Aran’s aseptic BIB packaging offers several benefits such as lightweight packaging, easy and energy-efficient transportation, fresh food without refrigeration or preservatives, and no need for freezing the products, among others.
Food security and safety are worldwide problems. In the last year, Europe has suffered from a drought that has been declared the hardest one it dealt with in the last 500 years. This drought is not unique only to Europe, and in Africa, this critical slow-onset natural disaster had catastrophic outcomes: people either lose their lives or were forced to migrate from their homes. Along with climate change and its influence, we witness a massive growth in the world’s population in the last few decades. All of these are leading to malnutrition, hunger, and other negative impacts on people’s health and well-being. This makes food and nutrition security a main concern for the UN and governments worldwide.
Food security refers to the availability, access, and utilization of food that meets individuals’ dietary needs and food preferences while ensuring that food systems are sustainable. Food security is not only about preventing hunger but is also about providing nutritious food, preferably without preservatives and heat sterilization that influence the food’s nutritional value.
Food security is highly important but must be achieved together with food safety. What is it and why is it so important? Food safety refers to the measures taken to ensure that food is free from harmful contaminants and is suitable for human consumption. The objective of food safety is to prevent food-borne illness and to protect public health.
In this challenging period, we witness shortages or instability in the food supply and changes in traditional growing environments. To overcome those challenges food must be transported from places where it is economically worthwhile to grow it – to places where it is most needed. Transportation should be safe and efficient, protected from the hardships of the road, and be as energy efficient as possible.
When food travels a long distance from one country to another, its security is at risk. To improve food security the packaging used must have the durability needed for long transportation, to keep contaminators from harming the food, and to preserve the food.
How has Aseptic Aran’s BIB Packaging managed to change food consumption over the last few decades?
Bag in box, an aseptic liquid packaging solution has been used since the 1970s. Although initially not widely used, today BIB is one of the sectors in the packaging industry which has an annual growth of 3-5%. Since entering the liquid packaging market, it has pushed aside any other traditional packaging solutions, such as glass and stainless steel containers.
Using aseptic BIB has improved the quality of the products it holds, and due to its sterilization, it has made previously used preservative methods that harmed the food’s nutritional values redundantly. It allows for longer transportation thus making types of food that once were not available in some countries more accessible, the most notable are the exotic fruit, such as Pineapples and Mangos which are primarily grown in Thailand and India respectively, and can now be found in almost every country.
The incorporation of aseptic BIB in the liquid packaging industry has helped improve both food security and safety. The use of preservatives has been reduced, the food is packed fresh and with all of its nutritional values.
BIB is the most sustainable liquid packaging available.
Aran is one of the leading aseptic BIB manufacturers in the world, with more than 70 million of its bags being shipped globally each year. One might think that the transformation from traditional reusable solutions to disposable packaging as BIB will hurt the environment but studies have shown that the BIB value chain has an extremely smaller carbon footprint than other packaging solutions, meaning that BIB is the more sustainable option. Take for example the wine industry, a traditional glass bottle has 9.6 times more CO2 emission than a plastic bag for BIB.
BIB is made of plastic which is lighter than the other materials used for packaging liquids. This fact amounts to energy saving, less fuel needed, and lower shipping costs.