Europe: Cargill upgrades refining facility in Belgium

Cargill spends US$17.5 million to upgrade its refining facility in Izegem, Belgium, thereby increasing the production and supply of edible vegetable oils. The refining installation includes replacing existing equipment with new machinery, such as a deodorizer and processing technology. European food safety legislation often leads the way in intensifying efforts to improve food safety, especially in the area of infant...

Americas: Cargills invests US$10M in oil bottling line

Cargill has invested more than US$10 million to install an edible oil bottling line at its Sidney, Ohio crush and refinery facility. The line delivers an annual 75% capacity increase over previous lines. It also allows Cargill and its customers to deliver against their sustainability commitments by reducing packaging material waste and using fully recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. "By leveraging this...

Europe: Arla builds whey centre in Denmark

Arla Foods is building an innovation centre in Nr. Vium, Denmark for scientists and innovators to discover and deliver new ways of using milk and whey for the world’s growing population. This €36.3 million (US$42.3 million) investment follows the opening of the Arla Innovation Centre (AIC) in Skejby, Denmark in 2017. The innovation centre, which is expected to open in 2021,...

Europe: DSM survey finds most consumers are unaware of acrylamide

Consumers are still largely unaware of acrylamide - but those who do know something about acrylamide, know enough to be concerned, according to a DSM Global Insights Series report. The survey, conducted amongst consumers in France, Germany, the UK and the US, shows that once knowledgeable about acrylamide, consumers expect food manufacturers to find solutions. It found 70% of consumers who...

Europe: KHS releases new pouching machine

The KHS Group releases its Innopouch IM Focus, a horizontal form/fill/seal pouching machine that packs dry products in single-serve formats with an output of up to 100 pouches a minute. The new system packages dry products, such as beverage mixes, food products and powder for pharmaceutical and agricultural use. Using the machine, operators can produce three- and four-sided and bottom side...

Middle East: Functional packaging prolongs shelf life of cherries

Israeli companies StePac L.A. and Tadbik have produced the next generation of modified atmosphere resealable lidding film. The new technology is engineered to extend the shelf life of fresh cherries in aesthetic and functional retail packaging as well as reduce waste. The product will be showcased at the upcoming Asia Fruit Logistica trade show in Hong Kong, September 5-7,...

Asia Pacific: Using blockchain in supply chain management

To meet growing population demand, the global supply of food has evolved into an intricate matrix of production points and dispersed distribution networks. With each step adding more complexity to the process and less scrupulous suppliers providing false or inferior ingredients, it is hardly surprising if unwitting consumers are sold counterfeits or products claims that fall short of...

Americas: Starbucks sells products globally through Nestlé

Nestlé and Starbucks had struck a deal where Nestlé receives the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. Through the alliance, the two companies will work on the existing Starbucks range of roast and ground coffee, whole beans as well as instant and portioned coffee. The partnership will...

Americas: Tyson Foods appoints FoodLogiQ for supply chain visibility

Tyson Foods has selected the FoodLogiQ Connect’s Manage + Monitor product for global supply chain visibility, streamlined supplier management, and quality issue tracking and reporting. Tyson Foods’ food safety team recently joined a number of well-known food industry leaders as a participant in FoodLogiQ lab's new blockchain pilot. Meanwhile, the Tyson Ventures team, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, is...

Americas: GEA’s blowing machine receives FDA certification

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded GEA a letter of no objection for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution with a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine in July 2018. The system has a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to produce shelf-stable low acid beverages free from preservatives for distribution at ambient temperature...