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Development status and existing problems of liquid milk packaging

development status of liquid milk packaging

the development of liquid milk in the dairy industry is particularly eye-catching, and has become a variety with large market and rapid growth. Liquid milk products include pure fresh milk, ultra-high temperature sterilized milk and fruit flavored milk. Of course, the development of liquid milk is inseparable from the progress and innovation of packaging technology

liquid milk packaging mainly includes Tetra Pak and Kangmei box for ultra-high temperature sterilized milk packaging, Tetra Pak pillow for ultra-high temperature instant sterilized milk packaging, ridge bag for micro bacteria milk packaging, Baili bag made of sterile composite film and other plastic bags; Glass bottles are mainly used for packaging pasteurized milk, flavored milk and yogurt; PP and PS cups are the main packaging containers of yogurt

according to statistics, in China's liquid milk market in 2002, bagged milk accounted for 45% of the market share, paper brick milk accounted for 25% of the market share, plastic bottles accounted for 17%, plastic cups 7%, glass bottles 5.5%, and other packaging such as tin cans accounted for 0.5%. This rich and diverse packaging form is largely determined by the different preferences of consumers. Bag packaging has the advantages of economy and moderate price, but at the same time, it has obvious disadvantages such as inconvenient to drink, carry, old appearance, plastic material is not environmental friendly enough, etc; While the paper brick packaging with aseptic processing technology has the advantages of diverse forms, convenient carrying, advanced sterilization technology, good quality and long shelf life, the cost of milk with aseptic processing packaging technology will be relatively high

in recent years, high-end milk packaging represented by Tetra Pak has grown rapidly in the South; The northern and central and western regions are mainly economic milk packaging; Therefore, the low-grade packaging represented by plastic bag packaging accounts for 70% of the whole liquid milk market in this region, but the sterile pillows and sterile plastic bags produced by Tetra Pak are growing rapidly in the northern market, indicating that high-quality packaging is increasingly popular in the market

at present, developed countries have generally adopted Tetra Pak aseptic packaging technology for fresh milk packaging, so that the normal temperature shelf life of fresh milk can reach 45 days. This technology is made by instantly sterilizing high-quality fresh milk at an ultra-high temperature of up to 135 ℃, and then filling and sealing it with 6-layer paper aluminum plastic composite sterile packaging materials under sealed sterile conditions. All bacteria and microorganisms that affect the deterioration of milk will not contact it. Milk can be stored at room temperature for more than a month without adding preservatives. The roof box packaging is beautifully printed, which is suitable for filling high-end products such as fresh milk, fancy milk, yogurt and lactic acid bacteria drinks with high nutritional value and fresh taste, but it needs cold storage and preservation, and the shelf life is also relatively short. Baili bag is another new low-cost packaging form

at present, pasteurized milk accounts for 60%, ultra-high temperature sterilized milk 21.1% and cheese 19% of liquid dairy products in China. Among them, ultra-high temperature sterilized milk showed an obvious upward trend, mainly due to the long shelf life of ultra-high temperature sterilized milk, diversified packaging, and convenient storage and carrying. Pasteurization method is used for milk in glass bottles, plastic bags and roof cartons, which are common in the market. The disinfection time is moderate, which can effectively control the number of bacteria within 30000 per milliliter specified by the state, and maintain the taste of milk. Pasteurized milk (bagged/house shaped) will also stimulate the transformation and upgrading of downstream industries such as building materials, chemical industry and new energy. It is called pasteurized milk, which is sterilized at about 89 ℃ for several seconds and needs to be stored in low temperature refrigeration. The shelf life is generally 1 to 7 days; When the storage temperature exceeds 4 ℃, the bacteria in milk can reproduce, so it cannot be stored for a long time at room temperature

in terms of the regional distribution of milk sources in China, they are mainly concentrated in the northeast, North China and northwest, and there are few milk sources in the South and coastal economically developed areas. If there is no instantaneous ultra-high temperature sterilization technology (UHT), due to the limitation of the short preservation period of milk, it is difficult for regions with high-quality milk sources to transport milk to the southern milk consumption market

ultra high temperature instant sterilization technology (UHT) is used to solve the problem of difficult transportation, storage and preservation of liquid milk. At present, this technology has been widely used in developed countries for fresh milk processing: heat the milk to more than 135 ℃, keep it for only a few seconds, and then quickly drop to normal temperature, and then fill and seal it with 6-layer paper aluminum plastic composite sterile material under sealed sterile conditions

the progress of liquid dairy products packaging technology is of great significance to large dairy production groups, but improving the shelf life is a contradiction with maintaining the door feel of liquid dairy products and maintaining appropriate costs. The emergence of sterile blow molding bottles and sterile filling technology has found a balance. Blow molded sterile plastic bottle is a kind of plastic bottle which is completely sterile inside and free of yeast and other loose particles. Because the bottle mouth is sealed, it is always kept sterile during storage and transportation to the sterile filling machine. It is only necessary to disinfect the outside of the bottle with sterile liquid before filling, so as to ensure that the whole processing process, such as re opening, filling and secondary sealing, is carried out in a sterile state

sterile blow molded bottles for liquid dairy products are usually made of 3 or 6 layers of HDPE. The inner and outer layers of the 3-layer bottle are white, and the middle layer is black, which plays the role of UV resistance. The shelf life of the product is 3 months without refrigeration. Add EVOH barrier layer to the 6-layer bottle. Considering the coaxiality requirements of the dynamic testing machine, the product should be stricter than the static machine, and the shelf life can reach 6 to 9 months

problems in liquid milk packaging

overall, there are three main problems in China's liquid milk packaging at present:

1. The packaging is too single

at present, Tetra Pak is used for aseptic packaging by domestic dairy and beverage giants such as Guangming, Yili, Sanyuan, Mengniu, Wahaha, Huiyuan, etc., accounting for more than 90% of the market share

2. The cost of packaging is too high

with the surge in production, the profit margin of dairy enterprises has not been significantly improved, and packaging monopoly is one of the important reasons. Experts pointed out that 1/3 of the cost of buying a bag of fresh milk in the mall is paid on the packaging

3. Aseptic packaging is not popular

the main advantage of aseptic packaging is that it can retain the original nutrients and flavor in food to the greatest extent and reduce losses under the condition of ensuring sterility. In recent years, aseptic plastic bag packaging and aseptic cup plastic bottle packaging have developed very rapidly. Aseptic plastic bag packaging mainly adopts pet aluminized film and PE composite; The aseptic cup packaging uses multi-layer co extruded sheets PP/PE/EVA/PVDC/PS or other similar material structures. But at present, aseptic packaging accounts for only 10% of dairy products in China, while developed countries account for 65%, which is an urgent need to improve and solve in liquid milk packaging

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