Snack Packaging Machines

Solutions for Snacks Packaging

“Snackification” is food industry term that refers to the long-term trend in which consumers choose snacks as meal replacements.

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The traditional concept of “3 squares a day” has evolved across North America, Western Europe and Australasia, where people are eating more and more “in-between” what use to be a fixed schedule.

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Consumers today want to prepare food quickly, make smaller portions, and eat on the go. And producers are responding – the options available today for healthy, nutritional snacking have exploded.

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Statistics

Snacking by the Numbers​

From a recent Private Label Manufacturer’s Association (PLMA) report:

From a recent Mintel’s Snacking Motivations and Attitudes report:

Key Considerations for Snack Packaging

A key consideration when producing snacks at scale is aligning throughput needs with the proper piece of equipment.

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Another key aspect to bringing a snack package to market at volume is OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness, which is the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity.

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The importance of OEE is amplified at high volume, and the importance of doing due diligence with regard to OEE capabilities of different sealing equipment prior to purchase cannot be overstated.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Automated Line - Thermoforming - Cheese

Automation

High volume can also lend itself well to automation. Popular snack products such as cheese cubes, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, and dips can be automatically loaded by integrating multihead scales and other types of fillers with a packaging line.

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That also applies to the secondary sleeving, case packing, and pallitezation as well, as many successful snack packages offer “club packs, or cases” which contain multiple individual servings.

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Why Cheese?

Snack packaging is a big opportunity for brand owners that can offer protein-rich snacks – and cheese fits that bill.

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Creating a fresh snack offering from cheese does not necessarily require producers to alter the product manufacturing process itself – it can be achieved primarily as a packaging exercise. Often, this involves simply changing portion configurations or combining it with other foods which can dramatically increase perceived consumer value.

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For example, packaging cheese and crackers together adds nominal costs but results in premium pricing in the retail case. Some other examples include the popular protein packs featuring an assortment of cheese, meat, and nuts.

Cheese Cubes

Packaged Snack Photos

Multi-compartment tray with crackers, cheese and raisins

Multi-compartment Snack Tray

Multi-compartment tray with meat, nuts and cheese

PaperSeal® Multi-compartment Snack Tray

Multi-compartment PaperSeal® paperboard tray with olives and tomatoes

PaperSeal® Multi-compartment Snack Tray

Multi-compartment PaperSeal® paperboard tray with cheese and nuts

Microwave Popcorn in Flow Wrap Packaging

Popcorn bag in flow wrap packaging

Breadsticks in flow wrap packaging

Corn Chips in Vertical Bag

Corn chips in vertical bag packaging

Bread Pieces in Vertical Bag

Bread snack in vertical bag packaging

Dried Apple Chips in Vertical Bag

Dried apple chips in vertical bag packaging

Toasted corn in vertical bag packaging

Thermoformed Cheese Stick

Cheese stick in thermoform packaging

Create Your Own Trays, Onsite

The G. Mondini Platformer

Snacks are usually produced at high volume – and require investment in high output sealing equipment, as well as industrial molds from tray manufacturers. This initial capital cost, alongside material costs for the trays can be a barrier to entry for some producers.

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Enter the Platformer, from G. Mondini, a state of the art thermoformer that produces trays with “pre-formed” characteristics such as turned down flanges, with only 2% scrap.

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Snack Packaging Machines

Tray Sealing

Tray sealing machines heat seal a plastic film to the tray's flange. It can be used with MAP technology to extend shelf life.

Tray Sealing

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Thermoforming

Thermoforming creates a horizontal form, fill, and seal from roll stock, with the ability to do MAP, vacuum and skin applications.

Thermoforming

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Flow Wrapping

Flow Wrapping is ideal for both food and non-food products, offering resealable options as well as MAP to prolong shelf life.

Flow Wrapping

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Vertical Bagging

Vertical bagging machines use a single film coil to create a package with three weldings, ideal for loose or granulated products.

Vertical Bagging

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Product to Pallet Automation

Primary packaging, secondary packaging, palletizing, stretch wrapping, robotics and centralized line control.

Product to Pallet Automation

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