Max Weiss Lebkuchenfabrik Neu-Ulm GmbH has been producing traditional German gingerbread cookies – known as lebkuchen and referred to as “brown goods” – in Neu-Ulm, Germany, since 1925. More than 270 employees produce about three metric tons of dough per hour, which is equivalent to some 60 to 70 metric tons per day. The top secret ingredients are weighed and combined according to traditional recipes. Only once the raw materials have undergone strict quality control checks is the finished dough molded into shape, either as pastries or cakes. The gingerbread is baked at 300 degrees Celsius, after which specific ingredients are added to give it the typical lebkuchen taste. But how exactly is the finished pastry packaged?
Once they leave the production line, the delicious goods are packaged by six vertical form, fill and seal machines supplied by Bosch Packaging Technology’s location in Weert, the Netherlands. The packaging process for the chocolate-covered pretzels, stars and filled hearts has strict hygiene requirements and demands an airtight seal. Our film crew visited the factory to see how the process works. The following video shows the production line and subsequent packaging process in action.
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