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Manufacturing agreement required with a service partner in Europe for ready to drink chilled coffee.

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ABSTRACT

An Irish based company now request a suitable manufacturing partner with an emphasis on liquid filling capabilities of the bag in the box process. The manufacturing partner must have the expertise to produce and pre fill liquids under aseptic conditions.
All European countries considered excluding the UK.
This Irish company is developing a sales campaign to promote their brand of chilled coffee for sale in various retail food outlets.


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This Irish company are about to embark on an exciting launch of a chilled coffee drink in the convenience food, food service and hospitality sectors. The most significant proposition this product offers is a healthy option to alternative cold soft drinks.
Chilled coffee is commonly described in the food service sector as Nitro coffee. Nitrogen, a chemical element with the symbol N and atomic number 7, is a transparent, odourless gas that can be added to coffee, hence the term Nitro. By adding Nitrogen it leads to a foamy, caffeinated beverage.
Chilled or Nitro coffee is not a new concept but is an emerging consumer choice here in Ireland and in some European countries due to exposure in countries where it is part of everyday consumption.
The coffee is dispensed through a pump similar to the traditional beer pump we see in any bar. The coffee itself is filled into a sterile bag in a box. The bag in a box is a type of container for storage of the coffee. It consists of a strong plastic bag made of several layers of metallised film which is then placed in a corrugated fibre board box. The coffee is then chilled via a cooling coil. The product is chilled post heat treatment to <15C.
The promoters have identified opportunities in the Irish market and have defined a product offer that can compete in an open market and provide a healthier option to consumers.

The rise in chilled coffee as an alternative drink is driven by life style and healthier options. It is important that chilled coffee is not confused with cold coffee which is not a recognised consumer product as defined by retail analysts.

They are now seeking a manufacturing partner in Europe with an expertise in pre- filling liquids under aseptic conditions. Aseptic filling is a technique used where the product is first pasteurized by heating to 180-220F for a few minutes, then cooled and filled at room temperature.

This partner must have the capabilities to produce this product to a predetermined mix in order to replicate test production principles as determined in collaboration with a professional food research and development institute. The potential partner must have in house mixing capabilities, as off site blending is not an option if the required standard is to be attained.

Nitro coffee provides a great tasting coffee base, low calorie, dairy and gluten free beverage choice for consumers. Nitro coffee offers consumers an alternative choice to carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and other high calorie iced coffee beverages.

For the retailer, consumer demand for chilled coffee is at an all time high and growing. Bag in a box coffee offers retailers the opportunity to sell chilled coffee in a quick and easy to dispense format, with no refrigerated logistics required.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: FSSC22000
ISO 22000
ISO 9001:2008

In terms of expertise, the partner must have the capabilities to produce Nitro coffee to a predetermined mix in order to replicate test production results as determined in collaboration with a professional food research and development institute. The potential partner must have in house mixing capabilities.

Aseptic practice is a must.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Seeking a manufacturing agreement. The service partner must have a commercial history in manufacturing and filling aseptic liquids in bag in a box format. Must be able to demonstrate a credible contract filling and manufacturing capability.

The manufacturing partner will have the exclusivity of producing for this Irish promoter.


Advantages & innovations:

There are numerous advantages which this product can offer to both the consumer and the retailer. Nitro coffee provides a great tasting coffee base, low calorie, dairy and gluten free beverage choice for consumers. Nitro coffee offers consumers an alternative choice to carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and other high calorie iced coffee beverages.

Similarly,the manufacturing partner will benefit. As the popularity of Nitro coffee grows the manufacturer will benefit from the increased volume in demand. This consumer trend is a long way off saturation point so the chosen manufacturer can enjoy a robust supply opportunity for some time to come.

For the retailer, consumer demand for chilled coffee is robust and growing. Bag in a box coffee offers retailers the opportunity to sell chilled coffee in a quick and easy to dispense format, with no refrigerated logistics required.


Development Stage:

Field tested/evaluated - The promoters have recently completed a food industry development programme with a nationally recognised food research institution. This was a collaborative programme between both parties and the main objective was to provide technical support to the promoters in preparation for commercialisation. The product has been test marketed and is now ready for the next stage, that of production.


IPR:

Secret Know-how,Trade Marks - The promoters completed a food industry development programme with a well recognised food research institution. This was a collaborative programme between and the main objective was to provide technical support to the promoters in preparation for commercialisation. That development programme is now complete.

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
IRELAND
Profile date
27/06/2017
Deadline
27/06/2018

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Manufacturing agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Food and Drink \ Packaging
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Technologies for the food industry / Drink Technology / AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Technologies for the food industry / Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food / AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Technologies for the food industry / Food Packaging / Handling / AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Technologies for the food industry / Food Processing / AGROFOOD INDUSTRY / Food quality and safety / Traceability of food
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of other non-distilled fermented beverages
MARKET KEYWORDS
CONSUMER RELATED / Retailing / Other retailing / CONSUMER RELATED / Food and Beverages / Health food / OTHER / Manufacturing / Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number BRIE20170302001