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  19/07/2024 | Trade Fair, Packaging

Herma: Label applicator world premiere at Fachpack

The Herma eco applicator opens up new options for standard applications.

The Herma eco applicator opens up new options for standard applications. The Herma eco applicator is designed for a diverse range of standard applications. It combines outstanding cost-effectiveness and high quality with a level of engineering and manufacturing quality which is unusually high for this market segment. "This means value retention, durability and investment security, even in the entry-level segment. After all, the HERMA eco is produced on the same production line in Filderstadt, Germany, as the high-performance Herma 500," emphasizes Martin Kühl, Head of the Labeling Machines division. Costing the same as the predecessor model Herma basic, the Herma eco boasts a multitude of new features. Integration of the new Herma eco into a packaging system and therefore into a higher-level control system (PLC) is now as extensive and convenient as never before in this Herma performance class. This is made possible by, among other things, a series of additional I/O signals. In conjunction with the system control unit, these signals enable, for example, the automatic power on/power off function, separate starting of the labeling process as well as manual label dispensing, which is an advantage especially when setting up an applicator. Thanks to these signals, end-of-reel checking is now also possible. Furthermore, the printer and the peel system will in future each have their own connections that can be monitored separately. As a result, it will be possible to use, for example, a printer in combination with a pneumatic transfer unit, which will significantly expand the flexibility and possible applications of the new Herma eco. The Herma eco is therefore well prepared, not least because it has a master encoder function. This function enables continuous and automatic synchronization with the speed of the conveyor belt. It ensures precision, even at the maximum speed of up to 30 m/min for labels with a width of up to 160 mm.

Fachpack: Hall 3C, Stand 322

www.herma.de

 
 
  19/07/2024 | Packaging

Gerhard Schubert GmbH at the Fachpack 2024 trade fair in Nürnberg

Many different approaches for more sustainable packaging solutions will be offered.

Many different approaches for more sustainable packaging solutions will be offered. With the new EU Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) along with increasing demands for climate protection across the board, the packaging industry will have more than enough to discuss at this year’s Fachpack. ‘Transition in Packaging’ is the event’s fitting motto from 24 to 26 September 2024 in Nuremberg. Visitors to the fair will have an opportunity to find out about the full range of sustainable, cost-effective solutions that Schubert, the packaging machine manufacturer from Crailsheim, has developed for consumer goods manufacturers at Stand 1-244 in Hall 1. As an example for the new ‘Power Compact’ machine concept – high output in the smallest space with lean yet high-quality technology – a bar packer with a single-lane erector and feeding via the Comfort Feeder will be in operation at the stand. The Schubert experts will also be demonstrating how further sustainability potential through the interaction between packaging and machine technology can be harnessed. The international sustainability megatrend is certainly nothing new for Schubert: With its Mission Blue Sustainability Initiative, the machine manufacturer has set itself ambitious goals that have already resulted in a multitude of specific measures. These are also detailed in the Schubert ANNUAL 2023 – the combined annual and sustainability report for the year 2023 – published for the first time earlier this year.

www.schubert.group

 
 
  18/07/2024 | Packaging

Van Genechten Packaging acquires Poland-based DOT2DOT SA

The company Van Genechten Packaging, Turnhout, has acquired 100% of the shares of the Polish DOT2DOT Group, which operates from two locations in Poland.

The company Van Genechten Packaging, Turnhout, has acquired 100% of the shares of the Polish DOT2DOT Group, which operates from two locations in Poland.  

The group of companies, with a combined annual turnover exceeding € 50 m, specialises in premium packaging for the beauty, confectionery, personal & health care, and premium spirits sectors. DOT2DOT SA, in its present form with their current locations in Gdansk and Warsaw, is the result of the 2017 merger of three Polish companies in the packaging industry: Graf-Pozu; Druk Markuszewscy; and Drukpol. DOT2DOT was owned by a subsidiary of a fund managed by Abris Capital Partners.

With DOT2DOT’s solid customer base, advanced packaging design, and robust production capabilities, they are the perfect partner to join our VGP growth strategy. The transaction is subject to the usual anti-trust approvals. “Apart from sharing the same DNA, we are leveraging our capabilities in several strategic market segments. With this acquisition, we are not only strengthening our European market position in premium packaging but also significantly extending our multinational customer base. We look forward to a successful collaboration and the exciting opportunities ahead,” explains Frank Ohle, CEO of Van Genechten Packaging Group.

vangenechten.com

 
 
  18/07/2024 | Packaging

FPE publishes guidance for life cycle assessment of flexible packaging

A guidance to support the environmental assessment of flexible packaging solutions from a life cycle thinking perspective has just been provided by the European flexible packaging industry.

