Synerlink joins European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group

Membership reinforces commitment to food and beverage industry hygiene and safety

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By joining EHEDG, Synerlink will bolster its ability to identify and pursue top hygiene and food safety practices on behalf of its customers. Photo: EHEDG

Synerlink, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging Systems company, has joined the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG). By joining EHEDG, a global nonprofit foundation and worldwide knowledge-sharing community, the filling and packaging machine provider will bolster its ability to identify and pursue top hygiene and food safety practices on behalf of its customers.

“For Synerlink, hygiene is inseparable from the packaging innovation process,” said Fabien Jégo, design leader for Synerlink’s industrial packaging design group. “Before we design a new filling solution, our engineers must carefully consider hygiene and food safety at every stage of the packaging process. EHEDG will augment our perspective in this area.”

EHEDG provides members with access to several resources, including guideline development tools, training and education, testing and certifications. These resources will help Synerlink and its customers remain compliant and promote hygiene throughout the production, processing and packaging of food products.

“By tapping into global industry associations like EHEDG, we can better guide customers through the ever-changing landscape of hygienic food and beverage packaging,” said Jean-Pierre Orenge, global bottle filling product line leader for Synerlink. “The ability to connect with other equipment manufacturers, food processing companies, research institutes and public health authorities on these issues is indispensable.”

EHEDG is one of several associations Synerlink has partnered with to expand its organizational knowledge on this topic. The company has also partnered with Praxens, a microbiology laboratory, and the Centre Technique de la Conservation des Produits Agricoles (CTCPA), a French technical center assisting food industry professionals. Synerlink also maintains close connections with the 3-A Sanitary Standards, and will pursue additional affiliations and certifications throughout 2022.

Synerlink creates world-class machines and services for cup-filling, bottle-filling and form-fill-seal rigid packaging solutions by bringing together some of the industry’s most trusted brands, including Arcil, Dairy Pack, Dinieper and Ermi. Synerlink is one of several Barry-Wehmiller companies represented in BW Packaging Systems, which brings together the collective packaging capabilities of Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Synerlink.

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