Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.
Hachez, owned by the Danish Toms Group, will move part of its packaging production from Germany to Poland in an attempt to claw back some of its recent losses.
Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to food – something the Institute of Economic Affairs said could cost the government big bucks should a mega-confectionery brand take legal action.
All chocolate will one day be packaged in fully-sealed wrappers like those used in the cheese industry, according to Theegarten Pactec.
More small-scale confectionery companies are using pick and place robots to package delicate products as technology becomes more affordable, according to PWR Pack.
Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has invested in a €300,000 Yamato multihead check weigher, which can operate up to 100 bags per minute, to meet increasing demand for inclusions in products such as ice cream, desserts, cookies and donuts.
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 ULMA Packaging.
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 same feeding components.
Retailers’ clout in confectionery packaging decisions is mounting after consolidation in the retail sector, according to the editors of a National Confectioners’ Association publication.
Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?
Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if if manufacturers can keep the technology fresh and up to date.
White packaging is on the rise globally, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out within the retail space, according to an industry commentator.
Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.
Natra is developing a range of Spanish olive oil, cheese and wine filled chocolates; the company hopes that the integration of these Mediterranean ingredients will put Spain on the map for chocolate.
Theegarten-Pactec, confectionery packaging manufacturer, is expanding and moving to a new office.
Family-owned confectionery maker Sánchez Cano, which manufactures gummi’s, marshmallows, liquorice, candy and bubble gum, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Equipment supplier Carle&Montanari-OPM has spotted a rise in the use of retail-ready packaging among confectionery firms in the US and claims picker cell robots allow great flexibility to pack pre-merchandized chocolate and candy.
Bosch Packaging Technology claims that flexibility is crucial for smaller businesses as it launches two new bagging machines at Pack Expo designed for smaller confectioners looking for quick and easy changeovers between products.
Aplix has reclosable technology that it claims can still reseal flexible confectionery bags after crumbs are caught in the zipper, unlike zip-locks.
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