Baking & Snack - June 2018 - 116
Packaging is more than just
a carrier, and it communicates
more than words on a label.
Formost Bun System
Alpha 8 Wrapper
Packaging for a Variety of Products
when it's something new.
"These kinds of products have
to run slower because you're trying to get maximum seal integrity,"
Mr. Almond noted. "A specialty
bag runs slower than a traditional
pillow-pouch bag, and the automation may be slightly different, as
well. The volume is lower, so there
are quite a few changeovers. Larger
manufacturers try to mitigate
this by either doing it remotely or
farming it out to a copacker that's
set up to do more changeovers."
For operations that require these
kinds of changeovers, flexibility is
key. "In the world of the copacker,
one day they might be making a
four-sided, block-bottom premium
product, and the next day run a
traditional pillow-pouch bag," Mr.
Almond said. "There are a number of things we can do to ensure
speed, efficiency and profitability.
Some machines are portable and
can roll in a specialty piece just for
that premium product. When that
run is over, they can move back
into the higher-speed machine to
run traditional products."
For premium and specialty
breads that require an inner
wrap, Formost Fuji equipment
offers similar flexibility. "We do
this really well with our bread
wrappers," said Angela McDaniel,
marketing and sales coordinator, Formost Fuji. "You can send
the premium through the wrapper and then into the bagger, and
then you can change it out so the
value bread goes straight through
into the bag."
In the end, manufacturers of
upscale foods want to ensure that
not only are their products maintaining the high quality they had
right off the line but also that the
consumer's perception of quality
becomes reality the minute they
unwrap it. With the right investment in time, materials and flexible
equipment, everyone wins.