How to Select the Right Food Grade Conveyor Belt for Confections

Getting the right food grade conveyor belt for the right application is critical to producing high quality products.The confectionery industry requires the handling of various chocolates, sweets, candies and chewing gum, each requiring a conveyor belt with the right properties to handle their application.

Environmental and Ingredient Compatibility

Conveyor belts need to perform both in the environment and with the ingredients when producing confections. Factors such as heat, moisture, and ingredient consistency need to be considered when selecting the proper belt. 


When transferring the product between operations, the belts’ ability to flex over a rolling nose bar or a knife edge transfer is a critical factor in the selection of the proper belt for the application.  

Release Properties

The ability of a belt to release sticky products at the proper time influences the feed rate or output volume when the proper fabric and compound are selected for each operation.

Additional Features

  • Superior resistance to chemical and oils (which can deteriorate belts)
  • Outstanding abrasion and cut resistance
  • Reliable temperature transition
  • Easy to clean

Sparks stocks a wide variety of conveyor belting solutions, and our application specialist can recommend the right belt for your specific application—Including polyester fabrics along with special non-fray materials, compounds such as PVC, PU, Silicone and plastic, and a wide vary of profiles and custom fabricated features.

Solutions for applications:

  • Forming of chocolate bars(strand splicing and cutting)
  • Enrobing
  • Cooling tunnels
  • Inclination/elevating of product
  • Packaging/feeding of wrapping machines
  • Coating lines
  • Metal detection
  • Transfer belts
  • Check weighing

Whether it’s one of Sparks’ fabric belts with a special compound or profile, or a modular plastic belt that is easy to clean and has positive drive, or even one of our specialty solutions with cleats and sidewalls, Sparks can supply the proper belt for each application providing less downtime, reduced scrap and high value for any application