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Special edition: Automation

‘Using robots to pick-up and pack food is starting to accelerate’

Pacepacker, which works with FANUC and Festo, and integrates robots for pick and place and palletising, is running a ‘Try Before You Buy’ trial at its Essex factory, UK, and...

Matte is the new black for snacks: ‘There are several drivers’, says expert

Traditional high-gloss packs will soon be a thing of the past as snack makers turn to matte finishes in the battle for shelf appeal, an expert says.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: EASTER

Easter food isn't just chocolate and jelly beans; packaging decorated with chicks and bunnies can be found in shelves all over retail stores. Here are some examples of festive packaging...

Consumers demanding more ‘free’ foods

Food processing and packaging firms are increasingly impacted by consumers’ desire to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, and other ingredients, according to Packaged Facts.

Reduce bread packaging by 20% with no shelf life impact: Study

Industrial bread manufacturers should stop over-packing bread because thinner plastic films do not impact shelf life standards, researchers say.

Portion-pack food firm plans $3.1m expansion

Growth in portion-packaged foods is moving L&L Foods to break ground on an additional facility to boost capacity.

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

Overweight people eat fewer pretzels…in single-serve packs

Single-serve packages may help overweight people cut food consumption, says a researcher who claims limited research has been done on its relation to pack size.

SPECIAL EDITION: FLEXIBLE BAKERY & SNACK PRODUCTION

Artificial Intelligence: Baking with algorithms for 'infinite' flexibility

Baking with algorithmic software can help minimize mistakes as busy bakers work to broaden portfolios, according to developer PreciBake.

SPECIAL EDITION: FLEXIBLE BAKERY & SNACK PRODUCTION

The snack race: Packaging feels the brunt as lead times shorten

Packaging innovation is a top demand in the snacks race with format, size and design changes expected faster than ever as lead times shorten under retail pressure.

BEMA: Flexibility and sanitation go hand-in-hand

Flexible bakery lines and equipment must always consider sanitation because these issues have converged, says the head of the Bakery, Equipment, Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) Association.

Ontario backs bakery with $1.5m funding

Fiera Foods has scored $1.5m in funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in support of the bakery plant’s expansion.

The silver lining? Cloud system can heighten snack-retail relations

Snack makers can strengthen retail relations and support 24/7 business with a cloud-based sales platform, says developer MiT Systems.

Oat processing needs a re-think, says Campden BRI

Heat treatment of oats remains very traditional and should shift to continuous technologies for improved nutrition and reduced contamination, says a Campden BRI processing expert.

Fire strikes ConAgra nut facility

A small fire broke out inside a snack nut roaster at a ConAgra-owned processing facility; no injuries were reported.

Mona’s Granola: Big cereal brands have overlooked sensual packaging

Big cereal players haven’t worked out the concept of sensual packaging, sticking instead to rigid boxes and thick plastics but Mona’s Granola is one step ahead, says its founder....

Wyandot: Contract manufacturing is a win-win for the balance sheet

More snack makers are outsourcing production because it’s a win-win for the balance sheet, says the president of Wyandot Incorporated. 

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

tna sells its first intelli-flav 3 CLS into US and Iraq

‘There are less preconceived perceptions in the Middle East’

tna has sold the first of its intelli-flav 3 closed-loop slurry (CLS) seasoning technology to the US and Iraq.

News in brief

Warburtons wins permission for Burnley factory

Warburtons has secured planning permission to build a £20M factory in Burnley, Lancashire, dedicated to its sandwich alternatives lines, including Wraps and Sandwich Thins, plans for which it announced in...

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ITC to open $113m food factory

Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) will open a Rs.700 crore ($113m) food manufacturing facility producing branded packaged biscuits, snacks, noodles, juices and Atta (wheat/powder flour).

Allergen-friendly snacks crunch into smart packaging

Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.

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Bavarian pretzel granted EU protected status

The Bavarian pretzel, native to the southeast German state, has been granted protected geographical indication (PGI) status in the EU.

‘Shirley Mania’ boosted General Mills' Wheaties

General Mills has paid tribute to Shirley Temple - who featured on its packaging and promotions - after the actress died last week aged 85. 

Leclerc Foods to build $50m snack factory

Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.

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