Exclusive extended feature: ProSweets Cologne 2024, editor’s preview

This year’s ProSweets offers an eclectic mix of exhibitors, as the event returns to its full strength after a shortened version last year, as Confectionery Production’s editor, Neill Barston discovers with this extended preview of the show

For this year’s event in Cologne, Germany which is taking place between 28-31, January, there will be a total of around 250 businesses across equipment, systems and ingredients from around the world that will be showcasing their latest offerings.

You can catch our exclusive video interview with Sabine Schommer, director of sister show ISM (which has attracted over 1,400 exhibitors from across the globe showcasing a wealth of finished products), and offers her thoughts on prospects for the two major events.

Exhibitors for ProSweets 2024
Aasted, a pioneer in confectionery production since 1917, is set to showcase some of its technologies at ProSweets 2024 in Cologne. With a longstanding commitment to advancing chocolate manufacturing processes, it continues its tradition of innovation. At this year’s show, the company will showcase a range of its innovative solutions designed to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and quality in confectionery production.

Among the highlights is its Alice II, featuring a pressure-controlled feeding system for gentle handling of raw materials. Its modular design, complete with pivoting nozzles and a wire cutter, allows for swift tool changes, ensuring precise deposits and minimal deviations. The Alice Classic combines a high-speed wire cutter with a new extrusion head, offering high-capacity dosing of dough while maintaining extrusion smoothness.
Furthermore, Aasted’s SuperNova Energy tempering machine takes centre stage, boasting a 30% lower energy consumption than traditional models. Its unique scraper wings and precise temperature control keep chocolate in the crystallisation zone for an extended period, resulting in enhanced taste, break, and consistency. The tempering index remains constant, ensuring stable beta V crystals.
The Aasted ChocoAnalyzer emerges as a game-changer in chocolate quality measurement. It aids in improving production by measuring contraction and expansion in chocolate and fillings. This instrument also determines the melting point of crystals, simultaneously measuring the tempering index under the same production conditions.
Completing the line-up, the ChocoMeter+ stands as a testament to Aasted’s century-long expertise in the chocolate industry. This measuring instrument provides fast and accurate measurements of tempered chocolate.
Aasted continues to redefine industry standards, providing chocolate manufacturers the instruments to improve their craft and deliver extraordinary products. Visit Aasted at ProSweets 2024 to explore these innovative confectionery solutions and learn what they can do for your chocolate production. Hall 10.1, Stand F11.


Industry equipment group ACMA will be celebrating its centenary in some style in 2024, showcasing its latest series of machinery at the ProSweets event in Cologne,Germany.

The company will feature a core focus on line automation and sustainability, across its portfolio which includes confectionery packaging systems within its wider food and drink sector interests.

As the Spanish-based business, which is part of the Coesia group, noted, Greenmation (pictured in our main photo as part of its Interpack showcase), represents its response to consumer demand for reusable and recyclable packaging, as manufacturers face labour shortages and production cost increases. For its part, the company’s CW 600 is the main machine selected as its core confectionery portfolio focus at ProSweets.

It is a unit for packaging flat-based chocolates, capable of working with various packaging materials, including monomaterials such as aluminium, PP, PVC, cellophane, and paper. Visit Hall 10.1 G40-H49

Since 1835, when BCH’s systems first came to the market, it has continuously perfected its confectionery systems to meet evolving customer demands, resulting in reduced production time and enhanced consistency between outputs.

Attendees at Prosweets will have the opportunity to view BCH’s TS180 extruder. Specially designed to handle various viscous products, including liquorice, starch gels, fruit twists, pastes and gels, this machine not only offers cost-effectiveness as a very low energy consumer, but also ensures a high output system with consistent product delivery post cooking, without damage to the product.

Also adding to the showcase is BCH’s popular motor-driven drop roller, ideal for producing hard candy, toffee and chews. Originating in the 1800s, this machine has sold worldwide since its creation. Available in both hand-operated and motor-driven models, it can produce products ranging from 1kg samples and can be scaled up to higher capacity production scale machines, up to an impressive 600kg/hr.

