The chewing gum cooling tunnels – touted as a "manufacturing breakthrough" – are 40% smaller than Mondelēz’s previous tunnels and “significantly” faster.
UK firm 42 Technology partnered with Germany-based Gabler - Mondelēz’s previous cooling tunnel supplier - to develop the new tunnels that will be used to produce gum brands Trident, Dentyne, Clorets, Hollywood, Dirol, Stimorol and First.
The technology uses a combination of conductive and convective cooling technologies. 42 Technology said the new tunnels reduced work in progress (WIP) by 60% compared to the last version, but refused to divulge further technical information due to a commercial agreement with Mondelēz.
“What we can say is that we have significantly shortened the time needed for gum cooling and conditioning, one of the most time-consuming steps in the manufacturing process,” a 42 Technology spokesperson told ConfectioneryNews.
42 technology has also advised Mondelēz on optimizing other processes such as temperature and humidity control.