Tetra Pak marks the 60th anniversary of the delivery of its first filling machine with the launch of the ‘Voices of Innovation’ video series. Over the next 12 months, videos will showcase the people who have helped to deliver six decades of technology, social and environmental innovation, beginning today with perspectives from Tetra Pak CEO, Dennis Jönsson.
The Voices of Innovation series explores every aspect of Tetra Pak activity, from products, services and technology, to sustainability and the environment, and food safety and social programmes:
Products and technology: Beginning its voyage of discovery in Sweden in September 1952 with the first Tetra Classic® filling machine, Tetra Pak has gone on to build the world’s most extensive portfolio of packaging solutions with: 229 packages, 7,000 packaging combinations, 8,700 packaging units and 66,000 processing units in operation worldwide — and receiving 5,100 technology patents for the packaging and processing of liquid and semi-liquid food along the way.
Environment and sustainability: Tetra Pak’s founder, Dr Ruben Rausing, believed that “a package should save more than it costs.” It is a principle that was not only designed to save precious food and other resources from waste, but also saw the company take the lead on carton disposal issues in the 1970s, factory emissions in the 1980s, recycling in the 1990s and tackle global challenges such as climate change and sustainability in the 2000s.
Food safety: Tetra Pak pioneered aseptic packaging in the 1960s, recognised by the Institute of Food Technology as the greatest food innovation of the 20th century. The company has gone on to set the safety benchmark for processing and packaging systems, recognised as a trusted partner by international safety bodies such as the U.,S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And it has established Product Development Centres across the globe, helping customers to develop and test recipes and manufacturing solutions to the highest standards,
Society Tetra Pak has been involved in school milk programmes around the world for the past 50 years, creating the Food for Development Office (FfDO) in the 1960s, which, in close partnership with governments, development agencies, NGOs, local dairies and farmers, delivers 6.7 billion packages of milk and other nutritious drinks to 51 million children in schools in over 50 countries around the world.
Said Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson: “For 60 years Tetra Pak has been driven by the idea that innovation should make people’s lives better. Our products, services, environmental activities, advances in food safety and social programmes are living monuments to the individuals who helped deliver these improvements to millions. ‘Voices of Innovation” enables them to celebrate and share their personal experiences of innovation at Tetra Pak.”