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Operational Efficiency

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.

News in brief

Videojet launches Ultra Grade black ribbon for confectionery & bakery flexible packaging

Videojet Technologies has launched an Ultra Grade black ribbon for its DataFlex and 6X00 thermal transfer overprinter (TTO) products used in a variety of applications including the snack, bakery, confectionery...


Even a small bit of peanut can cause a recall: Why you must fight allergens in baking

There’s no one size fits all approach to stopping allergens from making their way into baked goods, but one researcher says manufacturers must put many safeguards, including training, in place...


Collaborative robot reaches out to dairy industry

Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.

Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

Legal Watch

Ferrara Candy files lawsuit over rice weevils found in Red Vines licorice

Ferrara Candy Company filed a lawsuit against American Licorice Company, claiming the company sold them Red Vines licorice invested with rice weevils.

Bosch to launch Pack 301 LS packaging machine for biscuits and crackers

Bosch will launch its Pack 301 LS (Length Slug) flexible packaging system for biscuits and crackers for the first time at IBA.

Nestlé H1 confectionery sales dip; cornerstone brands need investment, says analyst

Nestlé confectionery sales dipped $300m in H1, so if it wants to stay at the top it must continue to invest in brands like KitKat rather than focus too heavily...

Olam’s ‘complex’ ADM cocoa deal hits delay

Singapore-based Olam’s $1.3bn acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa business has hit a bump in the road, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Q2 results

Mondelēz continues to suffer from chocolate price hike fallout in Europe

Oreo maker Mondelēz International saw net revenues decrease by 9.2% to $7.7 billion in the second quarter 2015, with Europe taking a 16.7% hit.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

Theegarten-Pactec splashes $33m on Dreseden HQ upgrade

Confectionery packaging machinery supplier Theegarten-Pactec had made the largest investment in its history after it inaugurated a new manufacturing and office base at its Dresden headquarters last week.

Seasonal fluctuations to further drive confectionery logistics, says Nagel

Seasonal and promotional variations are the main challenge in the distribution of confectionery products, and will further drive just-in-time delivery in the future, says the Nagel Group.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site....

Guest article

Choc Edge: 3D printing won’t compete with moulding but will boost personalized confectionery market

3D printing holds great promise to further develop a personality confectionery market worth $13.4bn and poses no real threat to chocolate moulding, writes Choc Edge's Gabor Isai.

Sweet succession: Nestlé engineer follows on in her grandfather’s footsteps

Lucy McGeorge is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Ronald (Ronnie) McCrindle as an engineering apprentice in electrical, maintenance and repair at Nestlé, Girvan in Scotland, a chocolate crumb...

Rasch claims ‘plug and play’ temperer offers better viscosity for smaller confectioners

Rasch has launched a mobile tempering unit that it says has a bigger cooling surface than competitor machines and a second cooling level for more homogeneous chocolate masses.

Fastest flow wrap machine in the East? LoeschPack touts hot seal speed merchant for Asia

LoeschPack has introduced a horizontal flow wrap machine with hot seal capabilities that it claims will help confectioners protect product integrity in hot climates and pack at greater speeds than...

Equipment innovation

24-hour candy counting: Cremer claims reduced downtime for major players

Dutch equipment supplier Cremer has introduced a servo-driven counting machine that it claims will limit downtime for top players in confectionery.

Chocolate bar manufacturers turn to die-fold, hermetically sealed single-wraps

‘Die-fold packages were avoided in certain markets because it was difficult to achieve airtight sealing’

Manufacturers who previously relied on sealed aluminum foil or flow pack for chocolate bars can now use OPP hermetically folded and sealed die-fold packaging, according to Sapal, a Bosch Packaging...

Budelpack expands in chocolate, confectionary and snack markets with Bosch vffs

Budelpack Poortvliet is installing a Bosch vertical form-fill-seal machine (vffs) to package loose items such as chocolates, confectionery, nuts and snacks, to start operations in January 2015.

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

‘Lego-style’: Room for smaller confectioners, but choose scalable equipment

A gap in the market exists for smaller premium confectioners, but they must buy scalable processing equipment that caters to current volumes and not anticipated market demand, says Carle&Montanari-OPM....

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

How can smaller chocolate makers develop a unique taste without breaking bank?

Manufacturers can take control of chocolate flavor development by milling cocoa nibs themselves, but without the extra expense of roasting and winnowing of cocoa, according to equipment supplier Netzsch.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

Seven tips for processing equipment purchasing for SMEs

Suppliers at Pack Expo 2014 offer tips for confectionery companies taking their first steps into processing.

Starch molds for functional confections no longer acceptable, says Baker Perkins

Baker Perkins is urging manufacturers of functional confections to ditch starch-based molding because the method will not meet future hygiene standards.

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