Europe: LINPAC Packaging introduces absorbent EPS base for fresh meat, fish

LINPAC Packaging introduces LINslice, an absorbent expanded polystyrene (EPS) base ideally suited to products such as sliced smoked salmon and pre-cooked meats. Micro-perforations have been created within the base to absorb any unsightly juices that can contain bacteria and lead to spoilage of the meat. They ensure that the premium look and feel of the pack is maintained to encourage...

Americas: Ossid introduces flexible thermo form-fill-seal packaging machine

Ossid, powered by Pro Mach, introduces the 8000S, a thermo form-fill-seal machine for medium to high production environments. This horizontally oriented machine can produce package types including flexible, foil-foil, semi-rigid, rigid, ambient, vacuum, modified atmosphere, and reclosable. Delivering up to 20 cycles per minute, the 8000S can accommodate three and six-inch cores for the dual supply mandrels. While the drive chain and...

Americas: GLG receives GRAS letter of no objection from US FDA for stevia extracts

The US FDA has issued Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) letter of no objection covering several high-purity stevia extracts by GLG Life Tech Corporation. The extracts, each containing over 95% steviol glycosides (predominantly rebaudioside A and stevioside), include GLG’s Rebsweet and AnySweetPLUS stevia extract products (with rebaudioside A content ranging from 50% to 85%). The GRAS program is an FDA-approved process...

Asia Pacific: Australian manufacturers demand total integration, performance and flexibility in solutions, tna tells FNI

tna, a global supplier of integrated food packaging and processing solutions has recently introduced Paul Irwin as regional sales manager for Australia. Starting at the company as an apprentice electrician, Irwin has been with tna’s technical team for 16 years. In his new role based in Melbourne, Australia, Irwin will be responsible for regional sales of the company’s processing and packaging...

Americas: Arboris’ plant sterol ingredients certified non-GMO

Arboris says its plant sterol functional food ingredient, Protanica, has received non-genetically modified organism (GMO) verification from the Non-GMO Project, North America’s independent non-GMO verification lab. This certification states that any non-GMO verified food product can incorporate the product as a functional ingredient without concern of losing its non-GMO status. The company says Protanica is currently the only plant sterol that...

Americas: Study finds saturated fat intake may cause people with higher genetic obesity risks to gain weight

Limiting saturated fat could help people whose genetic make-up increases their chance of being obese. In a new study abstract, researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University identified 63 gene variants related to obesity and used them to calculate a genetic risk score for obesity for more than 2,800 white,...

Asia Pacific: Malaysian organizations, Evolva to establish center of excellence in Pahang

Evolva Holding SA says it will collaborate with Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) to establish a scientific Centre of Excellence for natural products from Malaysia as part of the flavor and fragrance cluster in the state of Pahang. The Centre of Excellence, which is being facilitated by the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) will focus on the development of natural compounds using...

Europe: More consumers in France favor indulgent blends in breakfast cereals

Over a third of bakery and cereals consumption in France is motivated by the desire to indulge, meaning that it is vital for manufacturers to underline products’ sensory credentials, such as their superior taste, crunchiness, and indulgent fillings, according to Canadean report Understanding Consumer Trends and Drivers of Behavior in the French Bakery & Cereals Market. It predicts innovations in...

Americas: Edible films infused with essential oils could keep bread fresh longer, find researchers

A study from American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports the development of new edible films containing oils from clove and oregano that preserve bread longer than commercial additives. Nilda de F. F. Soares and colleagues note that the search for new ways to keep packaged food from spoiling has led some scientists to essential oils, which...

Americas: New technology may help identify safe alternatives to BPA

Numerous studies have linked exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic, receipt paper, toys and other products with various health problems, from poor growth to cancer. Some studies in very young animals exposed to BPA have raised safety concerns about its use in infant bottles and training cups. Meanwhile, the Food, Drug and Administration has been supporting industry efforts to find...