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Americas: Dairy fat consumption linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, study

Higher levels of biomarkers of dairy fat consumption are associated with lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research published recently in PLOS Medicine. The study in more than 60,000 adults was undertaken by an international consortium led by scientists at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, and the Friedman School of Nutrition...

Europe: Austrian coffee roaster uses green coffee capsules

Active packaging manufacturer Alpla and materials manufacturer Golden Compound have launched a biodegradable coffee capsule that can be disposed of in a home compost. The capsule is made from the material Golden Compound green, comprising an organically based material and ground natural fibers from sunflower seed shells. The sunflower seed shells are used as a reinforcing material. They are a by-product...

Middle East: Flowpack solution that keeps blueberries fresh

Israeli company StePac launches Xflow, a patented, functional, flowpack solution for blueberries as a cost-saving alternative to traditional preformed bulk packaging. Blueberries in clamshells are typically pre-packed manually and sealed in modified atmosphere packaging. This packing process can be labor-intensive. Xflow combines the modified atmosphere/modified humidity (MA/MH) properties of Xtend packaging in a film that also contains a...

Europe: Deli salad facility installs eight pumps

Flensted Food Group, a Denmark-based provider of deli salad products, has installed eight MasoSine Certa pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group to help pump ingredients such as coleslaw, chicken, mayonnaise, chickpeas, mustard spread and barbecue sauces. The pumps can cope with varying viscosities up to eight million centipoise. Meanwhile, the single rotor design of MasoSine pumps maintains constant volumetric displacement...

Asia Pacific: Waters Corp opens research center in Singapore

Waters Corporation has opened the International Food and Water Research Centre (IFWRC) in Singapore to address the growing challenges of food and water security and safety. Led by a Scientific Advisory Panel, the IFWRC will support scientists throughout the world working in areas such as food authenticity, food fraud discovery, water contamination research, food quality enhancement and new ingredient/formulation...

Europe: Nestlé pledges increase in recycled plastics

By 2025, bottles, PET layer in laminates, caps on glass jars and tins, trays for meat products and shrink films for display trays will all contain at least between 25% and 50% recycled material, depending on the packaging type, says Nestle. The pledge comes following Nestlé’s global packaging ambition announced in April 2018, where the company aims to make 100%...

Europe: Salad packager uses Ishida technology

Co-operative AOC (Agro Ouest Conditionnement) has installed two of Ishida’s latest advanced CCW-RV multihead weighers at its plant in Saint-Julien de Concelles, France. The 14 head weighers, incorporating five litre hoppers, are operating at speeds of 70ppm for 150g thermoformed trays. The weighers feature Ishida’s innovative C4 material on all contact parts. This prevents leaves from sticking to the contact parts,...

Europe: Measuring freshness in meat

Product quality and food waste are two of the most important topics in today’s food production. While the industry must keep production costs low they are also under pressure to ensure high product quality, a long shelf life and additionally avoid excessive food waste. Since the traditional microbiological tests often take days and are expensive, there is a great...

Asia Pacific: Making a nutritious beverage out of soy pulp waste

Associate professor Liu Shao Quan and doctoral student Vong Weng Chan from the NUS Food Science and Technology Programme have devised a cocktail of enzymes, probiotics and yeast to produce an okara beverage rich in gut-friendly nutrients. Okara is the residue from the production of soy milk and tofu, and is usually discarded. Created using a patented zero-waste process, the beverage...

Americas: RTD coffee drinkers want functionality in beverages, report

US ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee consumers want options that include antioxidants (47%), promote brain health (40%), are anti-inflammatory (35%) or have added probiotics (30%), according to a report by Mintel. Aside from functional benefits, there is also potential for coffee that encourages consumption beyond the usual morning or afternoon pick-me-up. More than two in five (42%) RTD coffee consumers say their...