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Sealed Air to unveil new Cryovac system for whole bird packaging

Packaging solutions provider Sealed Air is set to unveil a new integrated equipment and material solution for poultry processors at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in the US.

The event will take place between 30 January and 1 February at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

At the event, the company will exhibit Cryovac whole bird automation systems that will allow processors to balance the need for packaging, helping to maintain shelf-appeal and food safety.

Sealed Air Food Care North American poultry marketing director Larry Churchwell said: “We understand that challenges in operational efficiency can lead to increased waste and impact our customers’ ability to be profitable.

“By helping our customers automate the most physically demanding aspects of their processes, we can help them get more functional hours out of their production shifts while improving product quality and food safety.”

The Cryovac system is said to automate labor-intensive tasks of packaging whole poultry, including hock breaking, bag loading and vacuum sealing.

The system includes components such as Cryovac HBX series hockbreaker, Cryovac BL220 automatic bag loader, Cryovac 8600E series rotary chamber vacuum system and Cryovac ST101 shrink tunnel.

Cryovac system enables one operator to package an average of 45 birds per minute through incorporating four pieces of equipment with an advanced shackle line and conveyor system.

In December 2017, Sealed Air announced that it is investing $10.4m over three years in Caldwell County as it expands its manufacturing plant in Lenoir, North Carolina, US.

The Lenoir project will renovate the facility, add new equipment and improve production capacity. The company will create 25 jobs.