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fritsch academyOur FRITSCH Academy Team (v.l.n.r. | left to right) Tim Beyer (Senior Teigtechnologe | Senior Dough Technologist with FRITSCH World of Bakery), Elke Döpfner (Trainerin | Trainer with FRITSCH Academy), Stefan Schmitt (Leiter | Head of FRITSCH Academy)
A successful launch in 2020

Looking back on 2020, we remember the successful launch of the FRITSCH Academy. It enabled us to hold numerous online courses, to host individual and small group classes and to provide training locally at our customers’ premises. The current COVID-19 situation, with its unexpected surprises, has forced a rethink of all face-to-face training plans. So, the team at the FRITSCH Academy suggested imaginative new approaches, which brought about a great success for the team.

A multi-stage concept for online courses has been created for those sales training courses that were already planned, and the existing training documentation has been adapted for use in the virtual environment. Furthermore, the team has developed a course concept for technical training that will be put into practice starting in the new year.

Various workgroups among our customers, including maintenance technicians, heads of production, machine operators and cleaning staff, have already been given training in the World of Bakery as well as onsite in their respective production halls. “The WoB serves as an ideal training site for working with the lines practically, testing machine settings and gaining knowledge on how to control them. This serves as prior knowledge that makes the subsequent training and accompaniment of the first weeks of production at the customer’s a whole lot easier,” says Senior Dough Technologist Tim Beyer.

Noteworthy progress was achieved in the second half of the year with the provision of three of the five planned sales modules. In these modules, the MULTIVAC sales employees delve into the topics of dough technology, production processes and bakery production on the individual FRITSCH machines. A number of newly appointed MULTIVAC employees received individual training on the job at the FRITSCH World of Bakery, where they could gain technical knowledge as well as practical knowledge of the portfolio of machines and internal processes.

The anticipation is great

2021 is expected to be a unique year for the FRITSCH Academy, where the systematic expansion of the training programme is advancing with great strides for all three target groups: service technicians and sales representatives of the MULTIVAC Group as well as customers. For this, we are developing virtual LIVE sessions that will make use of the latest available technologies, such as data glasses. These are value-added alternatives that will benefit FRITSCH customers for a long time to come.

Additionally lined up are the introduction of the two remaining sales modules and the gradual increase in training staff. “A matter of importance for 2021 is also to offer internal training for the FRITSCH employees on the technical advancements and innovations. We already introduced a conceptual pilot project along with the market introduction of the product decoration unit, PDU, and we have gained valuable insights from this for the future training courses,” says Stefan Schmitt, Head of the FRITSCH Academy.

The FRITSCH Academy transfers application-oriented knowledge to three specific target groups: our customers, our colleagues in the MULTIVAC subsidiaries and our FRITSCH personnel. They are taught process-related, technical and product-specific content. As a decisive bonus, there is the FRITSCH World of Bakery as a training venue where one encounters dough technologists and the entire portfolio of machines. The people there are experts who not only know how to operate the machines and lines, but above all have mastered and love their baking craft. Every course participant can only benefit from their wealth of knowledge – which equally includes product development.

2021 should be marked by growth. “For 2021, I am most looking forward to continually increasing the course participants’ expertise. With regular refresher meetings, the entire training programme should become more routined, so that we strengthen the technical know-how of the MULTIVAC employees and prepare them fully for supporting our customers,” says Elke Döpfner, a trainer at the FRITSCH Academy, in anticipation of 2021.

If you have any questions about the FRITSCH Academy or the training courses offered, please feel free to contact us by e-mail - academy@fritsch-group.de.

fritsch Kommissionsmaschinen Commissioning machines education trainingSchüler der "Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Südwest e.V.", Stuttgart mit ihrer FRITSCH ROLLFIX | Students from "Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Südwest e.V.", Stuttgart with their FRITSCH ROLLFIX

For many years, there have been many FRITSCH ROLLFIX machines on commission at vocational schools, at various locations of the National Bakers Academy and at many other cooperative partners of the baking industry. In total, FRITSCH machines are on commission at more than 20 establishments in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Poland, and are being used above all for training the next generations of bakers.

FRITSCH management has now decided to donate these sheeting machines to the schools and organisations. “We appreciate the long-standing cooperation with the schools and companies. A solid education in the baking craft and the future of the industry are very important to us. The establishments have been working with FRITSCH machines on commission for many years now. We have therefore decided that these schools and organisations should be allowed to keep their machines,” declares Andreas Eyd, Managing Director FRITSCH.

The Justus-von-Liebig-Schule in Mannheim, for example, has been operating a ROLLFIX 300WK since 2012. It uses this machine mainly for its masterclass and for the vocational education of bakers and salespeople. But the ROLLFIX is also used in the one-year vocational school course and orientation classes, and provides first points of contact with the bakery trade.

“This sheeting machine is of very high quality and sturdily built, and offers excellent accident protection. I already worked on a ROLLFIX back when learning to be a baker, and I love the foot operation. All FRITSCH machines I have worked with so far have always been absolutely reliable and easy to operate and maintain. I was overjoyed when FRITSCH provided me with a ROLLFIX on loan in response to my request. They even let me choose precisely the model that was most suitable for my teaching purposes,” reports Steffen Götz, senior technical teacher and deputy head of the nutrition department at the Justus-von-Liebig-Schule in Mannheim.

The Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Südwest e.V. in Stuttgart was also pleased to receive two FRITSCH ROLLFIX machines. “One of the machines is in our pastry shop, where it is used for making sweet treats with the apprentices and the master students. The other is in our training bakery, used mainly for working booked doughs or for rolling out shortcrust pastry,” relates Tobias Pfaff, headmaster at the National Bakers Academy.

