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Brazil: dairy group Quatá Alimentos puts six more SIG Combibloc filling machines into operation

Packaging manufacturer continues to develop customer relations in South America

(PresseBox) (Linnich , ) In its drive to expand its production capacity, Brazilian dairy group Quatá Alimentos has once again opted for filling machine technology from SIG Combibloc. Six more filling machines from SIG Combibloc have been put into operation at Quatá. This has significantly expanded the company's production capacity. And Quatá's product portfolio is now even more varied, as well.

SIG Combibloc and Quatá Alimentos started working together in 2012. Since August 2012, two SIG Combibloc filling machines, a CFA 512 and a CFA 712, have been in operation at Quatá's Campo Belo facility in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Another filling machine is in operation at the company's Bom Jesus dos Perdões factory.

José Henrique Coutinho, managing director of Quatá, remembers the company's first SIG Combibloc filling machine: "For the modernisation of our factory in Campo Belo, we chose filling technology from SIG Combibloc, as this flexible technology met all our requirements. The filling machines perform very well and have low waste rates - using them, we've significantly improved our productivity".

Optimally prepared

Reason enough for the company to once again opt, in its drive to expand its production capacity in the fast-growing Brazilian market, for filling machine technology from SIG Combibloc. In 2014, a further five SIG Combibloc filling machines were installed at Quatá, and at the beginning of 2015 an additional machine started production. Nine filling machines are now in operation at three Quatá production sites. UHT full cream milk, skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, chocolate milk, cream and sweetened condensed milk are now filled in combiblocStandard and combiblocSmall carton packs.

This means Quatá is optimally prepared for the demands of the sizeable Brazilian market. Brazil is currently South America's biggest market for aseptic carton packs. World-wide, the country is in second place, right behind China. According to information from market research institute Canadean, Brazil is the world's biggest market for UHT milk, with annual consumption of around seven billion litres. Canadean's research shows that in 2014, more than 15.5 billion carton packs for long-life food were sold in Brazil. This figure is expected to rise to more than 21 billion by 2019, equivalent to an increase in volume of around 7% per annum (in units). Milk is now the product most commonly filled in carton packs in Brazil. In the 1980s, unpasteurised milk dominated the market. The share of UHT milk has increased slowly but steadily, to a current level of about 60%.

Infobox - Quatá Alimentos:

Quatá Alimentos was founded in 1990 and has specialised in two product lines: UHT milk products and cheese. The products are sold under the brand names Quatá, Gloria and Cristina, through retail and wholesale channels (for restaurants, cafes, catering establishments etc). Quatá is active predominantly in the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais. The company has seven production plants: three in Minas Gerais, two in São Paulo and one each in Rio de Janeiro and Paraná.

SIG Combibloc

SIG Combibloc is one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food. In 2014 the company achieved a turnover of 1,630 million Euro with around 5,000 employees in 40 countries.