French supplier ESI Nutrition, a division of dairy cooperative Laïta, has opened up a new production line located in Ploudaniel in the northern part of France. The facility just completed its first commercial run focusing on liquid infant formula in two new bottle options: 70 ml and 90 ml.
ESI produces the product for retailers to develop under their private label lines and also develops ready-to-drink sports and nutrition products too.
The newly installed equipment consists of a sterilization module followed by aseptic filling and complete with a secondary packaging unit. The facility has increased the company’s production capacity and provides state-of-the-art quality control.
With this investment, ESI Nutrition also wanted to expand the range of packaging formats available to its customers and released the new bottle sizes to go along with its popular, smaller options, such as its flagship “nourettes,” which are liquid infant formula bottles prepackaged in ready-to-use baby bottles with a dedicated screw top and adapted teat that are handed out in maternity wards. They are ergonomically designed for easier handling and translucent to keep track of how much has been consumed.
“Seeing the first market-ready bottles coming out of the line was a big milestone for the company and we are really excited for the addition of these new options to our range,” said Mathieu Lucot, marketing manager at ESI Nutrition. “Not only will it open up opportunities for our customers in the infant nutrition market, but it could also benefit sports nutrition brands and even be a great match for highly concentrated clinical nutrition formulas.”
Lucot added, “Regardless of the application, our team of experts are here to provide our customers unparalleled support throughout the process, from navigating the regulatory landscape and creating a formula that meet their specific needs to getting their brand on the packaging.”