The technological and social revolutions of the past few decades have completely reshaped industry. The food packaging and palletizing industry is no exception. In fact, the last ten years alone has seen the adoption of advanced technologies at an unprecedented rate. Alan Spreckley, robotics food and beverage segment manager, and palletizing robotics expert at ABB, explains how digitalization is repackaging the future of food palletizing.
Spreckly explains that this growing trend places a higher demand for single-portion servings of pre-prepared and pre-packaged food on the food industry, which makes the packaging and palletizing processes less linear than they have previously been. Similarly, the unstable economy of recent years has nurtured a generation of savvy customers, eager for the special offers and deals that retailers regularly provide, further complicating the palletizing process. This leads to scenarios where manufacturers will be required to change palletizing patterns quickly and cost-efficiently.
Robotics is taking over the palletizing industry. In the past decade, robot pricing has come down making this a cost-effective choice for palletizing applications. Robots are more flexible and require less maintenance and floor space. Our sister company (Advance Millwrights Inc.), provides equipment for bag filling/handling, bag sealing and robotic palletizing.
Guelph, Ont. – Ontario needs more cheese-makers to help serve the sector in the coming decade, says a survey of Ontario cheese manufacturers. In a statement, the Agricultural Adaptation Council says it funded the survey, which found that “based on growth, turnover and retirement, Ontario dairy processors estimate that more than 200 new cheese-makers will be needed.”
Local cheese is a segment of the market that is growing, says the statement, and a new wave of Ontario cheese-makers will help to “feed consumers’ endless appetite for local.” According to the Ontario Dairy Council (ODC), its members process 97 per cent of the milk produced in Ontario to manufacture a wide range of dairy products, including cheese. The sector generates more than $6 billion in annual sales, says the statement.
Stacee Sokoloff, manager of Member Services and Communications with ODC, says in the statement that “identifying the needs for Ontario cheese-makers has attracted interest across Canada, and drawn attention to the greater need for skills development and training.” Sokoloff also adds that with CETA, more than 17,000 tonnes of additional imported European cheeses will be coming into the Canadian market. That makes it “increasingly urgent for cheese manufacturers to stay innovative and competitive to maintain and grow their markets,” she says.
Breslau, Ont. – Conestoga Meat Packers has received a financial boost from the province of Ontario. In a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that it is investing $5.3 million to help the company “boost productivity and expand its pork processing capacity by 86 per cent.” The investment is expected to create 170 new jobs at the facility in Breslau.
“Our government is proud to support the continued growth of Ontario’s food processing sector, an important driver of our economy,” said Jeff Leal, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, in the statement. “This support will help Conestoga Meat Packers increase its productivity, enhance competitiveness and create good jobs in Waterloo Region.” Conestoga Meat began processing farm-fresh pork in 1982. Today it is Ontario’s second-largest pork processor and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Progressive Pork Producers Co-operative Inc., a co-op of 157 southwestern Ontario hog producers. The government investment was made through Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund. With the funding Conestoga Meat “will purchase leading-edge equipment that will almost double its meat processing capacity.”
Now in its 24th year, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show features 750 exhibitors showcasing the latest in agricultural science, technology and innovation through interactive displays, demonstrations and exhibits. As a business-to-business show dedicated solely to agricultural products, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show delivers agricultural advancements that will help Canadian farmers continue to produce high-quality and safe food competitively.
The Outdoor Farm Show is running from September 12-14 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Canada’s Outdoor Park in Woodstock, Ontario.
In the fall of 2016, Conestoga College, through the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT), launched a new graduate certificate program called, “Operations Leadership in Food Manufacturing”. This one-year, full-time program at Conestoga College is designed for students who want to be prepared for an advanced supervisory career in the food manufacturing industry.
Tri-Mach Group, in partnership with Conestoga, built and installed three full processing lines for the IFPT facility in 2012. These processing lines included: a Vegetable line, a Baking line, and a Liquid Processing line. Tri-Mach Group is happy to hear that the IFPT facility is becoming a success in training graduate students in: quality, food safety, maintenance, operations, procurement, and planning.
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A new biodegradable film made of milk protein has the potential to keep food fresher and replace plastic wraps, according to researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lead researchers Peggy Tomasula and Laetitia Bonnaillie plan to present their work before a conference of the American Chemical Society on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Bonnaillie says the substance they created is made of casein, a milk protein, with the addition of citrus pectin and some salts to make it stronger and more resistant to moisture. It behaves much like a plastic cling wrap, but it’s biodegradable, even edible, and there is no danger of harmful compounds leaching into food. The film can be folded and sealed around food products. It is as strong as plastic wrap but not as sticky.
