Americas: Consumers perceive sports drinks as healthier beverages than others

Over the past five years, the US retail market for energy and sports drinks expanded in vigorous fashion culminating in sales of US$25 billion in 2016 after rising at an annual rate of 7% over the preceding half decade, according a Packaged Facts report. It forecasts that energy and sports drinks will remain among the fastest growing sectors of the...

Americas: Crackly crust is essential to a baguette’s aroma, researchers find

A French baguette is one of those key staples that foodies hunt for. Now scientists have gained new insight into why a crisp crust is a must for this quintessential bread. They report their findings on how crumb and crust structure affect aroma — and therefore, perceived taste — in American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The...

Americas: Videojet releases ICJ printer with advance alerts

Using predictive capabilities like an ink build-up sensor, the Videojet 1860 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer provides up to eight hours of advance notice of the most common potential fault conditions that can impact on line uptime. It integrates on-board intelligence and communication abilities with technology elements to help meet manufacturers' needs. The 1860 delivers uptime performance that can...

Asia Pacific: Fonterra opens upgraded Malaysian dairy plant

Fonterra has reopened the doors to its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia following a NZ$7 million (US$4.85 million) investment to boost manufacturing efficiencies. The upgrade will allow the plant to blend and pack around 30,000 mt of milk powder products a year – that is one billion serves of dairy. MD of Fonterra Brands Malaysia and Singapore, Jose Miguel Porraz...

Asia Pacific: Enmin launches elevating spiral conveyors

Enmin offers a new elevating spiral conveyor in Australia for conveying products and raw materials vertically to higher levels or conversely, down to near ground level. It has a comparably small foot print, an ease of cleaning and almost maintenance-free operation for food production. The solution uses the powerful acceleration of vibratory and a specially engineered spiral flight path to overcome...

Americas: Flexicon releases conveyor handling many sources

Flexicon releases a flexible screw conveyor with trough hopper that can receive material from multiple outlets of feeders, grinders, blenders and other process equipment. The hopper has an extended-length charging adapter that exposes 45 inches of the flexible screw rotating within an inclined U-shaped trough to charge material entering the hopper at any point. The rugged inner screw is the only...

Europe: Thermo Fisher Scientific debuts X-ray machine for heavy products

Thermo Fisher Scientific displayed an X-ray machine that handles products of up to 50 kg in IP65 washdown environments at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Thermo Scientific NextGuard Pro X-ray inspection system is the latest model in the range with an extended, rugged, washdown conveyor that can handle multiple large packages while also incorporating a complete rejection system. "The NextGuard...

Americas: Verso Corp releases bags for foodservice, industrial use

Packaging company Verso Corporation introduces the GlazeBag NK and GlazeWrap NK products, joining its NK Series of lightweight, machine-glazed natural kraft papers manufactured using unbleached virgin fiber. These products offer a natural look and feel with performance for foodservice, industrial and flexible packaging applications. "Our focus is on creating high-performance, unbleached natural kraft papers for demanding converting processes," said Mike...

Americas: Kemin’s spearmint extract gets self-affirmed GRAS status

Kemin Industries supplement ingredient Neumentix Phenolic Complex K110-42 has received self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe or GRAS status after a review of safety by independent scientific experts. The water-extracted spearmint can now be used in a variety of functional food and beverage applications. Neumentix is a clinically-studied botanical ingredient that has been shown to support cognitive health, working memory performance...

Europe: Lycored skin health study wins award

Lycored's skin health study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, has won the NutraIngredients Award for Best University Research. The award recognizes true innovation and cutting edge research in health foods, supplements and nutrition. Lycored's skin health study researched how Lycopene-Rich Tomato Nutrition Complex (TNC) and lutein can protect against ultra violet (UV) A/B- and UVA1 radiation at a molecular...