Stuart Grogan, BCH Operations Director expressed his enthusiasm for the show. He said: “BCH looks forward to another year of showcasing at ProSweets, Cologne. The team are gearing up to welcome visitors to our stand, where we can discuss their specific confectionery requirements and how BCH can enhance their unique process.” To set up a meeting contact [email protected] Visit Hall 10.1 Stand A 035

UK-based equipment and systems business Baker Perkins will be exhibiting machinery lines alongside Kemutec for the key upcoming ProSweets industry show in Cologne, Germany.

The event will see the Peterborough firm showcase its latest depositing innovations, which were explored during a major presentation at this year’s World Confectionery Conference, for the event’s third edition held in Harrogate.

For ProSweets, the company will be showcasing an innovative starch-free depositor plus ancillary equipment will be on show. This is designed for the growing market for functional, nutraceutical and healthcare confectionery.
The 50kg/hour ServoForm Mini+ depositor meets increasing demand for high-viscosity recipes and gummies with liquid centre filling. Visit Hall 10.1, stand C44.

For its part, Cepi designs, manufactures and commissions bulk-handling systems for the storage, transport and dosing of raw materials. It will be showing these lines alongside fully integrated automation and technologies to complete all production processes.A family-run company with an international outlook, CEPI is based in Italy and operates globally, with offices in Malaysia to coordinate operations in the Asian market and a network of local partners spanning the five continents. Since 1985, we have worked with the most important companies from all sectors of food manufacturing.

The company’s mission goes beyond assembling food machinery: we build turn-key installations that manage the production line from storage to dosing. From technological diversification to personalised innovation, from bulk-handling equipment to data, we aim to provide systems that can be managed in total independence once commissioning is done.

Cepi also deisgns customised solutions for any ingredient requiring special treatment. Its mott is: ‘if your process needs it, we can do it. If we can’t do it yet, we will develop it, just for you.’ Our technologies evolve to match each individual demand from the manufacturer side, leading to unparalleled technological range.
When it comes to dosing, on top of hoppers and tanks for powders and liquid, it offers blender. It is accurate, fast, and hygienic. In a single unit, the blender weighs the ingredient, separates air from product during pneumatic transport and comes with vertical blender to produce premix to ensure the highest flexibility across a wide range of food sectors. It is fully automated and optimises mixing and production times, as the blend is already homogenous before reaching the mixer. Hall 10.1, J11.

Germany’s Capol functional ingredients company is keenly anticipating its latest appearance at the major ProSweets global confectionery event in Cologne.

As the business explained to Confectionery Production, its latest offering comes in response to a growing consumer trend for healthier product ranges that offer natural ingredient solutions, with the company aiming to support manufacturers in the delivery of ‘better-for-you’ product series.


Capol at last year’s Sweets & Snacks. Pic: Neill Barston

The business be showcasing its key Vivapigments natural colour series, which recently claimed an accolade at the 2023 World Confectionery Conference (below) for its latest addition to its range, which has gained strong market take-up since its introduction. Notably, as the company explained, consumers are increasingly gravitating towards products that meet their dietary needs and align with their lifestyles, which has consequently led to a surge in development of reduced sugar content, more natural ingredients, and the incorporation of functional benefits. Hall 10.1, Stand D18.

UK coating machinery specialist DT&G, will be exhibiting at this year’s Cologne show, with the business hosted by the Rinsch equipment group.

Its return to Germany follows its appearance at last year’s Interpack, at which the company showcased its Finn Enhanced Coater as a centrepiece.

As the British-based company explained data reporting, remote access and dashboard connectivity can be fully viewed as part of the system, all of which assists operators and production managers to obtain maximum efficiency. This machine has capacity of up to 480lbs/220kgs/-309 litres.

For more than 60 years, quality and service has been a priority for the business, led by MD Lyn Pitt (below), who has placed a core focus on delivering innovation, offering the highest standard in food safety risk management.

This allows for effective and efficient sanitation with reliable, predictable operational performance. The benefits are less product loss, less down time and increased production. The business has continued to expand its operations around the world, having recently exhibited at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in the US. Hall 10.1, Stand E40.

With decades of experience in automatic coating, French-based Dumoulin is regarded as a key reference for this technology, which will be showcased at ProSweets in Cologne. Its coating pans offer high quality of finished products with optimal productivity, better energy consumption, and hygiene and operating conditions to the highest standard.

