BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA-A Canadian dairy is trying Tetra Pak's new, all-plastic milk packaging in a world debut. Dairyworld Foods began using the collapsible, 4-liter Store 'n Pour Pouch at its Burnaby plant late last month. The monolayer, low density polyethylene pouch is formed in-line at the dairy before being filled with milk.
Dairyworld spokesman Dan Wong said the thick film is a sufficient barrier to oxygen and the package decoration in a ``cow spots'' motif is opaque to protect the contents from light. It has a square bottom, stamped handle and the screw top of the spout is attached in the converting machine supplied by Tetra Pak, Wong said in a telephone interview from Dairyworld's head office in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wong said Dairyworld will try out the packaging for about three months in the Burnaby area before deciding whether to use it in mass production for milk sales in western Canada. He said the Store 'n Pour Pouch could give his firm a marketing edge since it has a good combination of properties, shelf appeal and environmental advantages. The pouch uses about half as much plastic as a 4-liter jug.
Tetra Laval Inc. of Lund, Sweden, developed the pouch in Germany in an 18-month program. Officials were not available to comment on their plans for the packaging.