• 350,000

    Babies are born each day.

  • 8.2 billion

    Project global population by 2029

  • 10.1%

    Projected CAGR by 2026

Capture your share of the growth in today鈥檚 crowded retail marketplace.

The world鈥檚 current population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by聽one billion聽over the next 12 years 鈥攔eaching聽9.6 billion by 2050. With approximately聽350,000 babies born each day聽around the world, the future looks bright for powdered infant formula. In fact, the projected CAGR is expected to reach聽10.1% by 2026.

To capture your fair share of this growth in today鈥檚 crowded retail marketplace, you need every advantage you can get. That means finding unique ways to visually stand out on the shelf, while also delivering functional benefits to engage consumers and keep them coming back for more. And all the better if you can do all this while maintaining or decreasing your manufacturing costs. Our new PureShield composite can helps you do all that and more.

Once a challenge. Now an opportunity.

The packaging of powdered infant formula involves the use of Modified Atmosphere Processing Systems (MAPs) that remove oxygen and replace it with inert gases. Oxygen promotes deteriorative reactions in food powders that lead to negative effects like the loss of nutritional quality. Inert gases such as nitrogen or a mixture of nitrogen and CO2 help to extend the formula鈥檚 shelf life and prevent spoilage due to oxidation.

  • Pre-Gassing

    Pre-gassing is the process of gas replacement throughout the filling process, beginning prior to filling. Pre-gassing systems are designed to provide product with low and controlled residual oxygen levels to the packaging machines. Sonoco composite cans have been proven to perform in pre-gassing systems for powdered infant formula.

  • Post-Gassing

    Post-gassing is the process of gas replacement after filling. These systems have very low gas consumption and require highly specialized technology since oxygen is removed directly from the filled package. In its existing structure, the composite can could not be run on a post-gassing system...until now.

The Science Behind the Solution

Now, Sonoco鈥檚 PureShield solution allows you to stand out from the crowd even with a post-gassing system, without the need to invest in new filling equipment. PureShield combines the product performance of a high-strength composite can with a patented gas channel end designed to allow gas exchange during the filling process, all while withstanding the vacuum pressures of post-gassing filling.

The added benefits of PureShield include:

鈥 Runs on existing post-gassing assets
鈥⒙燦o change is required to current batch vacuum-flushing process
鈥⒙燙apable of maintaining current line speeds
鈥⒙燦o increase of N2 consumption
鈥⒙燤inimal changes required to conveying and seaming equipment
鈥 Achieves residual O2 below 2%

PureShield鈩 Features


Includes scoop management and leveling feature tor accurate dosing


Variety of options available, including easy-open (EZO)


Protective laminate structure for moisture and oxygen barrier


Recycled fiber content and structural rigidity for impact, implosion and crush resistance


Smooth printing surface for premium graphics; optional anti-counterfeiting technologies incorporated


Compatible with post-gassing assets

Customize PureShield鈩 with an array of convenience and security features.

Performance in the Store

  • A premium label for enhanced shelf presence, with clear graphics and paper/printing options including matte, glossy, pearlescent and metallic inks; kraft/natural paper; embossing; holographic details; and integrated coupons
  • Anti-counterfeiting printing technologies and inks integrated into the label artwork, for reassurance of authenticity.
  • A fully adhered label enclosed within the seamed package that is impossible to remove.
  • Customizable ends, including our Level-Rite庐 membrane, Safe-Rim庐 easy-open end, Ultraseal庐 membrane and Sealed-Safe庐 membranes. Our paper Sealed-Safe membrane is unique to Sonoco, serving as an additional authentication measure. And our D-shaped Sealed-Safe membrane builds in a leveling feature for added function, even without a functional overcap.

Performance on the Plant Floor

Improved safety due to quieter, safer package on lines*
Less wear and tear on equipment, saving maintenance costs associated with labor, parts and downtime*
High-speed packaging
Potential reduction in shipping costs: potential package weight reduction*

  • The Formula

    A Formula for Success = Personality + Protection + Performance

    In today鈥檚 competitive environment, three advantages are always better than one, and that鈥檚 especially true when it comes to the powdered infant formula market. Your package has to uniquely present your brand, ensure the integrity of your product and deliver performance advantages that enhance your manufacturing and your marketing. PureShield delivers a winning formula you can count on.

  • Personality


    One of the key benefits is the unique retail presentation that captures your brand's personality. With a shelf presence designed to engage, paperboard containers are proven to be appealing on a supermarket shelf. Your logo can be showcased using high-impact graphics providing full 360 degree visibility. A variety of metallic, matte/gloss, and embossed label finishes are available to heighten your brand鈥檚 appeal on shelf. Also, the elimination of reinforcement beads offers improved graphics as compared to a metal can.


    The round body and over-cap combination also offers a great deal of functionality for consumers:

    鈥 Easy to hold
    鈥 Easy on the go
    鈥 Easy to store
    鈥 Easy to open
    鈥 Easy to re-close

  • Protection


    The multiple benefits delivered by the composite can are the result of the multiple layers involved in its construction, which begins with the can body plies, made of recycled paper, a variety of internal liner structures for barrier protection and a range of top and bottom closure options, combined with a range of ends and over-caps. In addition to protecting the product inside, our peelable membrane is easy to remove and leaves no sharp edges, thereby protecting your customers, unlike metal cans.

  • Performance


    Denting is a common issue and complaint with metal cans. In a recent test, Sonoco composite cans shipped internationally in South America revealed significantly less transportation abuse than their metal counterparts.

    In a recent test, composite cans showed significantly less shipping damage over metal counterparts.

    1.5%聽of steel cans showed damage

    0.5%聽of composite cans showed damage


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Complete this form to request more information about Sonoco鈥檚 PureShield PIF packaging solution and to download our whitepaper. We鈥檙e looking forward to putting the industry鈥檚 largest packaging portfolio to work for you.

PureShield Whitepaper

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