Europe: Design multifunctional packaging for people of all ages, says Essentra Speciality Technologies

Essentra Packaging’s Re:Think Fresh campaign, which focuses on the additional benefits to be gained from multifunctional packaging, has brought about Re:Close Tape. It is a user-friendly closure meant for bagged snacks on-shelf, which is a new development that facilitates portion control as part of a health-conscious lifestyle. Martin Dallas, MD of Essentra Speciality Technologies, shares with Food News International that multifunctional...

Americas: Baking institute approves two Menasha Packaging entities in audit

Menasha Packaging’s PrePrint facility and Folding Carton Group have been recognized by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International after successfully completing its Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) audit once again. Both facilities recently underwent a comprehensive assessment where they were evaluated based on the AIB standards for Food Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities. “The PrePrint and Folding Carton Group facilities both made...

Asia Pacific: International body celebrates 10 years in China; value, trust needed, finds FNI

The International Alliance of Dietary/ Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) Board met recently in Beijing, China to celebrate 10 years of close cooperation with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). This cooperation has resulted to activities such as Joint Expert Workshops, the first Global Summit of Government Authorities and extensive information and training activities. In 2011, 20 senior officials from the...

Europe: Allma to supply chlorella to companies for bubble tea, sorbert products

Global microalgae company Allma has agreed partnerships with two companies in the food and beverage industry. It has finalised a deal to supply its high quality sun-grown chlorella to major Portuguese group Frulact, which provides fruit-based ingredients to blue-chip food companies globally and markets jams, beverages and smoothies to consumers. Frulact has collaborated with Allma to develop an innovative ‘bubble tea’...

Europe: Codex Alimentarius Committee sets new food safety standards in infant formula, rice

United Nations (UN) food standards body the Codex Alimentarius Commission has in this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. Jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets international...

Europe: Russia to amend rule to allow product images on packaging

The Federation Council in Russia is set to amend the Civil Code to grant the equal rights to manufacturers who wish to use product images on their packaging. This will not only create wider opportunities for new brands, but will cause a shift in market trends among Russian consumers, says research firm Canadean. It says Russia’s Federation Council plans to amend...

Asia Pacific: DSM acquires vitamin C manufacturer in China, expands presence in country

Royal DSM has reached an agreement to acquire Aland (HK) Holding Limited, a Hong Kong-based company producing vitamin C in China. Financial details will not be disclosed at this time. Subject to customary conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the next six to nine months. DSM previously announced on April 9, 2014 that it was in exclusive discussions to acquire...

Americas: Sugar industry obscures science when influencing policy, says report

Food and beverage companies regularly obscure the negative health effects of over-consuming sugar when trying to influence food policy, according to a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, Added Sugar, Subtracted Science, comes as the US Congress debates allowing states to opt out of federal school lunch standards...

Europe: Sirane unveils Ice-Mats that chill seafood while being transported

A new addition to Sirane’s Sea-Fresh range has been designed to help maintain the freshness of live seafood during transportation – and increase its value when it goes to market. The new Ice-Mats maintain a supply of fresh saltwater throughout the journey, enhancing the condition, presentation – and ultimately price – of live seafood. The Dri-Fresh Sea-Fresh Ice-Mats are soaked in...

Americas: Videojet shares with FNI tips on high overall equipment effectiveness in food factories

Videojet Technologies has introduced the CLARiTY Laser Controller to enhance the entire range of its carbon dioxide and fiber laser marking systems, helping manufacturers to achieve sustainable improvements in overall equipment effectiveness. It offers a line set-up wizard to aid maintenance and production staff during both initial line set-up and during product changeovers. The interface provides a visual representation of the...