To keep up with increasing demand, Red Bay, Alabama-based World Pet recently installed its sixth fill/seal packaging system: a Robert’s Series Pre-Made Fill-Seal Standup Pouch Machine from Cloud Packaging Equipment. According to World Pet, the machine fills about 40 pre-made bags per minute.
The pet food company packages a variety of treats under its own name, including jerky strips, meatballs, kabobs and bacon strips. It also co-packs for several major brands. Demand for its products and its amount of co-packing customers continue to grow, according to World Pet Vice President of Manufacturing Phil Bates.
World Pet now has three Roberts 1500 and three Roberts 1750 machines spread across three facilities. According to the company, using these two models allows it to package products ranging in weight from a few ounces to over five pounds.
Bates said his company has been using the Robert’s Series machines since 2009. He praised the machines’ ability to handle odd-shaped products. Bates said:
“(These machines) are very good at low waste generation on the packaging material. Moving to the Robert’s series from our previous machines greatly improved our rates per minute of packaging. It dramatically reduced packaging waste.”