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  01/03/2023 | Technology

Machine vision solutions for inline inspection in confectionery

A traditional field of application for vision systems is the confectionery industry. Here, many quality features or product characteristics can only be checked visually. SP

A traditional field of application for vision systems is the confectionery industry. Here, many quality features or product characteristics can only be checked visually. A varying appearance of the products and different error classes are common. Precisely for these reasons, image processing solutions for this area pose a particular challenge.

Bi-Ber has been supplying camera systems for confectionery “made in Berlin” for more than 25 years now and has immense experience in this special industry. Examples for Bi-Ber’s solutions are the all-round 2D or 3D inspection of chocolate bars, the quality check of toppings or waffles as well as the product inspection with artificial intelligence (AI).

In this application, the vision system carries out the final inspection of chocolate-coated wafers. While still in the mould, the chocolate wafers are checked for foreign objects and quality defects. Holes, breakage, smeared coatings and leaking fillings must be marked as rejects. Up to 60 moulds per minute with a maximum of 54 products in each can be inspected.

Bi-Ber vision systems are Windows-based and equipped with modern GigE or USB3 color cameras. They have multilingual firmware and modern software interfaces and functionality.

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send an email to: sales@bilderkennung.de
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  27/03/2023 | Industry, International, Association

Swiss chocolate manufacturers under import and cost pressures

Domestic sales of Swiss chocolate in 2022 have not yet recovered from the pandemic low. Thanks to the export business, more Swiss chocolate was sold overall than in the previous year, but high raw material prices are posing value creation challenges for Switzerland as a manufacturing nation. SG

Domestic sales of Swiss chocolate in 2022 have not yet recovered from the pandemic low. Thanks to the export business, more Swiss chocolate was sold overall than in the previous year, but high raw material prices are posing value creation challenges for Switzerland as a manufacturing nation.  

According to the association Chocosuisse, the volume of Swiss chocolate sold domestically decreased by 4.0% to 55,567 tonnes in 2022 compared to the previous year, while sales increased overall by 4.0% to CHF 815 m. On balance, the domestic market has not yet recovered from the pandemic slump: the volume of Swiss chocolate sold domestically (- 4.7%) and the turnover generated by it (- 4.9%) remained lower in 2022 than in 2019. Following the previous year’s dramatic increase in chocolate imports – in excess of more than 10% – imports declined only marginally (-1.5%) in 2022. “The pressure from cheaper goods produced abroad remains high, and Swiss consumers’ loyalty to domestic products is limited,” says Daniel Bloch, Vice-President of Chocosuisse.

In 2022, 73.1% of Swiss chocolate was exported. The export volume increased by 8.3% to 150,780 tonnes, while export revenues grew by 8.4% to CHF 1.004 bn. “The increased turnover in the export market was unable to compensate for the rise in costs. The price of Swiss sugar more-or-less doubled in 2022,” says Beat Vonlanthen, President of Chocosuisse. “This is an even clearer demonstration that the border and price protection for sugar set by Parliament is not fit for purpose.”

Overall, the volume of Swiss chocolate sold on the domestic market and abroad increased by 4.7% to 206,347 tonnes in 2022 compared to the previous year thanks to exports, and the turnover generated by it rose by 6.4% to CHF 1.819 bn. The export business thus once again proved to be a pillar of support for Swiss chocolate manufacturers. But competitive pressure internationally is high. “Swiss chocolate manufacturers are all the more dependent on non-discriminatory access to procurement and sales markets and on the compensation of border protection disadvantages," says Urs Furrer, Director of Chocosuisse.

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  24/03/2023 | Ingredients

Kerry opens Southern Europe Innovation Centre

Kerry officially opened its Southern Europe Innovation Centre in Barcelona/Spain, as part of the ongoing expansion of its presence in the region serving Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. SP

Kerry officially opened its Southern Europe Innovation Centre in Barcelona/Spain, as part of the ongoing expansion of its presence in the region serving Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. The new facility will combine Kerry’s current office in Barcelona with a new customer suite and applications labs and will operate in conjunction with technology centres in Vigo and Granada, as well as the global taste centres of excellence in Grasse/France and Mozzo/Italy. It will allow the company to work more closely with customers in the South European region to develop solutions across food and beverage categories, including retail manufacturing and foodservice.

