Consumer awareness drives change...
..in the world of food manufacturing. Historically the primary purpose of food packaging has been to protect contents; ensure the food is safe to eat. Now, the aim is also to reduce the amount of packaging – and plastic in particular – whilst maintaining the integrity of the pack and quality.
Introducing GEA FoodTray
Packaging that consist almost completely out of natural or recycled materials - paperboard and plastic film. The used cardboard box and plastic film are easy to separate and allow for separate disposal of material and plastic content in packaging can be vastly reduced.
Successfully testing high speed vertical packaging with paper
Together with Sappi, a market leader in innovative barrier and sealable papers for packaging, we are working to help manufacturers better understand their options in using greener packaging materials like paper. We tested Sappi Seal Silk functional paper on a GEA SmartPacker TwinTube, a continuous motion, high-speed vertical packaging machine, supporting pillow bag styles for packing confectionery, including soft and hard candy, small cookies, savory snacks, dried fruit and nuts.The SmartPacker TwinTube produces 360 bags per minute with labeling, which is the same speed achieved when using OPP film.
Quality control and waste reduction
GEA OxyCheck is an in-line quality control system that checks the oxygen (O2) content and seal integrity of every single Modified Atmosphere Package (MAP) in a non-invasive manner that ensures only selective rejection. Be sure that every single product which leaves the factory is checked and consumers will have the peace of mind that no waste was created in the name of food safety.
Save money and emissions
Maximise environmental credentials, reduce CO2 emissions and minimise energy use, not only by reverting to natural refrigerants such as ammonia, but also through the use of heat pump technology, a far more eco-friendly and profitable solution than traditional heating alternatives. Food factories are seeing the significant financial and environmental benefits of using heat pumps in production processes, especially those that require the application of heat during preparation and subsequent chilling.
Quick 5 minute video explains it all. GEA has installed heat pumps for some of the largest food manufacturers and retailers in the UK. They have reduced running costs and CO2 emissions.
How to manage food waste?
Hear from our Environmental team about how efficient separation can deal with food waste and generate electricity for the national grid while providing farmers with organic fertiliser in higher volumes which could be spread on land.
If you have any questions, get in touch with us.
Available on-site trials for dewatering centrifuges
Managing food waste and seeing how a decanter centrifuge fits with your process could be easy. We offer on-site sample testing, trials and process optimisation through a dedicated GEA UK Environmental team. Together with our customers we review their process, potential volume reduction and associated financial savings which ensures overall efficiency.