Baker Perkins has extended its range of production equipment for the functional and medicated gummy and jelly market by introducing a starch-free depositor with additional process capability.

The ServoForm Mini+ meets the increasing demand for high-viscosity recipes and center-filled gummies, particularly liquid center fills, by including a mould lift feature. It is an extension to the range of the 50kg/hour ServoForm Mini depositors, of which more than 150 have been sold. 

The mould lift synchronizes raising and lowering the moulds with the depositing cycle. The effect is high-accuracy positioning, and crucially, a clean separation without tailing, the thin strand of viscous syrup between one deposit and the next. It is also vital for center-filling to keep the filling and casing separate. 

Baker Perkins has also worked with Rousselot on the development of gummy caps using its SiMoGel fast-setting gelatin product. Gummy caps is a new delivery format for nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products that combines a chewy casing with a liquid center-filling. The filling is prepared and deposited at ambient temperature to avoid heat degradation of high-value active ingredients. To maximize the benefit, it is vital that the filling and casing streams do not mix during the depositing process, and this was a major driver behind the introduction of the ServoForm Mini+.

The development of the ServoForm Mini+ follows the recent introduction of the ServoForm Flexi starch-free depositor with outputs up to 250,000 pieces/hour. The ServoForm Flexi solves problems associated with conventional starch moulding for the health, functional and nutraceutical sectors: high costs, poor hygiene, and the impossibility of validation. 

The Flexi meets the needs of manufacturers looking for the hygiene and simplicity of starch-free depositing but with the longer setting times and versatility of moguls. Products using gelatin, pectin, carrageenan or blends as the gelling agent can all be handled. 

Two versions of the ServoForm Flexi are available: a single depositing head gives outputs up to 125,000 pieces/hour; a longer machine with two heads can produce up to 250,000 pieces/hour. It can produce both conventional and functional confectionery with hygiene, accuracy, economy and efficiency, compared with traditional methods. Functional ingredients include CBD, vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Omega-3, probiotics and energy supplements.

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