“The machines are incredibly robust and durable. Despite having inexperienced trainees working frequently on the machines, we have not had any damage to them so far. We are very grateful for the long-standing cooperation with FRITSCH. We have been cooperating for more than 20 years now, and are impressed with the high quality of their machines. It delights us that FRITSCH shows such great interest in quality training and highly skilled workers. These are essential for the continued existence of the bakery trade,” Pfaff says.

fritsch engineering udo bernhardt(v.l.n.r. | from left to right) Stefan Wertheimer (Senior Director Engineering), Udo Bernhardt, Frank Gabriel (Managing Director) , Andreas Eyd (Managing Director)

Udo Bernhardt writes nearly 50 years of FRITSCH history

Udo Bernhardt, a long-standing employee of FRITSCH GmbH & Co. KG was given a warm send-off in November for his retirement. He can look back on nearly 50 years of FRITSCH history. During this time, the technical draughtsman was instrumentally involved in many innovations. Arguably the most important development of his career was the fully automatic pretzel twister. Working during his free time in his garage at home, he invented a machine that revolutionised the baking industry.

“There are three keys to Udo Bernhardt’s success,” FRITSCH Managing Director Frank Gabriel said during the send-off. “One is his inexhaustible drive to find a solution. You hear people say, ‘Udo will have an idea at any time: while eating, while sleeping and, of course, even on weekends.’ Another key is that his understanding of dough and how it behaves is exceptional. If this were horse riding, you would call him a horse whisperer. Furthermore, his relations with our customers were always excellent.”

Udo Bernhardt worked at FRITSCH for nearly half a century. His father owned a bakery. Therefore, he grew up in the industry, and handling dough has always been a part of his life. On the 1st of September 1972, he started his training as a technical draughtsman and, after this training, he was given a position in the engineering office. There were eight drawing boards, and an equal number of colleagues, working there at the time. Today, the Engineering department has more than 50 employees.

While working, yet only shortly after his training, Bernhardt gained his qualification as a Mechanical Engineer, which allowed him to provide FRITSCH with extra support during a time when staff was short. His professional training armed him with extensive knowledge that put him in a position to manage the Research & Development and Design of Line Machines departments with great success for many years.

At first, Bernhardt worked above all on the development of dough rolling machines. Then, he started developing solutions for the medium-sized and industrial sector, for example the first croissant machine “Croissantomat 2000”. Many innovations for FRITSCH were to follow, such as sheeting lines and diverse coiling systems. His most innovative development, however, is surely the “MULTITWIST” pretzel twister.

“I had fun at work every day. The daily drive to be better than the competition kept me constantly moving,” Bernhardt says, looking back at his time at FRITSCH. There is a quote from a customer etched forever into Bernhardt’s memory: “Every machine is good, as long as it never comes into contact with the dough.” And yet, the passionate inventor still managed to impress that customer with his innovative technology.

Don't miss the story about his most popular invention MULTITWIST!

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The first impression counts

We proudly call our FRITSCH World of Bakery our world of experience for bakers. Together with our technologists customers experience very closely our machines and also our expertise in dough and the bakers handcraft. One of our focused goals during the visit to our WoB is offering our customers an unforgettable and sustainable experience of the brand FRITSCH. We want to pay great attention to welcome and service our customers.

In order to wrap up this important contact point of our WoB in a new appearance, we started to redesign the entrance and catering area of the WoB in August. While we took the first step towards a change this summer by renaming the "FRITSCH Technology Center (FTC)" into "FRITSCH World of Bakery (WoB)", we set another milestone this fall.

 

After finalizing and fine-tuning of our plans in August, we already began in September with pulling down and remodelling some walls and ceilings. The existing furniture was partly sold to our staff and partly donated to some charitable organisations. By the end of September, the floor work was finished and we dedicated ourselves to the interior design. A new floor, new furniture and new lights were installed. Fresh colour accents create a new feel-good atmosphere. As an essential element our reception for our customers was integrated into the lobby.

A lot of energy, sweat, colour and especially great teamwork of all FRITSCH departments as well as the craftsmen involved led to a modern lobby and catering area in which our customers can feel completely comfortable. The teamwork with the regional companies during COVID-19 pandemic has gained a special significance in our society.

 

It was a pleasure to work with different craft enterprises in our area as well as with the company Grimm from Ulsenheim, a partner with a lot of references in the field of shop fitting, to put the new colour, room and lighting concept in place.

We are eagerly awaiting the end of the Corona-pandemic to be happy to welcome again bakery fans from all over the world to the new “wow factor”.

 

We cordially invite you to WoB - a place where you can test and further develop your desired products with FRITSCH machines.

FRITSCH Spende für Kinderkrebsstation(v.l.n.r.): Frank Gabriel (Geschäftsführer FRITSCH), Monika Demmich (Vorsitzende Verein Station Regenbogen), Andreas Eyd (Geschäftsführer FRITSCH)

For the good cause: 2,500 Euro for the station Rainbow

 

By the sale of pallets to FRITSCH employees, over 1,500 EURO were collected on a donation basis. The two FRITSCH managing directors Andreas Eyd and Frank Gabriel have increased this amount to 2,500 EURO. The money was handed over in the "World of Bakery" in Kitzingen, to Monika Demmich, chairwoman of the "Station Regenbogen e.V." Würzburg. The association, founded in 1984, supports the children's cancer ward and has made it its business to accompany families who have to go through the disease with their children.

Among other things, the donation will be used to maintain and equip the 14 rental apartments in Würzburg. The relatives of the sick children can live there during the treatment period. The association also covers the costs of the clinic clowns and music therapists. Especially throughout the Christmas season, donations are also gladly used for Christmas handicraft materials.

The FRITSCH World of Bakery Team

Our World of Experience for Bakers

There are at least two things that baked goods everywhere in the world have in common. One is the raw materials that the dough-based delicacies are made from, and the other is the bakers, who love their craft with such a strong passion. 

At our FRITSCH World of Bakery (WoB), that is exactly the starting point from which we start the journey with our customers. Together, we combine enthusiasm for the handcraft of baking with the origins of the doughs, until the final product is perfect. 

This was also the idea behind renaming the FRITSCH Technology Centre to the World of Bakery. The new name reflects the baking “theme park” we have set up at the WoB to represent the entire value chain of a bakery from A to Z. From the ROLLFIX to the industrial production lines assembled from the FRITSCH IMPRESSA range, visitors get to experience the entire programme of lines and machines that FRITSCH has to offer. This is rounded off by professional bakery equipment for use in every size of business.

