LCA of hot filling and aseptic packaging systems used for beverages

23 October 2014

Researchers at the University of Parma in Italy aimed to assess the sustainability and the environmental performance of hot filling systems and aseptic packaging systems used for beverages using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. The analysis only includes materials and processes that differ between the two technologies.
The results indicate that aseptic packaging systems on the whole have lower impacts in all the impact categories assessed. This is mainly due to the greater weight of PET bottles used in hot filling systems, necessary to withstand the higher filling temperatures. An article about the research is published in the Journal of Food Engineering.
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