The Snapsil line of semi-rigid containers, developed by Australia-based Snapsil Corp., was launched in North America last year. The company developed a range of dispensing designs that enable simple, controlled product release for a variety of unit-dose and single-serve consumer products in Europe and Australia.
The Snapsil package was introduced in North America through a partnership between Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.), a provider of packaging solutions in North America, and Multivac, a manufacturer of thermoforming packaging machines and related technology.
The Snapsil package features an audible, snap-opening function integrated into the lower web of the thermoformed package that allows consumers to open the package with one hand. No perforation of the thermoformed film in the opening area of the portion pack is necessary with the Snapsil design. This provides unrestricted barrier properties for the contents of the package.
“The versatile package has broad market applications for single-serve and portion-specific products. Energy drinks, salad dressings and a wide variety of beverage products and enhancers are a few of the possibilities for Snapsil,” says Neil Kozarsky, CEO and president of T.H.E.M.
Multivac performed extensive testing on the Snapsil package design at its test center in Germany. Package makers that already utilize Multivac thermoforming machines can use the Snapsil package with the addition of new tooling.
The Snapsil pouch debuted as a commercially thermoformed product last year in a single-serve offering of tomato sauce, with three brands scheduled to launch packages. Available in many configurations, the package is suitable for a number of branded food, personal care, healthcare and household products.
The Snapsil container has been tested by the Georgia Tech Research Institute and has been awarded the “Ease of Use” quality seal.
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