Americas: Study shows key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes

Scientists are researching on the ingredients in chocolate that might help prevent obesity, type-2 diabetes and potential health benefits such as improved thinking, decreased appetite and lowered blood pressure. They found that an antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. Their report appears in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry by...

Americas: Whey beneficially affects diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk factors in obese adults, say researchers

New evidence shores up findings that whey protein, which is found in milk and cheese, could have health benefits for people who are obese and do not yet have diabetes. The study, which appears in the Journal of Proteome Research by American Chemical Society, examined how different protein sources affect metabolism. Lars O. Dragsted, Kjeld Hermansen and their colleagues point out...

Americas: M&H Plastics packages vitamins in PET spray bottles

M&H Plastics has produced 15ml polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Tubular bottles for BetterYou products, using tooling and production capabilities. BetterYou is a natural health supplement company producing vitamin supplements through spray delivery, especially magnesium and vitamins B12 and D. “Vitamin deficiency is one of the most important lifestyle problems facing us today,” said Rebecca Thompson, production manager of BetterYou. “With M&H Plastics to...

Europe: Clear Lam Packaging shows stackable, reclosable packaging solution at interpack 2014

Following a successful launch in North America, Clear Lam Packaging debuts the PrimaPak Packaging System in Europe at the Ilapak booth at interpack 2014 from May 8 to 14, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Clear Lam first developed the proprietary PrimaPak vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) technology using an Ilapak machine platform. The Clear Lam patented technology produces a cubed package with a reclosable...

Asia Pacific: Amcor buys Indonesian flexible packaging company for US$25.3M

Amcor says it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bella Prima Packaging, an Indonesian flexible packaging business for A$27 million (US$25.3 million). It adds the purchase price represents seven times reported in calendar year (CY) 2013, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Bella Prima has two plants in Jakarta, Indonesia specializing in the shrink sleeve, label and lidding businesses. Its...

Asia Pacific: Chinese researchers create color-coded smart tag for food safety

A color-coded smart tag could tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour or a can of green beans has spoiled without opening the containers, according to researchers. The tag, which would appear on the packaging, also could be used to determine if medications and other perishable products were still active or fresh, they said. This report on the...

Asia Pacific: Biothera gains approval for immune booster, names distributor in South Korea

Biothera has selected Naturalendo Tech as its exclusive distribution partner in South Korea, following Naturalendo’s successful effort to secure regulatory approval for Wellmune. Wellmune WGP is Bothera’s natural immune booster for foods, beverages and supplements. Wellmune is a beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast. Nine human clinical studies have demonstrated the ingredient’s ability to safely boost key...

Europe: Study finds breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in baby’s gut

The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child's gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen. The study shows that breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the baby's gut flora, which...

Asia Pacific: China, Denmark partner on food safety knowledge exchange

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have on April 25, 2014, signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen knowledge exchange between both countries on food safety. The agreement will establish a platform for research collaboration between Chin and Denmark. The intention is for DTU Food and CFSA to exchange experience...

Europe: 3D modeling of food can potentially improve, vary products

In the long term, research into three dimensional (3D) models of food and beverages will contribute to greater variation and improved quality in foods, according to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). “Computer processing power and mathematical modelling are required to generate 3D models of the foods and beverages, such as milk, we consume. In the future, 3D models of...