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  13/06/2024 | Industry

VDMA: Production at record level in 2023

In 2023, the production of food processing and packaging machinery increased by 5 percent to 16.5 billion euros.

In 2023, the production of food processing and packaging machinery increased by 5 percent to 16.5 billion euros. This means that the fifth-largest mechanical engineering sector exceeded the 16 billion euro mark for the first time, setting a new record hereby. Within the German mechanical engineering industry, the companies in this sector account for 6 % of the total production value and employ more than 62,000 people in Germany. With an average export turnover of 86 % and a global trade share of 22 %, the food processing and packaging machinery sector is one of the strongest export industries. Packaging machines account for around half of the production value. In 2023, companies increased their production by 10 % to just under 8 billion euros. The beverage packaging machinery sector grew in particular, increasing by 18 % to 2.8 billion euros. The production of so-called other packaging machines rose by 6 % to 5.2 billion euros. A large part of the turnover was based on orders from 2022, as incoming orders remained rather subdued in 2023. One of the reasons for this was the discussion in respect to the new EU packaging regulation, which led to uncertainty and restraint among customer industries. ‘The adoption of the packaging regulation in April 2024 is not only considered as positive due to some critical points, but it creates standardized conditions for the EU mechanical engineering industry and more planning security for investors,’ says Beatrix Fraese, economic expert and deputy managing director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association.

 
 
  11/06/2024 | Industry

SIGEP looks to "the world", and the premier italian ice cream show in the world makes its pizza space even bigger

The 46th edition of the event organized by Italian Exhibition Group will be held in Rimini from 18 to 22 January 2025, with a new pay-off: Sigep World – The World Expo for Foodservice Excellence

The 46th edition of the event organized by Italian Exhibition Group will be held in Rimini from 18 to 22 January 2025, with a new pay-off: Sigep World – The World Expo for Foodservice Excellence Sigep, the world’s leading Italian ice cream fair, is stretching its international reach and broadening its horizons towards the pizza universe, an industry which according to the most recent estimates has a global value of over 153 billion dollars (source Verified Markets Reports). And for the 2025 edition it is giving itself a makeover, starting from the pay-off which will become: "Sigep World - The World Expo for Foodservice Excellence". The reference to World underlines the global scope of the Rimini event recently supported by two new satellite trade shows in markets with great potential such as southern China and the Singapore area. The event, organized by Italian Exhibition Group, will be held at Rimini Expo Centre from 18 to 22 January 2025. In addition to ice cream, which remains the core of the exhibition, top foodservice technologies and premium ingredients for the pastry, pizza, bread making, and coffee world will also feature, embracing an increasingly wider community: last year attracted visitors arrived from no less than 160 countries, eager to check out the 1,200 exhibiting brands from 35 countries. And in that same edition, Sigep hosted over 500 buyers from 84 countries, generating more than 5,200 business meetings. The 46th edition will maintain the 5 large supply chains. Gelato will obviously be a shining star. After all, Sigep is the number one Italian ice cream fair in the world, with the most complete offering and the participation of all producers, from technologies to ingredients, from semi-finished products to equipment. And alongside ice cream there will of course be pastry, bread, chocolate and coffee. But among the new entries is a large space dedicated to pizza: Sigep World will definitely be the most important showcase for the product and its technologies, becoming a true cornerstone. Italian Exhibition Group will also expand the exhibition area, enhancing the exhibition sector with two new pavilions in the east area providing up to 140 thousand extra square metres of exhibit space, to shoulder the growth of this major event.

 
 
  10/06/2024 | Packaging

Schubert asserts its leading position in the packaging world

Despite the adverse market conditions in the mechanical engineering sector, the Crailsheim, Germany-based family-operated company Gerhard Schubert GmbH achieved remarkable growth in 2023.

Despite the adverse market conditions in the mechanical engineering sector, the Crailsheim, Germany-based family-operated company Gerhard Schubert GmbH achieved remarkable growth in 2023.  

With an overall performance of € 320 m and an increase in turnover of more than 9 %, the packaging machine manufacturer is proving to be extremely resilient. As part of its Mission Blue Sustainability Initiative, the company is now focusing even more strongly on the research and development of environmentally friendly packaging technologies.

