Kliklok International

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Kliklok International is gearing up to launch its new Certiwrap ELITE wraparound cartoning system at the PPMA Show. It is designed to handle the more complex meal trays, tubs or pot shapes – individually, in multi-packs or layered – in a wide range of formats.

Capable of improving flexibility on the production line, the ELITE easily adapts to different pack styles making it ideal for full sleeves, wraparound sleeves and gusseted packs as well as upright shelf-ready display-style cartons.

Thanks to a new modular design, the ELITE also enhances functionality and repeatability, helping manufacturers adapt to increasingly fast-paced market requirements. It features a choice of twin or triple arm carton feeders to improve handling and is designed to increase throughput rates on high-speed lines, being capable of packaging at speeds of up to three hundred cartons per minute dependant on flight pitch.

Tel: +44 (0)1275 836131
Email: sales@kliklok-int.com

Stand E32

New food-to-go launches at lunch!

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From gourmet popcorn to superfood salads, from organic soups to Bombay mix chocolate buttons, this year’s lunch! show boasts hundreds of food-to-go innovations from three hundred exhibiting companies.

An essential visit for thousands of trade buyers from across the UK’s retailing, hospitality, snacking, convenience, and catering sectors, the multi-award winning show returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 23rd and 24th September.

Recognised by the world’s top chefs, Cuisine Solutions Europe is the authority on sous-vide – the innovative slow-cooking technique that they pioneered, perfected and popularised. Exhibiting for the first time at a UK show, they will be demonstrating how their ‘precise time and temperature technology’ can benefit lunchtime retailers with a new 58 hour cooked medium rare beef. They will also be holding a prize draw during the show.

New for this year, and unveiled for the first time at lunch!, visitors can enjoy the first look at new bakery brand Whisk & Pinny – exclusively from Freshfayre Chilled Food Specialist. Handcrafted by family bakers, this premium range of indulgent treats has been specially created to tempt customers and drive sales. With all the favourite bakes – ranging from cakes, cookies, bars and muffins – to strong branding and POS solutions, operators will have everything they need for their grab and go bakery.

Consett Popcorn Company is launching a brand new gourmet popcorn brand with instant ‘shelf appeal’ and an affordable price tag at lunch! The five new flavours in the range are available in retail single serve packs that show their authentic kitchen cupboard ingredients. New own label options are now also available.

lunch! 2014 will feature three hundred exhibiting companies showcasing food and drink products, packaging, equipment and technology solutions. Show features include the Working lunch! Keynote Theatre, Innovation Challenge Live, Innovation Challenge Showcase, and the British Smoothie Championships. To register for a free trade pass, visit www.lunchshow.co.uk.

Nylacast shortlisted for British Engineering Excellence Awards

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Engineering solution firm Nylacast have been shortlisted for the British Engineering Excellence Awards.

Nylacast, who provide engineering polymer solutions to key industries worldwide, have successfully delivered a wide spectrum of custom components and solutions to many companies for over four decades, ans is renowned as a global leader in the field of Engineering Plastics.

Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs aim to promote the quality of engineering design within the UK and celebrate the British companies that are competing on a global stage and holding their own. Nylacast have been shortlisted twice for the category of Materials Application of the Year.

Specialising in the formulation of engineering materials and plastics, the engineering firm work closely with many customers and partners to replace traditional materials and metals, formulate new custom materials and components and deliver highly increased performance and efficiency levels for thousands of engineering and industry applications worldwide. This extends from highly technical polymer solutions utilised within the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, through to safety critical components functioning on tens of millions of vehicles worldwide.

Holding a strong focus and drive on the continued development of their people and polymers, Nylacast as a company have also recently won multiple awards in recognition of their community outreach projects, corporate social responsibility and unique apprenticeship, training and development programs.

Junaid Makda, Nylacast Marketing Manager, says, “Nylacast are euphoric at the news of being shortlisted twice for the prestigious BEEAs, which holds high kudos in the international engineering arena. Coupled with the recent accolades received for our dedication to our people and community, this news greatly enriches our passion for the continuous development of Nylacast’s people and polymers.”

The 2014 BEEAs will take place in October in London. This year’s potential winners were selected by an expert panel of judges drawn from a cross section of electronic and engineering design disciplines, including Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing for the IMechE, Andrew Burrows, chief technology officer of i20 Water, and Ashley Evans, director of electronics for techUK.

Three fruit snacks added to Nothing But Freeze Dried range

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Three fruit snacks have been added to the Nothing But freeze dried snack range – with a single packet providing a convenient and easy way for people to eat one of their “5 A Day” fruit or vegetable portions. The new snacks launched by The Premium Snack Company are strawberry & banana, pineapple & grape, and apple & fig.

