In recent years, there have been significant changes and advancements in the industrial packaging of chocolate bars. These changes are driven by various factors such as consumer demands, environmental concerns, and technological innovations.

One of the most significant trends in the packaging of chocolate bars is the shift towards sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of packaging waste, and manufacturers are responding by exploring new packaging materials that are recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable. Some of the eco-friendly packaging materials currently in use include paper, cardboard, and bioplastics made from plant-based materials such as cornstarch.

Another emerging trend in industrial packaging is the use of minimalist designs that emphasize the product itself. Brands are opting for clean, simple packaging that showcases the chocolate bar’s texture and color, instead of elaborate designs and graphics. This approach is especially popular among artisanal and premium chocolate brands, which seek to highlight the quality and uniqueness of their products.

Another trend in the packaging of chocolate bars is the use of smart packaging technology. Smart packaging refers to packaging that incorporates sensors, indicators, or other electronic components that can provide information about the product or interact with the consumer. Smart packaging designs may include QR codes or augmented reality elements that allow the customer to interact with the brand identity more.

How We Have Responded To Sustainability

Types of Packaging Films 

Paper Based Films

First and foremost, paper-based films are more environmentally friendly than traditional plastic films. Plastic is known to contribute significantly to pollution and can take hundreds of years to decompose in the environment. In contrast, paper-based films are made from renewable resources and can be recycled or composted after use, reducing waste and environmental impact. This makes them an attractive option for environmentally conscious consumers and companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint.

Additionally, paper-based films have a natural, organic aesthetic that appeals to many consumers. Chocolate is often associated with natural, wholesome ingredients, and paper-based films help to reinforce this image. Minimalist designs and natural textures can make the product stand out on the shelf and appeal to consumers who prioritize sustainability and natural ingredients.

Finally, paper-based films offer a superior sensory experience for consumers. The texture and feel of the packaging can add to the overall enjoyment of the product. Paper-based films can provide a unique tactile experience, with a soft, matte finish that feels luxurious to the touch. This can create a more premium image for the product, which can appeal to consumers looking for a high-end chocolate experience.

Laminated OPP

Metallised OPP film, for example, is created by depositing a thin layer of metal (such as aluminum) onto the surface of the film. This metallised layer acts as a barrier against moisture, oxygen, and other gases, helping to extend the shelf life of products by protecting them from external factors that can cause spoilage. Additionally, metallised films have a reflective surface that can be used for branding and aesthetic purposes, making them an attractive option for confectionary and chocolate products.

PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride)/acrylic coated films are another modification of OPP film that enhances its barrier properties. PVDC is a highly effective barrier against moisture and oxygen, while acrylic provides added toughness and adhesion. This combination creates a film with exceptional barrier properties, making it an ideal choice for products that require extended shelf life, such as snack foods & confectionery.

Both these styles of printing take advantage of reverse printing which allows brands to have more developed colour textures for branding their products.

Shrink Wrap

Shrink-wrapping chocolate & Confectionary boxes is a popular packaging method that offers several benefits for both manufacturers and consumers. Such as tamper-proofing, durability and visibility. Here at Record we can offer our High Performance Shrink material which shrinks at 80% lower tempatures than regular films. This material can be made using Poly Ethonal and with 30% recyled material to maintain minimal CO2  emissions for our value concious customer.

Packaging Machine Applications For Chocolate & Confectionary

Flow Wrapping Applications 

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Individual Chocolates / Videos to Be Added:

High Speed Indvidual Chocolates / Videos to Be Added:

When evaluating the specification for flow wrapping chocolate bars and confectionary there are several additional features that you can consider adding to your flow wrapper for enhanced performance and convenience. These features will differ depending on film, desired speed and product characteristics. If you are using heat seal film and running at speeds under 200 pieces a minute than you may want to look at cooling deck plates to prevent the melting of your product. If you are running at higher speeds with cold seal material we can look at several different options to maximise your performance output. Please see videos above for recent references.

Line for Multipack Crisps / Videos to Be Added:

When designing a machine for multipack crisps modifcations to the infeed, backseal rollers and jaws are recomended. Often a gusseting device can be added to give the bag a perfect finish. Similarly we can add several different designs for overhead conveyors perfected by our inhouse team of engineers to provide the perfect tension for transfering the product from the folding box through the jaws. Finally we can create custom FDA approved nylon inverse lugs using our in house selective laser sintering printer for optimised control and loading on the infeed.

Other Examples Of Recent Projects Flow Wrapping

Chewing Gum Line / Videos to Be Added:

Box Motion Shirnk Wrapping Chocolates/ Videos to Be Added:

Vertical Form Film Seal

Indvidual Crisp Packs / Video to be Added

Sweets & Dried Fruits / Rose Manufacturing

Shrink Wrapping

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Suitable Machines

Machines suitable for Chocolate & Confectionary