“As a manufacturer, if you want to be the best, you have to invest in the best. This is the approach taken by Chewters Chocolates, which has embarked on a project to automate its production and packaging lines, helping to make it more productive and efficient.“, said the company.
Chewters said it has invested in new Mettler-Toledo checkweighing, metal detection and x-ray product inspection systems.
“We are trying to become a world class facility“said Arjan Cheema, project engineer at Chewters Chocolates.
“Mettler-Toledo equipment is the industry standard. Chewters relies on its equipment to get accuracy on the weight of our bags – we seek to eliminate any discrepancy greater than one gram, depending on the packaging. Metal and X-ray detection systems help us avoid false rejects associated with our packaging lines“
The company’s 55,000 square foot production and packaging facility in Delta, BC is now a highly automated operation, capable of producing 15,000 metric tons per year,
Chewters said that with the recent transition to a third shift, the equipment will allow it to operate 24 hours a day, 5 days a week for every week of the year.
The company produces its all-natural ChocXO brand, Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups, and 85% Organic Dark Chocolate ChocKeto Snaps.
Filling a gap for low-sugar, high-quality chocolates without additives, the products taste less bitter than most dark chocolates and Chewters said it focused on the nutty, fruity flavor of the cocoa beans which represent 85% of the content of chocolate.
With a customer base including some of the largest wholesalers and retail chains in North America, and with COVID-19 having seen increased demand for its products from consumers stuck at home, it was necessary to keep up with demand. , which precipitated investment in new technologies.