Dean Foods and Tetra Pak Team Up Over Milk for Hungry Texas Kids
Dean Foods and Tetra Pak have teamed up to donate milk to hungry children in North Texas, some of whom may not have access to a refrigerator. That's where Tetra Pak comes in with aseptic technology that allows kids to take home unrefrigerated containers of milk once a week, along with other, non-perishable foods:
Dean Foods and packaging company Tetra Pak have donated 250,000 special cartons of milk that stay fresh for a year to the North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program. That’s $92,500 worth — a three-month supply for the program — which the companies’ workers helped distribute at an event on Wednesday. Employees at Dallas-based Dean Foods came up with the idea of donating to Food 4 Kids in September 2010. But the company’s local Oak Farms plant doesn’t make milk that can sit unrefrigerated on shelves. So Dean started working with Tetra Pak to produce milk in aseptic packaging.
Aseptic technology sterilizes food with “ultra-high” temperatures (between 279 and 284 degrees), said Carla Fantoni, vice president of communications for Tetra Pak. The food is then put in sterile containers and sealed to keep out air, light and contaminants.