Processing & Packaging

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Controlling the art of mass producing the perfect climate smart loaf

By Gill Hyslop

Bread is an age-old staple that conjures up uncomplicated natural wholesomeness, however, the difference between theory and practice is miles apart. Certainly, mass producing bread demands specialised equipment that will pinpointedly control the process...

The practice of buying goods like cereals and grains from a sustainable plastic-free grocery store is on the rise. Pic: GettyImages/monkeybusinessimages

We need to rethink our war on plastic strategy

By Gill Hyslop

The plastic pollution debate; the plastic pandemic; or war on plastic – call it what you like but it’s impossible to ignore the global backlash against the use of plastic. But, what is the best route to rid our reliance on this material, which has literally...

Mecatherm’s equipment can produce a wide range of products while exactly meeting the quality criteria required. Pic: Mecatherm

Clean label

Why go clean label in the baking industry?

By Gill Hyslop

According to equipment specialist Mecatherm, the answer is twofold as it not only satisfies consumer demand, but also an industrial sustainability challenge that presents new marketing opportunities.

Ingredient testing with APRIL Robotics. Pic: OAL

Guest article

Bakeries will benefit from the use of robotics

By Gill Hyslop

Most micro and minor weighing operations in bakery facilities across the globe are carried out by human operators. Jake Norman, head of Innovation at OAL notes that even after automating the bulk ingredients with silos, as much as 70% of the remaining...

Mondelēz International said it is aiming for at least a 25% reduction in virgin plastic use. Pic: Mondelēz International

Environment

Mondelēz commits to virgin plastic reduction

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International has pledged to increase its commitment to reduce use of virgin plastics in its packaging, as part of the confectionery giant’s ongoing environmental efforts across its portfolio.

Seebo can help prevent quality and waste losses with automated root cause analysis. Pic: GettyImages/mady70

Seebo to ramp up AI footprint with $24m funding round

By Gill Hyslop

Seebo – the artificial intelligence (AI) platform used by producers like General Mills, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Mondelēz to predict and prevent quality, yield and waste losses – is planning to expand its global reach following a $24m Series B financing round.

The pandemic’s impact on packaging and label trends

The pandemic’s impact on packaging and label trends

By Gill Hyslop

By now, the coronavirus’ impact on consumer needs is evident, with both consumers and retailers prioritising a safe and transparent food system. But how has the rush to meet the overwhelming shift to ecommerce and food delivery affected packaging demands...

Bakers Basco invested an additional £1m worth of equipment into the system to address the increased demand for baked goods at the outbreak of the pandemic. Pic: Bakers Basco

New in brief

Bakery equipment recoveries up more than 50% in second half of 2020

By Gill Hyslop

Bakers Basco – the bakery equipment solution set up by five of the UK’s largest plant bakers for transporting bread and morning goods – has reported an increase of over 50% in the number of bread baskets and dollies recovered in the second half of 2020...

Consumers are increasingly looking for smaller packs of snacks. Pic: GettyImages/FotoDuets

Guest article

Capitalising on the small pack trend

By Gill Hyslop

Lifestyle changes are redefining the packaging sector. Along with the increased lean towards the snackification of mealtimes – ‘grazing’ on snacks throughout the day – consumers are also demanding more convenient, timely and portable solutions. Mike Pipe,...

47% of American claim to have purchased unfamiliar brands based solely on the item's packaging. Pic: GettyImages/Goran 13

Smart packaging

The influence of savvy packaging

By Gill Hyslop

Shorr Packaging recently published its 2020 Food Packaging & Consumer Behavior Report, which looks into how food packaging can dictate consumer purchasing decisions.

Salty snack sticks get inspected on the production line. Pic: GettyImages/dusanpetcovik

Processing innovation

Do you know your TDC from your TCO?

By Gill Hyslop

A successful packaged food production lines requires a well-established metric in the industry is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), writes Neil Giles, marketing communications manager for Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection. So, how does Total Delivered Cost...