FirstWave Innovations and ProAmpac Partner to Offer Short Run Digital Spouted Pouches for Aseptic Filling

Raleigh, N.C., March 7, 2023 – FirstWave Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of SinnovaTek and a co-manufacturer of aseptic food products, has partnered with ProAmpac, a global leader in flexible packaging and material science, to bring to market aseptic spouted pouches leveraging ProAmpac’s Rochester, NY capabilities which includes highly flexible, low minimum order quantity.

FirstWave is a leader in aseptic food processing utilizing proprietary aseptic spouted pouch and filling technology from Scholle IPN. The companies partnered utilizing ProAmpac’s short-run pouching capabilities to allow co-packers to launch aseptic shelf-stable liquid food in a convenient, flexible custom-printed spouted pouch using Scholle IPN’s patented aseptic-capable fitment.

FirstWave’s aseptic filling technology and ProAmpac’s short-run pouching capabilities allow co-packers to launch aseptic shelf-stable liquid food in a convenient, flexible custom-printed spouted pouch. This new capability is ideal for market trials, trade shows, product samples, and launches. This matches FirstWave’s precision-scale processing capabilities, enabling new aseptic products at any scale

“When launching new products, it’s not uncommon to have a label update or even multiple versions of a label,” explained Michael Druga, SinnovaTek chief executive officer. “We’re happy to offer a low-commitment and low-risk way to test new products while showcasing high-quality graphics in this new spouted flexible pouch format.”

The aseptic packaging technology provides shelf-stable liquid food in a convenient reclosable flexible spouted pouch. With aseptic packaging, a sterile product is filled into a sterile package within a sterile environment creating a shelf-stable food package without the need for refrigeration. Example applications in this format range from the existing baby food pouches common on store shelves to innovative new products like fruit smoothies, coffees, and spreads.

Using ProAmpac’s short-run digitally printed pouches eliminates upfront engraving costs, and multiple products can be grouped during the printing process to maximize efficiency. This capability, combined with short-run pouching at ProAmpac’s Rochester, NY ISO 13485 certified site, enables new products to get to market without the expense of larger production runs and with the shelf appeal of flexographic printed packaging rather than applied labels.

“Spouted pouches continue to replace rigid containers in new applications and partnering with SinnovaTek’s proprietary aseptic technology is a great opportunity to leverage this trend using less packaging in a growing food technology platform,” said Sal Pellingra, ProAmpac VP global package design, applications and business development. “This is another great example of collaboration utilizing our broad capabilities to help partners and brands get new products to market with less complexity and increased speed.”

Available pouch sizes include 3.2, 4, or 8 oz.

About SinnovaTek

SinnovaTek is a leading developer and integrator of advanced food processing equipment and technology through its family of companies including SinnoVita and FirstWave. As a certified B corporation, SinnovaTek’s mission is to promote worldwide health and wellness by fostering the delivery of high quality, healthy foods through sustainable methods.

The SinnovaTek family of companies provides several pathways to service its customers’ needs:

  • SinnovaTek: Provides high-quality continuous flow microwave processing systems and pumps to food manufacturers along with the engineering and R&D support to make them successful.
  • SinnoVita: Provides science-backed VITERO ingredient technologies to reduce food waste and increase nutrient delivery.
  • FirstWave: Provides a platform for companies to test and launch new products in a high quality aseptic format without the minimum order quantities that are normally required for a launch, enabling SinnovaTek to service customer production needs before they are ready to move to a larger scale.

About ProAmpac
ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company with a comprehensive product offering, providing creative packaging solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning innovation to a diverse global marketplace. ProAmpac’s approach to sustainability – ProActive Sustainability® – provides innovative sustainable flexible packaging products to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. We are guided in our work by five core values that are the basis for our success: Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, Involvement and Impact. Cincinnati-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and co-investors. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

About Scholle IPN (Now SIG)

SIG is a leading provider of sustainable, innovative, and flexible packaging solutions. We work in partnership with our customers to bring food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way. Visit

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