With over 900 employees, more than 15.000 references, 14 brands, 6 production facilities, and a widespread network of 10 subsidiaries and more than 90 agents, CFT Group is synonymous of quality, innovation and reliability worldwide.

CFT Group designs, engineers and manufactures machineries and complete turnkey lines for the Food, Liquid Food and Beverage industry. Decades of experience and know-how of its leading brands in their respective sectors allow CFT GROUP to offer a complete equipment portfolio based on the most advanced technologies.

One of the last innovative solutions made by CFT Group is Zenith Chrono Concept, the evolution of the first generation of Zenith Chrono de-activation systems which presents a lot of stunning new features compared to its predecessor; among these, a complete hygienic design, an extremely easiness of maintenance, a smart connection with downstream and upstream machines (Giubileo concept cold extractor and refiner), a very high modularity and efficiency of the heat exchange.

Thanks to its short processing time and anaerobic environment, this machine is extremely efficient in enzyme inactivation. It is available in various versions designed, engineered and manufactured to process fruits with and without stones, such as Mediterranean and tropical fruits and red fruits.

Zenith Chrono Concept gives the possibility to simultaneously process different varieties of products (e.g. green and red apples) with different levels of ripeness without losing quality in the final product.


Compact and high hygienic design

Modularity of heat exchangers

Extremely easy maintenance

Very user-friendly management system

Low maintenance costs Quick installation and start-up


No transfer of undesirable color, black specks, molds, pesticides and chemical into the pulp

Extremely fast enzyme de-activation

High viscosity of the final products

Preservation of organoleptic properties of the final product

Elimination of ascorbic acid to avoid oxidation

Short residence time: no transient heat transfer

Sanitation through CIP system

No product dilution

No product burning


Canned wine on the rise with Francis Ford Coppola 18/08/2019 | by LUCIANO FERRARO

“I make more money with wine than with movies. And to think, I didn’t drink when I was young.” At 80, Francis Ford Coppola still enjoys taking people by surprise. When he became rich with “The Godfather” he invested almost everything in a winery in the Napa Valley, the Rubicon Estate, which later became the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. He turned it into a wine mecca, with his movie memorabilia displayed between the barrels, including the Oscars.

After spending 35 years producing the most classic of wines (from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc) and restoring old varieties of grape, Coppola is following in the footsteps of beer. He has now put his Diamond Collection wines in cans. Not only white wines and sparkling wines, but also important reds such as Pinot Noir are now sold in packs of four 250 ml cans for 24 dollars. According to wine traditionalists, cans are an insult to the sacredness of wine, on a par with screw caps and bag-in-box packaging. However, at the ProWein trade fair in Dusseldorf, where the director introduced the Napa Valley canned range, his stand was always crowded. And not just with fans and curious people.

Seizing the opportunity, the German trade fair defined 2019 as “The year of the can”, “a format that is taking off more quickly in the USA than any other alternative wine-packaging format. For companies that want to appeal to the younger generations in the USA, ignoring it would just be a form of snobbery. Data from the US is impressive: BW 166 LLC, the market research company for alcoholic beverages, claims that retail wine sales between June 2017 and June 2018 remained stable in the US at $3.3 billion. However, sales of canned wine increased by 43% over the same period.

“We were among the first to use this format – the sommeliers of Francis Ford Coppola Winery tell us – it is a way to make premium wine more convenient. This does not lessen our commitment to superior quality wines. “We are so excited about wines in a can that we are expanding the collection”, confirms Corey Beck, chief enologist of the Coppola family. The Pinot Grigio in cans is 13% and is fresh and fruity. Half a per cent less than the Chardonnay (which lacks a bit of structure) and the Pinot Noir, which is delicate and well balanced. There is also the Sofia, a white blend of 187 ml, and a Brut Rosé made from Pinot Noir. They would never feature in a scene of The Godfather, but it is likely that even these cans earn Coppola more than his movies do.

CFT Group has recently installed the automatic filling and seaming monoblock system Master C Block in the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, together with a Warmer Tunnel and a Depal. The 24 valves machine Master C Block, with speed up to 15.000 cph and a flow meter te­chnology with high filling point accuracy, has been realized to perfectly fit in the winery’s production process.

Video interview with Rob Roy from IPS-Integrated Project Services, LCC

A modern facility has to include efficient processes, flexible use of space and innovative technology. Highly sophisticated robotic technologies are revolutionising product handling in order to ensure minimal use of transport barriers, single-rejection capabilities and eliminating contamination risks from primary packaging materials.

Rob Roy, Sr. Director Aseptic Technology at IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC (USA) talks about INJECTA’s robotic technology in a short video.

MOVE 5 – high containment

Are you ready for the fifth move?

Achieving high containment demands a combined strategy where design optimisation, regular in-place decontamination and superior isolation technologies come into play.

INJECTA achieves that objective by acting on all fronts to maximise each aspect and deliver optimum results.

Watch how INJECTA makes high containment a certainty across the entire process and follow the Queen on her way towards Checkmate in 7.