Under optimal real-world conditions, we unite new product trends with the technical feasibility of our lines, develop new products and convert ideas into tasty baked goods that indulge all senses. The mission of the World of Bakery is to provide its visitors with professional and creative assistance in product development and process optimisation. Hand in hand, our customers and the FRITSCH specialists develop the best possible production processes that lead to ideal product results.

Our dough technologists are always by your side. All of them are qualified master bakers or food technologists who have deepened their knowledge through vocational training or academic study. But the best education is their many years of practical experience, their daily contact with national and international products and their contact with customers from all over the world. The team at the World of Bakery is led by Michael Gier. The master baker and food technologist has been with FRITSCH since 2006, and is known among many customers as a valuable advisor.

What also makes the World of Bakery special is that it is a place where different fields of specialisation come together. Dough technologists, research and development teams, the FRITSCH Academy and the FRITSCH marketing department are all represented here. This makes it a strong driver of inter- and multidisciplinary cooperation. In the World of Bakery, customers experience new, attractive and profitable solutions for their product portfolio every day. 

#SaveOurBakers - a campaign that gives artisanal bakers a voice  

FRITSCH values its bakers worldwide as a source of inspiration, but also much more than that. They are the most important partners in the area of technological development. The coronavirus pandemic continues to influence our daily lives. Small and medium-sized bakeries are among those going through a challenging situation. In March, FRITSCH launched the social media campaign #SaveOurBakers, an initiative that focuses attention on the personal experiences of bakers.  

Under #SaveOurBakers, we share the stories of our bakers worldwide and keep up a report on the ingenuity and commitment that they are showing in the action they are taking and new business models they are introducing to tackle the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to complying with the new regulations, they have brought out many highly creative solutions in a very short time: amazing things like pop-up bakeries, bread mobiles, special delivery services or the opening of online shops and pick-up stations. Many bakers are also supporting local producers and aid organisations through their ingredient orders and donations. At FRITSCH, we are very proud of the dignity and the many original ideas our bakers are showing in overcoming the difficult situation. Sharing these stories fills us with great joy.  More than 50,000 impressions have been made on social media channels so far. Customers from Germany, USA, Bosnia Herzegovina and Australia have taken part in the campaign.

Young Classics - the new division of FRITSCH

Young Classics? - Isn’t that a term used for cars? Is FRITSCH branching out into a new industry? You can be forgiven for asking these questions. Young and old, classics radiate that feeling of nostalgia. But the fact is, cars are not the only unforgettable classics out there – we have them in the baking industry, too. After all, FRITSCH’s heart beats stronger for bakery machines than for automobiles.

What does FRITSCH mean by Young Classics?

Young Classics refers to used machines from the FRITSCH portfolio that are returned by bakeries when they make new acquisitions or discontinue this line of business. Demonstration machines from trade fairs or from the World of Bakery also qualify as Young Classics.

What happens to used machines when they are returned?

We have three service tiers for the used machines we repurchase:

 

  1. Machines that are less than 10 years old undergo a general overhaul to prepare them for resale. This involves inspection, necessary repairs, replacement of wearing parts and a safety test in accordance with European standards. Then, they are once again ready for use in another bakery, anywhere in the world.

  2. Machines that are more than 10 years old and have spare parts that are hard to come by but are overall still in working order also undergo a general overhaul but with an additional retrofit. This means that discontinued components are replaced by new, currently available parts. After this, they are once again ready for another long term of service.

  3. Only those machines whose parts are too difficult to replace due to their age, or have malfunctions that do not appear to be reparable, are recycled.

Bakers can purchase the reconditioned FRITSCH machines at attractive prices.

Where can I find out which used FRITSCH machines are on the market?

As for all other sales and services, the individual MULTIVAC branches handle the returns and sales of used machines, making them the right place to go.

The 1,000 square-metre Young Classic hall located in Kitzingen mainly presents classics from the A and B segments. There, the experienced workshop manager Dominik Segritz checks and repairs them before refreshing them with a fine tuning. The division is managed by Stefan Schmitt, who is proud of his Young Classics and is available as a contact person for MULTIVAC subsidiaries: Young.Classics@fritsch-group.com

Cleverly networked through knowledge transfer

We never stop learning. In this spirit, the FRITSCH Academy was launched on 1 July 2020. The FRITSCH Academy provides training both in the classroom and online for employees and customers.

FRITSCH has been part of the MULTIVAC Group for one year now. With over 80 subsidiaries, our customers always have a contact person right in their area. Our aim is to offer fast and competent service from professionally trained employees. To ensure this, we continuously hold modular training courses at all of our subsidiaries.

A systematic training programme constantly drives growth in knowledge and experience, thus ensuring a uniform standard within the network worldwide. This allows customer concerns to be answered with a comprehensive, solution-oriented response.

The training concept is geared to three target groups. In application-specific courses, MULTIVAC service technicians receive simulated enquiries from first and second level support. In sales training courses, the trainers focus on content relating to the FRITSCH portfolio, the market and the competition. The customer training programme focuses primarily on the technical handling of the machines and systems, such as operation, maintenance and cleaning.

Training courses can be held effectively in any location: as onsite training at our customers’ premises, at the FRITSCH World of Bakery, or online. The FRITSCH Academy hosts live events for interactively teaching the course content as well as for answering customers’ specific enquiries.

The FRITSCH Academy is directed by Stefan Schmitt. He has been with the company for over 30 years. Due to his longstanding experience in assembly, commissioning and customer service, he has deep knowledge of the FRITSCH portfolio and the industry as a whole. He is supported by Elke Döpfner, who draws from the wealth of experience she has gained from her sales activities in the Germany/Austria/Switzerland region.

If you have any questions about the FRITSCH Academy or the training courses offered, please feel free to contact us by e-mail - academy@fritsch-group.de.

#saveourbakers – An initiative to support local bakers

We are on an important mission. Bakers all around the world are our daily source of inspiration to further develop our bakery machines and lines. They are our trendsetters. They are our superheroes.

If there is one thing that we’ve all learned from several movies starring superheroes, it is that in times of crisis they are also sometimes struggling. The Corona crisis is currently determining our entire lives and is also putting our superheroes in a critical situation.

