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The result? A product that is sterile and ready for long-term unrefrigerated storage. Retort pouches are used for a wide range of products, including soups, sauces, meat packs, ready meals, wet pet food and baby snacks.
Consumers see the convenience of the user-friendly pouch packages, for example while traveling. At the same time, the demand for sustainable, recyclable packaging is increasing. A retort pouch must therefore meet high expectations.
Following the market trends, you might be thinking about a variation in Stock Keeping Units (SKU’s). More and more we see that there is a specific product type for each type of consumer. That is why we specialise in configuring quick and easy exchange systems to ensure flexibility in your production line. Our special reversable tray, for example, can be used for loading both large and small pouches.
In this case we handled the following SKU’s within one pouch handling system: 225g, 500g, 550g and 2000g. But our handling systems are also equipped for the more smaller pet food packaging, like 50, 80 or 100 grams.
After completing the sterilisation process and unloading the retorts, the following challenge appears. Getting the pouches as dry as possible, so they can be immediately packed. What you may not know is that you do not need a complex transport system for this. Pillow pouches, stand-up pouch (with often a harder to dry gusset!) and spouted pouches: they all have their own points of attention when it comes to drying. Thanks to our extensive experience, we have developed an inline dryer.
How it works? The inline dryer dries your pouches directly in the robot head. Your advantage: a small footprint solution without shifted products and mis-picks. Results of only 0.04g of residual water per product can be achieved.
By choosing pouch as your packaging type, you contribute to combating food waste. Pouches have the great advantage of resealability, so that no product has to be thrown away unnecessarily. But how about the sustainability of your pouch packaging itself? This depends on the amount and types of plastics used. Do you have green ambitions with regards to pouch packaging? DeeDee Pouch Professionals will help you climb the sustainability ladder!
Catch attention on the shelf! Many lay-out options. We have built handling systems for soups, sauces and ready meals that need to be pasteurised or sterilised.
We see that many of our customers choose this flat design to fill multipack displays. Suitable for wet pet food, wet toppers, sauces and more.
New trend! On-the-go packaging. Ideal for healthy food snacks for children. The ultimate in convenience.
Started with one pouch production line. Now a fully automated factory. During the installation of the first pouch handling production line at Partner in Pet Food, we were confronted with various challenges (limited space, specific pouch supply, desired quality control features).
At HAK, the in-house production of stand-up pouches was completely new. That is why our engineers took the project leaders of HAK step by step into the arguments for certain choices. And that was necessary, given the limited space and high degree of desired flexibility (4 different pouch sizes!).