Europe: Dupont releases culture for plant-based, fermented products

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has released Holdbac YM Vege, the latest addition to its line of cultures that extends shelf-life and secures the quality of products by holding off yeast and mold spoilage without use of synthetic preservatives. The ingredient is applicable to plant-based, fermented foods and beverages. "The industry has seen enormous growth for fermented plant-based products in recent years,...

Asia Pacific: 5G boosts factory efficiency, food safety

The second generation (2G) networks allowed us to send text messages, 3G provided faster access to the internet and 4G enabled uninterrupted streaming. Now, 5G networks are set to transform our lives again. As the possibilities for 5G become clearer for industrial applications, how can food and beverage manufacturers benefit from the development? Asia Pacific is leading the way...

Europe: Nespresso creates bicycle from recycled coffee capsules with partner

Nespresso and Swedish bike brand Vélosophy are producing a bicycle made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, demonstrating both brands’ commitment to a circular economy. About 1,000 limited edition RE:CYCLE bikes were made from more than 300,000 recycled Nespresso Arpeggio capsules. They were sold on Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform velosophy. Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources, because it can be re-melted...

Europe: Mettler Toledo unveils portable analyzer for beverage, beer processing

Mettler Toledo Process Analytics has launched the InTap portable oxygen analyzer, which samples and measures dissolved and gas oxygen values at-line for control of beer and soft drink production. The analyzer can also be used for calibrating in-line dissolved oxygen sensors. Using Bluetooth communication, calibration data can be sent directly to in-line sensors, preventing the possibility of manual copying errors. Features...

Americas: FAM releases cheese cutting machines

The new FAM Centris 400C series of centrifugal shredders was developed for smaller and mid-sized companies. The FAM Centris 400C Optitec and FAM Centris 400C Hytec offer significantly increased shredding capacity with cut quality with the TurboTorque Technology. The latter shredder has the highest level of hygiene available on the market, as is proven by the USDA Dairy Division...

Americas: Plant-based diet lowers Type 2 Diabetes risk, find Harvard researchers

People who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence, according to a new meta-analysis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers also found that the association was stronger for people whose diets emphasized healthy plant-based foods. The study...

Asia Pacific: Chinese consumers enjoy dessert after meals, finds Mintel

About 56% of urban Chinese respondents who are consumers of ice cream eat it to treat or indulge themselves, according to a Mintel research. It reveals that the ice cream shops market in China grew 14% to reach an estimated RMB41 billion (US$5.75 billion) in retail sales value in 2018. Mintel predicts the Chinese ice cream shops market to grow further...

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...