Europe: Tips on digital printing solutions for the beverage sector

Pioneering printing technology is now available for corrugated packaging companies to take advantage of the growing demand from the beverage industry for special-edition packaging. Digital print methods enable brand owners to engage much more effectively with consumers via print, not only with more colour and detail but also through variation, and on demand print closely aligned to marketing messages, seasons...

Did You Know: How Halal food testing is done?

The dietary laws that forbid Jews and Muslims from consuming pork date back millennia, but when pork ingredients are included in food products, deliberately or accidently, consumers usually lack the proper detection tools to verify its existence. Thus, food producers and merchants are entirely accountable for this and should always keep up the good practice of sending food samples for...

Americas: Cognex releases high speed vision system

Cognex Corporation has launched high-acquisition speed In-Sight Micro 1500, a compact, smart-camera vision system that achieves acquisition speeds greater than 200 frames per second (fps). The company says the In-Sight 1500 is capable of performing up to 400 inspections per second with 640x240 resolution. The new product also allows users to select resolution options for up to 200 inspections per second...

Asia Pacific: More consumers favor products featuring indulgence, health, Taura Natural Ingredients tells FNI

Taura Natural Ingredients has on July 30, 2014, introduced Mini’s, which the company says they are possibly the world’s smallest real fruit pieces that are created for the Asia-Pacific market. As tiny as a grain of quinoa, Mini’s is a range of extremely small real fruit pieces developed to enable food manufacturers to add the benefits of real fruit to...

Europe: KHS launches line heater for PET bottle material savings

The beverage industry wants ever lighter polyethylene terephthlate (PET) bottles that also remain stable and ensure the quality of their products. KHS has thus launched its line heater, which is a module that is usually integrated into the rear heater area of a KHS stretch blow molder. On request the system can also be quickly retrofitted with little effort. All the necessary...

Europe: Anti-food fraud measures are working, says European Commission

A second round of coordinated pan-European testing for horse meat deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in beef products was launched in April 2014. This testing was a follow-up to the exercise carried out in 2013 in the wake of the horse meat crisis, where 4.6% of products tested positive. This second round of testing was requested and co-financed by the Commission. The findings show that...

Americas: GLG inks deal with customer to supply Luo Han Guo extract products for 12 months

GLG Life Tech Corporation has signed an agreement under which it will produce and supply Luo Han Guo (Chinese monk fruit) extract products to one of the global leaders in the food industry. It expects revenues from this 12-month agreement to be in the range of US$9 million to US$12 million, and notes that achieving these revenues will be dependent...

Europe: Italian consumers look to ice cream in traditional flavors to ease work stress

Italian consumers are looking to the creamy texture of ice cream to help relax and unwind after a busy day at the office, according to a Canadean report entitled Consumer Trends Analysis: Understanding Consumer Trends and Drivers of Behavior in the Italian Ice Cream Market. Italians who feel stressed and fatigued after a hard day’s work are sure to have...

Europe: FSA asked by board to maintain current rules on sale of raw milk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board has on July 23, 2014 asked for the FSA to maintain the current regulations controlling the sale of raw milk, while further evidence is gathered to allow board members to make a final decision on whether to revise the rules. Following a review of the current raw milk regulations, the FSA had proposed exploring...

Europe: Food producers need to be transparent on halal processes for UK consumers, finds survey

While the majority (52%) of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, a third of adults deliberately avoid halal meat certified products, primarily because of animal welfare concerns, according to a Canadean survey of 2,000 British consumers in June 2014. The survey found 32% of consumers say that they deliberately avoid meat products that are certified...