Snack food and wholesale bakery companies looking for new or upgraded belts, conveyors, and associated equipment are looking for options that are more compact, offer easier cleanability, permit greater automation, have faster delivery time, the welcome the ability to handle gluten-free and other specialized products, among other qualities.
New research and innovations in packaging materials are focused on sustainability, which is important for bakery and snack producers who strive to achieve green solutions in their everyday packaging operations. Sustainability also is a key concern for consumers who prefer materials made from recycled materials.
The latest trends in labeling for bakery and snack producers involve advances in printers, software, inks, and marking/coding technology.
Modernized bakeware including pans, tins, trays, and coatings, as well as automated pan handling systems.
Automation, ease of operation, simple cleanability, hygienic design, operator safety, and the ability to process nontraditional and healthier ingredients are among the top of mind requests for snack and bakery operators looking to buy or upgrade laminators or sheeters.
The latest advances in convenience packaging options, single-serve, re-sealable, portion-controlled, on-the-go, offer retailers and consumers greater convenience, reliable containment, and sustained freshness. Increased recyclability and sustainability are other features. This is good news for bakery and snack producers who are striving to meet consumer demand.
Consumer trends are driving bakery/snack production in the areas that form/fill/seal (FFS) systems accommodate. The types of packaging formats being requested by retailers and consumers is a major factor. As a result, the latest FFS systems can produce single-serve, portion-controlled packs at high speeds while offering quick changeover.
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