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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 has a free educational workshop in June.

Systech Illinois wins first gluten free deal

Systech Illinois, which makes gas analysis instruments, has partnered with Ultrapharm gluten-free bakery to monitor its modified atmosphere packs (MAP).

Dispatches from Europain 2014

World Cup Brazil: Good for Brazilian bakers?

The World Cup may well place Brazil in a global spotlight, but the world should see that the country has more to offer than football, carnivals and samba, according to a Brazilian trade association at this year's Europain.

Endoline wins £1.5m case sealer orders

Endoline Machinery has seen a growth in demand for its 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealers, after receiving up to £1.5m in orders from international snack manufacturers, in particular, crisps, in the last 12 months.

Terrell’s Potato Chip hit with $115,500 fine for repeated safety violations

Mid-sized snack player Terrell’s Potato Chip Company faces $115,500 in fines for new and recurring ‘serious’ safety hazards at its New York production plant.

Ishida Europe MD: Snacks will be growth tool for Africa

Ishida Europe plans to expand into Africa next year and snacks will spearhead the move, its managing director says.

SPECIAL EDITION: ENERGY-SAVING BAKING

Innovative energy efficiency: Bakers aren’t fully on board yet…

Next generation energy-saving technologies do exist for bakers but not everyone is jumping on board, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

SPECIAL EDITION: ENERGY-SAVING BAKING

Retail wants green baking - and it wants it now, says BEMA

The pressure from the world of retail for bakers to go green and reduce environmental impact has never been tougher and is a “cultural change” for industry, the president of BEMA says.

Green baking: NASA coatings, heat recovery, recycled plastics, water reuse and much more…

Investments in green technology, waste recovery and sustainable supply can be seen across the baking sector, but what companies are pioneering and leading the way? BakeryandSnacks caught up with the B.E.S.T. in Baking (Becoming Environmentally Sustainable Together) award winners at IBIE 2013. 

ABA & BEMA: Frank talk about bakery challenges

Regulation, consumers, retailers: Dealing with change in the bakery sector

There is a flurry of regulation and sustainability pressures facing bakers along with changing consumer tastes and retail demands – but how are bakers and equipment suppliers coping with these challenges?

Shape and consistency are top robotic challenges in bakery, says Arr-Tech

Baked goods often lack consistency which poses problems when using robotics in the production line, Arr-Tech Automation Technology says.

Firing employees and hiring robots: Minimum wage rise to spark automation age, says All Bake Technologies

The higher minimum wage set for the US state of California will see more bakeries turning to automation and robots, says bakery equipment supplier All Bake Technologies.

IBIE teaser: You’re never too old, or big, to learn…

IBIE 2013 has a fantastic educational program lined up from tips for gluten-free and whole grain use, to insight on food safety regulations and labeling laws. BakeryandSnacks takes a look at ‘what not to miss’…

Coming unstuck: Gentle and precise handling for granola bars is crucial, says Bosch

The biggest challenge facing granola bar makers is the stickiness and product build-up on packaging lines, but this can be overcome with gentle handling and clever belt timing, says Bosch.

News in brief

FDA stretches FSMA rule comment period

The US Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period for four proposed food-safety manufacturing rules by 60 days, until mid-November.

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Par-Pak acquired by private equity portfolio firm

The Waddington Group has acquired Par-Pak, a thermoformer of bakery and produce packaging to continue its growth and expand into new markets.

Dowson eyes European expansion after UK acquisition

Dowson Food Machinery will expand its export business into Western Europe following the acquisition of JBS in the UK.

Milk allergen risk prompts ConAgra RTE popcorn recall

ConAgra Foods has issued a precautionary recall on two varieties of Orville Redenbacher’s ready-to-eat popcorn due to the risk of undeclared milk allergens.

PFM delivers bespoke machine for Irish tortilla maker

Ireland’s The Flat Bread Company has diversified into the retail market thanks to an extra-wide flow wrapper designed specifically for the firm by Italian supplier PFM Packaging Machinery.

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ULMA launches flow pack wrapper with rotary jaws

ULMA Packaging has unveiled a horizontal flow pack wrapper (HFFS) for the bakery, confectionery and produce industry.

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