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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.

Closure affects 265 permanent and temporary employees

Aptar Group turns to its network of suppliers following blaze

A fire broke out at one of three production units belonging to Aptar Group at its facility in Annecy, France on Saturday (June 25).

Biscuits Dupon turns to Franz Haas to produce 18,000 sugar cones per hour

Sugar cone manufacturer Biscuits Dupon has partnered with Franz Haas Food Equipment to install two Caiman-D-300 lines to produce 18,000 sugar cones per hour at its factory in Spain.

Hospitalized Willy Wonka candy plant workers return to work

All 11 workers, who were hospitalized after a solution spill at the Willy Wonka candy plant last week, have returned to work, Nestlé has told ConfectioneryNews.

Baker Perkins to make flat lollipops and turns to 3D printing to shorten mold development times

Baker Perkins has launched a new version of its ServoForm lollipop depositor to make flat lollipops and has turned to 3D CAD and 3D printing to make test molds for...

News in brief

Hershey to close Brookside Abbotsford factory with loss of 180 jobs

Around 180 jobs are to be cut due to the shutdown of the Hershey-owned Brookside Foods’ Abbotsford factory in Canada by the end of October.

News in brief

Mars opens new Skittles production line at Yorkville Wrigley factory

Mars has expanded its Wrigley factory in Yorkville, Illinois, with a new Skittles line. 

R&D

Improving chocolate production: Researchers check quality of cocoa butter with ultrasound

Scientists at the University of Leuven discovered that ultrasonic waves can be used to detect differences in the crystallization of cocoa butter, resulting in a faster and more cost-effective process...

Feature

‘Bean to bar’ chocolate makers driving resurgence in the panning industry

York Metal Products is experiencing a growth in coating pan demand from customers that make smaller run, geographically customized chocolate and yogurt coated products, and health food including Taste of...

GEA claims higher packing speeds with top-filled Doy-style bags

GEA has launched a Doy-style bag filled from the top instead of the side, which it claims can enable a higher fill rate.

Petrow Food Group invests in $5.7m laser scanning technology for quicker throughput

Petrow Food Group, which supplies dried fruit and nuts for chocolates, muesli, breakfast cereals, and bakery products, has invested £4m ($5.7m) in laser scanning and packaging technology.

'Produces enough Maltesers to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools a year'

Mars to provide 100% renewable electricity to power 12 UK sites

Mars has partnered with Eneco UK to install a 20-turbine Moy Wind Farm in Scotland to provide 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 Mars UK sites.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Feature

Meet APRIL – the food production robot that prepares dishes like a chef

A robotic food production system designed to emulate cooking methods used by chefs can offer improved product quality and lower costs, claim its creators.

Guest article

Researchers develop thin-film temperature sensor to reduce the amount of incorrectly sealed packaging

‘“Three gummy bears, a licorice twist, and two lollipops please.” That was how children used to spend their pocket money at the candy store.

New hires: Americk Packaging; tna; Saxco International; Baker Perkins & Clondalkin

BakeryandSnacks brings you the latest round-up of new appointments this month at Americk Packaging; tna; Saxco International; Baker Perkins and Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury.

Confectionery packaging declines 1% to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015

Confectionery Packaging has declined 1% in the UK to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015, according to Euromonitor.

Constantia Flexibles invests $4.5m as demand for film-based confectionery packaging grows

Constantia Flexibles has invested approximately €4m ($4.5m) at its manufacturing site in Weiden, Germany, including a 10-color rotogravure printing machine, which will start production in Q2, 2017.

Mondelēz needs strategy rethink as Q1 revenues decline, suggest analysts

Mondelēz International must be careful not to saturate the Cadbury and Milka and Oreo brands with excessive SKUs and be wary cost-cutting measures don't harm revenues further, say analysts. ...

Haribo launches Twin Snakes in US with Blue Chip Marketing

Gold-Bears candy maker Haribo of America has enlisted Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide to help launch its latest product, Twin Snakes, in the US. 

Palsgaard celebrates CO2-neutrality milestone

Palsgaard, which makes emulsifier/stabilizer blends, which are used in products from cake mixes to chocolate, confectionery, dairy and ice cream, is the first Danish food producer to achieve CO2-neutrality....

The Future of Confectionery Packaging: ISM & ProSweets 2016

‘Space-Age’ QR codes, on-pack features and edible packaging

‘Space-Age’ QR codes, more on-pack features and edible packaging were topics discussed during The Future of Confectionery Packaging panel session at ISM & ProSweets 2016, in Cologne, Germany, last month.

Barry Callebaut expands California factory to meet growing West Coast demand

Chocolate manufacturing giant Barry Callebaut has completed its factory expansion project in American Canyon, California. 

Opportunity knocks for Michelman following Nestlé compliance

Michelman coatings, printing & packaging has received compliance with Nestlé for its DigiPrime 4431, DigiPrime 050, DigiPrime 680, and Michem In-Line Primer 030 printers.

Chocolate is commonly used to test whether food has been tainted by its packaging

Preserving the quality and freshness of edible products and protecting them from heat, light and oxygen put heavy demands on packaging.

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E2open acquires Terra Technology

E2open has acquired Terra Technology, which works with Mondelēz International, ConAgra Foods and Kellogg

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