Regardless of the debate about calories, the more sustainable solution in many cases is smaller or single-serving packaging units because of the improved protection of the contents. So demand-driven packaging sizes can help to prevent food waste and loss. After all, as a rule, only some 10% of the resources are spent on producing the packaging compared to the contents. However, the production of single-serving units comes with special challenges. IMA Hassia has recently offered an ergonomic FFS machine for mini portions with an output of 20,000 units per hour. As an entry-level machine the P100 can be easily fit into manufacturing halls due to its small footprint. Butter, margarine, jam, dressings, sauces and desserts for hotels or airplanes – no problem for the P100. Based on the same machine concept another plant was developed: the “C100” is suited for cups, in particular, and boasts an output of up to 7,000 cups per hour.
A popular format for small portions are stick packs – both in the food and pharmaceutical industry. They are easy to open, can be precisely dosed and processed in high quantities at high speed. The Selo company has come up with an innovative system that combines the stick packs into a multi-pack bundle. Removing individual stick packs is easily possible – the bundle remains intact, nonetheless.