Europe: EFSA improves scientific assessments

European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) Scientific Committee has developed three key methodological frameworks to improve the robustness, quality and transparency of the scientific assessments done by EFSA’s 10 sectoral scientific panels. And scientific methods are the recipes of scientific assessments. The frameworks are: 1. Weight of evidence – a three-step approach for assembling, weighing and integrating evidence on the basis of...

Europe: Germany’s love for traditional game meat

A TÜV SÜD survey examines how adventurous meat-eaters in Germany are when it comes to more unusual types of meat from animals such as kangaroo, ostrich and snake. Online shops and specialty restaurants are increasingly offering exotic types of meat. For example, the number of suppliers of prime meat (e.g. Kobe beef) or meat from non-European animal species is rising. Meat...

Europe: Lyckeby products expand footprint with Ingredion

Ingredion and Lyckeby are collaborating to ensure food producers in countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) have improved access to Lyckeby’s broad portfolio of specialty potato starch ingredients. This, coupled with Ingredion’s texture and application expertise, will open-up new possibilities in various food applications including meat, cheese, batters and breadings. The specialty potato starch range,...

Asia Pacific: Bangkok to hold seminar on disinfection technology

Hanovia and Domnick Hunter RL will hold the Water Academy seminar in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 1, 2017. The one-day seminar will focus on best practice in process water technologies for process engineers and those responsible for technology procurement. The seminar is the first in a series to be held across the Asia Pacific region, where the beverage industry is growing...

Americas: Bosch to demostrate granola bars packaging at show

Bosch Packaging Technology will showcase a new customer project to produce and package granola bars on a fully integrated bar system, from mixing to palletizing at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017 from September 25 to 27. Canadian confectionery manufacturer, Riverside Natural Foods wanted a solution from mix to pallet for its MadeGood granola bars. Using Bosch's solution, after all ingredients of...

Asia Pacific: Flavored milk gains foothold in India

Flavored milk products accounted for 43% of dairy drink introductions in India in 2016, up from 20% in 2012, according to Mintel Global New Products Database. Mintel defines dairy drink as white milk, flavored milk, drinking yoghurt and liquid cultured milk, as well as plant-based drink (dairy alternatives) subcategories. In the first half of 2017, flavored milk accounted for 39% of...

Americas: SunOpta sells equipment to discontinue unit

SunOpta will sell equipment used in the production of flexible, re-sealable pouches from its Allentown, PA facility to Skjodt-Barrett for US$2 million. The company plans to discontinue flexible, re-sealable pouch products as part of its ongoing portfolio optimization strategy and Value Creation Plan. "This asset sale, and discontinuation of the flexible re-sealable pouch business aligns with our stated portfolio optimization...

Americas: Chilled dairy alternatives threatens traditional products

There’s a battle brewing in the food and beverage industry, a regulatory skirmish in both Europe and the United States over dairy alternative marketers’ use of dairy terms such as milk and butter. According to a Packaged Facts white paper, consumers increasingly seek fresh, whole, natural foods, while budging very little in the priority on convenience. The dairy and refrigerated...

Europe: JBT buys company for £28M

JBT Corp has bought PLF International Limited (PLF), a provider of powder filling systems for the global food and beverage markets for £28 million (US$36.8 million). The acquisition of PLF adds annual revenue of approximately US$25 million. PLF is a specialist manufacturer of filling machines and complete turnkey line project management for the global powder product market. With demand increasing worldwide...

Asia Pacific: Multi-plane imager for faster checkout

Zebra Technologies Corp offers the MP7000 multi-plane one or two dimension (1D/2D) imager for grocers, discount chains and warehouse clubs to accelerate checkout lines. The company also introduced the DataCapture DNA software suite of productivity, management, application development and visibility tools and utilities. It works with Zebra handheld, fixed-mount and companion scanners, as well as the new MP7000 to simplify...