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...

Europe: PolyU joins large-scale food fraud project

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast will lead one of the world's largest food safety projects across Europe and China. The European Horizon 2020 program and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) program have awarded €10 million (US$11.2 million) towards an EU-China partnership to improve food safety and tackle food fraud. The EU-China-Safe project will...

Americas: Grain for making gluten-free beer

Beers made with Witkop teff grains may be a good alternative to traditionally brewed barley beers, reports Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Gluten-based sensitivities impact millions of people each year, leading to a dramatic rise in gluten-free food products on grocery store shelves. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, 1% of the global population has celiac disease, which results...

Asia Pacific: tna opens office in Tokyo

tna opens its Japan office and launches a Japanese website. Located in central Tokyo in the Marunouchi district, tna’s office will host technical support and sales staff to support the Japanese market with food technology solutions and innovation. "We’ve been operating in the Japanese market for a couple of years now and have been able to build up a solid...

Europe: Insect grower receives €45M in funding

Netherlands-based Protix has received €45 million (US$50.38 million) in funding from by Aqua-Spark, Rabobank, BOM and other private investors. Protix breeds insects for animal feed, as insects offer a low-impact protein alternative that can be cultivated on a variety of food scraps. The company has turned insect production into a commercial success by serving the animal feed industry, while...

Europe: Tetra Pak releases in-line blender for milk production

Tetra Pak unveils new in-line blender, the Tetra Pak In-line Blender D, which continuously collects data and controls the precision of blending. "Ingredients for formulated products can be expensive," said Helen Sellar, product manager, Tetra Pak Dairy & Beverage Systems. "Precision of blending means consistent quality, less ingredient give-away and more cost savings for customers, and that is exactly what this...

Asia Pacific: Ferrero opens innovation center in Singapore

Ferrero opens its first Asian innovation center in Singapore to house functions in the areas of health and nutrition, new raw materials and product research and development, consumer insight and foresight activities. At the Ferrero Innovation Center, which has been supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a multidisciplinary team of experts in food science, biotechnology, nutrition, consumer insights,...

Americas: People eat most of their seafood in restaurants

Case shipments of shrimp, lobster, and other crustaceans shipped by broadline distributors to independent and small chain restaurants increased by nearly double-digits in the year ending March 2017 compared to 2016, according to NPD Group’s SupplyTrack. Clam and lobster servings ordered by restaurant customers at independent full service restaurants also increased by double-digits year over year, states the monthly...

Americas: Researcher says food distribution is key to cure malnutrition

Malnutrition’s triple burden of undernourishment, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, and over nutrition impacts millions of people around the world. Changes in the availability, variety and composition of foods in developing countries is a key driver of global malnutrition, according to Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell...