Easy-clean conveying systems, versatile precise feeding and specialty extrusion for even the most challenging confectionery products
Growth in the global confectionery industry currently includes three major segments:
- companies making chocolate directly from cocoa beans,
- companies using purchased chocolate to make candy products,
- and companies producing non-chocolate candy.
The non-chocolate candy segment includes a wide variety of products including jellybeans, chewing/bubble gum, licorice and hard candies.
Coperion’s food components fulfill the highest demands in hygiene, ease of cleaning, and gentle product handling. The processes for any one of the above manufacturing segments may involve both batch and continuous operations. The completely integrated material handling and feeding systems supplied by Coperion K-Tron ensure the optimum in accurate, cost efficient and safe process design, for both types of process operations in all three segments. Coperion K-Tron high accuracy feeders and pneumatic conveying systems are used for transfer, weighing and feeding to the batch cookers, or mixers. In addition, Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight (LIW) powder and liquid feeders and Coperion high efficiency extruders are used for the production of a variety of products including caramel and chocolate, chewing gum, licorice and various filled candies. Innovations in both material handling and extrusion for confectionery manufacture are an integral part of the overall Coperion systems solution.
Typical products and ingredients include sugar and sugar based blends, corn syrup solids, licorice, chewing gum and chewing gum base, chocolate crumb, raw and roasted cocoa beans, caramel products, hard and soft candy gels, candy wafers, cocoa powder, maltodextrins and milk powders for chocolate manufacture, pectin, gelatins, chocolate bar inclusions: nuts, raisins, etc.