Iba brings in the industry results

Having just got off a plane from attending iba Munich, production deadlines are upon us once again at Confectionery Production for our annual supplier profile edition.

As we discovered from speaking to many confectionery based companies attending the major international trade fair in Germany, there remains a good deal of market optimism within Europe, despite wider global economic uncertainty.

From the wealth of innovations on display at iba, the sector appears in fine health, with some technically impressive equipment launches from companies such as Wolf, Tromp, Gea, Buhler, and Theegarten-Pactec to name a few, pointing to the market being in a strong position.

This is perhaps in no small way down in part to market demands calling for an ever-expanding range of equipment option to cater for consumers thirst for healthier choices with their food including confectionery and bakery.

Another major theme to emerge from the trade fair was a renewed drive to deliver energy efficient and hygienic designs for equipment that has the potential to operate both flexibly, and integrate into related production lines.

This has in turn prompted equipment developers to be especially creative in delivering new and enhanced equipment, and so long as demand for new ranges continues, there are plenty of experienced businesses ready to service those requirements.

Neill Barston, editor, Confectionery Production magazine

Keep in touch at nbarston@bellpublishing.com or via social media at @confectionprod

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