It is our mission to support our bakers during this tough time. Because our heroes don‘t give up. They are creating new campaigns in the shortest possible time and expanding their business models to still be there for their customers. The focus is clearly on the health safety of their employees and customers. In addition to the legal regulations, they have implemented a variety of measures, such as contactless and cashless payment, delivery services, online shops and pick-up stations and much more.

During the upcoming weeks, we will use our platform to share their stories with the world on behalf of our campaign #saveourbakers. Besides all the local and regional producers, bakers also deserve the sustainable support of their customers and partners. That is where we want to help with our network.

Do you want to be a part of our mission?
Please send us your story that you want to share with the world including pictures or videos via our social media accounts or via marketing@fritsch-group.com. Or show your support by using the #saveourbakers whilst sharing your story.

Sales and service structure

The integration of FRITSCH into the MULTIVAC Group opens up great potential for FRITSCH customers. The associated connection to MULTIVAC’s sales and service network enables, among other things, close cooperation in the areas of sales and customer service. With the MULTIVAC Group’s 87 subsidiaries, the company is represented on all continents. Way more than 1,000 consultants and service technicians around the world place their know-how and experience at the service of the customer. This brings FRITSCH even closer to the customer and into a position to respond more quickly and flexibly to inquiries.

The employees of the respective MULTIVAC branches are now available as contact partners for FRITSCH customers. They are the first point of contact that our customers can approach for all matters. A systematic training program constantly drives growth in knowledge and experience so that customer concerns can be answered with a fast, solution-oriented response. The subsidiaries work closely together with FRITSCH employees. FRITSCH supports them with its experience and expertise. Our common goal is the highest standard of quality, supported by excellent advice and comprehensive service.

FRITSCH customers benefit not only from the large number of sales employees and service technicians available for flexible on-site deployment, but also from their quick response time and fast support. Eliminating language barriers or major time differences, MULTIVAC employees strive to find target-oriented solutions for the wishes and needs of the individual customer.

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5-day service and technical training for MULTIVAC service technicians

“One of our first courses of action is to focus on expanding our sales and distribution network. We are doing this by distributing FRITSCH products through MULTIVAC’s 87 subsidiaries. Customer proximity and real-time support for customer concerns will always be very important to MULTIVAC, so our future FRITSCH customers will also benefit from this,” explains Andreas Eyd, a Managing Director of FRITSCH.

This change has been driven forward in a highly focused manner since MULTIVAC acquired FRITSCH. A systematic and detailed training program has been developed for MULTIVAC Sales and Customer Service, which began last year in November.
The training program includes intensive product and service training for MULTIVAC employees working worldwide, and is structured in multiple stages.

The second comprehensive service technician training was held in January 2020. Currently, the courses concentrate on the machine portfolio for handcraft and mid-sized businesses. During a one-week training course, service technicians from the MULTIVAC subsidiaries worldwide will acquire knowledge and skills about:

- The FRITSCH portfolio – an overview of the A and B programs
- The purpose and function of the machines and their components
- Fundamentals of technical documentation, e.g. identification of spare parts and reading of schematic diagrams
- Identification and rectification of errors, working from technical documentation
- Operation and handling of the machines
- The touchscreen – its menu structure and handling

Working in small groups, service requests from first-level support are simulated on the machines. The service technicians carry out problem analyses directly on the machines and rectify faults.
True to the FRITSCH philosophy “Passion for Dough”, working with the dough plays a major role. The participants get hands on when it comes to folding dough (booking), for example, or when setting up the tools on the machine. The goal is to instill passion for the baking trade in each participant, and familiarize them with the diversity of the FRITSCH portfolio.

“It is an exciting experience to get to know the FRITSCH machines and lines in such an intensive way. Especially experiencing first-hand how dough is processed on the machine and how the interaction between machine and dough works. My desire to learn even more about dough has definitely grown. I think such knowledge is important in order to provide the best possible solutions for customer inquiries,” says Radoslav Rapčan, a service technician from MULTIVAC Slovakia.

With this systematically structured training program, service technicians are being optimally prepared for field work for FRITSCH customers so that they can operate the machines, order and change spare parts, and carry out maintenance, inspections, and repairs directly onsite. FRITSCH service technicians will continue to provide back-end support.

Transitioning from MULTIVAC to FRITSCH machines requires a change in tactics, as Jan Schleelein, FRITSCH customer service technician for electrical engineering, points out: “Foil is a very resilient material compared to dough. For the FRITSCH machines, the technicians must become acquainted with optimizing the settings specifically for gentleness on the dough and precision of the processing.”

In addition to the mechanical, electrical, and dough technology training content, the service technicians get to know the FRITSCH Service Team and their contact partners. Currently, more than 1,000 service technicians are working for MULTIVAC and FRITSCH worldwide.

“We, the trainers of the FRITSCH Training Team, are impressed with the keen interest shown by the participants. The service technicians are already highly technically qualified, and that makes the trainings an incredible success. We are very much looking forward to the next trainings. They book out in a matter of days. The next service technician training is in April,” says Stefan Schmitt, FRITSCH Head of Customer Service Sales.

Unser Messestand auf der EUROPAIN 2020

#Packaging meets #Baking at Europain 2020 in Paris

In 2019, we had our first successful trade fairs together with the MULTIVAC Group at IBIE in Las Vegas, südback in Stuttgart, and Gulfood in Dubai. We were able to continue our wave of success at this year’s Europain show, which took place from January 11 to 14. The show unites its multitude of visitors with the French baking culture. Interested visitors were able to experience FRITSCH and MULTIVAC at a 45 square-meter stand. The visitors all shared an enthusiasm for baked goods, baking techniques, and trends. The modern design of the stand boosted the cordial atmosphere by remaining true to the familiar FRITSCH concept:

“Given our passion for dough, everything we do revolves around perfect baked goods. That is why we teach our technology to handcraft.”

The highlight of the stand was the classic dough sheeting machine: the ROLLFIX 700, a powerful machine that never fails to impress with its functionality. It is the ideal solution for the gentle production of delicate puff pastries such as French apple turnovers.

We look forward to yet another special experience with MULTIVAC France from March 10 to 12. On these three exhibition days, we will once again be informing visitors to the CFIA in Rennes, France, about our range of machines and providing competent advice. You are welcome to visit us in Hall 6, Stand A41.

