• Cup Filling Technology Increases Cream Cheese Manufacturing Productivity

    This case study explains how a small cream cheese manufacturer's investment in a cup-filling solution and personalized service turned into substantial and long-term growth.

  • Drink Manufacturer Eliminates Spreadsheets With ERP Software Integration

    For Intercontinental Brands (ICB), the days of manual recordkeeping are gone. Its investment in software applications has given it room to grow, and dispensing its spreadsheets and filing cabinets for good.

  • Food Packager Needed Help To Meet Increased Demands On Suppliers By Wholesalers

    Using IFS Applications™, Globus has gone from a bespoke, manual legacy system to a sensitive automated planning tool. All business areas are now fully integrated, providing enhanced inventory control as well as service delivery capacity. The result is significant savings in time, resources and costs.

  • Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

    Tulip, one of Denmark’s leading producers of processed food for the domestic and export market, produces around 90 tons of sausages each day. A large proportion of these – about 60 tons a day – is packaged under a modified atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to keep the product fresh and improve its shelf life. This case study shows how the company improved its efficiency by installing a Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system.

  • On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company

    Bye-bye manual testing: Replaced by new on-line gas analyzer. This case study examines how a meat processing company made the switch from manually and randomly testing of its packages five times each day to an on-line headspace analyzer for its Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) products.

  • Seafood Company Increases Quality With Package Integrity Testing Technology

    In 2004, Mariscos Linamar, a Spanish seafood company, began to investigate the innovative idea of packaging a proportion of its product in a modified atmosphere, with the aim to extend the product shelf life and improve its appearance. Years of research followed. After extensive research and trials, the optimal gas mixture, comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide blended in a ratio that depends on the product and the format of the package, had been decided upon as well as the best packaging approach. This case study illustrates the process the company used to implement Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) with thermosealed trays.


  • Addressing A Lack Of Transparency In Green Claims

    The rise in consumer awareness and demand for greater transparency has led to changes in regulations worldwide. In response to greenwashing in the food sector, as well as other industries, regulatory authorities are stepping up efforts to hold organizations accountable for their green claims.

  • Agricultural Bioengineering And Food Manufacturing: Navigating The Regulatory Terrain

    Advances in gene editing are disrupting agribusiness, but what are these advances? How are they regulated? And what’s to come for? In a regulatory landscape that is often overlapping and frequently subject to change, this article is designed to help navigate the complicated terrain.

  • The Food Manufacturer - Retailer Collaboration Adding Supply Chain Flexibility

    Facing unprecedented pressures to keep up with e-commerce growth and demand, the retail grocery industry is focusing on accelerating the flexibility of supply chains. This column details one of the food industry's efforts to modernize the supply chain and eliminate outdated business processes that add unnecessary time and cost.

  • Hygienic Design: Safety And Efficiency In Food Production

    In food production, microorganisms present omnipotent risk. This is why facilities, machine builders, and component manufacturers face the increasing challenge of hygienic desgin.

  • The ABCs Of An Allergen Control Plan

    One way or another, most of us are subject to the statutory and regulatory provisions of FSMA. While some of these provisions are merely codifications of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), others are new and different requirements. Here, I discuss allergen control plans, why you need one, and some of the things that should be included within one.

  • GTINs, Barcodes, And Blockchain: What's The Future Of Food Traceability?

    Food manufacturers are working to improve traceability programs and minimize the impact of food recalls, driven in part by FSMA, cost savings, and brand protection. Boosted by the capabilities of today’s technology, such as Blockchain, the industry is moving closer than ever before to swift and precise recalls.


For more than one hundred years, Waldner has provided the very best in filling and sealing machines for cups, trays and portion packs. The next logical step was to develop solutions for flexible packaging.

The recent premier issue of Waldner World Magazine featured three articles about DOSOMAT filling and sealing machines. Click here to read three cup, pouch, and tray filling success stories from PTI.

