World: RNCO’s study finds global food testing industry to grow

International trade has complicated the food production system and lengthened the food supply chain, resulting to the need for more insight into the safety of raw materials and products being imported and sold, according to RNCOS’ study Global Food Safety Testing Market Analysis. It states that unsafe food, which contains contaminants, may prove harmful to its consumer immediately or after...

Asia: Chinese Taipei donates $80,000 to food safety, animal and plant health standards

Chinese Taipei has donated $80,000 to the Swiss-based Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in 2013 to help developing countries establish and implement sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards for health protection and increase their ability to gain or maintain access to markets. The STDF also acts as a forum for World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to share and gather information...

Americas: ZICO Beverages joins Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company has acquired the outstanding ownership stake in coconut water brand ZICO Beverages LLC, which will unlock more capability for ZICO including marketing, selling, manufacturing, innovation and distribution opportunities. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Company will gain a leading position in one of the fastest growing beverage categories in the world. The move completes the transaction which began in 2009 when...

Asia Pacific: Labelexpo Asia 2013 sets records across the board

The 10th edition of Labelexpo Asia was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre during December 2-6, 2013, welcoming 21,416 visitors, an increase of 18.8% over 2011’s show. The show visitors came from 87 countries, up 11% from 74 countries in 2011. Almost 300 exhibitors showcased their solutions over 8,500sqm of net space. A two-day conference program consisting of six sessions...

Europe: IMCD Food & Nutrition delivers technical innovation

The European technical team of IMCD Food & Nutrition presented a Belgian praline at Food Ingredients Europe in November 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The confectionary treat contained an aerated, allergen-free praline filling, which is made in partnership with a Belgian praline manufacturer, using its facility to complete the product with high-quality chocolate. The praline was made as an universally appealing and...

Asia: Vitasoy maintains growth in operations

Hong Kong-based Vitasoy International Holdings Limited (VIHL) has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30th September 2013. It said it has maintained its growth momentum of 9% in net sales to HK$2,326 million (US$300 million) for the first six months on its core business across operations. The group's gross profit was HK$1,118 million (US$144.14 million) , up 11% year-on-year,...

Australia: Brewer uses UV sterilization for quality control

In 2007, Australian brewer, Tooheys, decided to sterilize its process water with the first Hanovia UV system supplied by Fluidquip Australia. Its first ultra violet (UV) system was installed on the de-aerated water generation plant. Since then, two Hanovia UV systems have been added to the de-aerated water distribution plant, one system added to the sugar intake and two more after...

Americas: Ashland’s cellulose gums to give tortillas improved texture, shelf life

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc, says its Aqualon and Blanose cellulose gums are used in masa flour mixes to improve water absorption and retention in tortilla dough, both cooked and uncooked. Masa flour is sold for home, restaurant, and commercial production of tortillas and other masa-based products. "The increase in water absorption creates a tortilla with improved...

Americas: MD of Palsgaard Mexico honored by Dutch association

The Executive Committee of the Danish Export Association has awarded MD of Palsgaard's Mexican subsidiary, Miguel Hidalgo, the diploma and medal for his outstanding efforts and success in promoting and marketing Danish products and services in Latin America, particularly in Mexico.Hidalgo has been the MD of Palsgaard Mexico since 1996 and under his management the company has grown its...

Europe: BENEO unveils ingredients for a lifetime at FiE 2013

BENEO showed concepts at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) 2013 in November in Frankfurt, Germany, which enable food and drink manufacturers to respond to the growing trend for promoting healthy life stages from early years to old age. It presented a range of benefits possible with its prebiotic fibres, rice specialties and functional carbohydrates, through a number of food and drink applications...