The largest investment in recent years has been the completion of the new building complex at its headquarters – a showcase project not only in terms of climate protection, but also in terms of workplace design.

Schubert is clearly maintaining its leading role in the packaging industry – with steady growth for the thirteenth year in a row, even under very difficult market conditions. The Schubert Group has also continued its growth trend with an estimated overall performance of € 400 m. The Group now has around 1,700 employees, of whom some 1,200 work for Gerhard Schubert GmbH in Crailsheim.

Despite a shortage of skilled labour, the company succeeded in increasing its core workforce and, with the help of increased productivity, successfully processed 2023’s high order volume. Production and assembly capacities have also been fully utilised so far this year and the order books are full until 2025. This is an extremely favourable starting position for innovative product developments, especially as the budget for research and development in 2024 is once again the largest single budget, representing nine per cent of overall performance.

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  07/06/2024 | Technology

International OTC Symposium invites experts from the confectionery industry to Aachen for innovative dialogue

Following the enormous success of the first event in 2022, the symposium promises to offer new insights, trends and experiences.

Following the enormous success of the first event in 2022, the symposium promises to offer new insights, trends and experiences. Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen (WDS), Norevo and D&F Sweets welcome industry experts to the 2nd International OTC Symposium, which will take place on 26 and 27 September 2024 at the Hotel Quellenhof in Aachen, Germany. Following the enormous success of the first event in 2022, the symposium promises to offer new insights, trends and experiences. The aim is to combine theory and practice while creating first-class networking opportunities. The symposium will bring together international experts from the confectionery industry who will share their knowledge, expertise, and in-depth information on the following topics:

- Market development and trends

- Food law aspects

- Sustainable sourcing

- Raw materials and trends in enrichment

- Product development

- Processing technology including GMP aspects

- Packaging technology

The second day offers an optional opportunity to deepen the theoretical knowledge through a practical live demonstration in the D&F Sweets laboratory in Aachen. The following topics will be covered:

- Cooking process

- Addition of active ingredients

- Demoulding

- Post-treatment

www.df-sweets.de/schulungen/symposien/otc-symposium-gelees/

 
 
  06/06/2024

ADVERTORIAL: Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH – diversity in depositing solutions

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS) has a record of more than 100 years in engineering confectionery machines known for their quality and flexible modular design.

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS) has a record of more than 100 years in engineering confectionery machines known for their quality and flexible modular design. Globally, WDS is the only machinery manufacturer, who has been extremely successful in building molding plants for jellies and chocolates for decades. This versatility together with a deep knowledge concerning complex molding processes have created a modern generation of molding plants for gums and jellies as well as chocolates which set new standards according to efficiency, hygiene, and product treatment.

Thanks to their Product Innovation Center based at the WDS headquarter in Rengsdorf/Germany WDS is today a solution partner, providing all services to transform a product idea into a successful product launch. Most projects start at the Product Innovation Center where the WDS team of food scientists tests new product concepts using the WDS lab equipment.

The demand has changed from large capacity lines for a dedicated product towards flexible lines which entertain multiple different products with a medium to large production capacity.

Thanks to the large WDS machining-center they have full control about the parts and assembly quality, especially when it comes to the heart-piece, the depositor.

WDS also stands for excellent after sales service providing LifeCycleCare support, upgrades and retrofits of existing lines with new technology.

Starchless plants

For a couple of years now starchless production technology has been used very successfully for the manufacturing of toffees, fondant and jellies.

Referring to the rapidly growing market for OTC gums and jellies with its high demands for hygienic production plants WDS has developed a new direction regarding the molding processes.

Mogul plants

WDS is experienced in the production of jelly and gum (on pectin basis, gum arabic, gelatine, agar-agar, carrageen), as well as liquorice, fondant, cream, marshmallow foam and similar masses. A core expertise is the depositing of centre-filled products with e.g. a fruit paste filling.

WDS Mogul plants are highly efficient, long-lasting quality machines with classical or chainless tray transport.

Chocolate

WDS serves small to large sized businesses with capacities from 200 kg/h to 7000 kg/h.

The ConfecECO is the start-up line for the production of plain, center-filled bars, pralines and masses with inclusions – as mentioned above also suitable for jellies!

The ConfecPRO is a chocolate production plant for confectionery manufacturers who want to target a medium to high output quantity. Its modular design together with the decentralized electrical control ensures an easy future growth-oriented expansion at small expenditures.

sweetOTC

Under the motto “activate your candy”, WDS highlights its label sweetOTC, demonstrating how customers successfully open up new growth markets with OTC confectionery. For the OTC confectionery market, WDS optimises established plant technologies and develops them further with careful consideration of customer requirements and applicable regulations.

WDS supports its customers from the idea to the finished product, which means from product development to customised production processes, exact dosing to perfect, hygienic and GMP-compliant production with WDS plants.

www.w-u-d.com

 
 
  05/06/2024 | Ingredients

Study shows Beneo’s Palatinose™ stimulates the release of GLP-1 in overweight adults

A new study demonstrates that intake of the naturally sourced, smart carbohydrate Palatinose™ stimulates the release of beneficial gut hormones including GLP-1 in overweight adults

A new study demonstrates that intake of the naturally sourced, smart carbohydrate Palatinose™ stimulates the release of beneficial gut hormones including GLP-1 in overweight adults The findings show that Palatinose™ (isomaltulose) positively affects metabolic parameters important for maintaining a healthy body weight, blood glucose control, and cardiovascular health. GLP-1 reduces appetite and weight gain. Drugs mimicking GLP-1 are used to treat Type 2 diabetes and are gaining interest as weight loss drugs. The study shows that Palatinose™ enhances the body's own GLP-1 release. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study with 30 overweight/obese volunteers (aged 49-77, half with Type 2 diabetes) monitored hormone levels after consuming 50g isomaltulose or sucrose. Those who consumed isomaltulose had higher GLP-1 levels. The study confirms that Palatinose™ promotes hormone release even before complex meals. Dr. Stephan Theis highlights its relevance for clinical nutrition and product development for weight and blood glucose management. Scientific evidence supports structure/function claims in the USA like “Palatinose™ supports an increased release of GLP-1.

www.beneo.com

 
 
  04/06/2024 | Packaging

Coveris Completes Acquisition of Hadepol Flexo

Coveris, an international packaging manufacturer, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the acquisition of HADEPOL FLEXO, a prominent flexible packaging company based in Rypin, Poland.

Coveris, an international packaging manufacturer, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the acquisition of HADEPOL FLEXO, a prominent flexible packaging company based in Rypin, Poland. The acquisition follows the completion of the necessary regulatory clearance at the end of May. Coveris is a leading producer of flexible paper and plastics packaging in markets such as food, medical, transport packaging and consumer goods. With its international network of 30 sites in eight EMEA countries, the Group currently employs more than 4,000 colleagues. The acquisition of Hadepol Flexo marks the third deal in Central and Eastern Europe in a short period of time, supporting the company’s ongoing growth strategy with investments in targeted geographies and packaging markets. "We are thrilled to welcome Hadepol Flexo as the newest member into the Coveris network," commented Christian Kolarik, CEO of Coveris, “The demand for flexible packaging is on the rise, and Hadepol Flexo's expertise in both flexible paper and film packaging will enhance our ability to meet our customers' needs with leading-edge products and services.” The product offer of the newly acquired plant will substantially enhance the companies’ product portfolio for bakery and confectionery customers.

www.coveris.com

 
 
  04/06/2024 | Ingredients

Balchem to launch new cold-water-soluble oat-based creamer at IFT First 2024

Under the spotlight will be the latest addition to the company’s portfolio, VitalBlend™ Oat 2540 – a cold-water soluble creamer unveiled for the first time at the show.

