Just the way you want it: food packaging from SIG Combibloc

Food manufacturers have a choice. For long-life foods, there is a wealth of packaging options they can choose from to place their products on the market. Many of these options have been around for decades, and their acceptance has developed over time.


However, any manufacturer looking to select a packaging system these days, does not only consider the old faithfuls. Instead, people are also looking towards the future. The food industry is a fast-paced sector; the prices of raw materials are rising world-wide; consumers are changing their eating habits and are becoming more environmentally aware. In view of these changes, the requirements for food packaging, which these days need to be trend-setting as well as contemporary, are also changing. The needs of food manufacturers, business and the consumer all play an equal role in this. What is needed is modern packaging forms that provide optimal protection for the foods they contain, offer flexibility, are convenient to use, have a superlative environmental profile – and, at the end of the day, are cost-effective as well.


Perfectly packaged bit by bit

Food in combibloc and combisafe



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Perfect product protection and sustainability

This is where carton packs from
SIG Combibloc tick all the boxes: our aseptic combibloc carton packs, and the retortable combisafe carton packs for foods with a particularly high particulate content, ensure food products are optimally protected and retain their high quality over a prolonged period. Carton packs are among the most environmentally friendly packaging solution available for long-life foods, because they are made up to 75 per cent from wood, a renewable resource. As a result, they’ve been shown to have a significantly smaller environmental footprint than all other packaging alternatives for long-life food products. Carton packaging from SIG Combibloc is naturally BPA free.


The future is green

It is in the nature of things that when it comes to long-life foods, carton packs are more than just an alternative to well-known packaging systems such as food metal cans or glass. Because no other packaging form is made almost entirely from a natural material that grows back.

Our carton packs are manufactured up to around 75 per cent from wood, a renewable resource. If the wood originates from forests that are managed properly and responsibly, this natural raw material is available in a virtually infinite supply. And because wood is largely carbon-neutral, it does not alter the CO2 balance in the atmosphere. Owing to their high-tech composite structure, the extremely lightweight carton packs from SIG Combibloc require a bare minimum of material resources. The carton packs, which together with the closures are fully recyclable and are suitable for all local and national recycling and waste management options, have been proven to be among the most environmentally friendly packaging solutions for long-life foods and beverages.

LCA for food packaging: carton packs with best environmental performance

A Europe-wide, independently verified and ISO-compliant life-cycle assessment conducted in 2009 has shown that, compared to other packaging solutions for long-life foods, using carton packaging can save CO2 emissions and the consumption of fossil resources, respectively, by up to
60 per cent. In this study, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) compared food metal cans, glass jars, carton packs and plastic stand-up pouches.

Renewable, certified and originating from responsible forestry

For food manufacturers, it is a given that many of the ingredients for their products originate from controlled cultivation and are traceable. In our carton packs, these manufacturers find the perfect partner, because what is true for the food and beverages that are packaged in our carton packs should naturally be no different for the packaging itself. To manufacture our carton packs, we use only wood fibres originating from controlled, responsibly managed sources.

To ensure that this happens, we have had our production sites and sales organisations world-wide certified in accordance with the internationally binding criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) for a continuous product chain of custody. All our suppliers of raw paperboard are also certified in accordance with the FSC product chain of custody standard. This means we are able to offer our customers all over the world carton packs displaying the FSC label. The label provides a verification that appropriate quantities of wood originating from FSC-certified, well-managed forestry were used to manufacture the raw paperboard (licence code FSC® C020428).


Space optimally used

The exceptionally good transport and distribution logistics properties of carton packs have a beneficial impact on the environment, and at the same time help to lower costs. SIG Combibloc carton packs are transported to the food manufacturers’ production plants as flat folded sleeves. This means the loading volume of a lorry can be used to maximum benefit.

95% product, 5% packaging

And even after the carton packs have been filled, a lorry transporting full carton packs to distributors is carrying around 95 per cent content, and just 5 per cent packaging. Because carton packs, thanks to their compact, rectangular shape and their robustness, stack extremely well and utilise the full capacity of palettes, and therefore also lorries and warehouse facilities. And they also make very good use of the space on the supermarket shelves. By way of example, compared to glass containers for food products, cartons can reduce package weight by up to 93 per cent – another logistical advantage that speaks for itself. Every saving on space and weight means emissions are reduced, the consumption of fossil fuel resources is cut, and costs are lowered.

And they also make very good use of the space on the supermarket shelves:
Thanks to their rectangular form, carton packs need 30 per cent less space than food metal cans.


Perfect for every day use

It is not just food manufacturers and retailers who want convenient handling when dealing with carton packs. These days, convenience is a key consideration for consumers as well. In this respect, carton packs are ideal for everyday use by the consumer: lightweight and easy to use, space-saving, stackable, unbreakable and, with perforations and closures, very convenient.

Perforations for even greater convenience

A variety of special partial perforations enables consumers to open the carton packs from SIG Combibloc without the use of additional aids such as scissors or knives. The products can be poured out easily. Specifically for food products,
SIG Combibloc’s packaging portfolio also includes carton packs with a complete perforation. The complete perforation allows the carton pack to be opened all the way across the top, and the food can then be emptied out easily and completely – particularly handy when dealing with chunky or highly viscous products.

For an easy twist: combiSwift and combiSmart


Optional closures can also be applied to some food carton packs. When it comes to closures, SIG Combibloc is the global pioneer. In 1993, we launched the world’s first closure on an aseptic carton pack. Since then, numerous handy opening solutions made from high-grade, recyclable plastic have been added to our range.


One example of handy closure solutions on carton packs is the modern combiSwift and combiSmart screw caps, which can be opened and reclosed effortlessly with a single twist. Thanks to the closure, food products can also be measured out in perfect portion sizes.