PepsiCo Names Sunsweet Growers Hot Fill Co-packer of the Year for 2008
Sunsweet, which has teamed with PepsiCo for seven years, was chosen from over 20 packers for its ability to provide Hot Filled products for all QTG (Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade) and PCNA (Pepsi-Cola North America) Supply Chains. PepsiCo rated its packers based on quality, customer service, and cost.
The Hot Fill process is used to eliminate the use of preservatives, which can alter the taste of products. Sunsweet uses the technology to package PepsiCo products such as Dole juices, Lipton Teas, and SoBe beverages.
Dodson notes that PepsiCo has an intricate and extensive quality complaints control system, which means there is no room for error in the packaging process.
Sunsweet uses the same Hot Fill technology to package Sunsweet Prune Juice and Sunsweet PlumSmart. Sunsweet's years of contract packaging experience have proven invaluable to the snacks and soft drinks giant, which relies on standardization in its operating systems.