farmer with produce7. How can the COMESA / BABA Partnership change Africa?

Clifton Packaging Group Plc are committed to actively take on these challenges and move forward into action with the assistance of COMESA to launch its first Flag Ship, Centre of Excellence in Zambia in partnership with Clifton Packaging. This will mean collaboration between the two.

African agriculture and rural sectors have always suffered from neglect and underinvestment over a long period of time and a very small amount of official investment assistance goes to the rural areas. Harnessing this BABA/COMESA partnership will potentially contribute to the development, which will require success in two important areas: improving smallholder competitiveness, in high and medium areas, where returns to investment are highest, giving more people access to high quality packaged food products. Value addition means: better return and quality of life for the people producing the food products.

Clifton Packaging Group Plc has a wealth of knowledge & expertise in:

Packaging Machinery

Clifton are a specialist supplier of a wide range of food processing and packaging machinery. The machines range from small, low cost snack manufacturing to high volume packaging lines. The packaging machines can handle sweets, nuts, chocolates, cereals, pulses, liquids, powders and much more, complete solutions offered with our own in-house design team and engineering support team which will enable us to provide the BABA/COMESA Centre's of Excellence with a one stop shop for all the packaging machinery requirements.

Small Pillow Pack

This is a fully automatic line, 70 packets per minute, ideally suited for packaging free flowing granular products. This packaging line will comfortably pack all the products coming from the circular frying line and other free flowing products as well. Pack weights can range from 20 grams up to 1 kilo. The pack format is a straight pillow pack.

Large Pillow Packs

As above, but will produce 50 packets per minute, Pack weights can range from 100 grams up to 2 kilos. Auger filling machine Powder products - such as Gram, Ugali, Sugar, Wheat flour, Sorghum, Ground Spices, African Spices and other powder type products. This is a fully automatic packing line, 50 packets per minute, pack weights can range from 100 grams up to 2 kilos. The pack format is a straight pillow pack.

Quad Bags - Quad Seal Packing Machine

This is a fully automatic packing line, 80 packets per minute, ideally suited for packing free flowing granular products. This packing line will comfortably pack all the products coming from circular frying line and other free flowing products as well. Pack weights can range from 100grams up to 5kg. The pack format is a side gusseted pack with quad seals. Popcorn Popping machine - This is a semiautomatic Popping machine for making Sweet Popcorn and Salted Popcorn. This machine can Pop 25kg per machine hour.

Packaging Materials ( especially for Agro Food Products)

Good quality packaging is important as it aids food distribution, and rapid reliable distribution helps local food surpluses, allowing consumers more choice in the food available and helps reduce malnutrition. Packaging also reduces post harvest losses, which together with giving access to larger markets, allows producers to increase their incomes. Therefore, it is important and crucial to have adequate packaging. Brief history of materials used in the earliest times for domestic storage and local sales

Leaves - readily available, and were used as wrappers for products such as cooked foods that were quickly consumed.

Wood - wooden containers protect against crushing, have good stacking characteristics, were traditionally used as shipping containers for a wide Varity of foods including fruits, vegetables and bakery products.

Leather - generally made from camel, pig or kid goat hides and have traditionally been used as flexible, lightweight, non-breakable containers for water, milk and wine.

Pottery - is still used domestically in most developing countries for storage of liquid and solid food such as milk, yogurt, beer, dried foods, etc.. If glazed and well sealed, they prevent oxygen, moisture and light from entering the food and are therefore suitable for storing wines and oils.

Glass or Plastic - containers have largely replaced pottery because of its height, weight, fragility but a disadvantage for adequately cleaning container for re-use.

Metal Containers - there are two basic types of metal cans: those that are sealed using 'double seal' and are used to make canned foods

Overall, these materials have been developed over the last 200-300 years and are main types of packaging used by small-scale food processors.

Paper and Cardboard - are made from wood pulp and additives are mixed into the pulp to give particular properties to the packaging and are still widely used throughout the world.

Flexible Plastic Films - In general, flexible plastic films have relatively low cost and good barrier properties against moisture and gases, they are heat sealed to prevent leakage of contents, they add little weight to the product and they fit closely to the shape of the food, thereby, wasting little space during storage and distribution. They are easy to handle and convenient for the manufacturer, retailer and consumer. There is wide choice of plastic films made from different types of plastic polymer, each can have ranges of mechanical, optical, thermal and moisture/gas barrier properties and are produced by variations in film thickness (e.g. polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene). Typically, the information required includes: type of plastic polymer(s) required thickness/strength; moisture and gas permeability, heat seal temperature, printability on one or both sides and suitability for use on the intended filling machinery.

Packaging available from Clifton contain the following material:-

Polypropylene - a clear glossy film with high strength and puncture resistance. It is widely used to pack biscuits, snack foods and dried foods

Laminated Films - lamination (bonding together of two or more films improves the appearance, barrier properties or mechanical strength of a package. Some examples of the films are, snack foods, bakery products, confectionery, meats, cooked foods, ice, soups and dried foods etc

Knowledge Transfer Programme

Create Centre’s of Excellence within the COMESA Region to help improve competitiveness and productivity through a better understanding and use of knowledge, technology and facilitate transfer of skills and expertise in the Agro Food Processing and Packaging with a view to expanding and improving performance. Key areas in which the Centre’s of Excellence will excel in would be the following, Creative, dynamic and innovative solutions for packaging, access to a vast bank of knowledge from experts who will help take the business forward by improving on the existing 'poor quality' packaging, implementing a marketing strategy, firstly for African market and at a later stage enter into new markets abroad.

Technical Expertise

At Clifton, we provide our clients with the best possible service and assist them with their organisational objectives, not simply supplying machinery. We follow a solution driven approach which has evolved after years of solid experience in the packaging industry. This involves the ideal combination of our sales force and engineering teams to come up with an integrated solution for our clients.

Our in-house design studio can help clients gain significant advantages by understanding the whole process of innovation from design concept and packaging materials to printing and converting. Our studio is fitted with industry standard hardware and software.

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