The UK’s leading supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, Whitworths, has recently purchased Hayssen Flexible Systems’ Novus VFFS continuous motion packaging machine. This is the second machine that Whitworths has purchased in the space of 12 months.

Whitworths was established 125 years ago in the UK and is a widely recognised brand, offering products for snacking, as well as baking purposes. The company started off as a flour producer and throughout the years has expanded to producing dried fruit and nuts.

Whitworths’ first machine was purchased to improve the output at which Whitworths was packing bags of dried fruits. Due to increased customer demand, Whitworths needed a new machine for their additional nut packing line and decided to opt for another Novus 350. Whitworths has worked with Sandiacre’s intermittent machines for a number of years and has been impressed with the reliability of their machines. During Interpack, they visited the Bary-Wehmiller stand and decided to purchase the Novus demonstration machine on a short lead time.

Whitworths, based in Wellingborough in the UK, was impressed with both the machine layout and the Novus’ flexibility to produce pillow, quad and Doy packs. The machine layout of Whitworths’ machine, allows easier accessibility to the operator interface, thereby enabling the operator to switch between the machine’s different features with ease.

According to Sean Cornes, Engineering Manager at Whitworths, the simplicity and ease of maintenance of the Novus have significantly assisted their production. Sean Cornes, commented, “The Novus machine has helped us to increase our productivity in the packaging of our fruit, nuts and seed products. It is easy to operate and customer support is always available from Hayssen Flexible Systems.”

The Novus VFFS machine is highly flexible and is customised to meet customers’ requirements. The modular assemblies included with the Novus machine help to reduce changeover times, making changing pack styles simple and quick. For more information, please contact

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