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Processing & Packaging

Looking for a new tempering machine, cooling tunnel or enrober or want to upgrade to pick and place packaging robots? Here’s the place to find the latest processing machinery from suppliers such as Bosch, Sollich, Buhler, Aasted, Theegarten Pactec, Baker Perkins and Netzsch. Also find packaging innovations in stand-up pouches, flexible packaging, reseal features and paper packs from suppliers such as Printpack and Essentra.

Patent Watch

Nestlé develops inkjet printing using only ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients

Nestlé’s R&D arm Nestec has filed a patent for inkjet printing on panned confections such as Smarties chocolate and biscuits using only ingredients it claims consumers would be familiar with....

Whole new ball game: Double-ball lollipops to be a hit in Asia, says Baker Perkins

A novel lollipop shape featuring two hard candy balls allows confectioners to combine colors and flavors in a single product and could prove popular in Asia, says equipment supplier Baker...

News in brief

AmDough biscuit belts gain EC food contact approval

Ammeraal Beltech has received EC food contact approval for its AmDough rotary moulder belts.

Premium chocolatiers flock to tin packaging for brand longevity

UK tin packaging firm The Box has seen an uptick in premium chocolate companies moving to tin packs to make longer brand impressions on consumers.

European confectioners reluctant to pay premium for hygienic machines

European confectionery manufacturers must break the bank for hygienically designed processing equipment or risk paying the price for a damaging product recall, says Hosokawa.

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

Back to the future: Brazilian federal bill re-discovers sustainable cabruca cocoa bean production

A regional decree and national bill seek to support and protect Brazil's sustainable cabruca cocoa production system. 

Industrial 3D chocolate printing due in 3-5 years, says Choc Edge

Industrial-scale 3D chocolate printers will be on the market within five years, according to 3D printing firm Choc Edge.

Packaging insights

Chocolate to follow cheese in sealed hygienic pack move

All chocolate will one day be packaged in fully-sealed wrappers like those used in the cheese industry, according to Theegarten Pactec.

Patent Watch

Squeeze me! Wrigley creates squeezable chewing gum dispenser

Wrigley has filed a patent for a novel flexible chewing gum packet that can be squeezed to release the product.

Smaller confectioners moving to robotics, says PWR Pack

More small-scale confectionery companies are using pick and place robots to package delicate products as technology becomes more affordable, according to PWR Pack.

Chocolate biscuits: The future is more sophisticated, says Aasted

Chocolate and biscuits have long been paired, but future R&D will be far more sophisticated in terms of production, says the head of business development at Aasted.

In conversation with Sollich Executive Director Ralf Schäffer

Sollich talks chocolate: Africa plays catch-up, Asia and South America boom

Africa’s chocolate market remains a little behind but Asia and South America are booming, and each market needs to be approached differently, says the executive director of Sollich.

News in brief

Call for creative cartons: Pro Carton ECMA awards

The final date for entries in the Pro Carton ECMA Carton Awards 2014 is June 13, after the deadline was extended by one week.  

Film lifts sustainability barrier

Toray Plastics has launched Torayfan CBS2, a sustainable high-barrier BOPP film designed to protect bakery, snack, and candy products, while also protecting the environment.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

Dispatches from Interpack 2014

Confectioners gravitating to modified-atmosphere packaging: Sealpac

Chocolate and cookie producers are increasingly looking towards modified-atmosphere packaging to extend shelf life of products for export markets, according to supplier Sealpac.

Interpack 2014

Natra unwraps potential of ULMA confectionery machine

Natra and Grupo Bimbo are just some of the firms who have shown interest in the FR500 flow pack wrapper designed specifically for the bakery, confectionery and chocolate industry by...

Flexible pack squares up shelf presence

Clear Lam has launched Prima Pak, a packaging product combining the lightweight properties of flexible with the stackability and shelf appeal of rigid.

Interpack 2014

Bosch launches ‘World first’ two-in-one biscuit machine

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched a biscuit packaging line, which it claims is the first of its kind, capable of fast slug to pile changeovers, and vice versa, with the...

News in brief

Tomric Systems acquires World's Best Chocolate Moulds

US chocolate moulds firm Tomric Systems has acquired World's Best Chocolate Moulds for an undisclosed sum.

Hershey: Miniature change brings big sustainability boost

Candy giant Hershey has reduced 0.05g from each Miniatures bar wrapper, making a tiny change which has led to huge environmental gains.

Mess-free starch molding: The dirty tray menace will be history, says LHT

LHT Consultancy and Eagle Vision have developed a system that can help gummie manufacturers save upwards of $50,000 a year by detecting problems on starch molding lines.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that...

Guest article

Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK &...

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