Americas: Danfoss launches pilot valves

Danfoss launches new range of pilot valves for industrial refrigeration for pressures up to 52 bar to support ammonia and carbon dioxide cascade solutions. The new pilot valves are backward compatible. As part of the upgrade, there is four pilot variants instead of eight to make selection easier for contractors, original equipment manufacturers and wholesalers. The new pilots provide the...

Americas: Nestlé mulls sale of US confectionery business

Nestlé is evaluating the future of its US confectionery business, including a potential sale. The review covers the US market only and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Nestlé’s US confectionery business had sales of around CHF 900 million (US$923.93 million) in 2016. It primarily includes local chocolate brands such as Butterfinger, BabyRuth, 100Grand, SkinnyCow, Raisinets, Chunky, OhHenry! and SnoCaps, as well as local sugar brands such...

Americas: Tyson Foods expands distribution centre with US$59M

Tyson Foods invests US$59 million to expand its distribution center in Macon to include a 152,000 square foot addition to the existing facility. The distribution center serves retail and foodservice customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2018 and is expected to add more than 100 jobs, bringing...

Americas: Ovenable films passed temperature test

Smithers Pira has tested and approved ovenable films from TCL Packaging for ovenable food safety performance of up to 225°C. The packaging is suitable for all food types cooked in both conventional and microwave ovens and is available in pouch and reel format. New inks and print techniques have been used to achieve high density, 150 screen that maintains stability and...

Americas: Ardagh Group sells beer bottle online

Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, adds a 12oz clear (flint) beer bottle to its Buy Our Bottles website. The bottle with the twist-off closure is made in the US using 100% and endlessly recyclable flint glass. The product is made for craft brewers, craft soda, cider, functional beverage and kombucha manufacturers. The website enables manufacturers to order bottles by the pallet,...

Europe: RPC company designs lightweight PET bottles for sauces

RPC Promens Consumer Kolding is supplying custom-designed PET bottles for a range of dressings and sauces from Scandinavian food company Scandic Food A/S, part of the Good Food Group A/S. The injection stretch blow molded bottles – in 250ml, 350ml and 400ml sizes, with a 520ml soon to be introduced for export markets – incorporate gentle curves for an attractive,...

Europe: Amcor releases metal-free packaging for coffee

Amcor releases AmLite to increase sustainability while preserving the sensory experience of packaging coffee beans. The customizable solution is based on a metal-free coating with AmLite offering a barrier comparable to metallized materials and ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) laminates; and AmLite Ultra with a coating for aroma protection. AmLite Ultra matches the barrier performance of aluminum and has a lower carbon footprint,...

Europe: Linpac replaces three coolings towers in the UK

Linpac invests £320,000 (US$409,911) in an outside chill plant at its West Yorkshire headquarters to bring its UK cooling system in line with the European standards of Linpac Group. The new system, which replaces three existing evaporating cooling towers at the site, will run at a low ambient temperature for optimum energy efficiency and completely removes the risk of...

Americas: Sonoco expands ClearGuard packaging range

Sonoco expands its ClearGuard portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products. They can withstand the rigors of the hot fill and retort cooking processes and will be displayed at the Global Pouch Forum in Miami, US from June 14, 2017. The ClearGuard packaging has low oxygen and water vapor transmission rates to protect the food...

Americas: Whey protein for sports bars

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed Nutrilac PB-8420, a whey protein that ensures protein bars retain an indulgent cohesive (chewy) texture for 12 months or more in ambient storage conditions. The all-natural ingredient is derived from cows’ milk – helping to keep the recipe simple and facilitating clean and clear labels. The company has created a 28%-protein apple and coconut protein...