Having gradually evolved towards technological excellence, the firm aimed to extend its range with a simpler machine, with a more affordable level of investment for customers wishing above all to replace their conventional production with high-capacity automatic equipment. Dumoulin therefore went back to basics to offer the ICONIC, a machine simpler in its general design, nevertheless offering Dumoulin expertise and technology for the process part.

Thanks to the side unloading system, this line is more compact and its installation at the customer’s site is much simpler. The investment is much lower than premium machines, while maintaining high manufacturing quality. Visit the company at ProSweets Hall 10.1, stand A8.

Netherlands-based colouring foods specialist GNT will demonstrate how its plant-based, sustainable Exberry colours can help maximise product appeal.
The company’s flagship application is made from fruits, vegetables, and plants using physical processing methods such as chopping and boiling, and has a broad base of applications including confectionery and snacks.
Based on the concept of colouring food with food, the concentrates can deliver bright shades in almost any application while supporting clean and simple ingredient lists.

At ProSweets, GNT will offer visitors the chance to sample rolled ice cream with confectionery toppings to demonstrate the possibilities with Exberry. The company’s experts will also be available throughout the event to provide insights into how plant-based colours can be used to meet specific project requirements.

Frederik Hoeck, managing director at GNT Group, said: “Exberry is a truly natural colouring solution that resonates perfectly with modern consumer preferences. Our innovative concentrates deliver vibrant shades with exceptional performance in all types of food and drink. We’re excited to give visitors the chance to see for themselves the power of our plant-based colours.”
Exberry colours qualify for clean label declarations and are suitable for vegan, halal, and kosher diets. They are also produced in accordance with GNT’s strict sustainability criteria. Hall 10.1, stand D11-E11.

Packaging machinery specialist Germany’s Gerhard Schubert will use the fast-approaching global showcase in Cologne to highlight its innovative TLM Comfort Feeder.
The company has enjoyed an exceptionally busy period during the past year, with the company delivering a strong presence at this year’s Interpack event in Dusseldorf, where it unveiled several key solutions for the sector, including lines for the confectionery sector.

For the next edition of ProSweets, it will be showcasing its expertise in snacks and sweets packaging systems including its latest comfort feeder, designed as a resource saving solution for feeding carton blanks.
The Schubert experts will also be providing advice on their comprehensive portfolio for the automated and sustainable packaging of snacks and confectionery at several thematic islands, and offering information on their wide-ranging service programme.

Schubert will be offering demonstrations of its lines on several themed islands within its stand. Its TLM comfort feeder answers the problem of processing delays arriving if packaging line’s blank magazine runs empty – as machine operators then have to act quickly to avoid unnecessary stops.

With its latest system, this issue is now a thing of the past, as can be experienced live on a bar packer at the trade fair. All that is needed is to place the entire pallet of blanks, which are still in the cutting sheet, into the machine.

An F4 robot then pulls the individual blanks directly from the sheet and feeds them into the erecting process at a rate of 60 cycles per minute. This ingenious procedure also offers another key advantage: the cut sheet can often be further optimised to maximise the use of the packaging material. This saves material and, in turn, resources and costs. The combination of innovative sheet feeding, high erecting performance as well as loading and sealing offers Schubert customers an exceptionally advantageous machine concept: The bar packer is part of Schubert’s TLM Power Compact machine category, which refers to TLM machines that deliver a high performance density in a small space. Hall 10.1, Stand F30-G31.

At this year’s ProSweets in Cologne, Gelita, a leader in gelatins and collagen peptides, will be showcasing a comprehensive portfolio of tailored products for gummies with compelling added values.
Confixx is a highly efficient solution for the starchless production of on-trend fortified gummies– all while safeguarding the jelly texture and melt-in-the-mouth sensation reportedly favoured by consumers.
With Soluform PE, manufacturers can develop high-protein products while SOLUFORM SR enables the creation of low, or even no sugar confectioneries. Finally, with Verisol HST, Gelita will be showcasing its ingredient solution for beauty-from-within gummies with scientifically proven benefits for skin health.
“Health and well-being is still a strong demand from consumers. Confectionery producers should take this as an opportunity and crate confectionery products with real ‘better-for-you’ appeal,” explains Oliver Wolf, Marketing EMEIA at Gelita.

