The number of single occupancy households in South Africa is on the rise, and it’s that social shift that is driving the change in the way that food, including snacks and confectionery, is consumed. In fact, the most recent data shows that out of all households in the country, single occupancy homes have increased from 16 percent overall in 1996 to 18 percent in 2007 (this means an increase of 290.000 households) – this rate is predicted to increase well into the future – this rate is predicted to increase well into the future.
With fluctuating wage levels and the rising number of single households, consumers’ attitudes are changing and they are seeking a more convenient, cost-effective way of purchasing their food, snacks and pharmaceutical products – in the form of smaller, single-serve packs. With less mouths to feed and less free income to spend, the need to buy bulk products to feed a family of four, for example, is quickly becoming redundant, which means less and smaller packaging is required – indeed, less is now more.
To address these trends, Bosch will launch its SVI 2600 vertical bagger into the South African market. The machine is specifically designed to serve a wide range of packaging applications, including confectionery, snacks, grains and other food and non-food products, ideal for the local market. The BVK 2000 A will complete the line-up, designed to deliver increased efficiency to your flow wrapping operation, able to wrap one or several candies in a single pack with speeds up to 2,000 pieces per minute, ideal for producers in the quickly evolving markets of candies and chewing gum.
To learn more about the full range of technologies, and to see a number of machines first hand, visit Bosch at Propak Africa in the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa, from March 15 to 18 in hall 6, booth 6F6.
General manager, Bosch Packaging Technology South Africa
phone: +27(11) 651-9627