Americas: Young adults are interested in fortified foods, report

About 25% of US adults specially seek out foods and beverages with high amounts of probiotics or prebiotics, according to the 2017 National Consumer Survey conducted by Packaged Facts. With the increased focus on their potential in recent years, probiotics have emerged as one of the biggest trends today in the food and beverage industry. These products range from the familiar...

Europe: Researchers to extract proteins from potato residuals

Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 14 million (US$2.18 million) in a project that uses potato and seaweed residuals in ingredient production. Today, seaweed and potatoes are used to extract a variety of additives for food production. This generates large quantities of residual products, which are converted with a very low value and sold as animal feed or end up...

Americas: TricorBraun forms company with Amfora Packaging

TricorBraun and Amfora Packaging has formed a 50-50 joint venture company called TricorBraun South America SAS. The joint venture will cover five countries in South America: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela, said Carlos Acedo, GM of Latin America for TricorBraun. TricorBraun has been developing business in Mexico and South America for the past eight years. The company offers alternatives for...

Europe: Tetra Pak launches frozen dairy packaging

Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM offers itself as a new package for producers to create liquid dairy and juice drinks using existing production processes, and market them as ice cream and frozen products. The new package by Tetra Pak allows dairy and juice drinks to be produced and distributed in small carton pouches at room temperature, and subsequently turned...

Americas: Drivers behind more green intake among consumers

US consumers' consumption of fresh produce grew steadily at about 1.3% between 2011 and 2016, according to a Packaged Facts report. "Fruit and vegetable producers benefited from steady growth among the US population, as well as from the fact that all age groups have high usage rates, especially Gen X adults," says David Sprinkle, research director. "Increases in disposable personal income...

Americas: Blueberries may improve attention in children

Primary school children could show better attention by consuming flavonoid-rich blueberries, following a study conducted by the University of Reading. In a paper published in Food & Function, a group of 7-10 year olds who consumed a drink containing wild blueberries or a matched placebo and were tested on their speed and accuracy in completing an executive task function on...

Americas: Multi-Color buys labels unit

Multi-Color Corporation has bought the labels division of Constantia Flexibles from Constantia Flexibles GmbH in a cash and equity transaction valued at approximately US$1.3 billion. The combined annual revenues of the two businesses will be approximately US$1.7 billion. The combination brings together Constantia Labels' food and beverage business with Multi-Color's home and personal care and wine and spirits platforms, as...

Americas: More consumers snack on cereals

Mintel finds 43% of US cereal consumers eat cereal as a snack at home, ranking as the second most common reason to consume cereal, aside from breakfast (89%). Some 17% say they have cereal as a snack away from home and 10% enjoy cereal on the go. Specifically, 56% of Millennials (aged 23-40) say they have eaten cereal as a snack...

Europe: Box that keeps produce fresh longer

To save some of the fruit and vegetables from the waste bin, four Technical University of Denmark (DTU) students have, in connection with the Open Innovation X (Oi-X) initiative Oi-X FOOD at DTU, developed the storage solution FreshNest. The plastic box for the fridge which provides ideal conditions for fruit and vegetables so they stay fresh for up to three...

Europe: Packaging craft spirits in pharma bottles

Originally designed as pharmaceutical containers for medicines and tonics, Beatson Clark’s apothecary range of bottles are giving craft spirits brand a distinctive, retro appearance. BrewDog was among the first to use the pharmaceutical bottles for its LoneWolf gin. They chose Beatson Clark’s 500ml Sloping Shoulder Flat bottle for the prototype gin they launched in April. "Our pharmaceutical bottles are proving a popular...