For products such as cheese slices, packaged meat or individually wrapped snacks, it would take packaging that now goes into landfill and replace it with a material that breaks down in the environment.
Tomasula and Bonnaillie work in the dairy research unit of the USDA and hit on the idea of creating a packaging material when they were looking for a use for some of the dry milk that is produced in excess in the U.S. As milk consumption falls, dairy farms have continued to produce too much milk, which is being stored as milk powder.
The casein film could also help keep food fresher longer, as protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food from spoiling. As an oxygen barrier, the casein film is 250 times better than plastic wrap, Bonnaillie said. It also has the potential to block light more effectively than plastic.
Some large UK retailers are failing to demonstrate the environmental benefits commonly attributed to plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) when used for fresh produce, instead preferring it for reasons of supply-chain efficiency, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has suggested.
“Certain retailers are using RTP to move fruit and vegetables through the supply chain quickly and gain a commercial advantage that way,” said director of packaging affairs Andrew Barnetson.
However, Barnetson pointed out that some retailers with a different sales strategy appeared to favour corrugated cases and trays for produce. The booming home-delivery produce segment had also adopted board as its material of choice.
Meanwhile, Italian research commissioned by the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) indicated further reasons for choosing corrugated for fresh produce. A team from Bologna University found that bacteria affected fruit far less when packed in corrugated than in RTP.
“Everything else being equal, the nature of corrugated is that it draws pathogens into the packaging where they dry out and die,” said Barnetson.
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The toothpaste container has seem a few innovations over the past few years, including a tube that squeezes out every last bit of toothpaste. But once the toothpaste is out, what do you do with the empty tube? Landfill?
One U.S. company has created a waste-free toothpaste with a water-soluable softgel pod that is filled with enough toothpaste for a proper brush — as the pod dissolves in the mouth, releasing the toothpaste.
The Dental Development Systems, LLC has developed Poppits toothpaste made from plant cellulose.
With the pod completely dissolving in one’s mouth, the paperboard packaging holding the Poppits pods will biodegrade—much faster, points out the Poppits developer, than the 500-year decomposition time for standard toothpaste tunes and pumps.
Poppits is still a Kickstarter proposition, with the hope of shipping product to its ‘investors’ as early as October.
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Coca-Cola Expanding in Last Beverage Frontiers of Coffee, Milk
Coca-Cola Co. is planning to sell packaged arabica coffee beans to Brazilian consumers as the world’s largest soft-drink producer expands in breakfast beverages.
The Atlanta-based company will sell packaged beans through a local tea brand it owns called Leao as it seeks further diversification. Coca-Cola has a partnership agreement with coffee exporter Tristao Companhia de Comercio Exterior, which will acquire and roast the beans.
Coca-Cola, which for more than a decade has expanded to other products including juice, tea and mineral water, is now advancing into coffee and milk. The company is concluding the acquisition of dairy products maker Laticinios Verde Campo in Minas Gerais, Brazil, as part of the strategy.
“Those were the two last frontiers in the beverage sector,” Hagen said in a telephone interview.
Coca-Cola will focus on high-end coffee drinkers as it plans to offer blends made exclusively from arabica, the premium beans favored by coffee-house chain Starbucks Corp. While Brazil is the world’s top producer of arabica coffee, those beans are primarily exported and rarely accessed by domestic consumers, according to Hagen.
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ViBErant has introduced “a new dimension to the soft drink” market. It dissolves in the mouth “and delivers an incredible sparkle and flavour experience”.
Over $4 million has been invested in the business behind it, ViBEration.
How does it work? Well, it’s a tablet, with people as “the bottle and the water.” You don’t need to make it up. Nor should you swallow it.
“We spent nearly ten years on intensive research and development,” said ViBEration founder Aaron Serge Bueno.
“Dry-Drinks are a novel format of beverage products, invented for people who appreciate purity. During our US roadshow, we realised one of the major preferences for ViBErant was to consume it directly, without adding any water, just enjoying the pure taste and excitement of it. They wanted to be ‘the bottle and the water’ and have the tablets supplying only the pure sparkling flavour.”