At MULTIVAC France, daily business now focuses not only on packaging but also on baked goods. It makes us especially proud that they are one of the first MULTIVAC subsidiaries to display FRITSCH machines in their showroom “Espace InovPack”. As a true technological showcase of MULTIVAC expertise, InovPack is above all a place for users of MULTIVAC and FRITSCH machines to meet and exchange ideas. InovPack has an operative showroom, a center for testing under real conditions, an application kitchen, and a complete documentation center. InovPack is accredited for providing continuing professional training, and the training center is open to employees for internal and inter-company meetings. The first FRITSCH machine at InovPack is the ROLLFIX 700 dough sheeter that was exhibited at Europain. Take the opportunity to visit MULTIVAC France to learn more about the functionality and handling of the ROLLFIX.
If you want to experience FRITSCH machines live and  to convince yourself of the ROLLFIX’s rolling quality first-hand, you’re more than welcome to visit us at our FRITSCH Technology Center in Kitzingen, Germany. The FRITSCH Technology Center offers a fully-equipped, 4,600 m² baking center to our customers.

ROLLFIX 300: Die manuelle Teigausrollmaschine mit Fußschaltung || ROLLFIX 300: The manual dough sheeter with pedal controlSchneidetische FT 250/ 350: Die Schneidemaschinen für alle Teigarten || Cutting Tables FT 250/ 350: Cutting machines for all types of doug

FRITSCH has been training the trade for over 20 years

The Handwerkskammer Niederbayern-Oberpfalz (Chamber of Crafts for Lower Bavaria/Upper Palatinate) has been using FRITSCH machines to train masters and apprentices in the bakery and confectionery trade for over 20 years. More than 230 students are trained at the Chamber of Crafts in Straubing every year.

The craft represents the highest standards in quality, training and innovation.

Students use the ROLLFIX 300 manual dough sheeter to take control of the dough rolling process themselves. The practical foot control mechanism allows one hand to be kept free at all times. The robust stainless steel design of the machine ensures a long service life. The dough sheeter is supplemented by the FRITSCH cutting table. This ensures a precise cut for all dough types while simultaneously minimizing scrap dough. The consistent and precise dimensions of the cut dough pieces result in efficient production, constant baking times and reduced waste.

Why FRITSCH machines are particularly suited for training is explained by instructor Eckbert Huber: "FRITSCH is a traditional company and the name has always stood for solid and technically advanced baking machines. We use FRITSCH machines to teach our students traditional working methods and the steps required to produce croissant dough, brioche dough and puff pastries. We use the FRITSCH cutting table, for example, to demonstrate how to produce doughs and pastries in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

(v.l.n.r.) Geschäftsführung: Frank Gabriel und Andreas Eyd || (f.l.t.r.) Managing Directors: Frank Gabriel & Andreas Eyd

Andreas Eyd & Frank Gabriel share a fascination for the bakery trade

 "Welcome to the world of bakery products" is now also the motto for our managing directors Andreas Eyd and Frank Gabriel. From the very beginning, both were impressed by the pastries and bread specialties that are produced with our machines and equipment, as well as the technical and technological know-how of our employees when it comes to dough. "I am fascinated by what FRITSCH systems make possible and the delicious and high-quality bakery products we are able to hold at the end of the process", states Eyd enthusiastically.

With many years of experience in business and corporate management, MULTIVAC sees Eyd and Gabriel as the right people for the restructuring process and further development of FRITSCH. Mr. Eyd has been entrusted with the management of sales for FRITSCH, while Mr. Gabriel is responsible for its technical leadership.

Since 2017, Mr. Eyd has occupied the position of Vice President of Sales & Operations for MULTIVAC subsidiaries in Central Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Gabriel has been at MULTIVAC since 2011 and, after managing MULTIVAC's international production facilities, he took over the role of CEO of the company's production plant in Spain.

Prior to MULTIVAC, Mr. Eyd worked as a managing director for companies in the Lake Constance region and in Upper Swabia. These companies were also in restructuring processes. He was tasked with developing and implementing new strategies to ensure positive business growth. A special milestone in Gabriel's career was his position as Head of International Production Sites for MULTIVAC. During this period he significantly expanded his wealth of knowledge in terms of change management. "We can only tackle a process of change by working together. Above all, this position taught me how to get employees on board, how to build a team over a distance and how to explain the added value that these changes have for them personally", explains Gabriel.

 

"Thanks to the high quality of its machines, FRITSCH enjoys an excellent reputation throughout the industry, meaning that there is still a great potential for growth in the future", states Eyd. Eyd and Gabriel actively want to promote the optimization of the internal infrastructure and process structure. This includes the engineering, procurement and production sectors. Likewise, the focus is also on accelerating the order processing cycle and integrating with MULTIVAC's subsidiaries. "One of our first steps is focused on expanding the sales and service network. We achieve this by marrying up FRITSCH with MULTIVAC's 87 subsidiaries. The close proximity to customers and the ability to provide timely support for customer concerns have always been very important to MULTIVAC; FRITSCH customers will now also be able to benefit from this as well", states Eyd. 

Together with MULTIVAC, Andreas Eyd and Frank Gabriel firmly believe in the internal competence, the portfolio and the brand name of FRITSCH. "Although the end products produced by MULTIVAC and FRITSCH are completely different, there are numerous parallels in terms of technology from which we can benefit in the long term", comments Gabriel. 

"Our daily bread" will continue to be the development of innovative and technical solutions that enable craft and industrial bakers to produce their premium bakery products. Furthermore, we remain true to our philosophy in that the machines adapt to the dough and not vice versa.

ROLLFIX 700: Die leistungsstarke Teigausrollmaschine || ROLLFIX 700: The high-performance dough sheeterStanz-Dreh-Einheit: Stanzen und Drehen in einem Arbeitsschritt || Cutting & Turning Unit: Cutting & Turning in one stepWickelsysteme: Spezialisierte Wickelsysteme für unterschiedliche Anforderungen || Coiling Systems: Specialised coiling units for different requirements

Craftsmanship in its most beautiful form

FRITSCH will be exhibiting at the südback trade fair in Stuttgart between 21 and 24 September 2019.Come and visit us at stand B31 in hall 7 and experience the advantages offered by the various machines and systems for yourself. Our product demonstrations allow you to see the machines working up close and you can also sample what is produced. FRITSCH will be using the trade fair to showcase its classic ROLLFIX machines for craft bakers.