WALDNER Filling and Sealing Equipment offers a full line of high performance solutions for cups, trays, portion packs and pre-made pouches. DOSOMAT “ultra clean” filling systems are available in both rotary and inline configurations for hot fill, semi-aseptic, MAP and retort applications. WALDNER also offers the latest sterilization technologies for packaging materials. All machines are complete wash-down (rated IP-65), CIP capable, and have USDA / 3A dairy environment construction.  Applications include yogurt, cheeses, butter/margarine, pudding, spreads, and many other dairy based products.  Sales, service and support provided by Waldner North America.  

VeriPac systems can be easily integrated into the packaging process to improve quality, reduce waste, and provide operators with a clear understanding of package quality. VeriPac test systems are non-destructive, non-subjective and require no sample preparation. Test fixtures are designed to inspect flexible and rigid packaging. Tests can be performed in any sequence and even repeatedly on a single sample. VeriPac’s inspection method is more reliable, cost effective and efficient than destructive methods, plus it eliminates subjective, misleading results that vary from operator to operator.

Waldner’s DOSOMAT Rotary and Inline Pouch systems offer solutions for low output pouch filling and high productivity, high-volume pouch filling applications. Each stage of this process insures extremely efficient control and handling of the pouch, multiple pouch filling options including advanced filling systems combined with ultrasonic sealing.


PTI offers non-destructive inspection solutions for 100% online inspection of retort pouches. The critical issues with retort pouches continue to be seal quality and pouch integrity.


This podcast features Steve Smith, processing specialist at Purdue University, addresses aseptic processing and packaging. Smith runs Purdue’s  Science Pilot Plant Laboratory, which runs tests for the food industry in the areas of aseptic and traditional thermal processing. Aseptic processing is a thermal processing method that allows food products to be commercially sterilized separately from the food packaging material. Smith offers overview of recent advancements in aseptic processing, such as particulate validation, hold tube flow control laminar or turbulent flow, pumping methods, heat exchangers, non-thermal processing and aseptic dosing. 

In this podcast, Scott Reed, VP of sales, marketing and customer service with Adco Manufacturing, addresses automation and robotics in secondary packaging. Major reasons for the rapid growth of robotics in  packaging include the fact that the automation has become less expensive and offers increased precision, speed and flexibility. Reed also discusses how cartons and cases play a role in the protection of food products, while helping to build product brands.

Rick Gessler, marketing director of Delkor Systems, updates the industry on developments in retail-ready packaging (RRP). It’s a matter of getting products from shipping configuration onto the retail shelf in an attractive display. Designing RRP incorporates many factors, depending on market channel, protection in transit and ease of stocking and shopping. Growth in the use of stand-up pouches is providing an impetus for further development of RRP, and equipment advances are speeding the packaging process.


Primary Food and Beverage Packaging serves several functions.  Physical protection of the product from vibration, compression, and temperature is one function.  Packaging offers Barrier Protection from things like oxygen, water, dust, etc. Some packages contain desiccants or oxygen absorbers to help keep contents fresh, safe, and extend shelf life.  Packaging also allows for Containment or Agglomeration, which means packaging small items typically grouped together such as liquids, powders, and granular materials.  Packages and labels also provide Information Transmission, helping users obtain information on opening, use, recycle, or disposal of the packaging or product.  Packaging materials also provide space for Marketing Messages.  Tamper resistance packaging helps maintain product Security.  Innovations in packaging also add to Customer Convenience and Portion Control.


Primary packaging is the term used to define the layer of packaging in immediate contact with the product.  The most obvious and important function of primary packaging is to keep the product absolutely sealed off from its environment.  Primary packaging is designed to protect and preserve the product from damage, external contamination, spoiling and chemical imbalances.


Examples of primary packaging include blister packs, strip packs, clamshell packaging, shrink wrapping, paperboard packaging, unit dose packs, stand-up pouches, glass bottles and jars, gable-top cartons, aluminum trays, metal bottles, and more.  Primary packaging materials include metal, cardboard, glass, ridged plastics, which include high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and jars. 


A critical component in food and beverage packaging is Aseptic packaging.  Aseptic packaging is the process by which a sterile food or beverage product is packaged in a sterile container in a way to maintain the sterility.  Aseptic packaging allows food and beverages to be stored for long periods of time without preservatives, as long as the packages aren't opened.