Asia Pacific: Nestlé Waters opens Thai factory

The Nestlé Waters Business Unit of Nestlé (Thai) has inaugurated its new Surat Thani factory as the second manufacturing and distribution hub for Nestlé Pure Life bottled water. It will distribute high-quality drinking water to consumers in 14 southern provinces and nationwide. “We invested over 1,800 million baht (US$52.22 million) to build the Nestlé Pure Life Surat Thani Factory," said Luca Chioda,...

Asia Pacific: Fonterra releases UHT milk powder

The new NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for ultra-high temperature (UHT) gives manufacturers longer production runs over standard milk powders. It also provides cleaner labelling on the final product and consistent shelf life stability. The product offers superior UHT stability and consistent product performance in the process and the formulation. It has good solubility, flow properties and a rich creamy flavour. Jarod Brain,...

Asia Pacific: ANZ sees sales from Chinese consumers, report

New research from global market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that 36% Chinese consumers who have bought imported products in the past six months have bought food products online from ANZ, including 24% of those who have bought food products online from Australia and New Zealand (23%). Currently, however, when it comes to baby food and products, Chinese consumers are most...

Europe: GEA exhibits compressors for natural refrigerants

GEA presented compressors for natural refrigerants refrigeration and cooling solutions at EuroShop in Duesseldorf, Germany from March 5 to 9, 2017. The six-cylinder compressor for hydrocarbons: GEA Bock HG56e HC New on the market is the GEA Bock HG56e HC series for the use of hydrocarbons. This series replaces the previous four-cylinder series HG5 and a part of the HG6 compressors. The new...

Europe: Mettler Toledo releases food processing methods

Mettler Toledo has documented 20 common moisture methods for complimentary download in April as part of its 2017 e-calendar. The collection features types common in food and bakery production spheres and cross-validated against reference methods. The Food Industry Moisture Methods provides test parameters for both standard reference and halogen moisture analysis. It details methods for ingredients such as baking powder, butter,...

Europe: Nutrition companies worry over health claims regulation, survey finds

Nutrition companies view stricter EU regulation as a greater challenge than the state of the global economy, new research has shown. Meanwhile, Brexit is not widely expected to have a major impact on the European nutrition industry. The organisers of Vitafoods Europe surveyed 190 European visitors and exhibitors to the event, which takes place between May 9 and 11, 2017,...

Asia Pacific: BASF exhibits prototypes for health in China

BASF unveiled the prototype of a plant sterol enriched soy milk beverage used for an intervention study funded by the Newtrition Asia Research Grant at Food Ingredients China 2017 held in Shanghai last month. At the event, BASF also showcases a range of relevant nutritional solutions, addressing Chinese consumers’ fast-evolving health needs. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2012, cardiovascular...

Europe: UK water drinks to grow 50% by 2021, report

UK consumption of water drinks increased 11% in 2016 to more than 3,700 million liters, with a retail value in excess of £2.7 billion (US$3.38 billion), according to a report from Zenith Global. This marks the fourth consecutive year of double-digit industry growth. Sales of plain bottled water in retail packs surged 14% to over 2,900 million liters, while volume through...

Europe: Christmas box design wins logistics award

Smurfit Kappa has won the Transport and Shelf-ready Packaging Solution award at the NL Packaging Awards 2017 on March 16 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The winning Christmas Bag-in-a-Box product challenges the conventional image that people have of a Christmas box. The products are packed in an integrated shopping bag with handles are pierced through the top of the box resulting...

Europe: Processor finds flexibility in Ishida multihead weigher

Mirelite Mirsa has bought a top-of-the-range Ishida CCW-RV multihead weigher to pack its range of frozen vegetables and fruits. The machine has the flexibility to handle target weights from as little as 10 g to as much as 1 kg with just one multihead weigher whilst consistently achieving levels of accuracy to within 0.3 g on 10 g packs...