These machines will be present in a wide variety of designs - from the ROLLFIX 300 W manual dough sheeter, to the computer-controlled ROLLFIX 600 and the high-performance ROLLFIX 700 series. The various ROLLFIX models enable efficient production in the smallest of spaces, while guaranteeing fast and efficient working practices. The machines' greatest strength is their ability to gently roll out different types of dough in an even thickness. The FT250 cutting table, which is an ideal addition to the dough sheeters, will also be available on the stand for inspection. This ensures a precise cut for all dough types while simultaneously minimizing scrap dough. The consistent and precise dimensions of the cut dough pieces result in efficient production, constant baking times and reduced waste.

 

And the baking machine for maximum variety, namely the FRITSCH MULTICUT, will of course also be presented at the südback trade fair in Stuttgart. This system can be viewed during various live demonstrations. Thanks to its flexibility with regard to conversion, loading and throughput, as well as its coverage of a wide range of products, the MULTICUT model is currently unique on the market. The heart of the MULTICUT is the reliably working punching and turning unit, only manufactured by FRITSCH in this form. Punching and turning of the dough triangles is performed in one working step. This reduces the number of usual transfer points that stress the dough and make cleaning difficult. The result is precisely aligned and uniform products without compressing and stretching effects. For products that are only cut across, the servo-driven guillotine from FRITSCH is used. It even cuts taller products such as poppy seed snails and rolls in a safe and powerful manner.

The entire cutting system moves synchronously with the dough sheet - thus guaranteeing uniform, minimally stressed and uncompressed products, even at maximum output. The MULTICUT is easily operated via a 15-inch touch display. The intuitive control system ensures a smooth production process. A variety of specialized additional devices allows the MULTICUT to be optimally configured for individual production requirements and the desired product range. The various tools can be changed easily in a few simple steps without an assembly tool, which significantly speeds up the conversion process when changing products.

 

As a new member of a strong group of companies, we will also be providing our customers with a live demonstration of a compatible solution from MULTIVAC, namely its L 300 model. The conveyor belt labeler applies labels from above, below or over an edge and is an economical solution for standard labeling tasks. It is equipped with its own control system and is characterized by a small footprint. The L 300 can be subsequently used on a packaging machine or as a stand-alone unit.

 

To see all of this for yourself, come and visit us at the FRITSCH stand (B31 in hall 7) at the südback trade fair. We look forward to your visit!

ROLLFIX 700: Die leistungsstarke Teigausrollmaschine || ROLLFIX 700: The high-performance dough sheeter Stanz-Dreh-Einheit: Stanzen und Drehen in einem Arbeitsschritt || Cutting & Turning Unit: Cutting & Turning in one step

Experience our machines up close 

Immerse yourself in the world of bakery products and discover the latest trends between 8 and 11 September at the IBIE trade fair in Las Vegas.

Tried and tested treasures such as the classic ROLLFIX 600 and ROLLFIX 700 dough sheeters will be presented at the FRITSCH stand.

The computer-controlled ROLLFIX 600 stands for gentle and uniform dough sheeting, easy operation and easily reproducible results. The complete sheeting process with the reduction of the roller gap runs automatically and is always the same, which has a very positive effect on the uniformity of the dough and thus also on the quality of the products. In addition to the ROLLFIX 600, the ROLLFIX 700 also features the most powerful dough sheeter from FRITSCH on the stand. It is designed for the highest demands and manages also perfectly the sheeting of thin dough.

Even the bakery machine for maximum variety - the FRITSCH MULTICUT with the particularly gentle punching and turning process - will be presented at the IBIE in Las Vegas. The MULTICUT is currently unique in the market with its flexibility in terms of component change, dough feeding and throughput as well as coverage of a wide range of products. Whether rustic bread products, pastries or croissants, the MULTICUT makes all this possible on one line. The heart of the MULTICUT is the reliably working punching and turning unit, only manufactured by FRITSCH in this form. Punching and turning of the dough triangles is done in one working step. This reduces the number of usual transfer points which stress the dough and make cleaning difficult. The result is precisely aligned and uniform products without compressing and stretching effects. For products that are only cut across, the servo-driven guillotine from FRITSCH is used. It cuts safely and powerfully even high products such as poppy seed whirls. The entire cutting system moves synchronously with the dough sheet - thus guaranteeing uniform, minimally stressed and uncompressed products, even at maximum output. The MULTICUT is easily operated via a 15-inch touch display. The intuitive control ensures a smooth production process. A variety of specialized additional devices allows the MULTICUT to be optimally configured for individual production requirements and the desired product range. The various tools can be changed easily in a few simple steps without an assembly tool, which significantly speeds up the conversion process when changing products.

 

As part of the MULTIVAC Group, we will also be showing our customers packaging solutions at the fair in Las Vegas for the very first time. The R 126 from MULTIVAC provides visitors with first-hand experience of a pre-configured thermoforming packaging machine in a medium power range. The machine is supplemented by the L 300 conveyor belt labeler. This applies labels from above, below or over an edge and is an economical solution for standard labeling tasks. It is equipped with its own control system and is characterized by a small footprint. The L 300 can be subsequently used on a packaging machine or as a stand-alone unit.

You can convince yourself of all this at the IBIE at the FRITSCH booth no. 5480. We are looking forward to your visit!

Green light from the Federal Cartel Office: on 1 August 2019, FRITSCH launches under the umbrella of MULTIVAC

One month after the announcement that MULTIVAC will be overtaking the FRITSCH Group, the Federal Cartel Office completed its examination and gave its approval. As of 1 August 2019, the newly founded FRITSCH Bakery Technologies GmbH & Co. KG is officially under the umbrella of the MULTIVAC Group. Andreas Eyd and Frank Gabriel become Managing Directors. Both are from MULTIVAC and have longstanding management experience. “With the takeover, FRITSCH remains an independent company and, at the same time, becomes a part of a strong group of companies. That means FRITSCH will continue to operate in a spirit of partnership with its customers and suppliers, very close to the customer and with the accustomed reliability,” says MULTIVAC’s Vice President Sales & Operations Andreas Eyd who, since 2017, has been responsible for Central Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, and Oceania. “The FRITSCH brand name is highly respected throughout the industry for its high quality machines and lines, and holds great potential for the future. We want to realize that potential with the right internal processes,” Eyd explains.

