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Flexible packaging solution for cheese products

01 June 2020

PFM Packaging Machinery’s range of equipment has helped a cheese manufacturer in Ireland to diversify and expand into new markets supplying food wholesalers, distributors, caterers and retailers. 

Due to the growing demand for its block, grated and sliced products, Bandon Vale Cheese – now part of Bandon Co-operative – has ordered another complete packaging system from PFM.
The new line allows the company to double its production capacity for grated cheese and comprises of a complete system taking cheese shred from a tumble drum to a 16-head weigher which discharges into two Vetta II bag makers.  The latest MK II version of this versatile vertical form, fill and seal machine will produce a range of ‘stand-up pouches’ with a zip reclose and also standard Pillow Pack.
Commenting on the project, Andy Mahon, founder and director of Bandon Vale Cheese, says that PFM’s packaging machinery has been a key factor in maintaining the company’s growth, from a dozen people producing 200 tonnes of cheese per year to the firm’s current workforce of 200, supplying key retailer brands in Ireland and Europe with 20,000 tonnes of cheese products annually. Its wide selection of pre-packed products makes it  vital for the company’s packaging equipment to be flexible and totally reliable. 
Mahon said: “PFM knows our business, gives us continuity of operation, short lead times and great customer service. We have grown immensely over the last 20 years and PFM has contributed to our success by supplying equipment that has enabled us to make quantum leaps in servicing customers’ requirements. We now have eight lines and 90% of our packaging machinery is from PFM.”
PFM’s Vetta bagging machine meets demands for pack versatility and variety by providing over 20 different bag styles from a single machine in addition to traditional pillow packs, with speeds of up to 80 bags a minute dependent upon pack style and product. These include block bottom stand-up pouches, PFM's Steelo four corner seal stand-up bags, Amcor's Flexcan pouch design and also reclosable bags, using adhesive, zipper profile or a hook to loop closure system. MAP facilities can also be fitted for extended shelf life.

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