PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO tradeshows, and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are partnering to bring the PMMI–PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Pavilion to FMI Connect 2014, to be held June 10-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Marketplace trends are fueling the expansion of robotics in the baking and snack industries. While robots are primarily being used by bakers and snack manufacturer to package product, they have many other uses, thanks to machine vision and interface tools.
Thanks to their new 22,000-sq.-ft. production facility in Cudahy, Wis., the folks at Angelic Bakehouse now have the room, additional equipment and the structure they need to efficiently produce sprouted whole-grain breads, buns, rolls and flatbread/pizza crusts using an unusual process.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) unveiled a national consumer education campaign on March 3 to bolster awareness and understanding of the nutrient-based labeling system Facts Up Front.
KiMs, one of Scandinavia’s leading snack food producers, continually strives for efficiency improvements.One of the first areas the company looked at was the quality-assurance testing on the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) line at its factory in central Denmark. After doing so, it decided to invest in Dansensor’s new MAP Check 3 on-line gas analyzers on three of the plant’s MAP lines.
There are plenty of reasons to make the move. The way consumers view and interact with packaged products is changing. With more needs for convenience and sustainability, conventional package types are being replaced by flexible options designed to meet these consumer needs. The flexible packaging market is estimated to be worth $351 billion by 2018, so it’s quickly gaining market share from other sectors such as rigid containers.
Groups for Monsanto, PepsiCo and other major food companies are teaming to form the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF). The group hopes to create one national standard for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling and oppose efforts in various states that are pushing for better consumer information.