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A Transparent Bag-On-Valve Innovation Creates On-Shelf Impact

Introducing APPE SprayPET® Reveal

Bag-on-valve (BOV) continues to be the most innovative aerosol spray technology. However, one of the few limitations is that the aluminium can normally used with BOV prevents the consumer from being able to see the product inside.

SprayPET® by APPE is a plastic alternative to standard aluminum bag-on-valve cans. This packaging offers unique benefits for manufacturers seeking a branding opportunity that is practical, cost effective and sustainable. The container is lightweight and offers a reduced carbon footprint of almost one-third when compared to aluminum equivalents of bag-on-valve.* Used with standard valves and actuators, the container is recyclable, has great design flexibility and will not dent or rust.

SprayPET Reveal, A Fully Transparent Container and Pouch

plastic bag-on-valve packagingIn February of 2015, APPE launched SprayPET® Reveal, a combination of APPE’s transparent SprayPET® container with Power Container Corp’s Power Pouch dispensing system. Bag-on-valve pouches, usually opaque silver in colour, are flexible multilayer laminated bags, made from layers of nylon, polyethylene and aluminium. Power Pouch is manufactured from single-layer PET, yet retains all of the benefits of bag-on-valve technology — and it is completely transparent.

When combined with the transparent APPE SprayPET® container, the result is a see-through aerosol solution that provides complete product visibility and on-shelf impact and differentiation. Attractive printing and sleeving options are available so that the full pouch or parts of the pouch inside are visible.

Applications of SprayPET® Reveal

Suitable for use with compressed-gas, non-flammable propellant combinations and bag-on-valve propellant systems, SprayPET® has widespread applications in food, personal care and home care products. It will initially be available in a FEA-approved 220ml brimful container, which can be used with a 125/130 ml bag-on-valve. For the UK market a 335ml can volume will also be available.

Innovating Your Product with Aurena in SprayPET® Reveal

At Aurena, we intend to offer SprayPET® Reveal for  liquid and gel products. These features will give product developers and marketers many new options to differentiate and stand-out. APPE SprayPET Reveal

If you are interested in adding this innovative new bag-on-valve packaging option to your product, please contact us to discuss your project.

Source: *climatop claims is almost one-third lower to aluminium equivalents when used in a bag-on-valve application.



Food and Beverage Products in Bag-On-Valve Take Taste and Convenience to the Next Level

Bertolli olive oil spray uses Bag-on-Valve packaging to keep the product fresher, longer.

Imagine the convenience and health benefits of adding just the right amount of a food product to your daily snacks and meals. No mess, no waste — just pure, delicious food.

It can be possible with food products in bag-on-valve packaging.

The driving force behind this more recent innovation has been the demand for convenient, safe and environmentally friendly packaging that keeps the product fresh longer without sacrificing taste or presentation. Add to this the growth of busy, urban lifestyles, cooking for one, health consciousness, and minimizing time and waste — it’s no surprise that bag-on-valve packaging has become more interesting for developers and marketers in the food and beverage industries.

Food and beverage products suitable for bag-on-valve packaging

With this in mind, we’ve seen more companies take on the development and testing of food and beverage products in BOV. The product options continue to expand into new, and one might even say, unexpected territory. What started with oils has emerged into a pantry full of goods, including:

  • Edible oils — it is possible to create sprayable oils with any additives
  • Salad dressings
  • Concentrated coffee to make ice coffee or lattes – just add cold or hot milk
  • Pancake batter
  • And why not a good wine…

Wine in Bag-on-Valve packaging is being developed to maintain the quality of wine in an opened bottle.

