SternMaid expands sachet filling capacity in Germany

SternMaid has commissioned a second packaging line that allows flexible filling of different types of powdered food supplements such as dry beverage bases or vitamin blends

SternMaid's sachet filling line in Wittenburg, Germany

The German contract manufacturer and co-packing specialist SternMaid has commissioned a second packaging line for single-portion bags, so-called sachets with a filling weight of 5 g each.

The new line has been installed in Plant 2, which was built specially for retail products on the company’s site in Wittenburg near Hamburg. The sachet line’s precise metering system permits flexible filling of different types of powdered foods and food supplements such as dry beverage bases or vitamin blends.

SternMaid meets the quality and safety standards with protective screening and metal detection. A calibrated checkweigher also examines each individual sachet for the correct weight and automatically rejects any bags that are not within the specified filling range.

SternMaid’s Commercial Manager, Mark Riemer, explained that single-portion packs like sachets have a multitude of uses and are becoming more and more popular in practically all fields because they enable manufacturers to adjust their products to consumers’ active lifestyles.

“Since our first sachet line was reaching the limits of its capacity, we decided to acquire a second filling unit,” said Riemer. “That helps us respond more flexibly to the different demands of the market and meet our customers’ precise requirements.”

Sachets are well received by both the trade and consumers, not least because of their light weight, good barrier properties and easy handling.

Interest in companies offering high-quality contract services is increasing continuously, and more and more manufacturers are glad to make use of these possibilities. One of the reasons is that product life cycles are becoming shorter all the time. Products have to reach market maturity faster against a background of rapidly changing market conditions.

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