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Americas: FAM releases cheese cutting machines

The new FAM Centris 400C series of centrifugal shredders was developed for smaller and mid-sized companies. The FAM Centris 400C Optitec and FAM Centris 400C Hytec offer significantly increased shredding capacity with cut quality with the TurboTorque Technology. The latter shredder has the highest level of hygiene available on the market, as is proven by the USDA Dairy Division...

Americas: Plant-based diet lowers Type 2 Diabetes risk, find Harvard researchers

People who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence, according to a new meta-analysis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers also found that the association was stronger for people whose diets emphasized healthy plant-based foods. The study...

Asia Pacific: Chinese consumers enjoy dessert after meals, finds Mintel

About 56% of urban Chinese respondents who are consumers of ice cream eat it to treat or indulge themselves, according to a Mintel research. It reveals that the ice cream shops market in China grew 14% to reach an estimated RMB41 billion (US$5.75 billion) in retail sales value in 2018. Mintel predicts the Chinese ice cream shops market to grow further...

Americas: Obese younger people are at risk for cancer, study

A new study looking at incidence of disease data nationwide from 2000 to 2016 found a shift in obesity-associated cancers (OACs) to younger individuals. Typically, these cancers are diagnosed at higher rates among people older than 65 years. Notably, OACs among non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women and men for whom certain cancers increased by 200-400%. The study, Changes in Age Distribution of...

Americas: “Humanizing’ ageing produce attract consumers, study

'Humanizing' produce can change consumer attitudes toward fresh fruits and vegetables that are showing signs of age, according to research published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. They found that depicting imperfect-looking but still nutritious produce with human characteristics enhanced the food's appeal. Vanessa Patrick, Bauer Professor of Marketing at the University of Houston and a co-author on...

Europe: Taking high doses of vitamin D may decrease bone density, say researchers

A three-year study by researchers at the Cumming School of Medicine's McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, showed there is no benefit in taking high doses of vitamin D. The study followed 300 volunteers between the ages of 55 and 70 in a double-blind, randomized clinical trial to...

Americas: Bosch Packaging Technology releases hardy flow wrapper

Bosch Packaging Technology releases a new version of its automated horizontal flow wrapper Pack 403 for use under harsh environments. The machine will be presented at this year’s Pack Expo 2019 in Las Vegas, along with a Paloma pick-and-place robot, which is also designed for harsh environment. The Pack 403HE comes with all the features of the Pack 403 and is...

Americas: Amcor designs PET beer bottles

Amcor has designed New Age’s Salzburg craft beer PET bottles with a crown metal cap, replicating the standard glass bottle. The PET containers are a replacement for glass during the filling and capping process, withstanding the internal pressure and high-heat conditions of the tunnel pasteurization process. "PET bottles offer design advantages over glass while being lighter weight, more easily and...

Europe: Cartons found as good as glass bottles, study

An environmental lifecycle assessment (LCA) has confirmed that single-use beverage cartons compare favorably with reusable glass bottles – and outperform single-use PET bottles – across the fresh milk, juice and UHT milk market segments. The results of the study are based on an in-depth analysis of the German beverage packaging market, with expert review and oversight by the German Federal...

Americas: More are snacking on yogurt, report

Over half of all US consumers now buy yogurt as part of their typical grocery basket, according to a new report from Innova Market Insights, but their habits appear to be evolving. Convenience themes are becoming increasingly important, for example, with 17% of consumers naming this as a significant choice factor in 2018, which is more than twice as...