Asia Pacific: Blueberry vinegar could boost brain health in mice

Blueberry vinegar could restore cognitive function in mice, according to a report in American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Recent studies have shown that the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, have lower levels of the signaling compound acetylcholine and its receptors. Research has also demonstrated that blocking acetylcholine receptors disrupts...

Middle East: Tomatoes seen as healthy, survey

Tomatoes have a powerful association with health and are seen as the star ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, according to a survey by Lyocred of 329 consumers. Survey respondents were presented with a list of 14 fruit and vegetables and asked to pick the five they most associated with health. Green leafy vegetables, chosen by 77% of respondents, topped the poll....

Europe: Cepac designs gift pack for bottles

Swedish distiller Hernö Gin has turned to Cepac to produce a pack for its gift range, Arcwise. The pack would house a bottle of its London dry gin and two bottles of premium tonic. Cepac holds the UK rights to the curved corrugated Arcwise range, where Cepac could digitally print graphics without warping or have dead corner space.

Asia Pacific: UPM Raflatac’s recycling concept launches in China

UPM Raflatac has launched its RafCycle recycling solution in China. The first RafCycle partner certificate in China was awarded to Hangzhou Changli, which is a label converter established in 2010. Hangzhou Changli is also the 100th RafCycle partner globally. The number of RafCycle partners has grown increasingly over the years as sustainability has become one of the key drivers in the labeling...

Asia Pacific: Sino-Pack 2018 opens in March

Packaging shows Sino-Pack 2018 and PACKINNO 2018 will be held in Guangzhou, China on March 10-12 with more than 680 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions. With the four theme zones at Sino-Pack 2018 - Smart Packaging, Logistics Packaging, Food Packaging and General Packaging - the show will be offering solutions for those in the mainstream packaging industry chain. There will...

Europe: Industry hopeful over novel foods approval process, survey

Many people working in the nutrition industry feel positive about the EU’s new process for the approval of novel foods, new research by the organizers of Vitafoods Europe shows. However, experts are warning that there could be adverse implications for some companies’ intellectual property portfolios. The new regulations on novel foods, defined as anything without a significant history of consumption...

Asia Pacific: Vietnam sells state-owned beer companies, report

The Vietnamese government’s sale of a majority share in the two largest state-run breweries offers foreign brewers to take a stake in the country's rapidly growing beer market, says GlobalData. It adds beer volumes in Vietnam grew by 7.4% in 2016 with a forecast compound annual growth rate of 6.57% between 2015 and 2020. The sale of a 53.6% stake...

Americas: DSM seeks promising businesses for investment, partnership

DSM will hold a conference in April 15-17, 2018 to explore business collaborations and investment opportunities with entrepreneurs and innovators looking for financing and partnerships. The DSM 2018 Health & Human Nutrition Innovation Conference in San Francisco, California, US will focus on entries for innovative technologies and products with both near term (under two years to commercialization) and longer term...

Americas: Build infrastructure, transfer knowledge for food safety, 3M

Each day, food safety issues gain more relevance and importance throughout Latin American countries. Meanwhile, global markets and international trade bodies are pushing standards and setting up stricter conditions to avoid foodborne illness. Food and raw material exports is a big part of the economy of Latin America, especially when compared to other regions and countries. The region plays a significant role...

Europe: RPC designs stackable pails for bulk-pack sausages

A German meat producer is using the SuperLift plastic pail from RPC Superfos for its bulk-pack sausages. Metten Fleischwaren chose the bucket for its long shelf-life, easy-handling, and brilliant look, as well as its in-mold labelling oxygen barrier protection. The company is using the 4.6L injection-molded SuperLift polypropylene pail, 226 mm in diameter, for five types of sausages that it sells...