For its performance and successes in over 90 years, the name FRITSCH has stood worldwide for Excellence Made in Germany in the bakery technology industry. By creating new future-ready developments and custom solutions, FRITSCH offers everything that the artisanal and industrial baker needs to produce first-rate baked goods. FRITSCH was founded in 1926 and, over the decades, has developed into an innovative manufacturer in the dough sheeting and dough processing sector. For handcraft and industrial production, FRITSCH offers economical and technologically sophisticated solutions ranging from sheeting machines and individual components to complete lines in all segments. Despite this, FRITSCH ran into economic difficulties and had to file for insolvency in mid-April 2019.

Thanks to the takeover by MULTIVAC and current restructuring, the company is optimally set for the future. “As a specialist for dough processing lines, FRITSCH has outstanding engineering competence and makes use of this and its great technical and technological know-how for developing tailor-made custom solutions,” says Frank Gabriel, who has worked at MULTIVAC for eight years and became Managing Director of MULTIVAC Production in Spain in 2017. “We want to apply this knowledge in a targeted manner, and combine it with the worldwide sales and service network of MULTIVAC,” Gabriel emphasizes.

The sale and service of FRITSCH products will in future be handled by MULTIVAC’s 87 subsidiaries, who are present on all five continents. That is one of the most important changes in the restructuring of the company. FRITSCH will thus increase its customer proximity considerably with much faster response to service calls with technicians on-site. The subsidiaries are investing in expanding sales and service teams specialized in the bakery industry. This will enable them to offer customers end-to-end solutions for producing and packaging baked goods over the entire life cycle. “Together, MULTIVAC and FRITSCH can offer integrated solutions in this exciting industry and be extraordinarily successful in the future,” Gabriel is confident.

New products will continue to be developed and manufactured under the well-known name of FRITSCH in the original location of Markt Einersheim. At the FRITSCH Technology Center, the company offers its customers outstanding conditions for developing new recipes and testing new products and processes. There, the FRITSCH lines can be tested in almost any combination in a practically real-world setting. With the innovations developed there, FRITSCH Bakery Technologies GmbH & Co. KG aims to continue to play a leading role in the bakery industry into the future.

Wolfertschwenden, 2. Juli  2019 – MULTIVAC übernimmt die Unternehmensgruppe FRITSCH und baut damit sein Lösungsportfolio für die Backwarenindustrie weiter aus.  

FRITSCH ist ein führender Hersteller von Bäckereimaschinen mit Stammsitz im unterfränkischen Markt Einersheim. Das Portfolio umfasst leistungsfähige Anlagen und wegweisende Innovationen in der Teigformung und Teigaufbereitung. Dabei bietet FRITSCH für jede Betriebsgröße die richtige Lösung – vom Tischgerät bis zur Industrieanlage. Weltweit werden mit Maschinen von FRITSCH Premium-Backwaren produziert.

Mit der Übernahme der FRITSCH Gruppe komplettiert MULTIVAC sein Lösungsportfolio, um zukünftig auch der Backwarenindustrie vollständige Produktionslinien aus einer Hand anbieten zu können. „Die Übernahme von FRITSCH ist für MULTIVAC ein weiterer wichtiger Schritt im Ausbau unseres Portfolios zu ganzheitlichen Lösungen für das Verarbeiten und Verpacken von Lebensmitteln. Mit den Lösungen von FRITSCH werden wir unsere Präsenz in der Backwarenindustrie weiter ausbauen, wo wir in den letzten Jahren bereits anspruchsvolle Projekte im Bereich der automatisierten Verpackungslösungen realisieren konnten“, erklärte Christian Traumann, Geschäftsführender Direktor und Group CFO von MULTIVAC.

FRITSCH wurde 1926 gegründet und befindet sich seitdem in der vierten Generation in Besitz der Familie Fritsch. Das Unternehmen mit Stammsitz in Markt Einersheim hat sich über Jahrzehnte hinweg zu einem innovativen Hersteller im Bereich der Bäckereitechnik entwickelt. In 2018 erwirtschaftete FRITSCH einen Umsatz von etwa 80 Mio. Euro, das Unternehmen beschäftigt ca. 600 Mitarbeiter. Mitte April hatte FRITSCH ein Insolvenzverfahren beantragt. FRITSCH ist mit eigenen Tochterfirmen in Russland, Polen, den USA und Großbritannien vertreten, zudem verfügt FRITSCH über ein weltweites Netz an Vertriebs- und Servicepartnern, mit denen die Nähe zu den Kunden sichergestellt wird. Durch die Übernahme wird FRITSCH Teil einer starken Unternehmensgruppe und wird damit in die Lage versetzt, den Geschäftsbetrieb zum Wohle aller Stakeholder und vor allem seiner Kunden fortzuführen.

Mit der Integration der Firma in die MULTIVAC Gruppe soll umgehend begonnen werden. Dabei wird die Fertigung und die Entwicklung der FRITSCH Produkte am Standort im Markt Einersheim weitergeführt. Dort verfügt FRITSCH auch über ein Technology Center, in dem Kundentests und die Entwicklung von kundenspezifischen Produkten und Rezepturen durchgeführt werden. Der Vertrieb der Produkte wird über das weltweite Vertriebs- und Servicenetz von MULTIVAC erfolgen. Hierfür wird in den Tochtergesellschaften weiter in den Ausbau eines auf die Backwarenindustrie spezialisierten Vertriebsteams investiert, um den Kunden zukünftig ganzheitliche Lösungen für die Herstellung und Verpackung von Backwaren anbieten zu können.

