Smurfit Kappa, an expert in total Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, has announced its collaboration with Maison Johanès Boubée, one of the major players in the French wine trade. Smurfit Kappa will equip the wine company with filling and Bag-in-Box® technologies.
Maison Johanès Boubée, established in 1860, is one of the central purchasing agencies for the Carrefour group. It has three complementary activities: trade/buying for private labels, bottling and logistics and has recently opened a brand new bottling center near Bordeaux in France, to modernize and increase its capacities. In addition to the bottles, a filling line, supplied by Smurfit Kappa, is entirely dedicated to Bag-in-Box® packaging.
The last generation line includes a case erector, closing machine, weight-checking, filling machine and a Vitop handle insertion machine. The filling machine, at the heart of the line, is a BIB700 Double Head, a high-speed automatic machine. Designed for large industrial production facilities which seek efficiency, reliability, and high-quality filling, it features the new generation filling valve with two separate circuits for nitrogen and vacuum. Smurfit Kappa is one of the few players offering a complete Bag-in-Box® packaging system solution.
“The new generation funnel which ensures delicate drops of the bags and the new filling valve were determining factors for us. We are very satisfied with Smurfit Kappa’s BIB700 filling machine as it has a very high flow rate and ensures good-quality filling. This complete line does allow us to optimize and increase our Bag-in-Box® filling and packaging”, says Mathieu Soulard, the plant director. This full line is also equipped with a Vitop handle insertion machine to automatically insert handles on Bag-in-Box® packaging. It has a rapid insertion rate, is easy to use and is flexible as it can insert handles on a broad range of box styles and sizes.
Smurfit Kappa’s complete filling line, featuring the last filling machine BIB700 Double Head, will allow Maison Johanès Boubée to optimize their oxygen management to increase the shelf-life of their Bag-in-Box® while gaining in productivity and performance.