Packaging Automation supplies Starwheel bottle filling and capping machine to UK-based supplier of fresh prepared foods Kanes Foods for its range of bottled salad dressings

CHESHIRE, England , January 9, 2014 (press release) – Based in the beautiful Vale of Evesham, Kanes Foods is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fresh prepared foods to the Uk’s major retailers. Kanes provide an exciting range of washed and ready to eat salads, prepared vegetables, dressed salads, stir fry vegetable mixes as well as fresh salad dressings and stir fry sauces.

Kanes approached Packaging Automation after winning a contract to supply a range of bottled salad dressings. This is a new product development for Kanes and one that offers potential for future growth with a number of new customers.

PA specified and supplied a Starwheel bottle filling and capping machine for the application. The Starwheel is just one of a range of filling and sealing/capping machines in PA’s volumetric range and has been a popular choice for both food and non food products and is available in either a single or double wheel format. Changeover times are quick and the operation is electronically controlled.

The machine is suitable for dairy products, soups, sauces, mineral water, and juice as well as diverse products such as chocolate, vodka shots, sandwich fillings and baby foods. In the non food sector it has been selected for filling and sealing cosmetics, jewellery polish and household cleaning products.

Matthew Greening production manager at Kanes said “After dealing with numerous machinery suppliers I have always found the team at PA to be very professional and helpful in their approach to new projects and I would not hesitate in recommending them to others. It is also good to work with a company that engineers its equipment in the UK and is proud of this approach. I would always speak to PA when considering projects related to their range of equipment."


Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.

PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.

Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.

PA also has experience in the medical and consumer goods sectors offering machinery for blister packing a wide range of products.

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