Für die Leitung des Unternehmens wird MULTIVAC ein eigenes Management einsetzen, das die FRITSCH Gruppe als eigenständiges Unternehmen weiterführen und weiterentwickeln wird. „Wir freuen uns außerordentlich über die gelungene Übernahme der FRITSCH Gruppe und sind davon überzeugt, dass unser Management einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Sanierung des Unternehmens leisten wird. FRITSCH ist im Bereich der Bäckereimaschinen führend und hat einen sehr guten Ruf im Markt. Insbesondere durch die Integration der Produkte in ganzheitliche Lösungen aus dem Hause MULTIVAC sehen wir große Synergiepotenziale, die zu einer gesunden Weiterentwicklung von FRITSCH beitragen werden“, so Christian Traumann.

Die Übernahme der FRITSCH Gruppe wird, die kartellrechtliche Genehmigung vorausgesetzt, mit Wirkung vom 01.08.2019 erfolgen.

Über MULTIVAC

MULTIVAC ist einer der weltweit führenden Anbieter von Verpackungslösungen für Lebensmittel aller Art, Life Science- und Healthcare-Produkte sowie Industriegüter. Das MULTIVAC Portfolio deckt nahezu alle Anforderungen der Verarbeiter hinsichtlich Packungsgestaltung, Leistung und Ressourceneffizienz ab. Es umfasst unterschiedliche Verpackungstechnologien ebenso wie Automatisierungslösungen, Etikettier- und Qualitätskontrollsysteme. Abgerundet wird das Angebot durch dem Verpackungsprozess vorgelagerte Lösungen im Bereich Portionieren und Processing. Dank einer umfassenden Linienkompetenz können alle Module in ganzheitliche Lösungen integriert werden. Damit gewährleisten Lösungen von MULTIVAC eine hohe Bedien- und Prozesssicherheit sowie eine hohe Effizienz. Die MULTIVAC Gruppe beschäftigt weltweit etwa 5.900 Mitarbeiter, am Hauptsitz in Wolfertschwenden sind es etwa 2.200 Mitarbeiter. Mit über 80 Tochtergesellschaften ist das Unternehmen auf allen Kontinenten vertreten. Mehr als 1.000 Berater und Servicetechniker in aller Welt stellen ihr Know-how und ihre Erfahrung in den Dienst des Kunden und sorgen für eine maximale Verfügbarkeit aller installierten MULTIVAC Maschinen. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.multivac.com.

Wolfertschwenden, 02 July 2019 - MULTIVAC takes over the FRITSCH Group and further expands its range of solutions for the bakery industry.

FRITSCH is a leading manufacturer of bakery equipment with its headquarters in the town of Markt Einersheim in Lower Franconia. The product range consists of high-performance equipment and groundbreaking technology for dough forming and processing. FRITSCH offers the right solution for every size of company - from tabletop units to industrial-scale equipment. Premium bakery products are produced with FRITSCH machines throughout the world.

With the takeover of the FRITSCH Group, MULTIVAC is complementing its range of solutions, so that in future it will also be able to offer complete production lines from one source to the bakery industry as well. “The takeover of FRITSCH is another important step for MULTIVAC in expanding our range of integrated solutions for processing and packaging food products. Thanks to the processing solutions from FRITSCH, we will continue to extend our presence in the bakery industry, where we have already been able in recent years to implement some very challenging projects for automated packaging solutions,” explained Christian Traumann, Director and Group CFO of MULTIVAC.

FRITSCH was founded in 1926 and is currently under the ownership of the fourth generation of the Fritsch family. The company, which is based in Markt Einersheim, has developed over many decades into a very innovative manufacturer of bakery equipment. In 2018 FRITSCH generated a turnover of around 80 million euros and currently employs approx. 600 staff. In mid April of this year FRITSCH filed for insolvency. FRITSCH is represented by its own subsidiaries in Russia, Poland, Great Britain and the USA, and it also has a worldwide network of sales and service partners, who ensure that it remains close to its customers. As a result of the takeover, FRITSCH will become part of a strong Group, enabling it to continue its business operations for the benefit of its stakeholders and customers.

The integration of the company into the MULTIVAC Group will begin immediately. The manufacture and development of FRITSCH products will continue at its site in Markt Einersheim. FRITSCH also has a Technology Center there, in which customer trials are carried out and customized products and recipes are developed. The company's products will be sold via MULTIVAC's worldwide sales and service network. Investment will be made at MULTIVAC's subsidiaries in creating specialised sales teams for the bakery industry, so that in future it will be possible to offer customers integrated solutions for manufacturing and packaging bakery products.

In addition to the management in place, a MULTIVAC management team will be appointed to run the company, and this will direct and develop the FRITSCH Group as a stand-alone business. “We are very pleased at the successful takeover of the FRITSCH Group, and we are also convinced that our management will make an important contribution to the recovery of the company. FRITSCH is an industry leader in bakery equipment and has an excellent reputation in the market. Thanks primarily to the integration of FRITSCH products in MULTIVAC's line solutions, we see great synergy potential, which will make a major contribution to the healthy development of FRITSCH in future,” says Guido Spix, Director and Group CTO/COO of MULTIVAC.

Subject to approval under cartel legislation, the takeover of the FRITSCH Group will take effect on 01 August 2019.

About MULTIVAC

MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions for food products of all types, life science and healthcare products, as well as industrial items. The MULTIVAC portfolio covers virtually all requirements of processors and producers in terms of pack design, output and resource efficiency. It comprises a wide range of packaging technologies as well as automation solutions, labellers and quality control systems. The product range is rounded off with portioning and processing solutions upstream of the packaging process. Thanks to extensive expertise in packaging lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. This means that MULTIVAC solutions guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability as well as efficiency. The MULTIVAC Group has approximately 5,900 employees worldwide, with some 2,200 based at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden. With over 80 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and service technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experience to the benefit of customers, and they ensure that all installed MULTIVAC machines are utilised to their maximum. Further information can be found at: www.multivac.com.

südback Stuttgart, Germany

21. - 24. September 2019

Hall: 7
Booth no.: B31 & C31

Your contact @ FRITSCH:
FRITSCH Vertriebsgesellschaft
fvg@fritsch-group.com
 

CFIA, Rennes 

9. - 11. June 2021 

hall: 6

booth no.: A41

 

Your contact: 

MULTIVAC France SAS

+33 16 412 13 14
+33 16 412 75 30
muf@multivac.fr