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Automation Simplifies UK Snack Bars Packaging

Posted by Carla Colwell
27th June, 2023

With the global healthy snack bars market poised to reach more than 5.5% CAGR over the next decade, it is a sector full of opportunity. Still the traditional limitations surrounding collation and cartoning are holding some producers off. We’re here to highlight the sector and show how automation provided the answer for one UK client.


Predicted growth for snack bars packaging

According to industry analysis, the global nutritional snack bars market was valued at USD $6.6 billion in 2022. Based on these and previous numbers, and a range of driving factors in this prominent sector, experts predict healthy growth at a CAGR of 5.5% between 2023 and 2032. In monetary terms, this means that the market value is expected to reach a value of USD $11.5 billion by 2032.


What are the driving forces?

Across the world, an increasing number of consumers are becoming more health conscious, choosing a nutritious snack over a sugary one. This may be for general wellbeing or as part of a dietary or medical requirement. As awareness grows surrounding the health benefits of reducing salt, sugars and fats, the uptake of healthier snack options is rocketing alongside.

The sector is experiencing higher demand for protein and other nutrient-packed snack bars and this is driving the introduction of a much wider range of products as a result. As product ranges expand and choice widens, this will only continue to fuel growth and competition across the sector.

On-the-go food continues to be in high demand and health bars provide the perfect snack for a growing number of consumers. This highly competitive sector brings together these two requirements in the ideal package – which is when it starts to get really interesting.


Collation and cartoning when packaging snack bars

Collation and cartoning on the snack bars packaging line are key points in the journey. This is when individually packaged bars become sorted into the various point-of-sale cartons and readied for distribution.

One snack food bar producer may need to deliver several types of product in differing quantities in a bid to harness the growing opportunities. This needs more than a standard packaging line with a singular approach. The type of flexibility needed for upscaled operation is available in automation.


Case study

At Jacob White, we work closely with our clients to provide tailored packaging lines that meet specific needs. Hand built, our machines are uniquely customised, based on the products, operational processes, required regulatory compliance and other factors specific to the sector.

Our machines also deliver much-needed flexibility and a scalable approach to future operation. This type of future proofing helped one of our clients – twice.

Read the full case study here to find out how they got a handle on three separate collations of health food bars through automation.


Can we help you?

Jacob White packaging machines are built to last; to take your business into the future with the ability to scale operations like never before. Talk to us about how you’d like to approach snack bars packaging and let us help you harness the benefits of this growing sector.

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