According to Cecco Giovannini, Goglio is the world leader when it comes to machinery and packaging for the coffee sector. The company employs 1 600 people, has an annual turnover of €341-million (2011) and boasts nine manufacturing sites worldwide dedicated to producing machinery and packaging for multinational companies.
In South Africa coffee consumption has seen a significant rise over the last 15 years, particularly since the concentration of one large player has given way to a number of coffee producers and distributors servicing retailers, restaurants and the hospitality industry, and franchise companies now producing their own brands, making South Africa a dynamic and fast-growing market.
Goglio is a major supplier to the local market for ‘all things’ coffee and Cecco confirms that it now supplies three of the top four coffee producers in South Africa with packaging equipment and coffee valves.
Goglio’s trademarked Fres-co System is its strategy for integrating packaging requirements to fulfil coffee producers’ needs.
At the core of its offering are three elements – packaging material, machines and degassing valves. Goglio’s systems provide a complete integrated process, designed in a modular format to facilitate easy station upgrades as required.
‘Goglio’s long experience and expertise as a key global supplier to this sector enables it to offer a complete range of solutions suitable for ground coffee, beans, pods and pads, packed under vacuum or in a controlled or modified atmosphere, with innovative aesthetics and functional features for the best product preservation,’ Cecco explains.
Preservation and presentation
‘The material used to pack coffee is of great importance,’ stresses Cecco. Goglio offers a range of materials – with aluminium foil laminate for the best oxygen barrier; metallised, light barrier and shiny printing appeal, or aluminium-free and environmentally friendly. Packaging formats include vacuum packs (high mechanical resistance under pressure); soft pack (in different materials for packaging in atmosphere); pre-portioned coffee (for soft pods, pads and capsules); double-wall (for wrinkle-free vacuum packaging); Conor (Goglio’s ‘flexible can’); Co-fres and stand-up pouches (customised premade pouches with zipper and degassing valve); corner seal bags (four-seal bag, perfect for square shapes); and its multipack (for multiple bag overwrapping).
Value-added features for these packs include easy-open solutions, matt with gloss lacquer prints and special effects, as well as resealable closures, such as the tin-tie and zip seal, ideal for flavour preservation.
‘The flexible high-barrier packaging offered by Goglio and supplied as reel stock, pouches or bags, satisfies every packaging requirement. Strict control over laminate production, material and process traceability ensures recorded product life cycle and guarantees the highest possible quality standards,’ Cecco points out.
Automatic packaging lines
According to Cecco, Goglio offers the most comprehensive range of coffee packaging equipment, with integrated solutions for a wide variety of products, available in vacuum or modified atmosphere versions. As one of the world’s leading flexible packaging experts, Goglio offers total integrated solutions – both the filling machines and the flexible materials required. The ability to run a large assortment of heat-sealable materials in a wide range of sizes with various package features is what makes Goglio packaging equipment versatile and easy to use. The equipment utilises roll stock (gravure printed in-house by Goglio or unprinted), preformed bags or pouches. Advanced features limit changeover times between package sizes.
For atmosphere packaging, vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) lines reach speeds up to 110 bags/min and are manufactured to use film supplied in reels for a wide range of bag sizes. A number of bag finishes are possible with this equipment, including flat pouches, gusseted bags with square bottom, straight or folded upper bag flap, half-moon shaped flap for easy opening, folded once or twice, fixed with adhesive tape, glued and fitted with a recloseable tin-tie. These bags also allow the automatic application of Goglio’s one-way degassing valve if required.
For vacuum packaging (or vacuum with inert gas addition packaging) Goglio’s VFFS line also uses reels to form the packs. These machines reach speeds up to 130 bags/min for a range of bag sizes and finishes.
Focus on valves
Goglio’s exclusive and revolutionary one-way degassing valve allows coffee gasses to escape while retaining its natural aroma and preventing oxygen from entering the pack.
‘Goglio invented and patented the first one-way degassing valve during the sixties, which was a complete revolution for coffee packaging,’ Cecco confirms. This valve, applied on a flexible bag, allows the natural degassing of roasted coffee, preserving it from contact with oxygen and maintaining its natural aroma. Since its invention, Goglio’s valve has been imitated worldwide.
The valve is designed to open when the pressure inside the bag is higher than that outside and reclose when degassing is complete.
Options include an outer (for pack aesthetics), an inner (hidden beneath the laminate), ultrasonic sealing (for shorter sealing time to increase output rates), high flow (for heavily degassing products), high pressure (for rigid and semi-rigid packs that undergo wide pressure changes), thin (for low-impact on pack surface), low-opening pressure (for a light swelling effect), and extra filter (for extremely fine powders).
Goglio also manufactures valve applicators, installed on its own equipment and also suitable for its competitors’ machines. Two types of applicators are available – heat sealing, for applying directly on pre-made bags during bag making; or ultrasonic for quicker sealing on high-speed lines.
‘What sets Goglio apart from its competitors, other than exceptional quality, is that it not only supplies coffee filling machinery but vast range of packaging solutions and degassing valves, too. It’s a turnkey solution dedicated to cover the whole coffee packaging market,’ Cecco concludes.