Would you like to sustainably package confectionery products such as chocolates, biscuits and cookies? Welcome to Mission Blue, the sustainability initiative from Schubert!
Of course, protecting the product, sealing in the aroma and ensuring a long shelf life are key factors. But today, confectionery such as biscuits, cookies, chocolates and pralines also need to be packaged as sustainably as possible. Find out here how to increase your sustainability in terms of both materials and the packaging process itself.
What would your perfect, sustainable packaging for confectionery, for example, biscuits, cookies and pastries, look like? A cardboard tray, sealed in a flowpack made of recyclable monofoil, wrapped in a high-quality secondary carton with colourful printing, and with minimal space between the content and walls – along with sturdy, transport-safe tertiary packaging with maximum packing density made of corrugated cardboard with precisely the right shelf dimensions for supermarkets.
All this and more? Not a problem. With Schubert packaging systems, you can integrate all process steps fully automatically. Our machines can easily process the most diverse types of packaging materials and prepare your confectionery for safe onward transport to the consumer. Automated packaging in returnable transport containers is also second nature to Schubert machines.
The perfect biscuit & cookie packaging
Today, a wide variety of materials are used to sustainably package confectionery such as chocolates, biscuits and cookies. That is why it is all the more important that your packaging machine is flexible and versatile.
With Schubert packaging machines, you are not only ideally equipped for secondary packaging such as sales cartons. Our machines also process high-quality, printed boxes and transport crates quickly and efficiently, without defects or damage.
With primary packaging such as flowpacks, for example for muesli and chocolate bars or trays with biscuits and chocolates, you benefit from maximum process reliability and efficiency. Whether single or multi-pack, conventional or recyclable flow-wrapping films – with Schubert you will increase the sustainability of your processes.
Complex processes such as the packaging of praline assortments call for reliable and flexible handling on the packaging line. Pure or mixed, individually wrapped in film or unpackaged, in plastic or cardboard trays – Schubert can easily master even challenging processes such as those in praline packing lines.
Another important step towards more sustainability in confectionery packaging is process integration. Numerous process steps from pick & place to tray handling, optical quality control and sealing into flowpacks, right through to secondary and tertiary packaging, can be integrated and fully automated with lines from Schubert.
Cardboard packaging is one of the most flexible and sustainable materials for packaging chocolate, pralines, biscuits or cookies. Schubert has been developing and producing packaging machines with a focus on cardboard packaging for over 50 years and draws on a great deal of experience and expertise. This includes a wide range of carton and box types, shipping cases and shelf-ready solutions. Our cartoners and case packers pack your products in a way that is space-saving, efficient and sustainable. Our robot-assisted technology also processes special requirements such as fine assortment packaging with padded paper, adhesive-free packaging and special shapes without any problems.
There are good reasons why flowpacks are ideal candidates for the sustainable packaging of confectionery such as chocolate, biscuits or cookies. For example, they keep biscuits crisp, chocolates fresh and muesli bars at an optimum moisture level. They also ensure a reliable barrier against moisture, odours or grease. Until now, however, composite films were often used, which are not recyclable due to different barrier layers – at the expense of sustainability. The problem lies, among other things, in the packaging process: Flow-wrapping films have to be flexible, tear-resistant and easy to seal.
Flowpackers from Schubert are your solution: With state-of-the-art sealing technology and gentle handling, they can easily switch between different types of film. Our flowpackers process both conventional laminated films and recyclable monofilms, and even paper-based flow-wrapping films – easily, safely and reliably. Pick & place feeding in a single line ensures high efficiency and product quality.
Product protection and shelf life are top priorities for trays as well. Trays come in countless shapes and sizes, in part due to the wide range of products in the confectionery sector. Added to this is the requirement for consumer-friendliness when unpacking and consuming. Space-saving design and easy placement into secondary packaging remain important criteria for primary packaging. Sustainability is also an important consideration in the selection of materials for trays. With pick & place machines from Schubert, you can now easily switch between plastic and cardboard trays. We will be happy to develop eco-friendly and efficient packaging types and sizes for you.
Do you package confectionery and are looking to increase your sustainability? Are you currently rethinking your entire packaging concept? In addition to switching to recyclable materials, there are many other ways to be more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective.
One option, for example, is to optimise existing packaging in terms of size, material thickness or packing density. For example, by means of more economical blanks, better material utilisation, thinner trays or optimised formats. With our Schubert experts, you have access to over 50 years of experience in automated packaging. Of course, we also consider the many other requirements such as visibility at POS, machine runnability and compatibility with the expectations of your retailers and customers.
Alternatively, we also develop entirely new packaging from sustainable cardboard in our packaging development department. Customised to your product and adapted to the highest demands in terms of machine runnability, cost-effectiveness and process reliability.
When packaging confectionery, high process speeds often come up against sensitive products – a challenge even without eco-friendly packaging materials. But it only makes sense that anything that stabilises and optimises the process can also help make your production more environmentally friendly. Even a reduction in rejects automatically reduces your carbon footprint: If incorrectly packaged goods or unplanned machine downtimes can be avoided, the percentage of confectionery actually sold increases and sustainability rises. Reliable process sequences and high machine availability harbour great potential.
With Schubert, you have an experienced partner at your side: With our know-how, we question the way things are done along the entire process chain, rethink processes and support you with a fresh perspective in redesigning your packaging process. In doing so, we use a holistic approach: from material procurement to packaging design and processing to logistics in delivery and recycling.
For even more sustainability: packaging solutions from Schubert-Consulting
Schubert-Consulting’s cross-market expertise brings together the benefits of many different packaging solutions, combining ideas and best practices to create ideal solutions for sustainable confectionery packaging. With systematic analyses of the entire supply chain from raw material use to the consumer, our experienced consultants determine the optimal solution using a holistic assessment approach. This includes the right materials, specially developed packaging, optimised logistics and the integration of digitalisation and AI – independently of the packaging machine manufacturer.Find out more
At Schubert, we not only talk about solutions, we deliver them – consistently and reliably. This is the basic prerequisite for bringing more sustainable packaging solutions for confectionery to the market. Our many practical examples show how this works: