Trelleborg Showcases Sealing Solutions for Beverage and Liquid Food Industries at Drinktec 2017

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will present solutions for the beverage and liquid food industries to ensure tastes and flavors “remain absolutely pure” at the Drinktec 2017 trade show in Munich, Germany.

The seal developer, manufacturer and supplier will be showcasing its range of sealing systems and materials, which ensure the safe, reliable and hygienic filling and packaging of drinks and dairy products at the event taking place between September 11 and 15.

2016 06 02 070824Visitors to Stand 549 in Hall A3 will get the opportunity to ‘meet the experts’ and learn how Trelleborg employs the principle of hand-in-hand engineering to produce tailor made seals – from initial concept to the final product.

The decisive factor for the filling of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks or the packaging of dairy products such as yoghurt or cream is that the plant and equipment has safe, reliable and hygienic sealing systems.

At Drinktec 2017, Trelleborg will demonstrate how, with high-quality engineering, it accompanies the customer from initial design via the prototype to a complete solution including custom-delivery if required. The sealing specialist also offers technical advice, ensures product maturity and provides project management, spare parts and plant maintenance – all from a single source.

Carsten Stehle, Managing Director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, said: "For us the beverage, dairy and food industries are key markets in which our sealing solutions can ensure safe and reliable filling and packaging with high standards of hygiene. For our experts, Drinktec is the ideal platform where they can meet decision-makers in these various industries, find out more about their current needs and develop individual solutions to meet these requirements.

“At present, the beverage industry is faced with major challenges as far as filling and packaging are concerned. With so much diversity in drink and dairy products currently, different types of beverages have to be filled by a single plant. It is very important that the aromas do not become intermixed – this applies especially to smaller producers, for example micro-breweries which make varieties of craft beer with different flavors, such as fig, grapefruit or coffee.”

Martin Krüger, Area Sales Manager Industrial at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, said: "The carryover of flavors is an issue that can arise in a filling plant when different drinks or dairy products pass through the system one after the other. For tastes and flavors to remain absolutely pure, the seals in the plant need to fit perfectly and must meet the highest standards of hygiene. This also means that there mustn't be any 'dead space' in the system where liquids can collect."

Trelleborg will talk about how it uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in order to simulate the behavior of molded parts during installation and in actual usage to improve the function of the seal even before production of the prototype, as well as allowing a number of simulated design options. The technique can also facilitate the early detection of dead space in a plant, so that deposits and possible bacteriological contamination can be avoided – a filling plant with no dead space requires fewer cleaning cycles.

Whether the product is a standard part in ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) or complex molded component made from specialist materials such as Isolast® perfluoroelastomer (FFKM), Trelleborg has design competence for every sealing application encountered in a filling plant.

About Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Group

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals, bearings and custom-molded polymer components. It focuses on meeting the most demanding needs of aerospace, automotive and general industrial customers, including those from the food and beverage industry, with innovative solutions. Its network extends to over 25 production facilities and more than 50 marketing companies globally. The business area accelerates the progress of its customers through outstanding local support, an unrivalled product range including patented products and proprietary materials, a portfolio of established brands, unique process offerings, its Service PLUS value chain solution and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ philosophy. 

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of SEK 31 billion (EUR 3.23 billion, USD 3.60 billion) and operations in about 50 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems, and the operations of Rubena and Savatech. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap.


New package keeps produce fresh and convenient for on-the-go consumers

Dole GO Berries!™, which utilizes Sonoco’s packaging, was awarded Best New Packaging as part of the Produce Innovation Awards at United Fresh 2017, an expo dedicated to innovation in produce and fresh foods. The berries are packaged in 3-packs of fun, snack-sized containers that offer snap, rinse and go convenience. The ventilated packaging promotes increased airflow around the berries, aiding cooling and improves freshness, while also making rinsing easy for consumers.

2017 08 14 113632Dole GO Berries!™ snacks are packaged in 3-packs of fun, snack-sized containers that offer snap, rinse and go convenience

“Nearly half of people snack three or more times a day, and Sonoco has developed a suite of solutions – ranging from pouches to composite cans to single-serving plastic tubs – that protect food on the go, while also offering convenience to busy consumers,” said Pete Gioldasis, director of marketing, Sonoco. “Our latest solution for Dole is exciting because it’s a great way for consumers to take fresh and healthy food on the go.”

The package also offers sustainability enhancements: the plastic packaging is made with 70% recycled PET without adhesive labels, improving recyclability, and the paper sleeve is SFI-certified. Dole recently announced that the line will expand to blueberries later this summer.

“The new Blueberry Dole GO Berries! gives even more berry lovers the easiest way to enjoy their favorite snack on-the-go,” said Barbara Dan, Dole’s senior VP of innovation. “Simply snap-off one of the right-sized snack packs, rinse right in the package and enjoy the goodness of Dole Berries wherever you go. Like the original strawberry variety, the new blueberry Dole GO Berries! satisfies the growing preference to take berry snacking outside the home and provides a unique, fun, fresh and healthy alternative to snack and energy bars.”

