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Tetra Pak: Offering Unmatched Food Processing and Packaging Solutions in India

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 Ashutosh Manohar,    Managing Director

Ashutosh Manohar

Managing Director

According to The World Health Organisation, the relationship between food safety, nutrition and food security are undeniably connected. Without the supply of safe food, a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition is created which overburdens public health services, disrupts social and economic progress and detracts from the quality of life. Tetra Pak is a world leading food processing and packaging solutions company founded over 70 years ago. It works closely with customers and suppliers, to help provide safe and nutritious food and beverages to billions of people in more than 160 countries. Its vision is to make food safe and available, everywhere and to do so in a way that protects what’s good protecting food, protecting people as well as protecting the planet.

The India story
Having spent over 35 years building Tetra Pak in the Indian market, the company is a pioneer of aseptic processing and packaging technology, and is the first to move into and invest far ahead of anybody else. For a country like India, with its expanse, diverse terrain making it difficult for safe food to reach the far-flung corners of the country, its technology has been most relevant because now essentials like milk and juices can be transported over long distances, without refrigeration or preservatives.

Tetra Pak believes that the packaging industry is a capital-intensive and service intensive business with food safety at its core. It is not a pricing but a value game. And that is their USP. It develops end-to-end solutions for brand-owners, from product
conception through processing and packaging to distribution and marketing. Its infrastructure is unsurpassed, meeting the needs of businesses, big or small, global or local while providing unparalleled focus on quality and food protection. Its products have always been designed to save food and cost but they also extended their focus to environmental concerns, saving resources and, helping to ensure a sustainable future. Today Tetra Pak continues to turn ideas into reality.

“Food packaging plays a critical role in feeding the world; it also impacts the earth’s climate and resources, suggesting a compromise or conflict between the two. We believe that should not be the case and sustainable food packaging can play a strong role in balancing these areas,” says Ashutosh Manohar, Managing Director, Tetra Pak South Asia.

Food packaging plays a critical role in feeding the world; it also impacts the earth’s climate and resources, suggesting a compromise or conflict between the two. We believe that should not be the case and sustainable food packaging can play a strong role in balancing these areas,


Future ready solutions
The pandemic revealed just how vulnerable the global food system can be. The importance of getting food to where it’s needed, when it’s needed and the vital role high-performance packaging and processing plays in achieving this has never been more apparent. And it is expected that this will only increase in the future, as they strive to ensure that the world’s growing population has access to safe and nutritious food.

The evolving external environment demands solutions that can keep up with the changes. Tetra Pak continues to innovate across its business to ensure food safety & sustainability. As an example, the company is excited about the prospects of Tetra Recart, which will help it make entry into Food. It is the more sustainable option to aluminum cans, and will be launched in India soon. In addition, the company continuously looks to expand its portfolio in a way that can cater customers’ need for efficiency and higher plant productivity.

Some of the developments will be Hyper Speeds (up-speeding of machines to meet increasing demand), E-beam sterilisation(a new improved way of packaging sterilisation), Smart packaging that monitors product health & provides traceability across the value chain, increased plant-based materials like sugar cane based polymers to make packages more sustainable, processing innovation for local categories like Khoa, paneer, SoanPapdi and digitalisation of operations (e.g., condition-based monitoring, predictive maintenance & remote monitoring of plants).