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Anuga FoodTec to Showcase Latest & Greatest Food Processing Technology

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From industrial freezing specialists and processing professionals to packaging gurus and safety experts, the world’s leading suppliers of equipment to the international frozen food production sector will in high profile at the March 19-22 Anuga FoodTec exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

Held every three years at the Koelnmesse, the upcoming 2024 edition will feature state-of-the art systems and technology of interest to food and beverage manufacturers from approximately 1,600 exhibitors. Upwards of 50,000 visitors from 155 countries are expected to attend the four-day trade fair.

At a time when innovations in sustainability are increasingly in demand from producers and consumers alike, the main theme of the show is “Responsibility.” This vibe will permeate across much of the venue’s 140,000 square meters of exhibition and event space, which will spotlight control engineering, energy and water management, artificial intelligence, robotics and other cutting edge area developments.

“This dedication is reflected in the extensive event program, in which participants can acquire insights into the latest technologies, science, innovative solutions and future-oriented strategies,” stated Matthias Schlüter, director of Anuga FoodTec.

The education program and conference, organized by the German Agriculture Society (DLG), will include deep-dive sessions on meat alternatives and plant-based proteins. Included will be a lectures on how enzymes and microorganisms can be use of the fermentation on plant-based foods.

Food Equipment Leaders to Meet and Greet

On the freezing front, members of the Jade, Germany-based Heinen GmbH & Co. KG team will hold forth at Stand A040-B040 in Hall 10.1 to promote an impressive portfolio of spiral systems, fluidized bed freezers and multilevel box freezers. Its extensive line, which ranges from compact solutions especially designed for start-up companies to more complex kit for large scale, high capacity plants, includes Arctic, Freezelite, Blizzard, Packfrost and other models.

Packfrost, the largest system, is a modular multilevel box freezer for cooling and freezing products packaged in cartons or plastic boxes in two system widths with various numbers of levels and numerous options for high capacities.

Stramproy, Holland-headquartered Case Packing Systems (CPS) will be on the scene in Hall 8.1, Stand A100-B119 to present new innovations and provide information on its renewed and improved Machine Performance guide (MPG), as well as GCL side loader possibilities and the quest to become CO2 neutral.

In the spotlight will be the company’s new CP 201 case packer, which is distinguished by being more energy efficient. In addition, the use of materials and parts have been significantly reduced to lessen its ecological footprint.

CPS has developed new case erectors and case closers and incorporated more third party equipment into its case packer lines. In order to better serve the market, the entire portfolio will be available with an Allan Bradley operating system in addition to the standard Sigmatek operating system.

Woerden, Netherlands-headquartered BluePrint Automation, also an end of line case packing specialist, will show its stuff at Stand B11 in Hall 7.1. Among items of interest, the Spidere 200i Case Packer features tray loading and closing with integrated case erector and options.

It has been further developed to allow end users to vertically case pack, close and seal packages into standard RSC (tape) or re-usable cases on the same system. With a four-point changeover in under five minutes, The Spider 200i provides operators more versatility by allowing various product sizes and case types to be run on the same packaging line including RSC, reusables and display cases.

Brugge, Belgium-based Pattyn Packing Lines will take the stage in Hall 7 at Stand C101 to provide live demonstrations of a complete packaging line featuring the ZIM-31 intelligent bang inserter, FVF-14 weighing and filling solution for delicate products, and DS-31 high-performance bag sealer that protects products and maximizes productivity.

In the potato processing field, Montfoort, Netherlands-based Kiremko will showcase cutting-edge sustainable systems at F 20/G 21 in Hall 10.1. The company specializes in delivering comprehensive turnkey potato lines encompassing top quality machines that ensure output of high quality end-products. In collaboration with Idaho Steel, it consistently achieves excellent results across the board, from steam peeling and cutting to drying, forming, frying and other processes.

The above is just a brief list of the many high-tech suppliers of equipment serving the frozen food industry that will display their latest offerings as well as tried and true systems at Anuga FoodTech 2024. Among others are Tomra, Buhler, Urschel, JBT, Fam Stumabo, GEA, Cabinplant, Graham, Heat and Control, Multi-Fill, Octofrost, Scanvaegt, TNA Solutions, Marel, Tummers, Baader, Bilwinco, DSI, Dantech, Karl Schnell, Loma Systems, Maurit, Wirebelt and Multipond Weighing Solutions.

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— Reported by John Saulnier