A guidance to support the environmental assessment of flexible packaging solutions from a life cycle thinking perspective has just been provided by the European flexible packaging industry. It was elaborated by the environmental sustainability consultancy Quantis in collaboration with experts from six European flexible packaging converting companies and the association Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) and its content is publicly available. The guidance for life cycle assessment (LCA) of flexible packaging aims to ease the process of conducting LCAs involving flexible packaging and reduce documentation requirements. It is intended for use by LCA practitioners along the flexible packaging value chain but can also be of help for reviewers of such LCAs who have the methodological knowledge but not the necessary product related expertise. The content addresses the relevant and accepted LCA standards, and in the case of existing gaps in numbers or methodology, it provides average data and applicable solutions. Specialists of the flexible packaging industry have been involved in developing the guidance in order to achieve a high level of expertise with the aim to align different methodologies for LCAs of flexible packaging systems and ensure consistency in approach and quality across the industry.

You can find more images for use in the context of this press release in the gallery on our website: https://www.flexpack-europe.org/galleries 

www.flexpack-europe.org

 
 
  18/07/2024 | Packaging

Somic – 50 years of passion for packaging machines

Under the motto "Your success is our motivation", Somic will be celebrating its 50th anniversary together with its customers at Fachpack this year.

Under the motto "Your success is our motivation", Somic will be celebrating its 50th anniversary together with its customers at Fachpack this year. Somic has been setting standards in the packaging industry for half a century. The highly dynamic and fully automated cartoning machines set standards in user-friendliness and availability - worldwide. Thanks to continuous innovation and valuable expert knowledge, Somic offers customized solutions that not only increase efficiency, but also focus on flexibility and reliability. Customers from all over the world benefit from the high degree of automation of Somic packaging machines. This helps to optimize production processes and increase competitiveness. Customers can always rely on the highest quality and durability. Visitors to Fachpack can find out about the latest trends and technologies in carton packaging in an appealing and inviting atmosphere. The SOMIC company anniversary will also be celebrated in style.

Fachpack: Hall 1, Stand 215.

www.somic-packaging.com

 
 
  15/07/2024 | Packaging

Flexible packaging manufacturers are optimistic for the future

After an economically challenging 2023, the industry is cautiously optimistic about the future and is forecasting moderate growth for 2024.

After an economically challenging 2023, the industry is cautiously optimistic about the future and is forecasting moderate growth for 2024. The members of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) met for their annual summer conference in June, this time in Copenhagen. The meeting provided a valuable platform for the exchange of information which included an update on developments in the North American market, presented by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). A key topic of the conference was the upcoming implementation of the EU's Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). The members are preparing intensively to fulfil the new requirements and ensure their competitiveness at the same time. The industry is willing to engage in the upcoming processes which will define the details of the legislation. "We are proud of the strong commitment and strong support of our member companies in the association to the benefit of the entire sector," emphasises Jakob A. Mosser, Chairman of the FPE. "Together, we will master the challenges ahead and continue to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for flexible packaging." The positive mood in the association is also supported by the ongoing commitment in the areas of sustainability, market observation, public affairs, regulatory affairs and communication. Jakob Mosser commented: "The association's achievements in these key areas are outstanding. They enable us not only to respond to regulatory requirements, but also provide us with important insights to actively shape the future of our industry."

www.flexpack-europe.org

 
 
  11/07/2024 | Industry, International

Barry Callebaut: stability in an unprecedented environment

The Barry Callebaut Group reported sales volume of 1.710 m tonnes, up 0.4%, during the first nine months of the fiscal year 2023/24 (ended on May 31, 2024). Sales volume was down - 0.3% in the third quarter, in the context of a challenging market environment.

The Barry Callebaut Group reported sales volume of 1.710 m tonnes, up 0.4%, during the first nine months of the fiscal year 2023/24 (ended on May 31, 2024). Sales volume was down - 0.3% in the third quarter, in the context of a challenging market environment.  

According to the company, sales revenue amounted to CHF 7.320 bn, an increase of 23.1% in local currencies (+ 16.3% in CHF), ahead of volume growth. Growth was driven by the significant increase in cocoa prices, which Barry Callebaut manages through its cost-plus pricing model for the majority of its business.

Global Chocolate saw 0.8% volume growth in an overall declining chocolate confectionery market according to NielsenIQ (- 1.5%; source: NielsenIQ volume growth excluding e-commerce - 26 countries, September 2023 - April/May 2024; data subject to adjustment to match Barry Callebaut's reporting period; NielsenIQ data only partially reflects the out-of-home and impulse consumption.

Volume development for Food Manufacturers (- 1.1%) remained suppressed as large global customers saw softer demand, partly offset by resilient performance for Private Label customers. Gourmet & Specialties delivered 10.9% volume growth with strong demand across most geographies and market segments. In the third quarter, the Gourmet business saw a positive impact from the phasing of customer purchases in a rising cocoa price environment.

Most Global Chocolate regions saw positive volume growth. Western Europe (+ 2.1%) was the largest contributor, with positive growth for Food Manufacturers and strong momentum for Gourmet. Volume growth in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa turned positive (+ 2.7%), with close to double-digit growth in the third quarter supported by improved performance in Indonesia. Latin America saw solid volume growth of 6.2% in the first nine months, led by Gourmet in Brazil. North America reported a sales volume decrease of - 1.4%, as large Food Manufacturers saw lower demand, while regional accounts and Gourmet continued to see resilient growth.