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CFT Group newsletter//January – February 2020

This year you will surely have a wide choice about where to visit us! We are glad to share with you CFT Group’s first tradeshows of this year! This is a real evidence that commitment to our customers is growing more and more, as well as the range of technologies we are going to show you around the world.

Upakovka – Moscow

Upakovka is the number one trade fair in Russia for packaging and processing equipment and CFT Group’s Russian Team has not missed this usual appointment, ready to unveil its know-how in manufacturing single machines and complete turnkey lines for the food & beverage industry.

Fruit Logistica – Berlin

We took part in Fruit Logistica, Berlin, for the second time, together with our Product Treatment Sales Team and our partner Naddeo Technologies. Fruit Logistica has represented the perfect occasion to showcase CFT Group’s brand-new decoring machine for salads, already introduced on the Italian market during Cibustec 2019 edition: the COMBICORE.

CLFP – Santa Clara and NWFPA – Spokane

CLFP Expo, in Santa Clara, Texas and NWFPA, in Spokane, Washington, have represented the perfect opportunity to showcase our know-how in processing and packaging technologies for the Food, Liquid Food and Beverage sectors and to introduce our brand new CFT Robotics platform on the American market. We have been present with our two partners for the American market. Process Resource for what concerns processing technologies and equipment and PCE for filling and packaging solutions.

BBTech – Rimini

We have participated in BBTech Expo, Rimini, Italy, together with our company COMAC and we have showcased on our booth two Comac’s machines. The K2 and the Smartcan 8.1! BBTech is the International fair dedicated to craft beer producers with a special focus on the Italian craft beer market and our Beverage Sales Team was there to present CFT Group’s wide range of solutions for the filling and packaging for all kind of formats.

DairyTech – Moscow

We have been in Moscow for DairyTech Expo to present our know-how regarding processing and packaging technologies related to Milk and Dairy sector. CFT Group Sales Team was there to introduce the company’s multi-annual experience in manufacturing turnkey lines as well as single equipment specific for the Liquid Food sector, such as sterilizers, evaporators and batch systems.

Francis Ford Coppola

New articles on our Blog! Find out more about how CFT Group is contributing to Francis Ford Coppola’s incredible innovation in the wine industry.


New articles on our Blog! Our partnership with Kagome has deep roots indeed! Do not miss the occasion to read this article where you will be able to learn how CFT Group has played a key role in helping this company to further develop its production efficiency!


With reference to the further restrictions on people mobility made effective on March 8th by the Italian Government in the Northern Italy in order to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, you can find CFT Group’s latest press release.

Stay Connect!

IMA launches “Stay Connect!”, the platform that enhances collaborative and sharing technologies.  

Collaboration, Sharing Experiences, and Digital Working are the keywords that feature Stay Connect!, the digital platform launched by IMA to enhance and offer all the Group’s digital products on a single touchpoint.

Discover more about:

  • Virtual Meeting & Remote FAT
  • Customer Care & Connected Field Force
  • Virtual Training & Design
  • Connected Machines

and stay tuned.


Optimum packaging solution leverages proven technology

Cama’s industry knowhow and technological capabilities match 100% of customer demands with tailored, best-fit secondary packaging solution

Thanks to the depth and breadth of its multi-industry application knowledge, Cama has been able to satisfy the unique demands of a leading pharmaceutical company that wanted to exploit a
specific, specialised approach to its secondary packaging processes.

Proving that engineers should never settle for second best or opt for solutions that just ‘nearly do’ what they want, Cama was able to create a packaging solution that precisely matched the
customer’s brief and employed all the requested features, using technology and knowhow-transfer from the other markets it so successfully serves.

Exploiting experience

According to Fabio Melli, Sales Engineer Manager at Cama: “The customer had limited room in which to site the new packaging machine and we knew that side-load packaging, so often deployed in pharma, was not an option. Instead of using side loading, for which Cama has huge experience in high-speed cartoning machine solutions, we were, instead, able to exploit our wide experience of top-loading machine technology and adapt it to the rigorous demands of the pharma manufacturing environment.”

In addition, the engineers at Cama also had to take into account a new packaging format that Cama’s packaging design team had helped the customer to visualise, prototype and create. The box not only
had to be easy to open and close, but also had to provide tamper-proofing, compounding the challenge was the fact that it had to be available in different sizes, to accommodate various content counts and package formats, to cater for differing demands across the global pharmaceutical market.

The machine that Cama developed was for the packaging of single stick packs-an ever-growing packaging trend within the Healthcare and harmaceutical markets. The machine also had to deliver full track and trace, leaflet/booklet dispensing and insertion and other pharmaceutical quality-control measures.

On top of the regulations defined by CFR21, the customer had a number of additional demands over and above the international standard too, one of which was the ability to simulate errors. This was put in place to optimise throughput, as the supervisory controller would be able to much more easily spot errors, prevent issues from propagating
and remove the risk of short counts and contamination.
“We certainly had a lot to achieve,” Melli explains. “Not only did we have the small footprint, but we also had to adapt the technology to the new box format. Couple this to an infeed of more than 500 pieces per minute from the bagging machine and the
added traceability and leafleting, and you get some idea of the challenge we faced.”