Our personal favourite is wine. With bag-on-valve you can hopefully soon pour a glass of a nice Australian Shiraz wine without exposing the remaining wine to light or oxygen. This helps to maintain the quality of the wine, even if it’s an “opened” bottle. With the new transparent PET-aerosol cans and also a transparent bag inside you can also see through both the can and the bag so you know how much wine is left. Wine in bag-on-valve isn’t on the market yet, but we are hoping to start producing samples in the near future.  Let me know if you want to be among the first to try…

Benefits of using bag-on-valve packaging

The primary benefit of food and beverages in bag-on-valve is the freshness and purity. The product itself is separated from the propellant and protected from light and air. This ensures integrity of the product and helps keep food fresher and tastier longer. The packaging also offers the following benefits:

  • Precise, efficient usage – spray where the product is needed.
  • Less waste and mess – use only what you need.
  • Convenient, practical and even a little bit fun to use.
  • Environmentally friendly – fully recyclable.

What foods and beverages would you like to try in bag-on-valve?

The possibilities are almost endless for product development using this packaging technology. Is there a food or beverage you’d like to try innovating in BOV? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, send via email or join us on Twitter.

Dual Dispensing Aerosols: Another Innovation for Bag-On-Valve

As we’ve mentioned in past blog posts, bag-on-valve holds the product in a pouch inside the can. While this is already an excellent way to maintain product integrity and apply products, some product developers seek a packaging solution that would allow two products to be separated in the can. This would mean that in just one package, you could use a highly innovative valve technology to dispense two product streams from a multi chamber system.

The answer is dual dispensing aerosol.

How Does Dual Dispensing Aerosol Work?

Dual dispensing aerosol would allow for filling of two different mediums separated from each other into a dual bag-on-valve system. For dispensing, it could be possible to choose between pre-mixing of the products in the dispensing head or as separate products. This means that mixing is effected while spraying or by the user after application. Another option is to activate the two dispenses independently, so that the formulations can be used one after another.  This revolutionary dual-dispense opens up new possible aerosol applications and markets.

Uses for Dual Dispensing Aerosols

The uses for dual dispensing are just beginning to be explored. Here are a few that we anticipate seeing on the horizon:

  • Hair colouring and other cosmetic applications such as anti-aging creams, high-end gels and lotions
  • Food products
  • Technical products such as glues
  • Pharmaceutical products

Dual Dispensing Aerosol Suppliers

There are currently two companies working on the dual dispensing aerosol innovation:

Lindal Group

Lindal began to innovate their dual dispensing aerosol, called the “Bi-Power Valve”, in 2011. In 2013, they earned The Fédération Européenne des Aérosols (FEA)’s Most Innovative Aerosol Product award for GlowSpray®, an instant “liquid-light” in a spray can for use on t-shirts, running socks, and for other outdoor uses, such as camping, hiking, hunting, and holidays. Using the Bi-Power valve, they were able to keeps the two chemical light components separate until the moment you press the actuator.

Lindal’s Bi-Power Valve illustration shows two choices for dispensing: mix products in actuator before dispensing, or dispense each product separately.

Lindal’s Bi-Power Valve illustration shows two choices for dispensing: mix products in actuator before dispensing, or dispense each product separately.

Toyo Aerosol Industry

The DUAL by Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol is shown here, highlighting the two bags and valves.

The DUAL by Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol is shown here, highlighting the two bags and valves.

Toyo Aerosol Industry, a Japanese company, is expanding into the European market through a joint venture , named –Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol GmbH–, with Care Connection GmbH that will combine sustainable aerosol solutions with innovation. Together, they introduced their dual dispensing aerosol called The DUAL. It received an award at the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum in 2014 for its use in Hygiene, Beauty and Coloration (hair dye). The DUAL offers automatic mixing of the two product components at the push of the actuator. Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol is currently recommending the DUAL for hair colour, dental, cosmetics, adhesives, and skin care and lifestyle products like ’’Glow Sprays.”

Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol offers The DUAL from its production in Neutraubling/Germany and support their customer with its high tech R&D centers in Germany and Japan.

Tell us what you think

We think the dual dispensing aerosol is an exciting innovation for bag-on-valve technology. What applications and uses do you think would benefit from dual dispensing? Send us your thoughts in the comments below, email us to get the conversation started or send us a tweet.

