Seeking novel bottle and/or bottle closure sanitation methods that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals and/or water in the sanitation process

Posted by PepsiCoResponsive · Specific Technical Innovation · Project Size Range : 250,000 - 1,000,000 € · Deadline at 04/12/2020 · United States

Desired outcome

PepsiCo is seeking novel bottle and/or bottle closure sanitation methods that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals and/or water in the sanitation process.

It is very important to sanitize packaging containing beverages intended for human consumption. Failure to adequately sanitize bottles and bottle closures to remove bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts, and spores may have serious consequences with respect to product quality and safety, potentially leading to negative customer reactions or even product recall.

Peracetic acid (PAA) is a commonly employed and highly effective sanitizer, particularly when used in conjunction with hydrogen peroxide. However, PAA sanitation processes involve a significant amount of water throughout the process including dilution, water rinsing of packaging post-treatment and chemical disposal. Globally, trillions of gallons of beverages are bottled each year. While preserved carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) are the traditional leader in market share, other drinks such as bottled water, juices, non-preserved CSDs, and ready-to-drink teas and coffees are gaining in share. New inventions are needed to ensure that these drinks remain safe, while reducing unnecessary chemical and/or water consumption during production. Proposed solutions should achieve the following objectives:

•Reduce or eliminate the amount of water used in bottle and/or bottle closure sanitation processes; and/or
•Reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals in bottle and/or bottle closure sanitation processes.


Key Success Criteria


  • Safety measures to protect personnel from any physical, chemical, and/or radiological hazards. Any chemical exposure must fall below OSHA permissible exposure limits.
  • Any chemical must be EPA-listed as acceptable for use in cleaning, sanitation, or disinfection, or generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. In addition, any chemical residue must be below levels deemed safe by the FDA or EPA. New chemicals or formulations that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.
  • Any chemical effluent must meet EPA and local government disposal or discharge regulations.
  • Process must be compatible with PET, rPET, and HDPE plastics and must not result in any package deformation or decomposition.
  • Process must not leave any residues that could affect product taste or odor.
  • Process must be able to run continuously for an extended period of time at line speeds typical of commercial beverage fillers (100-1,000 packages per minute) without performance losses.
  • Process variables must be measurable, controllable, and yield consistent microbial reduction
  • PepsiCo is looking to perform proof of concept testing and purchase pilot and/or commercial scale systems that can be integrated or retrofitted into existing beverage fillers.


  • Completely eliminates or significantly minimizes water usage in sanitation process.
  • Completely eliminates or significantly minimizes chemical usage in sanitation process.
  • Minimizes utility (steam, cooling water, electricity, etc.) usage
  • Is capable of sanitizing multiple package sizes, shapes, and complex geometries.
  • Is capable of repurposing existing package sanitation system hardware on legacy equipment OR is capable of being retrofitted on legacy equipment
  • Partnered with beverage filler OEM

Preferred Collaboration Types

To be advised.

Related keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Packaging / Handling
  • Chemical Technology and Engineering
  • Agro chemicals
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Drink Technology
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Food quality and safety
  • Safe production methods
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering / Technology
  • Clean Production / Green Technologies
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Water Management
  • Water Resources Management
  • Consumer related
  • Food and Beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottling plants
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • sanitation methods

About PepsiCo

Large Enterprise from United States

PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with a collection of global brands including Pepsi and Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, Frito-Lay and beyond. Our broad range of more than 3,000 delicious products offer consumers convenient, nutritious and affordable options in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. We generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

PepsiCo External Innovation is an upstream, externally facing, department within PepsiCo R&D. We actively scout for, identify and develop strategic partnerships with external collaborators. Our goal is to locate key external insights, business models and technical unlocks and new capabilities that, when partnered with PepsiCo’s robust internal R&D expertise, will yield disruptive innovation in our core products and/or new and emerging products. We are currently exploring novel technology spaces that can dramatically impact our portfolio of foods and beverages. We are interested in improving all facets of our supply chain—from raw material inputs all the way to the consumer consumption—and identifying global efficiencies in areas including crop science, ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment, distribution/fleet, retail and e-commerce. We are also committed to sustainability for our planet and our communities.

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