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  26/02/2024 | Trade Fair

Anuga FoodTec Deep Dive Some highlights of the congress and event programme

At a time when sustainable innovations are called for more urgently than ever before, Anuga FoodTec 2024 is pursuing the goal of setting new standards.

At a time when sustainable innovations are called for more urgently than ever before, Anuga FoodTec 2024 is pursuing the goal of setting new standards. Under the main theme of "Responsibility", the world's leading trade fair for suppliers of the food and beverage industries will become the global meeting point for visionaries, doers, innovators and industry leaders. Together they are setting the course for a more sustainable future. Matthias Schlüter, Director of Anuga FoodTec: "This dedication is reflected in the extensive event programme, in which the participants can acquire insights into the latest technologies, science, innovative solutions and future-oriented strategies." Through the introduction of new exhibition areas like environmental engineering and energy, the reach of the trade fair across sectors will be further extended, whereby the focus remains particularly on the main theme of "Responsibility". The trade programme designed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) adopts the theme with fresh and dynamic approaches. "Through participatory formats like 'Bar Camp' or 'Open Expert Stage', these multi-faceted events invite to a dialogue across industries and offer extensive possibilities for interaction", says Simone Schiller, managing director of the DLG. The participants can enter into an active exchange and profit directly from the extensive knowledge of the experts, according to Schlüter.

www.anugafoodtec.de/events/veranstaltungssuche/sessions/

 
 
  21/02/2024 | Trade Fair, Technology

Handtmann FS 525 forming system with new co-extrusion option for filled products

The all-in-one forming system now offers producers of snack and convenience products a new option to further expand the possibilities in the production of formed products: the co-extrusion function.

The all-in-one forming system now offers producers of snack and convenience products a new option to further expand the possibilities in the production of formed products: the co-extrusion function. The forming system provides flexibility for both “free forming” and “forming and separating” of products from the food sectors of meat and sausage products, vegetarian and vegan, baked goods, dairy, confectionery, fish, pet food and many more. The added co-extrusion function now allows the production of a wide variety of filled products. The FS 525 forming and cutting system combines two different forming principles for maximum flexibility in industrial applications (hole plate forming technology for free-formed 3D products and rotary cutter for different cross-sections with a straight cut) and now also offers the option of co-extrusion. This option further extends the range of applications for the production of filled formed products with closed or open ends of calibres 20 to 50 mm. The servo-controlled valve for the inner product with valve sleeves in diameter 22/8 mm with 8 mm valve tip/8 mm valve opening, diameter 22/10 mm with 10 mm valve tip/10 mm valve opening, diameter 30/12 mm with 16 mm valve tip/12 mm valve opening, diameter 30/15 mm with 16 mm valve tip/15 mm valve opening provides a wide range of applications. Mould component sizes are available in calibre 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60 and 70 mm. Thanks to servo technology, the positioning of the filling, be it pasty, chunky or soft, is always accurate and precise in terms of weight. Simple operation, fast set-up, assembly and disassembly allow a wide variety of products with fast product changes. A production output of up to 150 portions per minute is thus possible in a single lane. The FS 525 forming and cutting system can be perfectly incorporated into integrated processes, such as the Handtmann transfer system, or be synchronised with automation options such as a weighing system, tray feeding or depositing into thermo-forming machines.

www.handtmann.de

 
 
  20/02/2024 | Packaging

Südpack and Ulma at Anuga FoodTec: a “must” for trade visitors interested in sustainable packaging

The two concepts that Ulma Packaging and Südpack will be presenting at the international trade event are sure to strike a chord. Both the flow pack and thermoformed packaging are based on monomaterial structures, which makes them fully recyclable.

The two concepts that Ulma Packaging and Südpack will be presenting at the international trade event are sure to strike a chord. Both the flow pack and thermoformed packaging are based on monomaterial structures, which makes them fully recyclable. Moreover, they stand out due to their high material efficiency. The PP-based packaging solution was developed by Südpack as a sustainable alternative to conventional flow pack films. The films can be equipped with different barrier properties and provide a high level of product protection de-spite the thinness of the material. The films are also distinguished by a broad sealing range, which results in a high level of process and packaging safety. They are designed to ensure efficient processing with a high output on standard flow pack machines. ULMA will be presenting the flow pack concept in Cologne on the FM 400. This robust and reliable high-speed machine can output up to 150 packs per minute and is equipped with an LD (Long Dwell) cross-sealing head, which ensures the pack-ages are airtight even at high volumes thanks to a long sealing time combined with a rotary motion.

