Europe: Private, public partnership to combat malnutrition, hunger is possible, says DSM

DSM raised the awareness of advancing research into maternal and infant nutrition at the event ‘Activating a Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science’ on June 16 to 17, 2014 at Wageningen, The Netherlands. The forum, titled “International Maternal and Child Nutrition: Initiating Research through Multi-stakeholder Collaboration”, focused on the development of detailed proposals for four identified research themes and aimed...

Americas: Winery to be the first to use plant-based cork closure

Avalon Winery is the first US winery to use the new plant-based Select Bio, a zero carbon footprint wine closure, says wine closure producer Nomacorc. This sustainable closure, made with renewable, plant-based biopolymers derived from sugar cane, will be used in Avalon’s wines, beginning with the 2012 vintage of their flagship California “CAB.” Located on the site of a historic apple...

World: Nestlé opens extrusion line in Egypt

Nestlé has inaugurated its first confectionery plant in Egypt. The new extrusion line at the company’s existing dry goods factory will produce Crunch. “Since 2011, we have invested close to 1 billion EGP in Egypt and doubled our local workforce to 6,300 employees,” says Nandu Nandkishore, executive VP Nestlé SA and zone director for Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East. The...

Europe: Barry Callebaut opens Academy to equip professionals on working with chocolate in Belgium

The Callebaut Chocolate Academy centre opened in Wieze, Belgium for professionals to learn and strengthen skills while working with Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate. It is located next to the factory where Callebaut has been crafting chocolate from cocoa beans since 1911. “Currently, in our 16 training centres around the world, we partner with craftsmen such as chocolatiers, bakers, pastry and kitchen...

Americas: Microscan introduces smart camera for vision inspection

Microscan launches the Vision MINI Xi industrial compact smart camera with embedded Ethernet. As part of the company’s AutoVISION machine vision product suite, this unit has features for close-range industrial auto identification, inspection, and other machine vision applications. The industrial Vision MINI Xi measures at one inch by 1.8 inches by 2.1 inches and weighs 91 g. It features both Ethernet and...

Europe: GNT’s new facility to supply coloring foods worldwide, global market sector to rise 10% yearly, finds FNI

GNT Group opened a new facility at its headquarters in Mierlo, The Netherlands on June 6, 2014 to boost its production capacity of colouring foods by nearly 100%. The facility will create finished products including filling and packaging, using fruit, vegetable and plant concentrates delivered by other GNT plants. Victor Foo, GM at GNT Singapore tells Food News International reasons for...

Europe: AAK acquires Belgian bakery supplier

AAK has acquired the oils and fats business of CSM Benelux NV in Merksem, Belgium, which will be consolidated into AAK’s food ingredients division. CSM Benelux NV is a bakery fats supplier to the bakery markets in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. It supplies bakery fat solutions, margarines and pumpable shortenings to the region. The transaction is scheduled to be executed on...

Americas: Corrugated packagers can enjoy shelf ready packaging with new printers, says SUN Automation

SUN Automation has launched a range of digital printers – CorrStream 66, 40 and 20 – for corrugated packagers to print on demand of high quality, colorful shelf ready packaging or SRP in smaller batch runs to specific print or order quantity – with no minimum requirement – for seasonal, regional or event-based promotions. Its cyan-magenta-yellow-key/black or CMYK digital printers...

Europe: Beneo’s Palatinose found to extend shelf-life, appearance of glazed, frozen donuts in tests

Beneo has conducted technical trials to improve the shelf-life and quality of glazed and iced, freshly and frozen packed donuts. The results show that with the partial replacement of sucrose with functional carbohydrate Palatinose in glazings or icings, shelf-life and overall product quality can be significantly improved. The findings showed that a partial replacement of sucrose with Palatinose in freshly packed donuts...

Americas: Steel food cans are green, says Crown

Crown Holdings has released its 2013 Sustainability Report that showcases the environmental benefits of steel food cans and celebrates the culture of sustainability that has defined the company from its earliest days. The new report is the company’s second review of developments in its sustainability efforts from an economic, environmental and social perspective. It reports that in 2012, more than 1.3...