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VDMA meet stresses on mechanisation to make hygiene key in manufacturing
Wednesday, 09 December, 2015, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Pushkar Oak, Mumbai
The symposium on ‘German Technology for Confectionery Production and Packaging’ held here on Tuesday stressed on the need to mechanise India's confectionery and packaging industries to bring in hygiene as the core element in manufacturing or processing.

The symposium marked its beginning with address by Richard Clemens, managing director, Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau (VDMA) or German Engineering Federation, food processing and packaging machinery association. He said, "In India, today, the manufacturing or food processing sector is growing credibly whereby, it needs proper hygienic manufacturing processes installed. These manufacturing processes from Germany will help the manufacturers to pitch themselves in the foreign market well. Hygiene at packaging level is equally important as in packaging processes there is chance of getting bacteria trapped in the packaging of the respective product. Thus, we are trying to impart the technology of efficient production and packaging in India."

He added, "The European market has traceability at its core while in India it is not taken that seriously. So this initiative and technology can take India to the world."

Later, Clemens said, "We in this symposium are working for betterment of Indian confectionery industry as not only confectionery should be upgraded but also the packaging of products manufactured in confectionery has to be upgraded. To give an example, some of the products require precision in the packaging like vacuum chamber to pack products as air may result in the bacterial growth. Thus, we have brought some packaging solutions providing companies in this symposium."

Next speaker, Steffen Throme, product engineer, Azo GmbH, said, "There is a need to manage raw material which is used in the confectionery. The automation can enable to deliver consistent result. The energy saving automation has also developed to suit Indian requirements."

Mike Beckert, project engineer and sales, Buhler, said, "Indian confectionery market has a big challenge of space constraints. Thus, a compact and flexible machinery may help Indian conditions to upgrade as per their requirements."

Explaining about wafers in confectionery industry, Daniel Nahrhold, product sales manager, Hebenstreit GmbH, said, "Wafers and chocolate making are usually a crucial element of confectionery. Different and distinctive textures and typers are available with us to decorate your wafer or chocolate. There are layers in the wafer chocolates which can be availed very finely with our solutions."

Matthias Drees, managing partner, Oka-Spezialmaschinenfabrik GmbH, touched some points on decoration through automation. He said, "We can have sprinkles of nuts sugar on chocolates or other products. These sprinkles can be in the form of textures or patterns. India has much diversity in food and our decoration solutions in the confectionery and food industry are flexible enough to suit the demand of Indian kitchen such as lack of space and temperature."

The symposium also highlighted some issues like kitchen hygiene, good manufacturing practices, water management in confectionery, and personal hygiene that should be followed by employees.

Suneet Gupta, product manager, Bosch Packaging India, said, "India is a booming market and has a lot of potential. We have seen bar chocolates, but bar lines doesn't only end at chocolate industry. Bar market in confectionery are popular in India and has bars manufactured with jaggery and peanuts in combination. These bars are popular in local market."

"Indian industry is also witnessing a new category known as healthy foods which are manufactured as bars. In India too it will soon be introduced after the clearance of laws over nutraceuticals. We have tested the results which will revolutionise the market with use of sugar substitutes like starch and peptin," added Gupta.

Chocotech, a German production solution provider, in his presentation explained how traditional processing can be replaced with modern technology without hindering the recipe. Martin McDermott from Chocotech said, "India has tradition and their tradition is reflected while they work. Yes, this is good but only the traditional way will lead to exemption of a brand out of the market. Thus, modern technology should be used exactly with the same traditional recipe using customisations in the machinery provided by us."

The symposium, other than confectionery, touched other allied industries in the processing like food, snack processing and a bit of beverage. It was organised by VDMA and 13 of its member companies in association with VDMA India.
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