The a2 MilkT Company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 litre Pure-Pak cartons in the UK, as part of a major new processing deal with Elopak customer Crediton Dairy. Tim Smiddy, managing director of Crediton Dairy spoke to Elotalk about this significant launch in UK fresh milk market which has been dominated by plastic packaging for decades, with millions of bottles disposed of daily.
‘With the heightened awareness around plastic packaging waste we are seeing a lot of interest in switching from bottles to cartons,’ said Tim.
‘a2 MilkT wanted to optimise the messaging of the product through the sustainability of the cartons, therefore they specified that all materials used must be sustainable with all renewable PE.’
Crediton used existing Elopak ESL filling technology for a2 MilkT, with products launched onto shelves in the UK at the end of September across all key supermarkets.
Natural a2 MilkT comes from selected cows that produce milk containing only the A2 beta casein protein type and is free from the A1 protein present in conventional milk. Originally all domesticated cows produced milk with only the A2 beta casein protein type. Following domestication of cows, the A1 protein type emerged and spread through modern farming methods. Today, all conventional cows' milk contains a mix of A1 and A2 protein types. Now a2 MilkT is bringing back original milk which is more easily digested and as the company says –completely natural, the way milk is meant to be.
The launch in the UK is a turning point for fresh milk both in terms of the packaging and the product itself and reflects the a2 MilkT Company's significant success globally.
‘This is the most value added milk in cartons on the UK supermarket shelves and gives consumers more options and alternatives to standard cow's milk,’ added Tim. ‘With consumers becoming more enlightened to packaging sustainability and its environmental impact, the new carton is responding to a rising expectation for more sustainable and recyclable packaging. We expect to see a gradual shift of more products in the dairy sector moving away from plastic packaging to cartons.
‘Elopak contributed a vast amount of input for the launch of a2 MilkT and helped us to develop the most sustainable carton possible, and it will continue to work in partnership with us for further expansion of the a2 MilkT range in the UK.’
‘We have always been a pioneer and the introduction of our new sustainable cartons in the UK is another first,’ said Simon Hennessy, a2 MilkT company general manager for International Development.
All a2 MilkT products naturally contain the A2 protein, sourced from farms in the North West, Shropshire and Cheshire and are completely free from the A1 protein type.