Americas: Purdue, experts to modernize process for preserving food

Experts are working to modernize a process that is used in making products, from freeze-dried space foods to lifesaving wonder drugs. The process, called lyophilization, removes water at low temperature and pressure. Lyophilization is needed for products that would be damaged if they were dried by heating, but it can be slow, energy-intensive and expensive. A new 10-year road map to...

Europe: RPC company releases convenient packaging formats

RPC Bebo UK has launched a selection of new packs in both polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for packaging food and non-food products. The 60 mm diameter PP pot – available in 45ml, 60ml and 75ml sizes – is ideal for dips, salads, fruit pieces and snack meals. The four compartment Snap PP tray, with a 220ml brimful capacity...

Americas: Almond flour as an alternative to processed flours

Almond flour is gaining popularity among consumers as a nutritious and versatile alternative to wheat flour. Food News International finds out more from Jeff Smith, director of marketing, Blue Diamond Almonds Global Ingredients Division. FNI: Why is almond flour demand at an all-time high? Smith: Consumers are actively involved in managing their diets and are increasingly looking for nutrient dense foods to...

Europe: Study shows Probi’s probiotics support children’s immune systems

A study shows probiotics from Probi have a suppressing effect on celiac autoimmunity and may delay the onset of the disease in children genetically predisposed for gluten intolerance (celiac disease, CD). Celiac disease affects up to 3% of the population and currently the introduction of a lifelong gluten-free diet is the only available treatment. The randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled intervention study...

Americas: 3M buys allergen test kit company

3M announced has acquired Elution Technologies, a US-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage companies to help ensure their products are free from potentially harmful allergens, such as peanuts, soy or milk. Testing for potentially harmful allergens has become increasingly important to food and beverage processors and their customers. According to a 2011 study in the Journal of...

Asia Pacific: Palsgaard opens center in Shanghai

Palsgaard has opened an application center in Shanghai, China on sustainable vegetables-based emulsifiers. The center has bakery application specialists to help customers test and develop new recipes for cake mixes based on the company’s Emulpals and Palsgaard SA product ranges. There are also facilities for producing and testing cake gels based on Palsgaard’s emulsifiers, as well as ice cream applications. "Palsgaard has...

Europe: Bosch sells diefolding packaging division

The Navigator Group is planning to acquire the engineering company Sapal S.A., Ecublens, Switzerland, from Bosch's Packaging Technology division. Sapal is part of the packaging machinery division of the Bosch Group and it is focused on diefold packaging. It offers diefolding packaging of cheese under the Kustner brand, and of soup cubes and chocolate. The acquisition includes 80 Sapal employees in Ecublens,...

Asia Pacific: Layn Corp expands facilities in China

Layn Corp, a global producer of natural sweeteners, flavors, and botanicals, has opened its Global Innovation Center in Shanghai and a production facility in Guangxi, China. The Global Innovation Center will support Layn’s discovery of new innovations in sweetener and flavor systems, technologies and formulations. It conducts ongoing research and provides formulation and lab support to food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers...

Asia Pacific: Consumers are connected online, finds Tetra Pak report

Asia Pacific accounted for 70% of total growth in global Internet users, 62% of the growth in social media users, and 64% of the growth in mobile social media users in 2016, according to Hootsuite and WeAreSocial, Digital in 2017. These rapid growth rates are pushing brands in the region to pick up the pace of change and evolve their...

Asia Pacific: New confectionery formats are needed, states swop 2017

swop 2017 will showcase internationally advanced and innovative processing and packaging products for the confectionery and bakery sectors. Held from November 7 to 10 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China, German exhibitors such as Theegarten-Pactec, Chocotech, Winkler+Dünnebier, Hänsel Processing, LoeschPack and Hansa Mixer will share the latest technological know-how to visitors. Food News International asks show organizers...