Shearer’s Foods has selected tna to create a comprehensive packaging, seasoning and distribution solution for its potato chip production.

Shearer’s Foods, a leading producer and distributor of high-quality branded, contract pack and private label seasoned snack foods, selected tna to create a comprehensive packaging, seasoning and distribution solution for its potato chip production.
An expansion of Shearer’s existing machinery, the new system will be used to process the company’s regular and Kettle potato chip brands. Leveraging its recently expanded distribution services team, tna will create a custom solution that meets Shearer’s specific packaging and distribution needs, and features fully-integrated mechanical, software and hardware technology to provide improved performance, accuracy and system upkeep.

The system will feature the tnarobag3 integrated vertical form/fill/seal (VFFS) packaging system. The installation also includes a tnaroflo and tna intelli-flav2 on-machine seasoning (OMS) with weight control, continuous automatic bulk density recalibration, independent scarf feeder and independent tumble drum. This marks the first installation of the tnaroflo, tna’s new vibratory technology that decontaminates produce before it is packaged, keeps food product agitated to avoid settling and adhesion or increases freshness.

“tna has offered great solutions for our conveying and packaging needs,” says Terry Mustard, vice president of engineering for Shearer’s Foods, based in Brewster, Ohio. “We have looked at many options and the solutions tna offers using continuous product flow with their state of the art bagging system exceeded our requirements. Our long-standing partnership with tna in packaging grew into an ideal opportunity to apply the tna conveying solutions.  From process discharge conveying and distribution, through seasoning and packaging, tna offers a highly efficient, very flexible, low energy consumption solution.

“We are very honoured that Shearer’s has chosen our talented team and innovative technology for the installation of its new packaging and distribution system,” says Michael Green, vice president, Americas, for tna, the Coppell, Texas-based supplier of integrated packaging and processing solutions for food production companies worldwide. “With the recent expansion of our distribution services capabilities, we are now able to offer our customers even more comprehensive turnkey packaging and distribution solutions. We are excited to work with Shearer’s to build a system that meets their unique needs.”

Shearer’s Foods, Inc.
Founded in 1974, Shearer’s employs approximately 900 associates in nine locations, including four manufacturing plants and five distribution facilities. The company has a comprehensive offering of branded and private label snack foods including a complete line of potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, cheese curls/puffs, peanuts, popcorn, corn chips and other snacks, which are distributed throughout the Midwest, New England and parts of Canada. Shearer’s has received numerous honors and awards from industry associations and customers.

tna is a leading global supplier of integrated food packaging and processing solutions with over 3,000 systems installed across more than 120 countries. The company provides a comprehensive range of products from the industry benchmark tnarobagvertical form/fill/seal (VFFS) baggers and tna roflo product transfer and distribution equipment to seasoning systems, multi-head scales, checkweighers, date coders, metal detectors, case packers, palletizers, fully automated multi-packing and complete processing equipment. tna’s unique combination of innovative technologies, extensive project management experience and 24/7 global support ensures customers achieve faster, more reliable and flexible packaged food products at the lowest cost of ownership.