Discover Bag-On-Valve at CPhI: October 7-9, 2014

Are you looking to develop a modern, bag-on-valve medical device? Meet Aurena Laboratories at CPhI from October 7-9 to find out how.

CPhI Worldwide, the premier pharmaceutical sourcing event, is taking place in October in Paris. Aurena Laboratories will be at the show, featuring more than a dozen products, including our newest bag-on-valve medical device: an innovative, no-rub burn gel spray suitable for over-the-counter and emergency first-aid use.cphi logo jpg

We will also be highlighting our other registered and approved bag-on-valve products, available for contract manufacturing:

Schedule an appointment to find out how Aurena can help you get your medical device into market with our range of services.

To confirm a time, please follow this link and book online:

Aurena will be located at 1F69. We look forward to seeing you there!


Highlighting Bag-on-valve Trusted Suppliers

In February, we wrote about our trusted bag-on-valve suppliers and the important role they play in the innovation and success of bag-on-valve. We’ve since updated our list of suppliers and featured them in a slide presentation to showcase the role each supplier plays in bringing bag-on-valve technology to market.

Please visit the slide presentation below, and feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to discuss partnership opportunities.

What pharma companies can learn from the success of bag-on-valve sunscreen

Bag-on-valve technology allows sunscreen to be sprayed from any angle.

Picture this: you’ve just arrived to a sunny destination and are digging in your suitcase for sunscreen. You discover that your bottled lotion-based products have leaked all over your beach wear. Now you have a mess to deal with and have lost much of the sun protection that you needed for the week.

Is the packaging of your lotion, cream or gel-based product causing this problem for your customers? We’re here to tell you that modern options exist to make application, effectiveness and even transport easier and worry-free for your customers. The solution is bag-on-valve.

The success of bag-on-valve for consumer products

Bag-on-valve has been a huge success in sunscreen sprays, particularly in the US and Canada. Coppertone was the first big brand to launch it, but now it is readily available by many brands including store brands and private label brands. Recognizing the success of bag-on-valve for sunscreen, prompted Vaseline to introduce their Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer. This is a significant innovation in consumer product application, allowing the user to apply lotion from any angle without the need to rub it in.

What does this mean for your pharma spray products?

Apply sunscreen without having to rub it in when using a product with bag-on-valve technology.

The key benefits and selling features for sunscreen and moisturizers in bag-on-valve are the same for those buying or using pharma spray products:

  • Continuous spray at any angle: makes application easy for those with mobility issues or with wounds or skin care issues that are difficult to reach

  • No need to rub in the product: allows for comfortable application without cross contaminating

  • No chilling or stinging effect: minimizes pain

  • Attractive packaging: makes your product stand out on store shelves

  • The can doesn’t leak: a convenient, worry-free experience

The other important benefit of bag-on-valve technology is the guarantee of product integrity due to how it’s packaged. Imagine offering your customers a sterile continuous eye wash spray for emergency first aid use, or a saline-based nasal spray that makes cleaning the nasal cavity gentle and convenient? It’s possible with bag-on-valve.

Learn from what sunscreen brands have already embraced and consider bag-on-valve technology for your pharma spray product. Contact us to make it happen.

Bag-on-valve feature in Spray Magazine

We are proud to be featured in a recent issue of Spray Magazine, with an article that highlights the integrity of bag-on-valve products. Click the image below to read the full article. For more information, contact us to discuss opportunities to innovate your medical device into bag-on-valve.

Aurena Laboratories is proud to be featured in a recent issue of Spray Magazine featuring bag-on-valve products.

The Importance of Barrier Laminates in Bag-On-Valve Packaging

We’ve already shared with you how bag-on-valve (BOV) technology keeps the product separate from the propellant. But did you know about the importance and role of the multiple layers of laminates in the bag?

The concept of bag-on-valve technology is the combination of an airless one-way valve system and modern barrier pouch packaging. The BOV laminated films creates a barrier that prevents interaction between the product and the environment. This means oxygen, dust, contamination, light, mechanical impact, gas and moisture are not exposed to the product. The result is a protected and in some cases sterile product.