Dole GO Berries! was one of 46 United Fresh Produce Association Innovation Award finalists displayed at the United Fresh Conference June 14-15, in Chicago, and attendees voted to determine the winners in five categories.

About Dole Food Company, Inc. 

Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE:SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit


Alfa Laval wins SEK 125 million food order in Brazil

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply a process solution for a soybean oil refining plant in Brazil. The order has a value of approximately SEK 125 million. It was booked late June in the Food Systems unit of the Food & Water Division, with deliveries scheduled for 2018.

2014 08 14 093039 alfa lavalThe Alfa Laval process solution includes various pieces of equipment such as high speed separators and heat exchangers which will be installed in a plant where soybeans will be refined to consumer oils. The order also includes a service agreement.  

“I am very pleased to announce this large order from one of the biggest agribusiness cooperatives in Latin America,” says Nish Patel, President of the Food & Water Division. “Our proven technology is reliable and efficient and meet the high demands from customers in the food industry.”

Did you know that… Alfa Laval will establish a Food & Water competence centre in Søborg, Denmark, with focus on research & development and engineering & supply?

About Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena. Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2016, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.6 billion (approx. 3.77 billion Euros). The company has about 17 000 employees.


Researchers adapt coated fabric to determine freshness of fruit

Scientists have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of the fruit in your grocer’s produce section. It all starts with a small strip of coated fabric developed at FIU.

2017 08 08 102019Researchers have confirmed that a coated piece of fabric developed at FIU can detect the freshness of oranges.The research, published recently in the “Journal of Chromatography A,” showed the coated fabric can soak up the chemical compounds in the juice of an orange that show the ripeness – or freshness – of the fruit.

The coating used on the fabric was invented by FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton and chemistry researcher Abuzar Kabir who are co-authors of the study.

Analytical chemists by trade, Furton and Kabir initially pioneered the coated fabric to test blood, urine and environmental samples. They became curious about fruit because they wanted to see whether their coated fabric could provide the sensitivity required to pick up changes in the compounds that are used to detect the ripening cycle of fruits.

“Everyone likes to advertise that they have the freshest fruit, but how long has that orange been sitting there?” Kabir said. “We used the orange as a model, and now, we can use this method to test the freshness of other fruit or any food that has a potential to degrade.”

After immersing the coated fabric into a small amount of the fruit juice, researchers quickly isolated the three main compounds within the fruit that are markers for freshness. Over a two-month period, they found these chemicals lost their intensity, indicating the ability to track the degradation of the fruit.

“Because oranges have high juice content,” Furton said, “they are more prone to spoiling and changes in its freshness impacts the quality and taste of their juices.”

The product could be an ideal solution for government inspectors, grocers, and even restaurants who order large quantities of produce. Determining the freshness of a batch of fruit quickly could be a long-term cost saver.

“Growers may also use this method to decide how quickly they need to get their crop to market or to use packaging that might slow the ripening process in order to keep fruit from reaching their peak before you buy them,” Kabir said


Yamato white paper puts spotlight on safety and productivity

Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK, a leading manufacturer of quality industrial weighing machines, has published a white paper which puts the spotlight on the relationship between safety and productivity in processing and packaging lines.

According to academic research, production plant managers find that a noisy environment, a lack of resources and unsafe facilities are the most common primary factors affecting worker productivity.

Worker complaints of fatigue, back pain, upper-body pain, hand and wrist pain and headaches are commonplace. These complaints can lead to longer-term health problems that can significantly affect productivity and profitability of food manufacturers, processors and fresh produce suppliers.

Can a focus on machine safety mitigate these problems and increase productivity? The paper sets out to answer the question by highlighting the benefits of safety in processing. It examines how this is achieved by paying attention to standards and compliance and implementing sound training practices.

2017 08 08 093212Yamato has published a white paper putting the spotlight on the relationship between safety and productivity in processing and packaging

Yamato commercial operations manager Andrea Spencer said: “Managers in food production need to improve their knowledge of ergonomics as it relates to productivity. There are still many companies which do not carry out ergonomic assessments. Industry research has found a significant correlation between productivity indicators and health and organisational attributes.

“A lack of training is believed to be a contributing factor to the poor ergonomic conditions and consequent loss of worker productivity and reduced health and safety in manufacturing industries including food processing. A focus on safety in machinery design and appropriate training can help.”

Training staff in the safe operation of machinery including automatic weighing machines enhances health and safety and reduces the risk of injury or machine downtime. Productivity is therefore assured. Training should include the principles of safe operation, manual and automatic operation of multihead weighing machines and controlling product flow.

There is a wealth of evidence to suggest a clear link between health and safety and productivity in manufacturing, not least in food production. Adopting good health and safety practices leads to increased innovation, improved quality and an enhanced corporate reputation. The resultant high-quality working environment can help to create good levels of co-operation between management and employees. This leads to a work organisation that gives employees challenges, responsibilities and job autonomy.

Andrea Spencer said: “Developing new working methods and equipment to improve working postures and decrease the strain of physical work also helps in allowing creative solutions for specific safety and health problems that minimise staff absence and so increase productivity.”

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