Sugden, which specialises in hot plate baking equipment, has launched the Forpak ’Grouper’ Stacker Model GS range, following the formation of a strategic partnership with the Forpak Division of US-based company MultiSource.

The GS Stacker creates and counts vertical product stacks, which are then fed onto a continuous conveyer that can feed automated packaging equipment or manual packing. The system allows an indexing product accumulation conveyor to be incorporated to act as a time buffer between baking and packing operations. It is suitable for stacking products such as cookies, Welsh cakes, pancakes and crumpets.

A ’Grouper’ GS II model is also available for products with a larger diameter of up to 457mm, such as pitta bread and pizza bases. A paper feed option is available on both models.