Packaging – Chocolate friendly, environmentally friendly.
A chocolate bar without packaging is not only wrapperless and looks like any other chocolate bar. It is unfit to be transported to chocolate lovers all over the world. Therefore, it needs suitable packaging. It needs a wrapper that not only protects it from cold weather, heat, flavour-loss, and damage, but which also makes it easy to spot your favourite variety.
Chocolate is immediately packaged after it has been made. After cooling, moulded chocolate bars are taken to packaging machines by way of a buffer area. This buffer area enables smooth operation of the moulding process, independent of short stops by the fully automated packaging machines.
There are different kinds of machines to package chocolate. There are fold wrapping, insertion, cartoning, and form fill seal machines. RITTER SPORT has used modern, specially sealed single material packaging for a long time. This is in contrast to most other chocolate manufacturers, who still first package their chocolate in aluminium foil and then in paper or card.
The packaging material, which runs from large rolls, and the chocolate squares on the conveyor belt, approach one another. Formed wrapping closes around each square in a fraction of a second. At the same time, the handy, snap-open pack is automatically creased back and the golden fins on each end are sealed and cut. In a very short time, this creates the perfect chocolate for when you are on the go.
Recyclable RITTER SPORT single material packaging made from polypropylene is impermeable to light and odour. This provides optimal product and flavour protection. In comparison to conventional long bar packaging, its minimal weight allows significant savings in packaging material. This amounts to 1000 tons a year. Because it can be recycled, it is also possible for our packaging material to be reused.
About 380 100g squares can be packed per minute, by just one machine. About 2.7 million 100g squares pass through our packaging machines at RITTER SPORT each day. That is the same weight as 100 elephants. Stacked on top of each other, this would make a tower 150 times higher than the Stuttgart TV tower.
The packaged bars are then transported to a central storage depot. Here they are packed in shelf cartons, stand up displays, counter displays, cartons, and other forms of packaging. The delicious chocolate squares can now make their way, via retailers, to chocolate lovers in over 80 countries around the world.
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