Food and You survey results

The latest FSA Food and You survey, which is published once every two years and provides information on reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues, has been published. This year it found that 51% of adults surveyed stored meat in line with FSA guidelines suggesting that up to half may store raw meat […]

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Flow wrapper increases production

Crantock Bakery, one of the UK’s leading Cornish pasty manufacturers, has been able to increase productivity and win new customer contracts with help from KernPack’s flow wrapper.

New lines for Clipper teas

Clipper is increasing its efficiency and flexibility with four new bespoke packaging systems from machine system specialist Frontline Packaging, working in conjunction with CDi Worldwide.


Robotic wrapping line

A compact robotic packaging line that provides particularly delicate handling for crumbly products such as rusks and biscuits and is able to create catering packs of typically two to six items in one or two stacks has been developed by Italian manufacturer PFM. The first has been built for a European manufacturer of dietary food […]

Robot palletising system

Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, has installed a robotic palletising system at its Banbury plant as part of a three-phase investment in the palletising area. CKF Systems of Gloucester was commissioned to design, build and install the system. “We were impressed by work CKF had recently undertaken for a major confectionery brand,” […]

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KernPack becomes Preferred distributor

KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery, has become the UK’s sole distributor for packaging equipment manufacturer Preferred Packaging. The new agreement will see Kern offering the Italian firm’s complete range of film packaging machines, shrink tunnels and solutions. The move is in response to increased customer demand for high quality film packaging and shrink-wrapping solutions at competitive […]

High temperature certification of ovenable films

New printed ovenable films from TCL Packaging are the first in the UK to have been successfully tested to 220°C, 450°F Gas 7 with Smithers Pira. Managing director Mike Golding explains, “We decided to extend the test boundaries after we became concerned that not all printed ovenable films on the market are verified. It’s vital […]

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New pallet wrap offers up to 80 per cent price savings

Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists (GVPS), the UK-based supplier of hand and machine pallet wrap, has brought out Fusion 33 – a new machine applied pallet wrap that, the company says, will save users up to 80 per cent of their pallet wrap costs. “Fusion 33 represents a micro technology advancement that will deliver substantial […]

German chocolatier wins court battle

Chocolate brand Ritter Sport has won a court battle against German consumer protection group Stiftung Warentest in a dispute over whether its hazelnut chocolate bars contain artificial or natural vanilla flavour, Reuters reports. The row erupted in November when the protection group claimed in a consumer protection report that the vanilla used in Ritter Sport […]


New packaging systems for bakery sector

Tisomi Packaging Machinery, a horizontal flowrapping specialist, is targeting the bakery and morning goods sectors with the latest packaging systems that meet the demands of the marketplace by protecting the integrity of goods and offering prolonged shelf life. Many food companies require packaging systems that can safely wrap a whole range of different shaped products […]


Packaging innovation bears fruit for apple growers

Apple growers are seeing better returns for their products thanks to savings being made by a leading fruit packing company using Ulma Packaging’s bespoke Atlanta tray-less flowrapper solution to wrap apples in numerous formats – 2 x 2, 3 x 2, 4 x 2 and importantly 4 x 1 with or without trays all on […]


High-speed sensing in a ‘mini’ package

SICK, a producer of sensors for industrial applications, has introduced SICK KTM, a mini sensor that provides maximum contrast detection reliability for high-speed packaging processes. The sensor achieves fast-paced print mark detection on a wide range of packaging media, including reflective material such as high-gloss foils and where contrast levels are low; thus, it is […]

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Grange ups pouch pack productivity

Contract packer Grange Packaging and Distribution is producing pouch packs for Kellogg’s and Fox’s Biscuits, thanks to its new Vegatronic 4000 continuous film motion, VFFS (vertical, form, fill and seal) packaging machine. The high-speed machine from Ilapak is producing snack packs for Fox’s Rocky packs and Kellogg’s cereals. Grange first installed an Ilapak Vegatronic 4000 […]


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