The recyclable rigid film concept for producing thermoformed packaging is particularly well-suited for packaging sliced sausage and cheese. The sustainable alternative to conventional composites is comprised of the Ecoterm thermoforming rigid film and a PP-based top web. As a result, the polypropylene packaging concept can be classified as fully recyclable. The perfectly matched top and bottom webs guarantee a high level of process, packaging and food safety thanks to their optimal sealing performance and barrier properties. Furthermore, the peelable top web makes it easy to open the package. The Ecoterm film can be processed on standard thermoform packaging machines without any difficulties. This will be showcased at Anuga by the top-of-the-line model from the new Ulma TFS thermoforming range, the hygiene-certified TFS 700. The modular machine is a thermoformer designed for the production of both modified-atmosphere (MAP) and vacuum packaging. The TFS 700 combines maximum flexibility and efficiency in the packaging process – and impresses with fast format changes, easy operation and cleaning, as well as a high level of packaging and process reliability even in high-performance mode.

www.ulmapackaging.com

 
 
  19/02/2024 | Ingredients

Döhler ensures stability for customers in fuctuating citrus sector

Leading the sustainable citrus movement, Döhler offers innovative citrus taste solutions, assisting customers and driving market resilience.

Leading the sustainable citrus movement, Döhler offers innovative citrus taste solutions, assisting customers and driving market resilience. The citrus industry is currently facing a crisis as it struggles to meet the high global demand and faces unprecedented challenges within its supply chain. The ingredients industry is urgently seeking innovative ingredient solutions to meet the surging demand for citrus products. In response to these uncertainties, Döhler supports their customers in navigating the challenges of the industry with a comprehensive portfolio and services. Providing a unique and personalized citrus experience, Döhler's deep understanding of citrus allows them to work seamlessly with each variety and ingredient, whether it's grapefruit juice, orange oil or lemon peel. What sets Döhler apart is its commitment to stability and sustainability amidst market fluctuations. The company's unique backward integration model positions it not just as a participant but as a primary source in the industry. Emphasizing the mindful use of natural resources, Döhler offers innovative solutions that deliver the multi-sensory excellence of citrus, without necessarily relying on citrus fruits themselves. Through the combination of biotechnology and natural ingredients, Döhler ensures its products are 100% natural and sustainable. The company’s approach includes the use of non-citrus alternatives, processed gently to maintain quality and performance, aligning with consumer expectations. This strategy demonstrates company's commitment to resource-efficient alternatives, underlining its role as a responsible and innovative leader in the citrus sector.

 
 
  14/02/2024 | Packaging

Coveris enters the Czech market with third acquisition in CEE

Coveris announces the successful signing and completion of another strategic deal in CEE: the acquisition of S&K LABEL spol. s r.o. (S&K LABEL) in the Czech Republic.

Coveris announces the successful signing and completion of another strategic deal in CEE: the acquisition of S&K LABEL spol. s r.o. (S&K LABEL) in the Czech Republic. Following Coveris’ recent acquisitions of two flexible packaging plants in Hungary and Poland, S&K Label in the Czech Republic marks the packaging leader’s third acquisition in CEE, and the first acquisition of a labels business outside of the UK. As one of the technologically most advanced manufacturers in the Central and Eastern Europe region, S&K LABEL provides an ideal strategic fit with Coveris’ labels business to create a pan- European business platform.

Commenting on the acquisition, Christian Kolarik, Group CEO of Coveris, said: “We are excited by this opportunity to invest in the growth of our labels business, build on our platform and broaden our geographic reach. The acquisition of S&K LABEL is an excellent opportunity for us to secure locally produced high-quality labels for our customers, helping to meet the current and anticipated future growth in demand for sustainable labels. This acquisition will also enable us to further strengthen our position in mainland Europe.”

www.coveris.com

 
 
  13/02/2024 | Industry, Technology

Bühler improves profitability in 2023

In 2023, Bühler successfully navigated a complex and volatile global landscape and increased its profitability; as well as the equity ratio further improved.

In 2023, Bühler successfully navigated a complex and volatile global landscape and increased its profitability; as well as the equity ratio further improved. As an innovative solution provider, the company benefited from many opportunities and gained market share from transitions in its key markets. In local currencies, turnover grew strongly, and orders improved slightly. With a high order book of CHF 2.0 billion, Bühler is well positioned for 2024. “We are satisfied with the outcome of 2023 and have proved again that we are a reliable partner in this dynamic world,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. At Group level and in Swiss Francs, Bühler performed well with a slightly increased turnover of CHF 3.0 billion (+1.0%). Order intake was CHF 3.2 billion (-3.8%) and the order book remained high at CHF 2.0 billion. EBIT rose by 8.9% to CHF 216 million with a corresponding EBIT margin of 7.2% (prior year: 6.7%). Net profit increased by 16.3% to CHF 179 million (prior year: CHF 154 million), corresponding with a margin of 5.9% (prior year: 5.2%). The impact of foreign exchange rates was significant. In local currencies, orders improved by 2% to CHF 3.3 billion, turnover by 7% to CHF 3.2 billion, and EBIT by 17% to CHF 233 million. In 2023, Bühler continued to strengthen its financial position, increasing the equity ratio to 51.1% (prior year: 49.8%).

www.buhlergroup.com

 
 
