Some juice packages have switched to an economical coloring mode

Some juice packages have switched to an economical coloring mode

A photo: Vladimir MAZENKO

About 30 years ago, glass bottles were the main container for milk in Russia, although many people went for milk with enameled cans. But today, seven out of ten milk and juice packages sold in Russia are produced by the Swedish company Tetra Pak. These figures are given by representatives of the packaging giant, trying to convince the Swedish authorities to lift the recently introduced ban on the export of Tetra Pak products to Russia. The company insists that the supply of raw materials and equipment for packaging is of a humanitarian nature, because milk and juices are, among other things, baby food. Another argument of Tetra Pak is that the export ban could give Russia access to unique Swedish technologies in the event of the nationalization of the company’s assets. But the Swedish Chamber of Commerce remains adamant so far – no business with Russia, period.

Packaging production is not only cardboard, it is also special knives, cutting steel, air heaters and other important components that allow you to pour drinks in sterile conditions and ensure long shelf life. And while Tetra Pak is struggling with how to lift the imposed export bans to Russia, Tetra Pak’s Lobnya plant near Moscow is looking for alternative suppliers of raw materials.

The National Union of Milk Producers (Sroyuzmoloko) believes that it is too early to sound the alarm, because production in the Russian Tetra Pak is largely localized, alternatives to imported cardboard have already been found, and work is underway to solve problems with the supply of paints.

– Production of packaging material at the Tetra Pak factory in the Moscow region and shipments to food industry enterprises continue, said KP Director of Public Relations of the National Union of Milk Producers Maria Zhebit. – TetraPak has not confirmed Soyuzmoloko’s departure of the parent company from Russia. The work of the department is maintained in the same mode, partners are provided with spare parts and packaging materials. At the same time, there are also Russian packaging manufacturers, and there is no talk of switching to glass.

However, the situation cannot be called completely cloudless either. Indeed, due to interruptions in the supply of raw materials, the company had previously abandoned the production of 2-liter packages, some juice packages switched to an economical coloring mode (see “Turn on the color! Why juice and milk packages have turned white sharply in Russia”), and dairy products manufacturers (for example, the Molvest company) reported a shortage of packaging for kefir and fermented baked milk. And it’s time for us to unambiguously make it clear to the Swedes – if anything, we can uncover the cans!

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