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  23/03/2023 | Ingredients

Hochdorf reports significant operational progress

Hochdorf Group focused on its technology expertise in 2022 and made steady operational progress with improved earnings quality. SP

Hochdorf Group focused on its technology expertise in 2022 and made steady operational progress with improved earnings quality. The gross margin was 29.9 % in the second half of the year, with an upward trend. Despite 80.7 % higher energy costs and a sharp rise in raw material costs, the company achieved a narrowly positive operating profit at Ebitda level in the second half of the year, thus significantly exceeding projections.

The company result for 2022, which is affected by legacy burdens, amounted to CHF –15.8 m. A binding financing confirmation has been received from the existing bank consortium with regard to a two-year extension of the financing agreement that expires in September 2023. Hochdorf considers itself to be on track with the implementation of its strategy, establishing the basis for financial recovery in the medium term. The goal for 2023 is to achieve a positive Ebitda.

www.hochdorf.com

 
 
  22/03/2023 | International

Barry Callebaut, Nestlé collaborate on large scale agroforestry project

The international cocoa and chocolate giants Barry Callebaut AG, Zürich, and Nestlé SA, Vevey, are partnering on large scale agroforestry project in Côte d’Ivoire. SG SP

The international cocoa and chocolate giants Barry Callebaut AG, Zürich, and Nestlé SA, Vevey, are partnering on large scale agroforestry project in Côte d’Ivoire.  

The long-term agreement will roll out 11,500 ha of agroforestry, including payments for ecosystem services (PES) to more than 6,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. The implementation of the agroforestry project is underway, with three cooperatives in the South-Western parts of Côte d’Ivoire already engaged in the project, scaling to ten cooperatives and reaching full scale after five years of planting.

The project is fully aligned with the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, which aims to make Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain more sustainable, Nestlé’s overarching Net Zero Roadmap and commitment to regenerative agriculture. This joint partnership supports Nestlé’s and Barry Callebaut’s climate-smart cocoa ambitions, by aiming to remove up to 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e over 25 years. This project also aligns with the Science-based Target initiative (SBTi), as well SustainCert verification and the Gold Standard Foundation.

“As part of Nestlé’s Net Zero roadmap, we are committed to reducing our business' climate impact all the way to the farms we source from. A trusted partner like Barry Callebaut is essential to achieving success. Over 21,000 football fields are covered by our joint agroforestry project to support farmers who are part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan,” said Darrell High, Cocoa Manager at Nestlé

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  20/03/2023 | International

New snacking group will operate under the Kellanova name

Kellogg Company has unveiled the names of the businesses it will create through its planned separation into two public companies. SG

Kellogg Company has unveiled the names of the businesses it will create through its planned separation into two public companies. The global snacking, international cereal and noodles, plant-based foods and North American frozen breakfast business will be known as Kellanova – home to brands such as Pringles, MorningStar Farms, and Nutri-Grain. Kellanova’s portfolio will also encompass cereal brands, including Frosties, Special K, Krave, and Coco Pops.

On the other side, operating across the US, Canada and the Caribbean, the North American cereal business will be named WK Kellogg Co and includes brands Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, and Corn Flakes. Commenting on the new name, Steve Cahillane, Kellogg Company’s chairman and CEO, and future chairman and CEO of Kellanova, said: “The ‘Kell’ overtly recognises our enduring connection to Kellogg Company, while ‘anova,’ which combines ‘a’ and the Latin word ‘nova,’ meaning ‘new,’ signals our ambition to continuously evolve as an innovative, next-generation, global snacking powerhouse”.

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  20/03/2023 | IT/Logistics

Ten companies from the identification industry join forces

Possehl Identification Solutions (PID) is an alliance of Possehl companies in the field of print and apply, labelling, coding, software and label production. SP

Possehl Identification Solutions (PID) is an alliance of Possehl companies in the field of print and apply, labelling, coding, software and label production. Currently ten internationally active and independent companies in industrial identification technology bring together their expertise and their experience to create added value for customers and users. The first official appearance of PID will be at interpack trade show in Düsseldorf/Germany in May (hall 8, booth C49), where the first joint development will be launched – a software for the data management and machine monitoring for identification processes which meets the latest standards.