“With our range of tailored gelatins, we facilitate the production of gummy products that turn current consumer demands into delicious confectionery products: be it sugar-reduced and protein-enriched gummies, beauty-from-within concepts or various other fortified gummy solutions. Our technological know-how, as well as our robust regulatory and marketing support, complement our ingredient portfolio and enable manufacturers to take their confectionery products to the next level.” Visit booth E 021 in hall 10.1 in.

For its part, the Italian based IMA will place a spotlight on its latest range of solutions for the chocolate, confectionery and snack markets.

Supporting the world’s confectionery industry, the firm provides several high-performance solutions to address the most diverse processing and packaging requirements. Designed to optimise each step of the process and ensure high-quality results regardless of the product, the machines can be stand-alone or fully integrated into complete lines.

Flexible and customised wherever necessary to respond to specific requirements, these technologies are built to handle gums, candies, coated sweets, chocolate & bars. Its extensive range includes tableting to coating; filling and capping to flow wrapping; cartoning, tray packing and wrapping.

Moreover, the IMA end of line hub offers a comprehensive range of machines for overwrapping, stretch & shrink wrapping, forming, loading and closing, case packing, robotic handling and palletizing. Not only a vast selection of machines, IMA has the most flexible answers for every stage of your process.
Visitors to this year’s show will be th first to discover the new IMA Gima DWM600 high-speed wrapping machine, processing stick packs that contain gum pellets, mints and pressed candies, wrapped and packed on edge. Both single and double-wrap packaging is possible. Flexibility also comes in the shape of the packaging material you wish to use. Its network of technological laboratories and testing facilities, known as IMA OpenLab, has conducted in-depth research into the most sustainable packaging materials and perfected the technologies needed to optimise the entire packaging process. The variety of materials, even the most innovative and highly sustainable versions, can now be implemented thanks to a specific sealing system.

The DWM600 is fully servo-driven with positive product transfer through all stages, and wraps up to 500 sticks per minute. It features a double reel for each wrapping material which can be replaced without interrupting the production process, enhancing production efficiency and minimising downtime. Hall 10.1, Stand G11

German machine manufacturer Krüger & Salecker, which has developed expertise in shaping and moulding technology, has reported a strong start for 2024, as its preparations for this year’s ProSweets event in Cologne, Germany, gather pace.
As previously reported by Confectionery Production, the business used last year’s global Interpack trade show to highlight its FFW technology, which the business has continued to enhance.

For ProSweets, the company will be app joining a total of around 250 leading businesses from across equipment, systems and ingredients segments, as well as an array of more than 1,300 exhibitors for its sister ISM trade show, drawing a truly international audience.

Moreover, Krüger & Salecker has previously played a notable part in our 2022 World Confectionery Conference in Brussels. Hall 10.1, Stand C10-D11
“We are really happy about our progress,“ says managing partner Sören Bettex, who explained to Confectionery Production that sales of machines with a working width of 1000 mm and more have shown an encouraging upturn.
He explained that there has been additional testing on its latest FFW-technology, which has yielded positive results in further refining its capabilities, with the line previously confirmed to have a capability of forming rapidly within 12 seconds. “We believe this technology will set new standards in the production of fruit gummies,“ added Bettex of its latest innovation.”

As a mid-sized company hailing from the Brainport region of the Netherlands, Lareka continues to specialise in packaging systems for the confectionery sector.

The business has a close and enthusiastic team which consists of young and ambitious guys in combination with some very experiences engineers. Together they take care of your packaging. Lareka remains active in the optimisation of the packaging processes of chocolate bars, napolitans, hollow figures and twist wrapping. 15% of Lareka’s turnover is invested in R&D. It has devised a number of industry lines, including a packaging system designed to offer personalised wrapping for chocolate series (such as the featured example for Confectionery Production magazine).

Besides the building of the ‘Lareka machines’, 50% of their business is based on modernisation and the rebuilding of second hand machines. Lareka does not trade them, rather customers come with ideas about what they want to produce and make that possible.

