The manufacturing line: Sustainable packaging systems
Green the process of packaging wet and dry petfoods and treats with more efficient equipment
PMMI’s “Pet Food Market Assessment 2013” describes a competitive market, where brands are striving to set themselves apart. By and large, however, petfood is generally in traditional formats—60% in multi-walled bags, for example. “For the most part, petfood follows similar trends and styles in packaging as human foods,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president of market development for PMMI.
Not only are the trends reflecting a need on manufacturers’ parts to differentiate products, but they’re prompting increased collaboration between manufacturers and their suppliers. Manufacturers should be exploring ways to standardize sustainability in their processing lines to save on cost, time and their carbon footprint. “Petfood manufacturers are competing for human-grade raw materials as they also compete for package materials,” Izquierdo says. “At the same time, their customers, particularly the larger retailers, are actively trying to reduce costs and eliminate packaging waste."
There’s also a wealth of opportunity for all parties involved in working together to make packaging processes more sustainable, according to Izquierdo. “By collaborating, petfood manufacturers and equipment manufacturers will come up with innovations for retooling existing equipment, adding machinery to the line and better serving customers. Equipment companies will serve their customers better, and so will petfood companies. Everyone wins.”
The Adams 12 from Haver Filling Systems Inc. is a powder-filling bagger for dry petfood packaging that can fill up to 33 plastic bags per minute, reducing time and cost. Constructed with form-fill-seal technology, the Adams 12 is equipped with 12 filling spouts that synchronize bag…