Asia Pacific: Consumers in China are drinking more yogurt, finds report

The drinking yoghurt market is exploding in China due to significant and sustained investment and a new demand for healthier drinks ‘on the go’, finds a Canadean report entitled 2014 Dairy Market Insights Report: China. It states drinking yogurt will become the third most consumed dairy drink in China by 2016, as the volume consumption of drinking yoghurt will exceed...

Americas: eSeal RFID-enabled packaging solution receives US patent

eAgile Inc., a global provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, has received a patent from the US Patent Office for its eSeal RFID-enabled packaging solution. The solution is applicable to the medical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries to provide them with visibility throughout the distribution process to combat counterfeiting and product tampering. “The demand for intelligent packaging continues to rise,...

Asia Pacific: Vitafoods Asia Conference to highlight trends for the nutraceutical market, finds FNI

For the first time this year, the two-day Vitafoods Asia Conference will run alongside nutraceutical exhibition Vitafoods Asia from September 3 to 4, 2014 at the AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. Speakers from various countries and organizations will be presenting topics, including: Halal in nutraceuticals - market opportunities and business success, Dietary lipids - the growing role of Omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids or...

Americas: 18-year study finds caffeine intake associated with lower incidence of tinnitus among women

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower rates of tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear when there is no outside source of the sounds, in younger and middle-aged women. This research is published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine and...

Asia Pacific: China’s growing urban population, hectic lifestyles pose opportunities for on-the-go, single-serve snacks

The Chinese bakery and cereals market – already the largest in volume – is set to become the second most valuable by 2018, as more urban dwellers consume pick-me-up snacks on-the-go, according to a Canadean report entitled Consumer Trends Analysis: Understanding Consumer Trends and Drivers of Behavior in China’s Bakery & Cereals Market. The report states that the Chinese bakery...

Asia Pacific: Australian companies need to innovate, adapt, network, go online to engage businesses in China, says report

Australian businesses wanting to succeed in China must perfect the art of networking the Chinese way, according to Deakin research completed in partnership with the Open University of Hong Kong. The researchers found that many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) struggled to undertake the type of intense networking needed to build relationships in a culture where business lives or dies...

Europe: EU Isoglucose production to take off post-2017, says Rabobank

The impending change in European Union (EU) sugar policy in 2017 could trigger a shift from sugar to isoglucose usage, according to a Rabobank report entitled Will Starch Grains Beat Sugar? The company believes that isoglucose production could take off, particularly in grain and starch-rich but sugar-poor countries such as Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. At the same time, other regions in...

Europe: Baker Perkins’ 16-stream die for co-extrusion systems for snacks

Baker Perkins launches a new 16-stream die for its co-extrusion systems for snacks. The die, with a previous maximum of 12 streams, is part of the CoEx Master System, producing snacks containing two components – a cereal outer and a center filling. Fillings with contrasting tastes and textures are incorporated into the cereal tube emerging from a twin-screw extruder. It is formed...

Americas: Hilmar Cheese Company expands facility

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is making additional investments in cheese production at its facility in Dalhart, Texas, US. The growth expands the facility’s footprint and increases milk receiving capabilities, cold storage space and 640 cheese block processing equipment, as well as employing more than 420 people. This investment comes as an earlier expansion to the 40 lb. natural cheese processing is...

Americas: Hormel Foods Corporation completes acquisition of Muscle Milk maker

Hormel Foods Corporation has announced the closing of its acquisition of CytoSport Holdings, Inc., the maker of ready-to-drink protein beverage products Muscle Milk. Hormel Foods say the acquisition will serve as a growth catalyst for the company’s specialty foods segment, and also expands its offerings of portable, immediate, protein-rich foods. Total 2014 annual sales are expected to be approximately US$370 million. The...