  06/02/2024 | Packaging

Somic opens new subsidiary in Asia

The packaging machine manufacturer Somic opened its new hub in Bangkok, Thailand, with a grand opening

The packaging machine manufacturer Somic opened its new hub in Bangkok, Thailand, with a grand opening With this sales and service location, the company is consistently developing its global presence. After entering the US market with the subsidiary in the USA in 2014, Somic is now continuing its expansion course towards the Asian markets with the new subsidiary Somic Packaging Asia Pacific Co. Ltd. The impressive event with a comprehensive program – including live operation of the new Somic 434 packaging machine and the presentation of the new Coras® collating and grouping system via a live link to Amerang in Germany – offered guests a deep insight into the philosophy of the German packaging machine specialists.

 
 
  02/02/2024 | Ingredients

Döhler: Peach Fuzz – 2024’s Colour for Trendy Food and Beverage Concepts

In the ever-evolving world of the food, beverage and nutrition industry, Döhler is showcasing an extensive portfolio of natural colour solutions which also captures the inviting shade of this year's trend, 'Peach Fuzz'.

In the ever-evolving world of the food, beverage and nutrition industry, Döhler is showcasing an extensive portfolio of natural colour solutions which also captures the inviting shade of this year's trend, 'Peach Fuzz'. “Peach Fuzz”, Pantone®'s Colour of the Year 2024, symbolizes an invitation to health and joyfulness! For over a quarter-century, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced a wide array of industries including food and beverages, architecture, cosmetics and fashion. Each year’s impactful colour is chosen through an analysis of socio-economic and political trends, cultural shifts and evolving consumer preferences. Peach Fuzz 13-1023, with its velvety peach tone, represents kindness, joy and well-being, reflecting an attitude towards life that is longing for calmness and a balanced way of living.

www.doehler.com

 
 
  02/02/2024 | Packaging

Sappi Europe: For a high-impact premium look in coffee packaging

Sappi’s “Algro Finess C” flexible packaging paper can be used for food items.

Sappi’s “Algro Finess C” flexible packaging paper can be used for food items. Flexible packaging paper manufacturer Sappi Europe has further optimised its well-established Algro Finess product portfolio and is now offering “Algro Finess C”, a coated flexible packaging paper specially developed for coffee packaging. It excels with its high-quality appearance and superior printing and converting properties. The new paper also effectively reduces fold and colour cracking which negatively impacts the packaging’s appearance at POS. Sappi is the market leader in the field of coated flexible packaging papers. In recent years, the innovation driver has continuously advanced its portfolio and customised its solutions to meet its customers’ very unique product requirements:

• Sappi “Algro Finess C” with a high-gloss surface

• For wrapper applications such as coffee, snacks and confectionery

• Effectively reduces fold and colour cracking

• Outstanding printing and converting properties

Coffee drinkers cannot imagine beginning the day without their favourite hot beverage. For real coffee connoisseurs, both the quality of the packaging content as well as its image play a decisive role. To impress them in-store, packaging and speciality paper manufacturer Sappi Europe has developed the new “Algro Finess C”, a paper that manufacturers and brand owners can use to further motivate consumers to buy their products. “Algro Finess C” – for that extra touch of finesse The new MGBK (Machine Glazed Bleached Kraft) paper, which is double-coated on one side, was specially developed for flexible packaging applications and is ideally suited for many wrapper applications in the coffee and food sector, such as snacks and confectionery. Especially coffee packaging tends to exhibit fold and colour cracking after printing and folding, exposing white areas. “Algro Finess C” was developed to reduce and prevent these unsightly cracks. The paper features a high-gloss surface and a treated reverse side. Available in grammages of 80 g/m² and 90 g/m², it is also suitable for direct contact with food thanks to its unique properties.

www.sappi.com

 
 
  01/02/2024 | Technology

ADVERTORIAL: Bi-Ber: Machine vision systems for empty mould check

The German machine vision expert Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery for more than 25 years now and has immense experience in this special industry.

The German machine vision expert Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery for more than 25 years now and has immense experience in this special industry. The most important application is a range of systems for optical empty mould check based on colour image processing. The systems are installed directly above the conveyor and, working at line speed, check whether the moulds contain product residues, fragments or splashes. The series currently comprises four options for varying line layouts with limited available space, each of which can be designed for different mould widths. In addition, customer-specific adaptations and tailored inspection systems are possible. Cameras, lighting and a touch panel PC are integrated in a single or two separate stainless-steel cabinets, depending on the model. Thus, there are suitable solutions for retrofitting in existing production lines, too. Recently the system’s software was enhanced by multiple new functions. The teach-in of similar moulds is facilitated by allowing users to copy entire parameter sets for editing and adjusting. There is a new efficient automatic function for correct mould position detection, which also provides useful data to machine builders about potential belt elongation. At customer's request, the manufacturer has also added an archive function for browsing the most recent images with negative results.

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