Volumes declined slightly in Central and Eastern Europe (- 0.2%), with a slowdown in the third quarter impacted by lower volumes for certain large global and regional customers. Global Cocoa saw a - 1.6% decrease in sales volume, in the context of a significant increase in cocoa prices. The supply constrained environment impacted sales for cocoa butter and cocoa liquor, particularly in the third quarter. Demand for cocoa powder remained robust, with particular strength in India and Indonesia. Overall, global customers saw volume pressure, partly offset by solid momentum for regional customers.

barry-callebaut.com

 
 
  10/07/2024 | Technology

Böhnke & Luckau technology acquired by Orangeworks

This strategic move comes four years after Orangework's successful acquisition of Tanis Food Tec, reinforcing its commitment to driving innovation and excellence in the confectionery sector.

This strategic move comes four years after Orangework's successful acquisition of Tanis Food Tec, reinforcing its commitment to driving innovation and excellence in the confectionery sector. "Bringing together the leading technology in cream aeration; the sweetness of marshmallow with the richness of chocolate, this acquisition marks a perfect blend of expertise and innovation," expresses Mirjam van Dijk, Chief Commercial Officer of Orangeworks. “With the integration, innovation, and internationalization of Orangeworks and Tanis Food Tec, we have seen how synergy in only a few years can lead to a growing trust of our global customers which has resulted in an explosive growth of both Orangeworks and Tanis Food Tec. We have full confidence that the acquisition of the technology of Böhnke & Luckau, will give the next boost to our growing company.” B&L Chocolate ( the new name of the company) will continue its engineering and services to work from Wernigerode in Germany. With the head office of the Orangeworks Group and the modern production facility in Oss, the Netherlands, and the groups technology Center in Lelystad (NL) Orangeworks is expanding its presence in Germany as well as joining the global activities (sales and services) of B&L Chocolate with the network of the Orangeworks and Tanis Food Tec. Böhnke & Luckau combines 25 year of experience in traditional machinery in combination with their innovative solutions for the confectionery industry. Focussing on chocolate moulding and depositing in different shapes like blocks, drops/buttons, tablets, bars, praline/bonbons including flexible solutions for tasty fillings like nuts, fruits, caramel etc. Special designed depositors make it possible for nuts, almonds, dried fruit, cereal and croquant dosing. Beside croquant cooking and forming equipment, also chocolate vermicelli and croquant nut crumb roasting is possible to be integrated into the B&L chocolate solutions.

blchocolate.com

 
 
  09/07/2024 | Technology

WDS: Mogul technology – an unexpected product variety

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS) supplies solutions for every conceivable jelly product, whereby the company attaches great importance to creating customised solutions.

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS) supplies solutions for every conceivable jelly product, whereby the company attaches great importance to creating customised solutions. Aerated confectioneries are also produced in large variety. Agar milk foams which are also widely known as the Bird's milk or soufflé may also be multilayered or filled (with chocolate cream, fruit jelly or caramel) produced on a Mogul plant. In addition to the chocolate-coated confectionery chocolates also jelly confection is made with a Mogul plant. Some Carrageen products have achieved already wide acceptance. Due to rapid gelling, Carrageen is very suitable (like pectin) for filled jelly products. A special case in the Mogul technique are crusted pralines. The principle of crusted praline manufacture is that a sugar supersaturated, hot liquor solution is poured into hot starch and through the inevitably occurring dehydration of the liquor solution the sugar begins to crystallize in the outer layers. In order to have a uniform crystallization (crystals fall rather in the solution), the staple of starch trays must be completely turned after a few hours. For this purpose, there are special turning devices available. The starch stacks are here laterally not open but completely closed so that the product and the starch cannot fall out. After completion of crystallization, the products are also depowdered and cleaned carefully in the depowdering unit, so they can be afterwards immediately coated with chocolate to delicious liqueur pralines!

www.w-u-d.com

 
 
  08/07/2024 | International, Particulars, Association

Caobisco: Can Buharali elected as new President

Caobisco, the association of the chocolate, biscuits & confectionery industries of Europe, met in Vienna for its annual general council and general assembly meeting.

Caobisco, the association of the chocolate, biscuits & confectionery industries of Europe, met in Vienna for its annual general council and general assembly meeting. During this event, Caobisco members unanimously elected a new troika to lead the association for the next two years. Caobisco welcomed Can Buharali (Mondelez International) as the President, and Aldo Cristiano (Ferrero) and Tobias Bachmüller (Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG) as the two Vice Presidents.

Speaking after his election, Buharali said: “I am deeply honoured and grateful for the trust that Caobisco members have placed in me. I am committed to advancing our industry’s interests. I would like to extend my thanks to Aldo Cristiano for his outstanding leadership and dedication as the outgoing president. His contributions have been invaluable, and I aim to build upon the strong foundation he has established. Together, we will continue to advance our shared goals and drive the industry forward.”

Buharali is currently Senior Director for Global Public Affairs at Mondelez International. Prior to his current role he was Regional Director Corporate and Government Affairs for the Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Region out of Singapore.

caobiso.eu

 
 
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