Europe: Young adults prefer big brands to private labels, finds report

Young adults are more likely to buy branded products than private labels, according to a Canadean report entitled Evolving private label strategies, consumer choices and the future impact on food brands and private labels. It adds that young adults, aged 16-35, are far more likely to buy branded products than private labels. About 26.8% of branded products are consumed by young...

Europe: Yogurt consumption rises in Germany, finds report

Yoghurt consumption in Germany is growing almost twice as fast as other dairy products, according to a Canadean report entitled Market focus: Trends and developments in the dairy food sector in Germany. It found the taste and texture of yogurt is more important than price and calorie count. Yogurt is set to grow fast in the otherwise fairly slow growing and...

Americas: CSI unveils cap for easy opening of bottled water, still beverages

Closure Systems International (CSI) has introduced Aqua-Lok mini 26mm TC (tall cap) that provides 57% more grip surface than other 26mm short-height profiles for ease of opening by consumers of all ages. It says the closure was designed to provide an ideal combination of bottler savings and enhanced consumer satisfaction. The taller cap is fully compatible with the popular ultra short-height...

Europe: Chr. Hansen introduces test kit for safe dairy milk in Russia

Chr. Hansen introduces Betastar 4D, its newest test kit for rapid detection of antibiotic residues in milk is aimed at farmers and dairies in Russia. Neighboring countries exporting milk to Russia will also benefit from Betastar 4D, which carries the official Russian GOST approval (state standard). As such, it is officially approved for use in testing for antibiotics according...

Europe: Cargill expands specialty cocoa liquor capabilities in France, Germany

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has invested into the expansion of its specialty cocoa liquors capabilities in its plants in France and Germany. The investment in Rouen, France, focuses on enhancing and expanding the fine flavor range of cocoa liquors. A production line manufactures high quality, small batch specialty liquors with subtle signature tastes. The beans used for these liquors are from...

Asia Pacific: Thai packaging companies adapting to consumers’ demand for processed food

The preference for processed food is growing rapidly in Thailand where consumers want easy-to-use packaging, according to a Canadean report entitled Latest trends and key issues in the Thailand retail packaging market. The consumption of prepared meals in Thailand is forecast to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 9.8%, while other South East Asian countries, such as Indonesia...

Asia Pacific: Nordson opens technical center in Shanghai, China

Nordson Corporation has opened a 2,000 sqm technical center in Shanghai, China to provide enhanced engineering, testing, training, service and application expertise to the company customers in the country and Asia. The center will first be focused on Nordson’s hot melt adhesive dispensing products and systems for customers in paper-based packaging, nonwovens, electronics, consumer goods and general product assembly end...

Asia Pacific: Hong Kong holds first Session of Codex Committee on Food Additives

The 46th Session of Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) was held Hong Kong from March 17 to 21, 2014. This marked the first CCFA meeting held in Hong Kong since China started being the host country of CCFA. Representatives from 54 member countries, one member organization and 34 international organizations worldwide have participated in discussions and exchanges on various issues...

Americas: Studies indicate Salmonella is possible to eradicate in poultry, says Global Green

Green bio-pharmaceutical company Global Green, Inc. has agreed with scientific studies that find that Salmonella is possible to eradicate and is not naturally occurring. Salmogenics, the company’s patented Salmonella vaccine for poultry, is injected into the egg, before the chick is hatched, improving the immune system, health and welfare of the chicken. This protects the chick from Salmonella as it breaks...

Europe: Cargill opens newly expanded European Research and Development Centre in Belgium

Cargill has inaugurated its newly expanded European Research and Development  Centre in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The expansion is the result of €8 million (US$11.1 million) investment in line with the highest technological and food safety standards. The center has a pilot plant, adding 5,000 sqm of space where Cargill’s 145 scientists and technologists can develop new ingredients, perfect reformulations and test new...