Sanitation probably tops the list, but safety, speed, reliability, ease of use, and resource efficiency are also among the watchwords for snack and bakery manufacturers when it comes to replacing or upgrading their plant’s belts and conveyors equipment.
Some snack categories today are tough to crack. According to data from IRI, Chicago, dollar sales in the crackers category during the 52 weeks ending September 4, 2016 rose 0.98 percent to reach $7.4 billion.
The Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA’s) newest report, How America’s Eating Habits are Changing, focuses on millennials and their eating habits, and it found that although they purchase from many different sources, they frequently shop at supermarkets.
For snack food and select baked goods producers today, flexibility is the most sought-after feature of form/fill/seal (FFS) packaging equipment. Manufacturers also seek modular designs that provide scalable solutions and flexible layout configurations.
Kellogg Company announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ritmo Investimentos, controlling shareholder of Parati S/A, Afical Ltda and Pádua Ltda ("Parati Group"), a leading Brazilian food group.
PACK EXPO International 2016, taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago on Nov. 6–9, will serve as a hub innovation across a wide range of industries. PACK EXPO International is North America’s largest processing and packaging event.
Companies have been releasing a wide range of new ovens and proofers suited to snack and bakery operations, and the diversity is sure to cultivate a strong level of appeal across the board. This new range of equipment focuses on ease of use, technical improvements, better sanitary design and new levels of efficiency.
Although Pocky is well known in Japan, it’s just now transitioning to the U.S. snack market. Savvy American consumers may already be familiar with the brand, but previously, one would have had to gone to a specialty market (such as an Asian grocery store) to find it on the shelves.