With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group is launching a compact labeler to market. The machine will be premiered at this year’s drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany.
The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 bottles per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of craft breweries and spirits bottlers. The Innoket Roland 40 can be fitted with various labeling stations and is characterized by its ease of use and the accustomed high standard of quality offered by KHS.
“The new machine is specially geared towards lines with a smaller output,” explained Cornelius Adolf, labeling product manager at KHS. During development particular attention was paid to simple operation and a high degree of economy. The table machine is not only of interest to craft breweries but also to companies in the food and non-food industries, such as manufacturers of canned food, pet food or shampoo.
In its standard version the Innoket Roland 40 comes with two cold glue stations. This allows shoulder and neck labels to be applied at two levels by the first station, for instance, with the second station affixing back labels to the bottles. Alternatively, self-adhesive stations, a combination of cold glue and self-adhesive technology and hot melt labeling processes can be used.
Proven components from the high-capacity range
Inside the Innoket Roland 40 are countless quality-determining components taken from the established high-performance KHS Innoket Neo labeling machine. These include the carousel, infeed and discharge stars, folding doors, installation and format parts and guides and on the cold glue station the gripper cylinder and label magazine. The servo feed screw found on the Innoket Neo has also been applied and integrated here, permitting gentle bottle stops.
Plenty of upwards scope
The new KHS development also provides many different opportunities for extension, enabling individual labeling tasks to be realized. It is possible, for example, to equip the Innoket Roland 40 with the KHS VarioDrive electronic bottle plate control system.
Other options include mechanical alignment by side or base notch or swing-top closure in the infeed star and the fitting of traveling applicators, the latter used for cap or lid labels. L- and U-shaped labels – such as for the tax revenue stamps on spirits bottles – can also be labeled and rolled on.
Optional sensors check for the presence of labels at certain points, for example in the label magazine or on the gluing roller, and for other factors such as broken bottles. With its many expansion options the KHS Innoket Roland 40 is thus perfectly suited to cater for all requirements in the small capacity range.
Australia’s new country of origin food labelling laws come into effect on July 1, 2016. The new labels will indicate if food is grown or made in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients.
The government has justified the new laws on the basis of the consumer’s right to know where their food is grown and processed. The immediate event that led to the current laws was public concern over the safety of imported frozen berries. The new labels will make it clearer where food is produced, grown, made and packed.
Why stop at country of origin?
Our food choices have far greater consequences than simply where our food is grown and processed. Our everyday food choices have a significant influence on our health and environmental footprint, as well as on ethical issues associated with how food is produced.
So why stop at country of origin? Consumers also have a right to information on the environmental impacts and ethical consequences of their food choices.
The Australian experience suggests while food labels may be necessary, they are not sufficient to ensure healthy eating. Despite existing dietary guidelines, food labels and healthy eating campaigns, Australia has a high and growing percentage of obese and overweight people.
We consume far too few serves of whole fruit and vegetables, and far too many discretionary foods (“treats” that aren’t nutritious). Already there are a plethora of food labels making health claims, but as the Heart Foundation Tick controversy (where fast food outlets were able to use the Heart Foundation Tick) made clear, there remains the need for government oversight and auditing of claims.
Globally, there is growing interest in the concept of sustainable diets, which combine healthy diets with reduced environmental impacts. Small shifts in our diet can accumulate large benefits for public health and for the health of the planet.
Although still at an early stage, there is emerging consensus on what constitutes a sustainable diet including increasing vegetable and pulse consumption, reducing consumption of highly processed food, moderating meat consumption – particularly processed meat – and minimising food waste.
The question of whether or not dietary guidelines should consider environmental criteria remains contentious. For example, not all members of society would necessarily benefit from a reduction in red meat consumption, but for those consuming quantities of red meat above the Australian Dietary Guidelines, a reduction would have both health and greenhouse gas emissions reduction benefits.
A less contentious intervention would be to target a reduction in consumption of discretionary foods. These contribute to excessive energy intake and also contribute to dietary greenhouse gas emissions while offering little nutritional value. Any moderation of their consumption from the current 36% of energy intake for the average Australian, would result in public health and environmental benefits.
The European Commission is already well down the path of implementing a voluntary environmental labelling system known as the Product Environmental Footprint. Several of the pilot studies have involved food and grocery products.
What makes a good food label?
Food labels are most effective in “nudging” behaviour at the point of purchase. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to comprehend a complicated message, so the label needs to be clear, quickly recognisable and unambiguous.
The new country of origin food labels score well on this criteria.
Another effective scheme is the Red Tractor food label used in the UK that provides consumers with assurance that specific guidelines for animal welfare, food safety, food sustainability and traceability have been observed during production and processing.
Consumers need to have confidence in the label, trust in the authority behind it, and belief that it represents their best interests.
The arguments for greater scope in food labelling include:
the consumer has a right to know the environmental and ethical consequences of their food choices
environmental labelling could support more sustainable food consumption and production, making a significant contribution to mitigation of climate change. This can be seen as an extension of water and energy efficiency labelling schemes, which are mandatory for many home appliances
a nationally coordinated food labelling scheme could protect consumers from spurious or misleading claims if surveilled by a legislated authority such as the ACCC
Australian food exports would be appropriate for international markets.
The arguments against greater scope in food labelling include:
greater compliance costs and complexity for industry, especially smaller businesses, and greater administration costs for taxpayers
environmental imperatives must not lead to negative health outcomes for people.
Where to next for food labelling?
Perhaps it is inevitable there will be an increase in food labelling in Australia. As labelled products from other countries enter Australia, local consumers will begin to question why we don’t have similar schemes.
Our food exporting sector will also be increasingly exposed to expectations from supply chain partners and retailers in destination countries.
Consumers seeking complex foods with a short and simple ingredient list are being encouraged to visit the 2015 Food ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients event.
Approximately 60 per cent of European consumers look at the ingredient list and claims on the back, suggesting that they are demanding shorter and more recognisable ingredient lists on the foods they buy.
Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, said “This demand for clean labels has now brought the need for clear labelling equally to the fore.”
For a product to be marked as “Free from artificial ingredients”, producers tend to incorporate as many natural ingredients as possible –highlighting the naturalness and origin to the customer.
By reformulating products to explore new avenues of communication, Williams believes that the broader industry will be encouraged to move to clearer and simpler claims and packaging designed for maximum transparency.
Although there are no standard labelling applications in place in the industry, ‘a clean label’ that signifies the removal of ingredients from the formulation can ensure that the product ranges meet quality standards without compromising the brand.
Williams claims that customers will soon have the potential to turn to the company for possibilities to replace cost-intensive ingredients such as fat or proteins with starch from the Clean Label Range.
A number of Avery Dennison innovations designed to push sustainable growth will be showcased at Labelexpo Asia 2015, as part of the Shanghai New International expo Centre in December.
According to Carmen Chua, vice president and general manager of Materials Group North Asia, Avery Dennison developed a unique set of label and packaging solutions to help converters deliver greater values to brand owners.
“This year our booth will feature six interactive zones, focusing on the key benefits of enhanced shelf appeal, productivity, functionality, sustainability, Select Solutions™ portfolio and services,” she said.
Avery Dennison’s Mix & Match service offers over 20 application-specific portfolios that give label converters a fast and simple route to unique labelling solutions for brand owners.