At the world’s most important trade show for food ingredients, Fi Europe & Ni, taking place in Paris, France, from 3–5 December, visitors will be able to explore a one-stop-shop for processing technology, supply chain management and food safety. As well as bespoke exhibitor content, the Expo FoodTec pavilion will also be hosting a top-tier conference programme in co-operation with the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). The Expo FoodTec Hub will present insights on the latest developments and technologies by food technology experts and leading associations from across the industry.
In the pavilion itself, around 50 exhibitors will cover an entire spectrum of technological topics, including R&D, consultancy, analytical and laboratory equipment, food safety, packaging and certification. Amongst the companies attending are the engineering companies GEA (Denmark) and Andritz Separation (Netherlands), the machinery expert Boccard (France), the packaging provider SpaceKraft (USA) and Armfield (UK), manufacturing miniature-scale R&D systems. Additionally, event organiser Fi Global and IUFoST will offer two days of free-to-attend “Current Challenges for Minimal Processing, Sustainability & Safety” lectures, delivered by expert speakers from industry and academia on 3–4 December.
Further educational opportunities in the Expo FoodTec Hub include
• “Clean Label Shelf-Life Management for High Quality and Safe Foods” by Joost Blankestijn, Program Manager, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (3 December)
• “Adding Value Through Transformational Quality & Food Safety Management” by Rob Kooijmans, co-founder and co-owner, FoodRecall.nl (3 December)
• “Preventing Food Safety Incidents Resulting from Food Crimes” by Huub Lelieveld and Veslemøy Andersen, Global Harmonisation Initiative (4 December).
Awards for Outstanding Innovations
With its Fi Innovation Awards, Fi Global honours companies and professionals in ten categories for new developments that significantly contribute to the entire industry. To acknowledge excellent processing and packaging solutions and services, the event organiser created the Food Tech Innovation Award category. Submissions are welcome until 20 September at https://awards.figlobal.com.
Food Safety in Transition
With the dedicated pavilion, the organiser is shining a spotlight on the game-changing impact of innovative technologies that meet consumer demand for high standards of food quality and safety. Today’s food has to be fresh, made with sustainably sourced ingredients and free from artificial preservatives; at the same time, buyers want convenience and a long shelf-life.
“Clean Label has become a mainstream consumer movement that has shifted from being a trend to something that is considered normal. It is now a moving target for food reformulators who are at the whim of the consumer’s changing wish list,” says speaker Joost Blankestijn. Rob Kooijman adds: “In the next 3 to 5 years, companies will be forced to display a much more proactive attitude towards quality and food safety. One of the underlying drivers will be the creation of a food safety culture or, even better, a culture of excellence.”
Solutions and hands-on approaches to meet today’s challenges will be available at the Expo FoodTec Pavilion.
StrongPack first started their discussions with Sidel a few years ago when they entered the beverage bottling business, targeting a greenfield project with two complete lines, one for cans and the other one handling PET bottles. These lines started running in 2018 and back then were mainly dedicated to packaging RC Cola, one of the leading cola brands in the world, established in 1905. Their performance and reliability perfectly matched the co-packer’s expectations, therefore StrongPack invested in another two complete PET lines, one standard PET and one integrating Sidel’s Actis in Combi configuration.
Planned on a new site of 8.4 hectares and housed in a building of 32,000 square meters in Agbara, an industrial area close to Lagos, this greenfield project was especially challenging. Therefore, StrongPack was looking for local support and an open-minded, innovation-driven and proactive partner they could trust along this journey of building up a leading co-packing hub from scratch. “All the way through this demanding project, we partnered with Sidel and their well-structured team. Together with their project managers and line designers, we regularly evaluated the progress and made adjustments where necessary. During this process, we have been pleasantly surprised by how Sidel’s team has been able to support our requirements, both in terms of speed and flexibility and by the holistic approach they applied. Even in the face of unforeseen challenges, we achieved our goals thanks to the exceptional communication between the teams, where a culture of learning was practiced on a daily basis,” comments StrongPack’s Managing Director.
He continues: “At full development of the site, we will be able to produce 1.2 billion litres of non-alcoholic beverages per year. The capacity and capabilities of our factory in Agbara will position us as a main hub for many potential African customers.”
Thanks to the successful partnership with Sidel, the Nigerian co-packer now has a future-proof factory with four complete lines, where the equipment and processes are efficiently laid out, allowing them to do quick changeovers and fast CIPs for great production reliability and flexibility – both in cans and PET. “From the very beginning, we didn’t have any doubts as to Sidel’s capabilities: we knew that they were one of the leading companies in the industry providing turnkey solutions for carbonated soft drinks.” Notably, Sidel and StrongPack share common values, such as employee safety and high quality standards. “The project execution, including the piping installation, the layout design and the processing area definition, has been performed with an absolute focus on accessibility and functionality. It was excellent. There were no shortcuts taken,” he adds.
The complete PET line featuring Actis in a Combi configuration and handling two bottle formats (35 cl and 50 cl) is fuelling the unique production advantages offered to CSD brands by the Agbara site. Actis (Amorphous Carbon Treatment on Internal Surface) is Sidel’s proven plasma coating technology, extending the shelf life of beverages by up to five times while enabling package lightweighting, yet with no compromises on recyclability. These benefits, paired with the ease of operations and the many Actis references installed globally, currently accounting for more than five billion bottles produced across CSD, beer, juices, tea and coffee, are exactly why StrongPack selected this solution. “The reduction of the 35 cl bottle weight down to 15.5 grams allows us to roughly save about three tons of resin per day. That is three tons that are not going to the landfill,” says StrongPack. For more visit sidel.com
Source: Fi EuropeAuthor: Sossna