What makes the lamination films special?

The barrier laminations used in bag-on-valve typically consist of a four material layer with adhesives in between. Extensive research has gone into developing these laminates and each layer has a specific purpose that guarantees the chemical and mechanical resistance based on the filled product. Below is a graphic describing the layers of the lamination film used in a typical BOV product.

Barrier laminations used in bag-on-valve typically consist of a four material layer with adhesives in between

How are the laminates made?

The bag-on-valve laminated films arrives to the BOV component manufacturers in large rolls. In the bag-on-valve production process, the laminate is folded and welded into a pouch, which is then welded to the aerosol valve. This makes a hermetically sealed BOV package. Each BOV is then leak tested in the production line before being shipped to the customers for product filling.

The laminated films in BOV products from Aurena comes mainly from the leading laminate supplier Amcor. They are today the premier source of laminates for the international BOV-industry.

If you would like to partner with Aurena to manufacture your medical device into bag-on-valve packaging, please contact us to make it possible.

Helping the Environment with Modern Bag-on-Valve Technology

Bag on Valve Aerosol Spray

Bag-on-valve remains one of the most innovative and unique ways to package and dispense pharmaceutical andmedical device products. But did you know that it reduces the environmental footprint during the packaging process and life cycle of the product?

In this slide presentation, we explain how.

Ready to help the environment one spray at a time? Evolve your product into bag-on-valve technology with the bag on valve experts at Aurena.

Trusted Bag-On-Valve Solutions Start With Trusted Suppliers

Trusted suppliers lead to trusted bag-on-valve solutions

As a contract manufacturer specialising in bag-on-valve technology, Aurena is committed to delivering exceptional products to its customers. But in this blog post, we would like to put focus on the suppliers of components and machines that help companies like Arena be successful. Together we make this packaging technology suitable for many existing and new products.

A Leading Supplier: Aptar Group

The largest supplier of bag-on-valve components today is Aptar Group, which was formed by the merge of a number of leading companies offering different product distribution systems. The bag-on-valve business at Aptar originates from the acquisition of EP Spray System and Seaquist Perfect Dispensing several years ago. EP Spray System of Neuchatel, Switzerland is considered to be the driving force in developing the modern bag-on-valve market.

An important creative mind behind the success of bag-on-valve has been Mr. Georges Buille who was the Marketing Manager at EP Spray and then became the VP of Business Development OTC at Aptar Group. Mr. Buille’s commitment to spreading the word about bag-on-valve has had a significant impact in establishing bag-on-valve at the front of innovative dispensing solutions. He recently left the packaging industry to pursue other challenges and Aurena is grateful and appreciative of his outstanding achievements.

Other suppliers that serve the aerosol industry with bag-on-valve components

  • Lindal Group: Known for trusted BOV components and a strong commitment to innovation. Lindal is leading the development of BOV technology for food applications, such as the edible oils.

  • Coster: The Italian company Coster is another great supplier of bag-on-valve with a complete range of components. Costar is the only company in the bag-on-valve industry that supplies both the dispensing system as well as the necessary filling machines.

  • Power Container: Offers unique bag-on-valve system based on PET pouches.

  • Precision Valve: A global aerosol component supplier that also offers bag-on-valve.

  • Summit: The Summit bag-on-valve system consists of a lower cost BOV based on a three-layer pouch.

In addition to these suppliers, there are also suppliers based in China and the Czech Republic that are offering bag-on-valve components. Three worth noting are Majesty Valves, EC Packing and KOH-I-NOOR.

It’s not only the components that are essential to effective and efficient bag-on-valve packaging — the aerosol filling machines are also very critical. These machines are designed specifically for bag-on-valve filling. Trusted suppliers include Pamasol, MBC Aerosol, Coster, Terco, RA Jones, COS-MA.R. and Aerosol Systems Company (ASC).

If you are looking to work with a bag-on-valve contract manufacturer or need private label medical devices, make sure they are partnered with solid suppliers offering the latest in component innovation and technology.