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    Zanlorenzi is opting for aseptic bottling
    Zanlorenzi is opting for aseptic bottling

      “We have to be able to trust our vendor, and that we can certainly do with Krones. They supply the best machine quality in the world.” Managing Director Giorgeo Zanlorenzi

      It was 130 years ago that the Zanlorenzi family emigrated from Italy to Brazil – and brought their passion for good wines with them. In 1942, the son set up a small wine merchant business: today, the company Famiglia Zanlorenzi produces around 20 million litres of wine a year, and thus serves about 8.5 per cent of the Brazilian market.

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      From grape juice to a broad juice portfolio

      It was Managing Director Giorgeo Zanlorenzi, representing the third generation, who in 2009 came up with the idea of bottling fruit juices – thanks to the scientific realisation that grape juice has a similarly beneficial effect on human health to wine. Only that grape juice contains no alcohol, of course, and thus appeals to a different, larger target group. Fortunately, even back then the family firm was already operating, among others, two Krones lines each rated at 14,000 containers per hour. So in terms of technology, expanding the portfolio did not entail any substantial outlay.

      The demand on the market vindicated this decision: in the first year, the group was already selling 200,000 litres of grape juice. In 2014, it expanded its portfolio to include apple juice. In the autumn of 2015, Giorgeo Zanlorenzi then decided to invest in a PET line.

      Product-friendly bottling

      Since the family firm had already been more than satisfied with its two Krones glass lines dating from 1999 and 2004, and relations with Krones’ staff in Brazil and Germany had evolved into a real partnership, the decision to place the order with Krones again was an easy one. “Since we’ve been operating Krones block technology here successfully ever since 1999, the block solution for the PET containers was highly acceptable,” says Technical Director Mateus Poggere.

      Contipure AseptBloc DA

      Blow-moulder/filler block with a system for preform sterilisation

      The new aseptic line has been designed for a rating of 15,000 900-millilitre containers per hour. The delivery package comprised:

      The smart Contipure technology creates many advantages

      • The surface area of the preforms is significantly smaller and also. This downsizes consumption of sterilising media substantially in comparison to conventional systems.
      • No water is consumed during the entire process. This upgrades microbiological safety and cuts the water costs.
      • The only agent used for sterilisation is hydrogen peroxide, which decomposes into water and oxygen without leaving any residues, and is concomitantly eco-friendly.
      • Contipure is ideally suited for producing lightweight bottles, since sterilising the preforms does not cause any shrinkage
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      "The communication was open and Krones’ staff proved to be very flexible. All in all, Krones delivered what they promised. That’s not something you should ever take for granted.” Managing Director Giorgeo Zanlorenzi

      Clear communication

      The line began operation in April 2017, to coincide with the company’s 75th anniversary. For the modularised labellers, the company ordered three different station systems. “We are aiming to significantly expand our product portfolio by 2020. The various options we now have for labelling render us flexible for the future,” says Mateus Poggere. He is also convinced of the collaboration with Krones:

      The installation of the line was a brilliant learning experience for me. The Contipure technology is rather sophisticated, of course, but thanks to the responsively relevant briefings from Krones we mastered the change-over really well.

      Mateus Poggere

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