The business has delivered some key solutions for the sector in recent years, including its BTB25 wrapping machinery, designed to serve the lower-volume, bespoke luxury chocolate market.
In addition, the company’s amibition is to keep offering packaging solutions that enable you to capitalise on new developments and trends in the chocolate- and packaging market. Hall 10.1, Stand F29.

Italy’s Livetech and its equipment divisions supply a wide range of products, from single machines to complete systems.

Group strength stems from the advantage of having a single system engineering combined with the knowledge and core technology from each specialist area.

Chocolate moulding, primary wrapping, secondary packaging and palletizing: Live-tech offers cutting-edge solutions in each of these sectors. A customer’s unique product is the driving force for each project.


Thanks to close collaboration with its customers, our company can provide specific technical solutions focused on the fundamental aspects of marketing, cost optimisation, process automation and sustainability.
A fundamental added value that Live-tech provides is the willingness to engineer customized solutions. Live-tech’s traditional field of activity, namely automatic secondary packaging systems, now includes an expanded range of products. Robotic secondary packaging lines, in two versions: X-Series, focused on high performance and high customization, and e-Series, focused on simplicity and energy savings. Among our most popular solutions are the LWA-TH case packer, which can make wrap-around and tray plus hood boxes, and the new concept multifunctional systems based on the use of independent shuttles able to optimise forming, filling and closing of cases of various types in a compact design. Hall 10.1 Stand G8

Germany-based packaging systems business, LoeschPack, is to showcase a notable upgrade to the FHW-S, a flexible high-speed solution for wrapping bars and tablets into flow packs, reports Neill Barston.
The business returns to the event having enjoyed a notably busy 2023, including showcasing its systems at Interpack, where it unveiled its latest bar line and combined line.

For ProSweets, it will be appearing with its sister company Hastamat, the Franconian machinery manufacturer will be presenting systems for the efficient and sustainable packaging of various products.
At the stand, LoeschPack will show the trade audience of the international supplier fair for the confectionery and snack industry its innovative and modular bar packaging line – from buffering and product feeding to the final flow-packed product. “We continuously develop our packaging machines and our broad portfolio. This allows our customers to package their products even faster, more sustainably, and more efficiently,” says Olaf Piepenbrock, Managing Partner of LoeschPack, Hastamat. Hall 10.1, Stand G30-H31

For its part, French-based machinery company, Proform, will be showcasing a wide range of systems.

This includes its mixing and blending extruder equipped with dosing units to directly add ingredients into the process; for mixing bubble gum or dough for biscuits, crackers to managing different pet food formulas or to processing the ingredients of plastic or thick viscous pastes.

With its modular process zone, a variety of fresh doughs (savory crackers or sweet cookies…) can be produced by a Proform continuous mixer. Another application is pasta, from spaghetti to filled shapes, can be mixed & formed by this system.

The machine can also grain neutral chewy mass, with in-line blending of colouring and flavouring, for quick product change-overs: continuous functioning also eliminates curing or maturation time. Single colour or co-extrusion for two coloured. Due to photo weight, will send separately. Hall 10.1, Stand, C42-D43

Meanwhile, MFG’s new light weight starch tray is 20 per cent lighter than standard fibreglass starch trays, while retaining its trusted strength and durability.
The industry-changing light weight composite material was developed to meet customer demand for a sustainably lighter tray that can withstand continuous industrial use. These new trays integrate easily with wood and plastic, and the US company offers over 70 models and custom designs.

MFG’s Tray’s candy stock boxes are the new industry standard in efficient handling and storage in candy operations worldwide. But not all facilities are created equal. Its new secure boxes are designed for product protection and cramped workspaces, focused on delivering strength and durability. These new boxes with snap-on lids are ideal for work-in-process applications and securely stack on MFG’s standard 870 series boxes.
The inherent strength and dimensional stability of MFG Tray composite trays make them exceptionally well suited for confectionery industry applications. Protect your customers and your brand reputation with the frontline prevention and quality that MFG Tray provide. Hall 10.1, Stand A61

Major Italian firm Sacmi has pledged an extensive display for this year’s ProSweets, including ground-breaking solutions for the processing, moulding and secondary packaging sectors that will be showcased.
This includes its chocolate processing HFI 509 Refiner (Nano Chocoline), a newly designed five-roll refiner that ensures optimal grinding and ultra-fine particle size, even on products of different, less traditional consistency. This forms part of the Nano Chocoline line, that provides the quality and performance of traditional high-capacity processing lines on a small scale.

