Yili, a China-based dairy manufacturer, turned to Tetra Pak, Vernon Hills, Ill., to rejuvenate the packaging for what is said to be the world’s first ambient drinking yogurt that contains large fruit and cereal pieces. ​​

Yili launched the breakthrough product in Tetra Top 200ml with large resealable screw caps.

“We are pleased to be able to support our customer [in delivering] a premium product in a growing category,” says Charles Brand, executive vice president, product management and commercial operations at Tetra Pak. “This has been made possible by our expertise in the entire processing and packaging process—our ambient yogurt processing capability, the know-how of heating large food particles and our ability to customize the packaging system.”

“The new Tetra Pak TT/3 AD filling system has been designed to allow the particles to pass through seamlessly, and the new Tetra Top package uses a large resealable opening that makes it easy for consumers to drink the yogurt with large fruit pieces,” he adds.

Including large fruit pieces within an ambient beverage product is a challenging process. The heating of the product must be done carefully to ensure that the fruit pieces are not damaged or broken down during the process, and the filling and packaging need to ensure even distribution of the fruit particles, keeping the quality and integrity of the final product.