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Operational Efficiency

Manufacturers are striving to increase the profitability of their companies through increased efficiencies in the production process including energy use throughout the supply chain; smart hygienic design and maintenance, plus efficient water use.

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.

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel

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.

Bürkert FloWave starts field tests in the dairy industry

Bürkert FloWave, which measures the flow of a liquid in a pipe, is being tested in the dairy industry and has requests from a chocolate manufacturer.

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.

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) to move to bigger premises

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...

Hershey in the race to develop 3D chocolate

US firm 3D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey’s to develop 3D chocolates fit for the commercial market.

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.

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...

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...

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.

Novel conching process opens doors for small firms to produce own chocolate mass

A new conching process called coarse conching will make it more affordable for smaller chocolate companies to produce their own chocolate mass, according to researchers.

Poetry in motion control as Kinnerton boosts production

Easter egg manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery has boosted production by simplifying production line processes in partnership with industrial solutions provider Siemens Industry.

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Exclusive interview

Ritter Sport injunction impacts Ishida sales

Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.

Eliminate unnecessary processes with one-stop cutter-mixer: RoboQbo

Chocolate makers can cut out timely and costly processes by using a single cutter-mixer vessel, according to Italian equipment supplier RoboQbo.

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

'We expect consumption in Europe to remain weak'

Natra to increase American and Asian presence by 50% in two years

Natra announced it will open a sales office in Hong Kong this year, as well as its first production site outside Europe, in Canada.

Mondelez aims to master the ‘black arts’ of chocolate depositing

Global leading chocolate player Mondelez International is part of a UK government funded project to improve chocolate deposition.

Industry Voices: Guest Article

Not wanting to see the cookie crumble: The other side of the lightweighting frenzy

Lightweighting and the move to shelf-ready packaging can be more sustainable, but also exposes delicate products such as biscuits to damage and any savings may be outweighed by extra pallet...

Burton's invests in 'Choccie Dodger'

Biscuit and snack producer Burton’s Biscuit Company has installed equipment at its Llantarnam factory in Wales to make the chocolate cream for a ‘Choccie Dodger’ version of its iconic ‘Jammie...

Ishida weigher doesn’t take the shine out of oiled jellies

Family-owned confectionery maker Sánchez Cano, which manufactures gummi’s, marshmallows, liquorice, candy and bubble gum, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Patent Watch

Mondelez eliminates cooking stage from candy production

Mondelez International has developed a method to prepare hard and soft candies and gum without the energy and time intensive cooking process.

Special Edition - Hygienic Design & Quality Testing

Access all areas: Knowing when to use water in confectionery production

Choosing equipment that allows you to access critical areas for inspection is essential to limiting water use during production, but some processes are better suited to a wet wash, says...

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