The German nut and dried fruit packaging company services European retail stores and industrial clients in the candy industry.
Snack foods often contain a range of different ingredients from various raw material suppliers, said the firm.
It said by the end of this year most of its 21 line will have X-ray detection equipment.
Märsch Importshandels started by using one Mekitec Combimeki system, an integrated X-ray and checkweighing machine, on one of its packaging lines - bagging nuts and dried fruits, such as raisins - to create a product called ”Studentenfutter.”
The company started using X-ray inspection systems last year and found the best place to put equipment to meet HACCP requirements is the end of the production line.
“I met personally Mekitec representatives Lars Oehlandt and Jouni Kokki at a food tech exhibition. Prior to that, we had been already testing X-Ray systems from other suppliers,” said Markus Märsch, owner of Märsch Importshandels.
“We started with equipping one production line. Until the end of 2015, most of our 21 lines will be checked with X-ray. We intend to rely fully on X-ray inspection by the end of 2016.”
The plant produces around 35,000 tons of snack products in retail bags ranging in size from 50g to 1kg. Märsch Importhandels’s daily production can reach a capacity of 230 tons with the main focus on private label, packed into pouch bags, doy-bags, and four-seal bags.
Packaging machines in the plant can run at speeds of 220 products per minute.