VERNON HILLS, Ill., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana has received 60,000 aseptic packages of chocolate milk on behalf of Tetra Pak(R) and their packaging customer, Gossner. The donation was coordinated through America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network. This donation is the second from the companies. An initial donation was made last fall. America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization and, through their network of more than 200 food banks, distributes more than two billion pounds of food and grocery products to 25 million Americans in need each year. "This generous, and necessary donation could not have come at a better time," said Michael Halligan, Sr. Vice President of Food Sourcing and Logistics. "Nutritious shelf-stable products are sorely needed by hungry Americans throughout the year. Shelf-stable products are essential during a disaster response because those who are hungry may not have the means to refrigerate or prepare the food they need." Providing for thousands of people on a regular basis takes careful planning and preparation. Tetra Pak recognizes that unfortunately, most food and beverage products contain strict expiration dates because the packaging prohibits an extended shelf life. With milk packaged in aseptic packaging from Tetra Pak, Second Harvest can store the product much longer, ultimately assisting more families and eliminating potential waste once products can no longer be served. Aseptic technology keeps food safe, fresh and flavorful for at least six months -- without refrigeration or preservatives. In addition, the patented barrier technology protects delicate and natural flavors as well as seals in taste and nutrition. Tetra Pak's aseptic process is based on the principle of ensuring that both food and packaging materials are free of harmful bacteria at the moment the food is packaged. The packages also provide a better facing for storage purpose, giving Second Harvest the opportunity to shelve more product in a given area because it takes up to 30% less shelf space than a bottle or can. Aside from such innovative leaps in the industry, Tetra Pak remains committed to serving as a good corporate citizen. According to Jeff Kellar, vice president of strategic development at Tetra Pak, "This isn't about the latest technology, or best package design; it's about getting an essential food staple to people who need it most, and through the easiest means possible." About Tetra Pak Tetra Pak's motto 'protects what's good' reflects the philosophy upon which we conduct our business in order to make food safe and available, everywhere. Operating in more than 165 markets with 20,900 employees, Tetra Pak believes in responsible industry leadership, creating profitable growth in harmony with good corporate citizenship and a sustainable approach to business. We work closely with our suppliers and customers on preferred processing and packaging solutions to provide convenient, innovative and environmentally sound products to millions of people worldwide.
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