Under the spotlight will be the latest addition to the company’s portfolio, VitalBlend™ Oat 2540 – a cold-water soluble creamer unveiled for the first time at the show. Balchem will also showcase its beverage system offerings, a selection of ingredients to help brands create solutions that balance superior sensory profiles and added nutritional benefits. Across the globe, health and well-being are in the everyday choices individuals make. But as they juggle work, family, physical exercise and social life, consumers crave convenient, high-quality solutions that can fit into their busy schedules. On-the-go, tasty and refreshing, functional drinks have become a hot topic in recent years, with the US market projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.90% from 2024 to 2029. To help brands tap into consumer needs for solutions that not only quench thirst but also provide multiple health benefits, at IFT First, Balchem will reveal its new VitalBlend™ Oat 2540. Offering outstanding cold-water solubility, this first-of-a-kind creamer delivers smooth texture and a creamy mouthfeel, making it ideal for a variety of applications. Visitors to booth 4048 are invited to sample delicious Frappuccino concepts set to become the consumer favorite. Attendees at the show can learn more about Balchem’s expertise in formulating next-generation beverage solutions during the talk ‘Enhancing Solubility: Innovative Cold-Water Solutions for Product Development’ hosted by Balchem’s Angela Yin [Account Manager – Human Nutrition & Health], and Tammy Thompson [Associate Scientist – Human Nutrition & Health] on Monday 15 July from 11am to 11:15am at the Exhibit Hall – Taste of Science (Booth 5212). The experts will demonstrate the unique performance of the company’s portfolio, navigating factors crucial for enhancing solubility across various applications.

balchem.com/human-nutrition-health/

 
 
  04/06/2024 | IT/Logistics, Packaging

PAWI Group AG presents innovative website

The platform offers clients and interested parties a comprehensive view of the range of services and expertise offered by PAWI in the areas of packaging design, packaging solutions and logistics.

The platform offers clients and interested parties a comprehensive view of the range of services and expertise offered by PAWI in the areas of packaging design, packaging solutions and logistics. The new website combines the expertise of PAWI’s three locations – Winterthur (Switzerland), Singen (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) – and presents a wide range of packaging solutions for different industries, from bakeries, pastry shops and chocolatiers to cosmetics producers and retailers. Through an intuitive user interface, visitors can easily navigate through a variety of references showing successful implementations of different packaging projects. Particularly noteworthy are the detailed descriptions and vivid 3D animations and infographics, which illustrate the advantages of the packaging solutions. The website also highlights the industries for which PAWI offers tailor-made packaging solutions so that potential clients can quickly see how PAWI meets their specific needs. Another focus is sustainability and how PAWI actively develops environmentally friendly packaging solutions and promotes sustainable production practices. The new site also provides insights into PAWI’s work culture to give potential employees a comprehensive picture of the work environment. The launch of the new website marks a significant milestone for PAWI and a fundamental reboot: everything from design and navigation to content has been redesigned from the ground up. By taking this fresh approach and integrating the expertise of all three locations, the new website will further strengthen PAWI’s positioning in the different target markets.

www.pawi.com

 
 
  31/05/2024 | Technology

ADVERTORIAL: Machine VISION solutions FOR inline inspection in CONFECTIONERY

Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery “made in Berlin” for more than 25 years now.

Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery “made in Berlin” for more than 25 years now. In the confectionery industry many quality features or product characteristics can only be checked visually. A varying appearance of the products and different error classes are common. Precisely for these reasons, image processing solutions for this area pose a particular challenge. Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery “made in Berlin” for more than 25 years now and has immense experience in this special industry. Examples for Bi-Ber’s solutions are the all-round 2D or 3D inspection of chocolate bars, the quality check of toppings or waffles as well as the product inspection with artificial intelligence (AI). In those applications the vision system carries out the final inspection of e.g. chocolate-coated wafers either in the mould or individually immediately before packing. The chocolate wafers are checked for foreign objects and quality defects. Holes, breakage, smeared coatings, and leaking fillings must be marked as rejects. Up to sixty moulds per minute with a maximum of fifty-four products in each can be inspected or dozens of products per second by using a smart camera and edge learning tools. Bi-Ber vision systems are Windows-based and equipped with modern GigE or USB3 color cameras. They have multilingual firmware and modern software interfaces and functionality.

For more information

send an email to sales@bilderkennung.de

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or see: https://www.bilderkennung.de/suesswaren-industrie.html

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