Italian manufacturer PFM has developed a new machine for flow-wrapping fragile bouillon cubes, providing improved shelf life and reducing substantially the cost of packaging required, compared with traditional methods. The first three machines have now been sold to an international food manufacturer.
Flow-wrapping with a heat seal, rather than fold-wrapping, provides a hermetic pack which protects the cubes against loss of moisture and flavour while also allowing less expensive materials to be employed, explains PFM sales and operations director Chris Bolton.
“Heat seal film is much less expensive than the alufoil laminates required in fold-wrapping,” he points out. “Also, the cubes are individually packed in strips of five and so can be loaded neatly into shelf-ready display trays, eliminating cartons.”
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