Hot filling is a bottle filling process that is widely used in automated filling lines these days. The process is a choice for many beverages because it provides a range of benefits

In this two-part post, we’ll help you get to know hot filling just a little bit better. In part one of our post we’ll focus on how hot filling technology works while part two will look at some of the benefits of this popular filling process and what it is best used for.

What is hot filling used for?

Hot filling is most popular for products that need guaranteed cleanliness. It is typically used for bottles containing a pH level greater than 4.5pH. these include products like juices, nectars, soups, spreads, flavoured waters, isotonic drinks, vegetable drinks and marinades to name a few. Without hot filling, harmful bacteria in the bottle or liquid could damage or contaminate these products, making them unsafe to consume or causing them to go bad before they should.

The benefits of hot filling

One of the major benefits of the hot filling process is that it assists in ensuring the safety of the product inside but there are many other benefits to note.

  • Consumers can consistently trust the safety of your product
  • Your products have a longer shelf life
  • No preservatives will be needed – the product remains as natural as possible
  • PET bottles are light weight and easier to transport than glass
  • PET bottles are more cost effective than glass
  • Taste, vitamins, and nutrients are preserved with this process

When it comes to beverage bottling Heuft is the world leader in quality inspection. Heuft offer quality inspection equipment that caters to a range of requirements. Through our partnership with Heuft, Plastic & Chemical Trading can provide Southern Africa with world class solutions.

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