Smurfit Kappa

Extending Your Product’s Shelf Life and Maximizing Storage Space

Smurfit Kappa Packaging Solutions

Bag-In-Box: extend shelf life of liquid products

Complete Bag-in-Box® Solutions That Drive Business Success

Bag-in-Box® (BIB) is an innovative packaging solution designed to extend the shelf life of liquid or semi-liquid food products. The outer box provides exceptional protection during transit and uses high-quality materials to attract consumer attention in-store. Each bag is specifically constructed to preserve the exact liquid inside. It is a cost-effective solution which is fully compliant with new environmental regulations, while meeting the specific needs of its customers.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® plants are ultra-clean and unique. They are equipped with modern, efficient and automated machinery, ensuring complete control of the assembly of bags, spouts and taps. Production areas are filtered, air-conditioned and treated against microbes. Temperature and humidity levels are under permanent observation. Staff adhere to strict procedures to deliver high-quality products that fully satisfy the hygiene criteria of the food industry. Products are fully compliant with food packaging regulations. Efficient traceability at all levels of production, from the raw materials through to the finished product, guarantees the highest quality of Bag-in-Box® is achieved and maintained.

Vitop®

Our Vitop® range of taps, closures, dispensers, and handles can meet your dispensing and handling needs, and our filling and packaging machinery can be supplied for a fully integrated solution. Vitop® Original Tap, N°1 leader worldwide in taps for wine. Amongst the range of taps, caps and measures, Vitop® Original is the most commonly used for Bag-in-Box® wines in the world. Its success is partly due to the fact that it is extremely easy to use: simply pressing on one or both wings is enough to make the liquid flow… it is also recognized worldwide for its exceptional and consistent quality. As proof of its high performance under any conditions, “the tap that never leaks” is exceptionally reliable, with a leak rate of less than 1 in 50 million since its launch.

The advantages of the Bag-in-Box® outer packaging

  • Protects the product
  • Attracts the consumer
  • The dimensions, shape and quality of the box are essential characteristics of the Bag-in-Box® system, as the box is what protects the wine from the light and the bag from external impacts.

The large surface area allows for great communication possibilities:

  • Printing: silkscreen, offset, flexo, HD flexo, digital.
  • Special features: UV coating, spot UV, thermal color printing, embossing, stamping, textured papers (woven, grainy).

The papers used to create the boxes are generally made of kraft paper on the interior (to protect the bag) and of kraft paper as a cover, where possible. The ideal volume guarantees a perfect fit of the box to the volume of the bag, avoiding the risk of buckling or flex cracking.

Optimized packaging and logistics

Bag-in-Box® has a low initial weight and some improved materials and components, allowing substantial reduction in the consumption of raw materials as well as streamlining transport and reducing CO2 emissions. The transport of empty Bag-in-Box®, delivered flat, requires 6x less trucks than the transport of bottle cases. The storage is also optimized.

Encouraging Recycling

The Bag-in-Box® is made up of 75% cardboard and 25% plastic. It is simple to recycle as the bag and the box are easy to separate. We are currently working on improving the bag’s recyclability, as it can be incinerated to produce energy. We put an emphasis on research and development to ensure continuous improvement of Bag-in-Box® products. Our quick response to changing market requirements ensures we remain at the cutting edge in new technologies for our customers.