Efficient packaging line for premium pet food
Efficient packagingline for premium petfood in brief
Jonker Petfood focuses on producing dry pet food for dogs and cats in the basic, medium and premium segments for international private labels. The company works to the highest quality assurance standards to continuously guarantee high-quality pet food for its customers. They have selected us as their partner for the packaging process with an efficient packagingline for premium petfood.
Leepack stazak machine
Fast service is essential for any company’s continuity and Omori Europe have never disappointed us in the time we have done business with them
We are visiting Jonker Petfood today – a family business with a rich history that goes back to 1937. The company’s relocation to the current site in Waalwijk in 1992 was an important milestone. It created opportunities for innovation; the latest filling lines, extra warehouse and office space and hyper-modern production and packaging machines. Since January 1st of this year, Jonker has been part of United Petfood Producers, a family business from Belgium, and has thus become one of the 14 production locations. As a business that produces 80,000 tons of pet food per annum and supplies products to 38 countries worldwide, Jonker Petfood is one of the largest producers of dry pet food for dogs and cats.
Martin Sonneveld, the company’s production director, takes us on a tour of the factory and told us how he came to Jonker. “I wasn’t looking for another job at all. I worked in construction and was a keen footballer. Jonker Petfood was a sponsor of Achilles Veen at the time. I got into a conversation with Mr Jonker while enjoying a drink after one of the matches and he invited me to visit the plant. That was 30 years ago. I started out as 2nd assistant on the production line and have worked at pretty much every station in the factory. That experience comes in handy every day”.
High quality assurance standards
Jonker Petfood focuses on producing dry pet food for dogs and cats in the basic, medium and premium segments for international private labels. The company works to the highest quality assurance standards to continuously guarantee high-quality pet food for its customers.
“The first checks take place when the raw materials arrive. All the ingredients are subjected to an infrared scan, analysis and testing in our own laboratory. They are only unloaded if they comply with our standards and those of the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority)”, Martin Sonneveld tells us.
Clear trend in the efficient packaging of premium pet food
Production and packaging are two separate processes at Jonker Petfood. The ‘reform’, Martin’s name for optimisation and automation of both the production and packaging processes within the company, has really paid off, he tells us. “We know exactly where everything is at any time during the day, what the ‘Best Before’ date is and when we need to produce a new batch in order to have stock constantly available for our customers. Each product is given a unique code after the production process so that we can apply the ‘first in, first out’ principle.”
The pellets are packaged when the customer places an order. The big bags of end product are filled directly from the finished product silo or removed from the warehouse and transported to the packaging line for portioning and packaging in stand-up pouches. In the Netherlands, Jonker Petfood was one of the first companies to process fresh meat on 2 extruder lines to produce premium pet food. Salmon, lamb, chicken and beef are now processed into chunks 3 days a week.
“We see a clear market trend towards premium quality and more luxurious ingredients in the chunks”, Martin continues. “This has also resulted in increased demand for the smaller packaging sizes and an increased number of smaller batches. As a result, we have had to structure the entire organisation much more flexibly in comparison to the set-up for producing large packaging sizes. Four years ago, we only produced 10 to 25 kilogram bags on automated machinery”.
“When your company needs to fill product in small packages with a nice seal, Omori is the first name that springs to mind. Fast service is essential for any company’s continuity and Omori have never disappointed us in the time we have done business with them.”
Production director Jonker Petfood B.V.
”When we need you, we know we can rely on a good outcome”
“At the recommendation of Votech (editor’s note: a supplier of large-bag filling machines), we looked at Omori Europe’s products at a trade fair and then set up a meeting with them. Erwin Middelhoff (editor’s note: Sales Director at Omori Europe) invited us to test the Leepack packaging machinery in the demo area at your factory. The results were so good that the first weighing and packaging line with a weigher, platform and packaging machine was installed here and in full production just a few months later. We are now able to fill and seal pouches and bags ranging from 40 grams to 8 kilograms completely automatically and our packaging costs have reduced significantly.”
Expansion of production capacity with Omori’s efficient packagingline for premium petfood
“The changeover times are short, the line is easy to operate and our packaging process is more efficient because we have less downtime”. When Jonker Petfood expanded its production capacity, installing a further two complete packaging lines from Omori Europe was the logical choice after the successful purchase of the first line.
Innovation and investment are on Martin’s mind every day and he likes to lead the way. “If we want to continue to meet the needs of our customers, we will have to excel in other areas as well as supplying high-quality pet food. We continue to improve our warehousing, packaging, transport and delivery processes. Jonker Petfood is very happy with the collaboration with Omori. “Our customers expect us to react very quickly, so we expect the same of our partners. The lines of communication are short and when we need you, we know we can rely on a good outcome”.
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