WinNaturally became the first retailer to stock the new snacks when the company opened a new flagship store in Manchester’s Arndale Centre. Nothing But snack tastings were provided for the hundreds of people who came to the store’s launch.

David Street of The Premium Snack Company says, “We originally launched Nothing But with three vegetable snacks and have had very positive customer feedback. We have now widened the appeal of the range by adding the new fruit snacks. For example, many children don’t like vegetables but are happy to have fruit, so the Nothing But fruit snacks will be a novel way for them to have one of their 5 a day.

“These snacks contain no added salt, sugar, fat, or preservatives so they will appeal to people who are looking for healthy alternative snacks containing 100% natural ingredients. They are also low in calories compared to more traditional snacks. With the Nothing But range, you get nothing but real vegetables and fruit, and because they have been freeze dried they maintain their taste, colour and appearance throughout their shelf life.”

NiceLabel announces new VP and General Manager EMEA

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NiceLabel, developer of barcode and RFID labeling software, has appointed Greg Tanner as VP and General Manager EMEA. His addition further builds on NiceLabel’s continuous growth globally and further enforces its customer and partner support in the region.

Matej Kosmrlj, Managing Director, NiceLabel Group, says, “NiceLabel has a superior technology platform which allows us deliver solutions offering greater value to both smaller businesses and true global enterprises. Greg Tanner joins NiceLabel with an outstanding record in establishing and growing the two most successful pan-European companies in their industry sectors. His knowledge, skills and attitude will verify Greg as the best choice to foster partner and customer relationships to support NiceLabel desktop and cloud based label management solutions’ growth on a global scale.”

With over 25 years of experience as an international high-growth technology business leader, Greg started, structured and grew the European division of one of the largest industrial printer manufacturers from start-up to over $100 million in pan-EMEA sales, distribution and support in the AIDC industry. In addition, he started the EMEA operations of Vocollect, the industry leading provider of innovative voice-enabled workflow and data collection solutions and grew it to account for over 50% of the company’s systems worldwide within six years. In both cases the companies achieved dominant market share positions under his leadership.

reg says, “NiceLabel has consistently achieved impressive growth figures. However, our ‘next generation’ software, which moves the focus on printing productivity and away from designing and printing, sets us and our channel partners ahead of our competitors and is driving accelerated demand in all markets – from small businesses through to global enterprise customers. I am delighted to join the company and contribute to its enhanced global growth.”

Experts discuss the future of the Indian market

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drink technology India again has a lot more to offer this year in addition to the exhibitors. The dti Roundtable Talk is taking place for the first time, a panel discussion with leading manufacturers from the Indian beverage and food industry. Both supporting programs will deal with issues that are relevant for the future of the Indian beverage and food industry.

The dti panel discussion on Friday 26th September is the ideal supplement to the dti exhibitor forum. While customised solutions for the Indian market will be presented in the forum, the Roundtable Talk will deal with the future of the beverage and food industry in India. The panel discussion will be chaired by Rajesh Nath, President of VDMA India, and Sumit Sharma, VDMA Regional Manager (North) India. The panel discussion will provide an outlook of the beverage and food industry in India until 2020 and the chance to discuss case studies with recognised experts. All participants will have the chance to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Demand in the prospering Indian beverage and food industry is being reflected in the considerable number of participants at the successful trade fair duo drink technology India and International PackTech India. Approximately 230 exhibitors will present the complete range of offers for the packaging, printing, processing, beverage and food industries on about 11,000 sq m in the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 25th to 27th September.

For more information, visit www.drinktechnology-india.com.

Fourpure craft beer choose Rexam to produce bespoke can designs

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Rexam has partnered with Fourpure Brewing Co, an independent British craft brewer, to develop unique designs for their newly canned craft beer range.

In a move that sees the brand switch from glass bottle to aluminium can, the six new designs depict the skyline of each city from which the characteristics of the beer are inspired. The innovative designs reflect the speciality of the Fourpure beers and use Rexam’s value added matt overvarnish to create strong stand out on shelf.

Speaking about the partnership, Daniel Lowe, Co-founder of Fourpure says: “With craft beer on the rise in an overall declining British beer market, it was essential to produce an interesting and unique design in order to differentiate our products from the macro breweries.

“Furthermore, as the first craft brewer in the UK to can it’s full core range we had to lead the way in packaging design in the emerging craft canning market. The bespoke designs and special finishes offered by Rexam are perfect for the evolution of the Fourpure brand to cans.”

The 33cl cans, produced out of Rexam’s Milton Keynes plant, will be sold in the on-trade, restaurants and specialist craft beer retailers.

