As food industry labelling becomes increasingly complicated, the pioneering Makro labeller range has truly come into its own
The history of Bart Spices spans back to 1963 when husband and wife team Reg and Jo Bartlam began selling herb and spice racks from their Bristol home. And so, the Bart Spices company was born.
Since then, Bart have steadily grown to become one of Britain’s largest herbs and spices companies and have retained their independence by joining the Fuchs Group, a German family owned business.
The Bart team are always searching globally to find new and exciting ingredients and flavours to lead to an amazing taste. They combine the best chefs & finest ingredients for flavours with a liberal dash of imagination.
Such has been the growth in recent times that the labelling machines on the production lines in Bristol needed to be upgraded and an order has been placed with Makro Labelling UK for a MAK 3 labeller, which will be installed in an expanded new production facility in the summer of 2020.
Richard Portman, Managing Director of Makro Labelling UK, said of this latest order into the UK food industry: “This is a very interesting project for us as the new MAK 3 will be applying labels on to both round plastic pots and square tins at 150 c.p.m.
He added: “The MAK 3 will be applying a ‘U’-shaped watch strap label over the cap via a labelling station mounted over the labeller infeed starwheel, on the square tins, body and back labels will also be applied. However, on the round containers we will apply a wraparound, self-adhesive Body label.”
To ensure the labels have been applied correctly, the MAK 3 will utilise the patented Alice camera-based label inspection system to check for correct label presence/correct barcode and label positioning verification.
Richard continued: “We have a number of significant orders from the food industry in the UK, where I believe the flexibility of the Makro labeller range is being embraced. “The food industry is having to include much more information on their labels, which has meant that many have had to move from a single front label application to either full wrapround or body and back and sometimes neck label as well, so making label application more complicated than the industry was used to. The Makro technology fits the bill perfectly from both an application and price perspective.”