. This is a first in the sterilization of aseptic preforms. The system can be cleaned and sterilized in less than two and a half hours and is therefore ready for use again in a very short time. Aseptic filling is ensured at all times, as the "Contipure AseptBloc" sterilizes the preforms with gaseous hydrogen peroxide. This process sterilizes the entire preform surface - inside, outside and in the neck area - and ensures maximum safety of the filled product. This not only reduces costs, but also the CO2 footprint.

Krones celebrates two anniversaries with new line

The "VarioAsept D" also installed is the 200th UHT line sold by Krones. "For this line, Natural One opted for the 'VarioAsept D' from Krones, which is characterised in particular by its great flexibility: Juices, still products and CSDs as well as plant-based milk alternatives can be processed on it. Especially for the latter product group, the 'VarioAsept D' has a module for direct heating. Natural One can also look forward to a première: the company is our first customer on the American continent to use this solution," explains Stefan Höller, Head of Product Management Processing Units.

The direct heating module can heat the product to the desired temperature within a very short time and cool it down again just as quickly after the holding time. This technology is therefore particularly suitable for products with high quality requirements.

Juice producer gains flexibility during filling

The new Natural One system offers greater flexibility in filling in several respects. While the UHT system can cover a wide range of products, the "Contipure AseptBloc" is able to process a variety of bottle formats. With the optional robot, format changeovers are seamless and require no manual intervention. This saves time and enables production to be restarted quickly.