Shipping contamination-free food products to the public has always been business-critical, but today's social-media landscape leaves virtually no room for error. A wider variety of products, along with a wide variety of packaging options, have increased the need for more flexible inspection and detection equipment.
Secondary packaging equipment can help snack producers and bakeries perform a variety of necessary functions, including shrink wrapping, shrink bundling, pallet unitizing and case building. The latest systems are also able to meet the demands of a quick-changing market.
The latest form/fill/seal (FFS) packaging systems are more versatile and more adaptable to different bag types, film types and bag sizes than previous versions. That is good news as consumers continue to demand smaller, on-the-go, resealable packages for their snacks and baked goods, and retailers demand packaging formats that bring convenience to their customers.
Crackers remain one of the most-important segments in baked snacks. But growth has stagnated in recent years. To drive sales, manufacturers are doing exciting things with flavors and other ingredients to meet culinary- and health-driven consumer demands.
The word indulgence is often used in any discussion of cookies. And while that still holds true, more better-for-you, healthy options are hitting the shelves. But regardless of the protein levels in cookies, consumers are still looking for treats with appealing flavor combinations that taste good and offer a multi-dimensional bite.
Third-party logistics (3PL), the use of a third-party business to outsource elements of a company's distribution and order fulfillment services, can help snack producers and bakeries deliver their products more effectively. 3PL providers specialize in integrated warehousing and transportation services that can be customized to meet customers' needs based on market conditions.
Consumer demand for convenience packaging and product freshness are driving the design and manufacture of bagging and closing equipment in the snack food and wholesale bakery market. The latest machines feature higher production speeds, smaller footprints, sanitary designs and smart technology.