Europe: Alfa Laval launches aseptic valve for food processing

Alfa Laval is introducing an aseptic double-seat valve, Alfa Laval Aseptic Mixproof Valve, for sterile process applications is based on the same modular architecture as the aseptic version of the company’s Unique Single Seat Valve, SSV. The new valve reduces the total cost of ownership for dairy, food, beverage and other manufacturers by up to 45% compared to the leading...

Americas: CP Kelco releases gelling agent for dairy applications

CP Kelco releases the Genu Explorer Pectin ND-200, a label-friendly food ingredient solution designed for neutral pH dairy desserts. The gelling agent is for formulators seeking consumer-friendly ingredients for indulgent dairy desserts, such as panna cotta and crème desserts. Derived from citrus fruit, this solution delivers an indulgent creamy, full-bodied, mouthfeel similar to carrageenan in crème desserts and to gelatin in...

Europe: French consumers read ingredient, nutritional labels

While consumers in France value both ingredient and nutrition labels, they prioritize ingredient labels, according to a survey by Tate & Lyle. To coincide with the 10-year anniversary of its innovation center in Lille, France, where its scientists work to make food and drink healthier and tastier, Tate & Lyle has published consumer insights revealing attitudes to ingredients and nutrients. Key...

Americas/Europe: Consumers want to eat more fish, report

More residents in the US and UK would like to consume more fish, according to new research from Cargill. In its latest Feed4Thought survey, Cargill found that, over the past five years, 44% of American and British consumers surveyed had added more fish to their diets. Poultry (41%) came in a close second, followed by beef (32%) and pork (24%). "More...

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%...