Americas: tna acquires FOODesign to broaden food processing offer

tna has acquired FOODesign, which the latter provides design, installation and service for total food processing plants. Located in Oregon, US, FOODesign offers fryers and cookers, including kettle batch and continuous fryers, as well as baking and toasting ovens, and specialty roasting equipment to the food industry. These systems are suitable for use across a wide variety of applications including meat,...

Asia Pacific: Study finds acrylamide, aluminum levels in foods of concern, says FSANZ

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released the first phase of the 24th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS) that looked at Australian consumers’ dietary exposure to acrylamide and aluminum. FSANZ CEO Steve McCutcheon said levels of acrylamide in Australian foods and beverages were generally comparable, or lower than those observed internationally. “However, the estimated dietary exposure remains in the range...

Americas: H.B. Fuller opens new center for packaging design

H.B. Fuller has invested US$1 million in a Packaging Center of Excellence at its North American headquarters. The new facility opened on April 29, 2014 and it is accessible year round for packaging engineering and technical services. Through the center, the company aims to connect manufacturers with its packaging adhesive experts and expertise, technology, application and equipment for problem solving and...

Europe: Sleever International launches shrink sleeve for recovering used PET bottles

Sleever International has launched a shrink sleeve made from low density polyethylene terephthalate (LDPET), which enables the recovering of used PET bottles for packaging non-alcoholic beverages. With LDPET, which includes a low density PET film (SI-TPEG/050 ZL) developed by Sleever International, beverage manufacturers can separate sleeves from bottles without any manual operation. The printed film uses inks that can withstand the...

Asia Pacific: Cargill’s sunflower lecithin approved for use in Japan

Cargill has obtained approval for the use of sunflower lecithin in Japan – the only country in the world where it had not previously been approved for food applications. This means that Cargill’s Topcithin sunflower lecithin, a clean label non-genetically modified (GM) emulsifier – made from oilseeds for which GM plant varieties do not exist at a commercial level –...

Asia Pacific: OMRON opens automation center in India

OMRON Automation has opened its fifth automation center (ATC) in Mumbai, India with more than 10 software, hardware and application specialists. “This initiative is a part of our 'Asia Hotspots' strategy - one of its important tasks is to consolidate our foothold in India which is indeed a highly promising market for OMRON Automation," says Yutaka Miyanaga, senior managing officer,...

Europe: DSM introduces coagulant for long-lasting cheese texture

DSM introduces Maxiren XDS, a coagulant that helps cheese producers extend the shelf life of the texture of their cheese, at the International Cheese Technology Exhibition in Milwaukee (US) and South African Society of Dairy Technology Symposium in Cape Town. In particular mozzarella, cheddar and string cheese makers depend on good extended texture to offer retailers flexible lead times. DSM says...

Americas: Liqui-Box introduces filling system for Asian beverages, juices

Liqui-Box has revealed its latest entry level semi-automatic Liqui-Box 900 for the Asian beverage and juice markets. The system is a semi-automatic filler with an ergonomic five gallon filling at up to four bags per minute for start-up and low volume beverage and juice filling operations. In addition, it has a touch screen user interface and a standard vacuum and nitrogen...

Europe: More seniors in region are aware of the benefits of protein, says FrieslandCampina DMV

FrieslandCampina DMV conducted a consumer survey amongst nearly 1,000 consumers in six European countries, aged 50-80 years. The study reveals that protein is the third nutrient consumers indicate they try to consume more of. Furthermore, 69% of the respondents think protein is beneficial for physical health and retaining muscle mass, while 57% indicates protein is good for retaining mobility. The study indicates...

Europe: Natural colors to gain importance due to consumer awareness of synthetic colors, says report

The global natural colorants market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.51% over the period 2013-2018, according to the Global Natural Colorants Market 2014-2018 report by Research and Markets. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the growing awareness about the ill-effects of synthetic colors. The market has also been witnessing increasing...