Andrea Boggio, CEO of Sacmi, recently at Gulfood manufacturing. Pic: Neill Barston

Meanwhile, the MLRG 1500 Drop Line forms the core of the new line that doses up to 3,000 kg/h of chocolate and compound-based semi-finished drops, chips, sticks and chunks. This machine offers extremely fast, easy format changeovers and high-speed operation thanks to servomotor-controlled longitudinal and vertical movement.

In keeping with its ‘Everything for chocolate & Packaging for everything’ motto, the business will also be showcasing a secondary packaging solution at Prosweets: the next-gen Advance S-334 tri-functional cell, which delivers ultra-high productivity of up to 800 products or 150 closed boxes per minute.

The innovative linear motor system makes the box form, fill and seal stages independent, maximising line efficiency and versatility, especially in the case of frequent changeovers. Also, the picking robot delivers outstanding blank loading ergonomics. Hall 10.1, Stand F50-G59

Among Sollich’s equipment ranges this year will be its Minicoater MC 420 with 420 mm belt width will be on display with chocolate. For a greater variety of products, this enrober is equipped with the decorating device type Mini-Decormaticâ MD 420. This machine is running very successfully at small and medium-sized companies setting new standards in the sector of mini enrobing technology.
The special focus of the company’s research and development activities is on optimising the customer’s production

process. In order to realise high machine availabilities and to meet at the same time the increasing hygiene standards, Sollich sets highest value on an efficient, easy cleaning of the machines.
Further improvements have been made in the scope of digitalisation regarding the information exchange between machine operator and the manufacturer.

Notably, together with other leading suppliers of confectionery machines, Sollich has founded the company SweetConnect.

On this platform, users can manage all their integrated production machines at a glance. Documents such as operating instructions, spare parts catalogues and cross-manufacturer maintenance managers are just some of the basic functions made possible with the help of SweetConnect.

The business will be exhibiting alongside its subsidiary, Chocotech, which will be offering a key range of processing equipment designed for both batch and continuous production of various sweet delicacies such as jelly, fondant, caramel, fudge, hard candy, chewy candy, OTC, fruit snacks, brittle, bar masses and aerated products. In addition to this broad spectrum, the business offer high-quality chocolate processing machines, including the innovative Frozenshell production of chocolate shells. Hall 10.1, Stand B20-C29

Germany’s Syntegon, is priming itself for next month’s ProSweets event in Cologne, which will demonstrate its core range of confectionery machinery competencies, including kitchen, depositing, and finishing technologies to packaging solutions.
The company, which recently emerged with honours from the World Confectionery Conference, will offer visitors the chance to experience highlights of the line solution, such as the fully automated oiling drum Makat BC96 that will be presented at a show for the first time.

It will be joining nearly 250 businesses operating within the confectionery industry at this year’s ProSweets, which returns to its full four-day format, after appearing in a shorter special edition earlier this year amid industry supply chain challenges, that have reportedly eased to some degree towards the end of 2023.

Syntegon’s Makat team claimed honours at this year’s World Confectionery Conference. Pic: Franziska Engelbarts

Moreover, Syntegon presents a high-speed packaging line with a new vertical packaging innovation SVX Duplex. This can be experienced in a series of live demonstrations on the stand, which aims to showcase its advanced capabilities. As the business noted, its Makat BC96 series has been devised for next level production, responding to the notion that the more process steps manufacturers automate, the more stable and reliable their production becomes as a whole. Product finishing is the last process step during the production of gummies and jellies – but not less important than the previous process steps. It still influences the quality of the packaged gummies in the shelf. Hall 10.1, Stand H9

Tanis Confectionery hit headlines last year for its world record breaking gummy, produced on its advanced processing lines.

The business has gained significant expertise in the confectionery sector, having been founded in 1995 by Leo and Rene Tanis, who had honed the craft of making confectionery during 20 years’ working for a kitchen equipment manufacturer partly owned by their father.

