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Flexible grated cheese bagging solution

24 January 2020

Due to an increasing order book from sandwich manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and food service providers across Europe, family-run Extons Foods – which previously only supplied sliced cheese – is now producing around 80 tonnes of the grated cheese every week, following investment in a state-of-the-art production line at its purpose-built Manchester facility. 

When the company made the decision to extend its product range, it approached PFM for a solution. The new line features a product elevator, cross feeder, support gantry, multi-head weigher with a 14 head rigidised finish C2 weigher, as well as a Vetta bag maker with rotating crimpers, tape and zip applicators.

Vetta allows easy changeover of bag styles by the operator, rather than engineers, in under 30 minutes. Many of the bags feature a series of folds that make set up difficult on conventional machinery. This machine meets the company’s strick hygiene requirements, with elimination of any flat surfaces and dirt traps, easy access for cleaning and stainless-steel construction.

Grated cheese is now being packed into a variety of bag styles – branded and plain – including 2kg pillow packs, 200-220g stand-up Doy style bags with a zip re-close system and 200-220g Easy Pack bags with a tape re-close system.

Commenting on the project, Liz Parkinson, managing director at Extons Foods, said: “We chose PFM because it has a great reputation in our industry and specialise in grated cheese. The new line is boosting output and has helped the business to grow by delivering more of our products. “We were primarily just a slicing company before PFM put the new line in which has enabled us to expand into grating cheese. Production is flat out so it’s been a good step for us and the business is going from strength to strength and continuing to grow.”

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