HERMA two-side labelling system is virtual shake-up for ketchup

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In order to create an unmistakable look for its ketchup, mustard and salad dressing bottles, Meira is placing its trust in the high-precision two-side labelling system 362M built by HERMA.

The labels for the Finnish company’s redesigned products present a special challenge for two reasons. First, their tapered shape and size can easily give rise to inconsistencies during the dispensing operation. And second, they have to be applied exactly in the envisaged recess on the tapered bottles, which also have an oval cross-section.

“Ours is a demanding situation, but the HERMA system offers compelling accuracy. Our products’ new look has precisely the desired impact, and the labelling is performed very consistently and efficiently. Despite the complexity of the labelling solution, we are achieving an output of 60 bottles a minute,” says Meira Factory Director Juha Suikkanen.

“We also much appreciated HERMA’s input before the system was installed; its technical advice related not only to the machine, but also to the development of appropriate labels.”

Meira is Finland’s leading supplier of herbs and spices, seasonings, dressings and coffee. It is a member of the Italian Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group (Segafredo brand).

The HERMA two-side labeller 362M is predestined for highly accurate front and back labelling applications. Its special centring device exactly positions the labels on the fly, and the product itself is arrested and centred during the labelling operation.

Conventional practice is to align the product accurately and apply the label in discrete operations, but in HERMA’s case, the centring device is synchronised with the conveyor belt. With many labelling systems, in contrast to HERMA’s solution, the product’s position can change in the event of even minimal misalignment between the centring and labelling operations – with a visible impact on the correct seating of the label.

For Meira’s application, the centring device plays a crucial role with the large ketchup (930 ml) and mustard (500 ml) bottles in particular. A pre-centring unit is sufficient, however, for the smaller bottles of salad dressing.

Fairburn is egg-static about Co-op deal

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The family company, L J Fairburn and Son Limited, is ecstatic with a deal to supply all 77 Lincolnshire Co-op stores with Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs.

Fairburns are very proud to be going back to their roots, after a long history supplying co-operative societies. In the early 1960s Leslie James Fairburn supplied co-operative shops in the county with his freshly produced free range eggs. 53 years on technology and production methods may have changed but the retail partnership and family values haven’t.

Forming part of Lincolnshire Co-op’s Love Local Range, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range eggs only travel a maximum of 25 miles, ensuring the freshest eggs are packed for the Love Local Range. Fairburn’s are in control of every process from day old chick to the family fridge. This means that each great tasting egg is full of freshness and very local.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Supply Chain Manager Nicola Berry says: “We’re delighted to have added large Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs to our growing Love Local range as it gives our shoppers another choice when it comes to buying produce from the county.

“Supporting local family firms like L J Fairburn and Son is also really important to us and because the chickens live on farms in Lincolnshire, it means our customers can really identify with where the eggs are coming from.”

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Brand Director of L J Fairburn and Son Limited, says: “We take great pride in our family business and our eggs, just like our Grandfather did all those years ago. We are delighted that he is alive today to see us rekindle the relationship with the Co-op.

“Our Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Egg brand is proving really popular and we are so pleased to be supplying all Lincolnshire Co-op stores in the county. The Co-op is an amazing retailer to work with and we look forward to adding future additions to our range to support such a great sponsor of local produce.”

Food standards body for Scotland supported by Health Committee

The creation of a standalone food standards body in Scotland has been supported by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee.

The Food (Scotland) Bill proposes that the current Food Standards Agency in Scotland be replaced with Food Standards Scotland which, in addition to regulating food safety, would also have a role in diet and nutrition policy.

In a report, MSPs call for greater detail on the proposed research functions of Food Standards Scotland and how these functions will relate to UK-funded research bodies. The report also highlighted significant opportunities for the new body to gain from European funding streams including Horizon 2020 and the Committee has requested more detail in relation to how these funding opportunities can be exploited.

The new agency will also have the ability to apply administrative sanctions, including issuing fixed penalty notices, on those who commit an offence related to Scotland’s food law. Whilst supportive of the principle, the Committee is calling on the Scottish Government to consider establishing an appeals process for the new sanctions.

Duncan McNeil MSP, Convener of the Committee, says, “Scotland’s food and drink industry has gained an international reputation for quality, so the creation of this body will have a vital role in ensuring that consumers have trust in the safety of the food they eat. The proposed legislation will also give the new organisation greater power to administer sanctions to those breaking Scotland’s food law which will ultimately provide reassurance to consumers.”

Bob Doris MSP, Deputy Convener of the Committee, says, “Whilst this Bill may seem like an administrative change, in fact, what is being proposed is a new body which will not only be responsible for food safety but also diet and nutrition. It was clear that all these issues are extremely important in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland and protecting the reputation of Scotland’s food and drink industry. Our Committee agrees that the creation of this new body will be a positive step forward.”