To begin with, Tanis focused solely on kitchen processing equipment for making all kinds of sweets, including hard candy, soft candy, chews, bars and nougat.
In 2014, Tanis broadened its equipment scope to complete production lines, while specialising these for the production of gummies and jellies.
Tanis is all about enabling manufacturers, with approximately 300 employees all over the world, to produce reliably high-quality gummies and jellies, with whatever individual twist they choose to infuse. It supplies complete production lines and personalised support. Hall 10.1, Stand C19

Advanced machinery for the confectionery sector from Theegarten-Pactec will be on show this year, including its latest FPH5 flow wrapping line, designed for sugar coated gum, hard caramels and chocolate,
For the next edition of the show, taking place between 28-31 January 2024, the Dresden-based as business, exhibiting its present range of packaging systems for the industry, alongside its Turkish-based partner company, Makrev, which it acquired shares in last year, which further bolstered the company’s equipment offering.

The major global showcase has returned to its January positioning, after a one-off Spring presentation alongside sister show, ISM, which took place this April, which saw the two events combine in a more compact format in response to major industry supply chain challenges.

Among the highlights for the 2024 edition, Theegarten will be demonstrating its FPH5 (below), which is reportedly capable of packaging gum at a speed of 4,000 products/min. As the business revealed, its results are achieved through a combination of a large feed plate and a separately driven inner plate is used to ensure a high degree of filling. There is a direct mechanical connection between the machine’s plates and infeed chain ensures a seamless transfer of the products from the plate to the infeed chain, which greatly contributes to a reliable, fast packaging process. Hall 10.1, Stand G20-H29

For the fast approaching ProSweets Cologne event, Walterwerk Kiel’s specialist wafer baking operations are set to showcase some of the latest trends developing across the confectionery sector.
The company, which played its part in the reduced format three-day event in Germany this year, which took place in April, will be returning for the 2024 edition, which is being staged at the Koelnmesse event.
As the German-based business noted, it will offer the chance to highlight several new wafer-chocolate products. Indeed, the combination of chocolate and crunchy sweet wafer is becoming increasingly popular. As the company noted, there has been an enhanced focus on cones, as fillings such as chocolate have become increasingly popular.

The Walter stand at this year’s show drew strong global interest. Pic: Neill Barston

In response, the company observed that the so-called mini cones with a size of 60-65 mm are quite popular for some time now. But now there is a new trend coming: micro cones! With a length of only 35-45 mm they look like the tip of an ice cream cone which is exactly as intended. The simple reason for this is that many consumers see the chocolate-filled tip of their ice cream cone as the highlight of the eating experience. Now you can have a whole bag full of these tips. The business concluded that it is looking forward to meeting customers to discuss its range of smart industry solutions. Hall 10.1, Stand D8

Fellow German confectionery machinery developer, WDS, will be focusing on moulded sweets products with a wide variety of applications and capabilities.
The WDS division sweetOTC has also established itself as a specialist in technologies for the production of active OTC confectionery, supplements and nutraceuticals.

The company is pleased to be returning, showcasing classic WDS depositing technologies as well as further developments in hygiene for sensitive application areas. As part of the SweetConnect partner network, WDS will also be demonstrating how the confectionery industry is being networked and digitalised across manufacturers.

Depositor systems for all depositable and demouldable masses will be presented, reflecting the diversity of WDS plants. From the laboratory scale to the large-scale plant, WDS offers confectionery machines for all capacity and manufacturing requirements. Especially for the OTC sector, WDS presents depositor systems made of hygienic full stainless steel.

Thanks to the EasyClean design of WDS plants and the use of adapted service trolleys, it is easy to change parts that come into contact with the mass as well as to completely replace a depositor system, e.g. for external cleaning or for a large variety of products using exchange systems.

The product and system-specific programme parts demonstrate the extraordinary quality standards of WDS confectionery machines. High vertical integration and top-quality material processing are reflected in the dosing and process precision of its plants.
Last but not least, extensive know-how and many years of experience with various masses and technologies enable WDS to process special masses with sensitive additives in the field of OTC confectionery, supplements and nutraceuticals in a way that is both gentle on the product and reproducible. Visit Hall 10.1 Stand 50.





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