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Canned hot and cold meats from Almelo.

Canned Hot and Cold Meats from Almelo

Princes, the Brand leader in the expanding 18m [Pounds] Stewed Steak market has relaunched its canned meat products using the new livery which has been introduced over the last couple of years. Added to the range are Stewed Steak and Kidney, Minced Beef with Onions and Gravy, as well as Jumbo Hot Dogs and Cocktail Sausages in Brine launched into the growing Hot Dogs market. Furthermore Princes have extended their range of Canned Cold Meats by the introduction of Smoked Ham and Honey Cured Ham, as well as extending their Canned Poultry range with the introduction of Cured Chicken Breat and Cured Turkey Breast.

With a Premium Brand like Princes, using great expertise in sourcing each product and keeping a careful eye on quality at every stage, the company chose Van der Laan in Holland as their packer for the new rnage.

Mr Aldo Van der Laan, Managing Director of the privately owned Dutch group told us that this company had a turnover of around 250m [Pounds] and was the largest pork processor in Europe. The company has a number of processing plants located throughout Holland as well as subsiduaries in the UK, Rea Valley and Pure Drive.

The Almelo plant in the East of Holland, where the Princes canned meats are being produced has recently undergone a major refurbishment with heavy investment in slaughtering equipment for the fresh meat division to enable closer control of raw material. On site bacterialogical and microbiological laboratories complement standard quality control proceedures.

The factory was built in 1983 and became fully operational in 1987; employing 250 staff on a 25,000 sq.m. site, the through-put is between 1100/1200 tonnes per week. New equipment for machine deboning was operational during our visit. The main supplier of equipment in the butchery hall was Langen. The new plant, part of which was only complete in mi-1990, was mostly from Wolfking. The new canning lines and ancillary plant included Leeubaker retorts, IMC seamers and new Apollon seamers. The packaging lines were from Walker Hagon and Breda, and finally an impressive fully automatic palletisation system which are a tribute to careful planning and a desire to have the finest equipment available.

MACROPAK and the Environment

The Dutch Packaging exhibition, Macropack will be taking place at the Jaarbeurs exhibition centre in Utrecht from 15th to 19th April this year. With over 60 percent of all packaging being used by the food and horticultural industries in Holland and bearing in mind that packaging has played an important part in helping the exports of fruit and vegetables, the packaging industry is taking note of pressure from environmental groups and consumers to help cut packaging waste, with a plan for a 5 percent reduction in packaging use by 1994 and 10 percent reduction by the year 2000.

The exhibition this year will cover around 45,000 sq.m. of stand space with over 800 companies from 30 countries, furthermore it will fill all nine halls of the Jaarbeurs complex. National groups will be coming from the UK, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Taiwan, Spain and Sweden. Three years since the last Marcropack, the organisers tell us that the exhibition is gaining in popularity and they are expecting over 40,000 visitors; last time 15 percent came from outside Holland. The Dutch packaging machinery makers will all be present.

Coinciding with the exhibition, the 7th IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place at the Utrecht Fairgrounds.

PHOTO : Seamers and Can Lines at Van der Laan

PHOTO : Stacking and Palletising Can at Amelo
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Date:Feb 1, 1991
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