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New bars push the limit with technology
As bars become more nutritious with whole inclusions and clean-label binders, equipment must become more robust and accurate to adapt to stiffer doughs.
Flexibility provides powerful alternatives
Bar producers rely on versatile production lines to keep up with demand.
Accurate depositors save bakers product money
Consistent doughs, frequent checks, careful cleaning — all play their part to keep depositors running accurately.
Closures adapt to innovative packaging trends
From ties to zippers and more, closures reflect ongoing consumer demands for quality, freshness and convenience.
Artisan bakers automate to meet demand
Artisan bakers turn to automation to increase capacity, relying on equipment suppliers to walk them through the scaling up process.
Classic closures continue to improve
The twist tie and clip innovate in their simplicity.
Bakers juggle food safety concerns
As new FSMA regulations are on the verge of being enacted, bakers and snack producers wrestle with keeping consumers safe from microbial contamination.
Thinking outside the package for solutions
The packaging room remains a last stop for systems innovations.
Small products make big impact
Consumers want more portable, portion-controlled options. For bakers, this means the push for flexibility rages on.
Take the plunge with co-manufacturers
For branded companies large and small, co-manufacturing clears a way to add capacity and get creative with new products with minimal risk.
Food for thought
Pack Expo Las Vegas offers baking and snack manufacturers an in-depth look at the processing and packaging innovations shaping the industry’s future.
Incredible bulk delivers advantages
Find market growth with new bulk packaging systems designed around speed, efficiency, versatility and sustainability.
Ovens fitting in a tight spot
When existing bakeries try to update their production lines, limited floor space can force bakers and suppliers to get creative at the oven.
Packaging for the fickle foodservice channel
How Highland Baking positions itself for versatility in packaging styles.
Education from the production floor
When making packaging purchases, the best decisions can be made by understanding how equipment affects the process.
Leaving behind debris
When transporting product, proper cleaning and sanitation ensures that bacteria and other unwanted guests
Good housekeeping for safekeeping
Worker safety — and food safety — go hand-in-hand when it comes to preventing a combustible dust hazard.
Box set
Even as pouches and other flexible materials encroach, bag-in-box packaging provides benefits for snacks and bakery foods.
What about wire-cut
Several years ago, cookies set the bar for lumpy, bumpy doughs, challenging equipment engineers to adapt wire-cut depositors to the new reality.
Solving the co-manufacturers packaging dilemma
Investing in new equipment can be a tricky proposition.
Keeping the options open
Secondary packaging systems help create variety packs with seemingly endless options.
Pack mentality
As grab-and-go products gain traction and sales, bakers and snack makers rely on efficient flowwrappers for product integrity and convenience.
Anything but conventional
As the gluten-free market establishes itself, bakers look to suppliers for the right equipment and more flexibility.
Lumpy bumpy breakthrough
Depositing systems adapt to handling large inclusions — the highly visible, very chunky ‘real’ fruit, nuts and chocolate chips that consumers crave in sweet goods.
The importance of sanitation training
Training course provides overview of sanitation essentials.