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Asia Pacific: Japan’s NHI-MS to receive food packaging machinery operations

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will transfer the food packaging machinery operations at Nagoya-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Food & Packaging Machinery (MHI-SK) to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems (MHI-MS), which is located in Kobe. The integration of these operations at Kobe is being carried out as part of MHI's strategy to strengthen the structures of its businesses of small and...

Asia Pacific: Australia to see food with low-THC hemp seeds?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on whether to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low-THC hemp. CEO Steve McCutcheon said the proposal was prepared after a request from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (The Forum). "“Based on previous work done in assessing applications for permitting the sale...

Europe: Lightweight Containers opens production line in Germany

Lightweight Containers is opening a new production plant in Grossbreitenbach, Germany. The fully automated production line has a capacity of 400 KeyKeg Slimlines per hour and will be operational in the third quarter of this year. The line can produce all the members of the KeyKeg Slimline family of kegs. PET-Verpackungen Deutschland is the production partner and will manage...

Europe: Flexco releases conveyor belt precleaner

Flexco introduces food-grade FGP precleaner that prevents the hardening of wet or sticky food residues on belt conveyors in food factories. It is also certified to comply with EU 1935/2004. The precleaner is easy to install and disassemble for regular cleaning and disinfection. User snaps off the blade, removes the tensioning bolt and pulls out the tensioning device, pole and bushings....

Europe: Giving nutrition to toddlers

Products formulated for toddlers with nutrition-rich dairy ingredients represent a major untapped opportunity for food and beverage brands. The popularity of dairy ingredients such as whey continues to rise in the mainstream food market, and they are already well established as key ingredients in the tightly regulated infant formula sector. However, supplier Arla Foods Ingredients says they remain under-used in...

Asia Pacific: Ajinomoto ups production capacity in Vietnam

Ajinomoto Vietnam will increase production capacity at its Bien Hoa Factory in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam to approximately 1.2 times the current level to meet growing demand in the country for umami seasoning Aji-No-Moto. Capital investment will total approximately US$20 million, and completion of construction is scheduled in August 2017. According to a survey conducted by the company, the market...

Asia Pacific: Fonterra’s smart tankers benefits community

A partnership between Fonterra Co-operative and New Zealand's Southland District Council to improve management of the roading network has won them an award at the 2016 Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards in Dunedin. The duo won the Chorus Excellence Award for Best Practice in Infrastructure Management. The partnership uses smartphone technology onboard Fonterra’s milk tankers to send road quality information...

Europe: Barry-Wehmiller reports 84th acquisition

Accraply has bought UK-based Harland Machine Systems, producer of self-adhesive (pressure-sensitive) labeling machinery. The acquisition further expands Accraply’s global footprint, adding to brands Accraply, Trine, Graham, Sleevit and Stanford, providing labeling and shrink sleeve application and converting equipment and services. With the Harland acquisition, Barry-Wehmiller grows to 84 acquisitions.

Americas: Givaudan buys ConAgra Foods unit

Givaudan has closed the acquisition of Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings from ConAgra Foods for US$340 million. Spicetec offers flavors, spices and savory seasoning solutions to customers in North America and operates from locations in Omaha, Nebraska, Carol Stream, Illinois and Cranbury, New Jersey. "The Spicetec product portfolio and capabilities are very complimentary to Givaudan’s and will help us quickly...

Europe: RPC packaging rings in sales for frozen yogurt brand

Luxlait, producer of frozen yogurt, has reported sales that surpassed expectations after using the EasySnacking pack from RPC Superfos. The container includes a stylish spoon in the lid that makes eating on-the-go an indulgent experience. "We chose the EasySnacking pot because we were intrigued by the general look and feel of it," says Jérôme Lejeune, Luxlait's purchase manager. "It conveys something...