Middle East: Palsgaard buys 90% of Teknaroma

Palsgaard has acquired 90% of Turkish food ingredients distributor Teknaroma on February 5, 2020, with its previous owners retaining 10%. The deal reinforces a long-standing relationship between the two parties, with Teknaroma having had exclusive distribution rights to Palsgaard products on the Turkish market since 1997. Palsgaard will now look to build on its operations in Turkey and the surrounding...

Americas: Cargill expands food pilot centre with US$6.4M

Cargill is investing US$6.4 million to expand its food pilot capabilities at its North American Pilot Development Center in Savage, Minnesota, for bakery customers to increase their speed-to-market with new products. The new facility will allow the edible oils business to conduct multi-scale, continuous piloting, starting with the refining of new vegetable oils and blends and ending with innovative...

Americas: Zymtronix, Tate & Lyle partner on biocatalysis

Tate & Lyle has entered into a partnership where it will invest in Zymtronix’s enzyme immobilization platform that will enable the US-based company to drastically scale up its production. Zymtronix’s enzyme immobilization platform helps to transform ingredient manufacturing by improving the productivity of biocatalysis. This is achieved through the immobilization of enzymes onto magnetic metamaterials to increase the efficiency and...

Asia Pacific: Pastry products recalled in Singapore for possible milk allergen

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has directed a recall of a range of Spring Home TYJ Spring Roll Pastry products, Spring Home Samosa Pastry, and Spring Home Chicken Spring Roll produced by local manufacturer Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing Pte Ltd due to the potential presence of an undeclared milk allergen in its products. The food manufacturer informed SFA that...

Americas: Consumers deem rough-looking biscuits to be healthier, finds research

New research has demonstrated how food producers could change the surface texture of products to change people’s perceptions and promote healthy eating. The study, led by Consumer Psychologist Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), investigated people’s perceptions of identical biscuits with six textures. Published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, the research involved 88 people rating the six...

Americas: Walnuts promote gut health, find researchers

Walnuts may not just be a tasty snack, they may also promote good-for-your-gut bacteria. New research suggests that these “good” bacteria could be contributing to the heart-health benefits of walnuts. In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers found that eating walnuts daily as part of a healthy diet was associated with increases in certain bacteria that can help promote health. Additionally, those changes...

Americas: Berry Global to expands capability with US$20M

Berry Global Group announces plans to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform in North America. The investment of US$20 million will include added capacity for its Sof-Flex technology and the newest flexographic printing equipment. The Sof-Flex technology allows for the sustainable, down-weighting of breathable films while maintaining performance. In 2019, Berry announced its sustainability strategy, Impact 2025. In alignment...

Americas: Amcor, Moda combine machine expertise for meat packaging

Amcor is partnering with Moda vacuum packaging systems to offer solutions in flexible packaging for food processors located in North America and Latin America. The two companies are combining Amcor’s shrink bag and rollstock film for meat and cheese with Moda’s system for protein applications. "Meat processors can experience increased throughput up to 40 bags per minute, while reducing labor costs...

Europe: Bosch Packaging Technology is now Syntegon Technology

Known as Bosch Packaging Technology until late 2019, the former Bosch division is now part of Syntegon Technology’s business on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Syntegon Technology employs 6,100 people at more than 30 locations worldwide. It posted €1.3 billion (US$1.44 billion) in sales in 2019. Bosch disclosed its plans to sell the packaging machinery...

Asia Pacific: Oz Farm markets dairy offerings in China

Australian milk powder brand Oz Farm plans to enhance its presence across China in 2020 by launching new product packaging targeting consumers, hosting unique Oz Farm Magic World-themed events, engaging with consumers both online and offline, and sponsoring mother-child themed TV and media programs. The brand took part in the 19th CBME China, a leading event in the child,...