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...

Europe: Kettle Foods use tape for reclosable snack packs

Kettle Foods is using RE:CLOSE from Essentra Tapes to promote its new Kettle & More range to consumers whilst also providing user-friendly pack reclosability to maintain freshness and support portion control. The eight-colour printed tape can be seen on Lightly Salted Kettle Chips packs throughout retail outlets in the UK. By working with Essentra’s Design Studio the tape delivers maximum...

Asia Pacific: Personalised nutrition in demand, say experts

Everyone wants to be as healthy as they can be. However, while wearable technology has made it possible for people to track their physical activity, personalised nutrition has yet to be fully addressed. For example - while it is basic understanding that a clean diet and frequent exercise will lead to weight loss, a one-size fits all approach may not...

Europe: Nestle company launches bottles made of recycled plastic

Valvert launches its new bottle made from recycled PET (rPET), the first natural mineral water brand in Belgium to do so. This innovation highlights Nestlé's commitment to have the rPET content in its bottles to 35% worldwide, and to 50% in Belgium, by 2025. The bottle is another milestone in Valvert's journey towards sustainability. Nestlé is already working in partnership...