Through the acquisition of new companies, the identification solutions division at Possehl has grown strongly in recent years. Currently, there are these ten companies: Logopak, LSS, Novexx Solutions, Eidos, Etipack, Datakamp, Labelcraft, and Nordvalls Label Group with Kölle Etiketten and Watermill. By uniting as Possehl Identification Solutions (PID), these independent brands are joining forces and bring together the expertise and experience of all companies. They are now a strong one-stop provider for identification solutions, from hardware to software and labels, also working together on customer projects.

www.possehl-identification.com

 
 
  15/03/2023 | Industry, International, Association

Swiss confectionery and long-life baked goods: exports boost recovery

Business for Swiss confectionery and long-life baked goods manufacturers recovered last year in a challenging environment thanks to exports. SG

Business for Swiss confectionery and long-life baked goods manufacturers recovered last year in a challenging environment thanks to exports. According to the association Biscosuisse, import pressure remains high in the domestic market, however. Regulatory requirements put Switzerland at a disadvantage as a manufacturing nation.

Following the sharp decline of previous years, the volume of Swiss confectionery goods sold in 2022 (37,324 t) rose by 32.6% compared to the previous year. The export share rose from 82.0% to 85.6%. Exports to the USA in particular grew strongly. More imported goods were consumed in the domestic market last year: while the sales volume of Swiss products (5,359 t) increased by 5.6% compared to the previous year, the import volume also rose – by 13.6%. The import share rose to 81.8%, up from 76.7% prior to the pandemic (2019).

During the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, the total turnover of Swiss confectionery manufacturers fell by around a quarter. This slump was largely reversed in 2022 (CHF 357.4 m; + 28.0% compared to the previous year). However, sales in the sector remain 2.1% below pre-pandemic levels (2019).

Total sales volume of Swiss long-life baked goods in 2022 (44,706 t) fell by 1.5%, while the turnover of the sector (CHF 509.6 m) rose by 3.4%. The domestic market share of long-life baked goods is significantly higher than the export share. However, import pressure is also high here, amounting e.g. to 58.5% for biscuits in 2022. Imports of biscuits have increased by 11.8% since 2019. Domestic sales of Swiss long-life baked goods compared to 2021 recorded a slight decrease (- 2.1%) against a slight increase in value (+ 2.5%). Although the export business in the Swiss long-life baked goods segment has lessened in importance over the last decade and declined in 2020 due to the pandemic, the previous year’s positive trend continued in 2022 (volume: 8,723 t, + 1.0%; value: CHF 90.0 m, + 7.8%).

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  10/03/2023 | Ingredients

Symrise sales and profits rise

Symrise reports that it closed the 2022 fiscal year with another strong increase in sales and good profitability despite challenging economic conditions. SP

Symrise reports that it closed the 2022 fiscal year with another strong increase in sales and good profitability despite challenging economic conditions. A normalization in consumer behaviour as the coronavirus pandemic subsides and the price increases introduced by Symrise contributed to renewed strong sales in the Taste, Nutrition & Health segment.

The group’s sales increased by 20.7 % to EUR 4.6 bn. Concerning the Taste, Nutrition & Health segment, sales increased by 24.8 % to EUR 2.9 bn. The German flavour and fragrance company reaffirms its long-term profitable growth path with its thirteenth dividend increase. However, the company expects energy and raw material costs to keep rising.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (Ebitda), before deducting a one-off impairment loss on the associated company Swedencare booked in the fourth quarter, increased to EUR 922 m, also significantly higher than last year’s figure of EUR 814 m.

www.symrise.com

 
 
  09/03/2023 | Ingredients

Sparkalis invests in foodtech company Fooditive

Foodtech venture fund Sparkalis has taken a minority stake in Fooditive BV, a next-gen food technology business specializing in sustainable plant-based ingredients. SP

Foodtech venture fund Sparkalis has taken a minority stake in Fooditive BV, a next-gen food technology business specializing in sustainable plant-based ingredients. Puratos launched Sparkalis, a venture that supports innovation in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Its flexible approach means it can offer scalable support to accelerate business growth for food tech innovators. Fooditive’s innovations include an upcycled calorie-free natural sweetener with the taste and functionality of sugar, which is derived from apple and pear side streams.

Following the investment, Sparkalis Managing Director Filip Arnaut has joined Fooditive’s advisory board. There are now eleven foodtech experts sitting on the board. They will provide advice and insights to support Fooditive’s mission to create plant-based ingredients that are healthier for consumers, better for the planet and kinder to animals. The company, based in the Netherlands, has risen to prominence for successfully harnessing its precision fermentation technology to produce ground-breaking innovations such as vegan casein and bee-free honey.

www.sparkalis.com www.fooditivegroup.com

 
 
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