Norwich manufacturing firm eyes further growth following Australian deal

A Norwich-based equipment manufacturer has stepped up its global presence by supplying bespoke equipment for an Australian snack maker.

Fabcon Food Systems has provided a full seasoning system for Snack Lovers, a savoury snack manufacturer known for the unique shapes, textures and tastes of its products which are sold across Australia.

Working closely with the Melbourne firm’s owners, Fabcon has completed the installation of a full bespoke seasoning line at the company’s factory as it looks to increase its output and product range.

It’s Fabcon’s eighth installation outside of the UK in the past 12 months – on top of new orders in Nigeria, Romania and further business in Kuwait. 

Trevor Howard, managing director of Fabcon Food Systems, said: “Snack Lovers has a long and successful history in the Australian snacks market so we're really delighted to be part of the company's ongoing success story. We clicked straight away with the team and understood what they needed to help support their seasoning process.

"Our system is now fully installed and playing a key role in the production of many popular potato snacks. We're looking forward to developing our relationship in the months and years ahead."

Ewan Busch, co-founder of Snack Lovers, added: “We met the Fabcon team at a trade event in Vienna in 2017 and were really impressed with the quality of their seasoning equipment and its pricing.

“We had specific quality improvement needs for our systems and Fabcon really stepped up to the challenge and reacted quickly. We’re delighted with the installation and it has really improved our production process for our snack products. Our relationship with Trevor and the Fabcon team goes from strength to strength.”

Formed in 2015, Fabcon Food Systems manufacture, supply and install innovative handling and processing equipment for the food industry. Designed and built at the company’s Norwich factory, Fabcon’s team of 25 supply systems and machinery to customers in the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.

Snack Lovers was founded in 1999 by Mr Busch and his wife, Sharyn. Readers can find more information through www.snacklovers.com.au

Technical overview

Fabcon Food System provided the following equipment to Snack Lovers:

• A vibratory product infeed conveyor
• A volumetric draw seasoning screw feeder
• A Scarf plate feeder
• A retractable support structure for both feeders to facilitate access to the tumble drum for cleaning
• A stainless steel tumble drum

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