Asia Pacific: Malaysian companies to create low GI flatbread

Holista CollTech and Bursa Malaysia-listed Kawan Food Berhad (Kawan Food) will produce healthy Asian flatbreads, including roti canai, roti and chappati, for local and international markets. Holista, which is listed in Australia and headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, will use its proprietary mix of ingredients trademarked as GI Lite to develop a range of low-glycemic index (low-GI) Indian flatbreads with...

Americas: Tetra Pak to offer full color digital printed cartons

Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-color digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer. The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and opening up new opportunities for flexibility in order placement and product...

Europe, Asia Pacific: ADM buys UK company, inks distribution deal with Thai partner

ADM will have exclusive distribution rights of the Thai-based General Starch Limited's modified tapioca starch products in the majority of the European countries, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. This range of specialty tapioca starches will then be sold under the ADM brand in a second phase of the partnership. The agreement covers the full range of...

Americas: Snack foods are eaten as meals, report

Once seen as guilty pleasures, snack foods have and will continue to evolve to be eating occasion solutions for a nation of consumers constantly on-the-go, according to a report by The NPD Group. Americans consumed nearly 386 billion of ready-to-eat snack foods in 2018, with the vast majority of those eaten between main meals. Snack food growth is happening at most...

Europe: Corbion opens powdered vinegar facility

Corbion has completed construction for in-house production of the powdered vinegar component on which the company has based numerous sustainable, clean-label solutions for food applications. The facility for creating non-GMO powdered vinegar, located in Gorinchem, The Netherlands, is now fully operational. The investment is intended to help ensure continuity and security of supply for Corbion customers who have embraced the...

Europe: Paperboard packaging found to be more green than plastic, study

Study shows using paperboard instead of plastic can reduce a packaging’s climate impact by 99%. For people who influence the choice of packaging material, this single choice can make the biggest climate impact during a product manager or designer’s entire professional career, according to study findings by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute for Iggesund Paperboard. The starting point was to study...

Europe: Institutions to curb the use of single-use plastic products

The European institutions have reached an agreement on a directive to curb the use of a number of single-use plastic products in the EU, which aims to prevent and reduce marine litter of these products. European Bioplastics (EUBP) fully supports the transition from a linear to a ‘no-leakage’ circular and bio-based economy in Europe. "This directive is a valuable...

Asia Pacific: Valio receives Chinese export permit for infant formula

The Chinese government has given Valio an export permit to ship its powdered infant formulas, manufactured at the Lapinlahti plant, and ready-to-feed liquid infant formula, made at the Turenki plant, to China. Valio has exported milk powders and demineralized Valio Demi whey powders for industrial use in China since the 1990s. Finnish milk powders have been used, among...

Americas: Researchers find large food portion sizes prevail in five countries studied

A new multi-country study finds that large, high-calorie portion sizes in fast food and full service restaurants is not a problem unique to the US. An international team of researchers found that 94% of full service meals and 72% of fast food meals studied in five countries contained 600 calories or more. The study also found that meals from fast...

Americas: Researchers make more stevia using yeast

A report in American Chemical Society's Synthetic Biology describes a way to prepare large quantities of stevia using yeast, which would cut out the plant middleman and could lead to a better tasting product. In the stevia plant, a series of enzymes turn glucose into molecules called glucosides that retain sugary sweetness without the calories. The plant produces a variety...