Some three months ago Jo’s – a leading snacks brand in North India that also happens to be an existing client of Uflex approached the company for developing flexible packaging solution for its new range of cold beverages. The brief from the client was crystal clear. They wanted an optimized packaging solution with a shelf life of 6 months for their cold beverages at room temperature doing away with the cold chain. Taking this up as a challenge the team at Uflex engineered the first Indian retortable spouted bottom gusseted stand-up pouch. Explaining about the new packaging solution Mr. Arun Anand, Executive Vice President Marketing at Uflex Packaging said, “We engineered a bespoke foil based 4 tier bottom gusset stand up flexible pouch with a specialized retort sealant layer to withstand sterilization at elevated temperatures. This pouch offers a shelf life of 6 months at room temperature and actually does away with the cold chain be it during transit (using reefers), at the point of sale or at the consumers’ end for that matter. Coming to think of it, this packaging solution is quite a sustainable option because cold chain/ refrigeration is absolutely not required in this case resulting in much lesser emission of GHGs (Green House Gases).” “We have fitted the pouch with a Tamper Locked special grade PP spout to withstand the retort application without any degeneration and leakage at the seams. This is the first time that a PP spout has been used in a retortable pouch in India. The cap is inter-locked with the shoulder of the spout and this lock is broken when the cap is opened for the first time, ensuring an absolutely tamper-proof pouch.