Flexible, future-proof design

Cama’s solution was to deploy its in-house-developed robotic technology, which would pick up the stick pack and load them gently into the boxes using product counts defined by the box size and batch parameters, including the incorporation of packaging recipe flexibility, for possible future variations in products and box packaging dimensions. The pick-and-place operations for the products are complemented by robotic box forming
and closing procedures, too.

“Powder stick pack present a big challenge,” Melli says. “They are very small – only 80 mm long and 22 mm wide – and contain about five or six grams of powder. We had to take this into account when packaging them into arrays of between eight and fifty to a box.

In operation, the process bagging machine discharges 10 pieces per cycle and dispenses them in a line, onto a 600 mm wide FDA smart transport conveyor belt. The Cama machine then uses advanced vision systems to detect their individual
positions on the belt before guiding the robots to pick up and orientate them according to the packaging style requested.

Setting global standards

“We have a lot of experience of this type of application,” Melli explains, “thanks to our widespread deployment in other markets, where our new-generation machine portfolio sets the standard for flexibility and efficiency. We had a number of models available upon which we could develop this new pharma technology, so the customer was spoilt for choice when it came the core operating principals. Thanks to our tightly integrated robotic technology and the advanced vision systems, not only did the customer get exactly what it wanted, but it also gained flexibility to adapt the machine to future demands in term of output and packaging formats.

“Side loading is potentially easier and faster for this type of application,” Melli says, “and is typically what other machines suppliers would have offered, even specifically pushing this technology due to their limited machine portfolios. But sideloading would not have addressed all the customer’s demands, especially for easy open and reclose boxes. Our top-loading solution, on the other hand, answers all the customer’s questions. Indeed, the customer opted to go for our solution opposed to what it already has in it’s workshop. The consensus was that sideloading
may be faster, but in this case, it was certainly not the optimum solution.”

“We worked very closely with this customer,” Melli concludes, “to develop an advanced solution that does 100% of what it needed. We always feel that it is important to be open minded with our customers (as many suppliers will only push the limited technology they have), whereas we are able to propose multiple solutions, all based on industry-proven concepts.”

Cama Group, since 1981, is an international leader in engineering and production of high-technology secondary packaging systems.
We offer completely integrated packaging lines, from primary packages up to final packaging, ready for palletizing, serving the Food (Bakery, Confectionery, Coffee, Ice Cream, Dairy, Ready Meals, Grocery), Non Food (Personal, Health & Home Care) and Pet Food industries.


Inspection solutions ensure food safety

Consumers expect safe food

Traceability and quality assurance of food

Food production is a highly sensitive area in which consumers place a lot of trust in the manufacturer. Oflate food fraud has become a global problem that affects all consumers. When health and safety regulations are not respected and food is contaminated, the general welfare is quickly affected.

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Checkweighing and metal detection

High performance 5-track inspection

The combination of checkweigher and metal detector reliably checks the packed cheese on 5 tracks. Wrongly weighted products as well as products contaminated with metal are discharged separately by means of a hinged belt.

 100% final product control

Quality control of sausages with checkweighers

Splendid Foods S.A.U. company was founded in 1946 in a pork’s butchers in Centelles, Barcelona. The introduction of the dynamic checkweighing systems played a key role in process optimization and elevated the quality standard to a new high.

interpack Dusseldorf | 25.02. – 03.03.2021

Meet our experts!

Experience the outstanding engineering quality, flexibility and advisory competence. Learn about our world premieres in Checkweighers, X-ray inspection, Track & Trace and Weigh cells.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth in hall 14 booth A56  and hall 15 booth C41 to show you suitable solutions for your industry or specific application.


In CFT Group we are doing our best to work and live by the current safety rules, let’s all do it!
In the meantime, we have closed the year 2019: 251 million euros turnover (+12%) and marginality of 7%.
It has been a successful year thanks to the business diversification strategy and the new investments done.
We are proudly growing in line with expectations!

Press release March 23rd

We reconfirm that our sales, engineering, technical and after sales departments are fully operative on a smart-working basis, while we have taken strict sanitary-hygiene measures, in full compliance with the regulations adopted by the Italian Government, in order to guarantee the safety of all our employees in the production and logistic departments which will remain operational. Check our website for any future update.

CFT USA is going digital!

Here is the new Linkedin page of CFT USA, our US subsidiary based in Vernon Ills, Illinois. Follow them and stay tuned, we will soon present a dedicated brand new website!

CFT Group and Naddeo: stronger together

The partnership between CFT Group and Naddeo Technologies opens very interesting new business perspectives: we are designing many 360° solutions for the selection, chopping, washing and drying of fresh vegetables on the fourth range market.

Wine industry? Yes, we can!

The Sababay project in Bali demonstrates our know-how in the wine production industry and is a great example of the level of our support in similar situations. Read the full case history!