Europe: Spectra to include 10% PCR material into products

By end of 2018, Spectra will add a minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material to all future high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products made at the UK converters purpose-built manufacturing plant. This initiative is provided at no cost to the company's new and existing customers. Instigated as an environmental opt-out benefit which customers can decline if requested, the...

Asia Pacific: Chinaplas 2018 shows progress in packaging

Chinaplas 2018 will open in Shanghai, China from April 24 to 27, 2018. Show organizer Adsale Exhibition Services gives an overview on some of the packaging exhibits during the four-day event. Natureworks releases Earthfirst UL, a sealant with mechanic properties and performance. It is ideal for food packaging applications like disposable pillow pouches, small coffee packets, gusseted stand-up pouches, frozen foods...

Europe: Dupont’s venture company inks partnership for probiotics

Three months after its formation, the DuPont Nutrition & Health Microbiome Venture has forged a relationship with contract research organization, the Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (TFTAK) in Tallinn, Estonia, to focus on developing cultivation and bioprocess capabilities for 'next-generation' probiotics. In November 2017, DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) announced the creation of its Microbiome Venture to spearhead...

Middle East: Plant-based alertness formula receives US patent

InnoBev has received a US patent for WakeUp!, its plant-based alertness formula. The patent describes a method for providing an "awakening effect" as well as for compositions of plant extracts that help improve well-being. The WakeUp formula is designed to counteract post-lunch dip, the time of day when fatigue, drowsiness and foggy thinking can stunt productivity. It can help provide...

Americas: Mauser expands IBC footprint

Mauser USA has bought the manufacturing assets of MaschioPack North America of Atlanta, US. This acquisition helps Mauser to expand its North American intermediate bulk container (IBC) footprint, as well as supply additional manufacturing support for its reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group. The company will continue to supply former MaschioPack customers from the Atlanta location while investing in the facility to...

Americas: Snack maker installs two tna packaging machines

Canada's healthy snacks producer Riverside Natural Foods installs two tna robag FX 3ci vertical form, fill and seal packaging systems for its 24 g snack packs. The machines fulfilled the snack maker's requirement of high speed packaging, hygienic design and easy to clean. The chosen tna robag FX 3ci has rotary double jaws that deliver the company’s target speeds of...

Americas: Key Technology releases upgraded vibratory conveyor

Key Technology releases an Iso-Flo vibratory conveyor for integration with a metal detector to inspect bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines. Recently upgraded with the latest sanitary design features, this machine combines three conveyor bed sections – a stainless steel infeed, a non-metallic section that passes through the metal detector’s aperture and a final stainless steel section...

Americas: Researchers release high-yielding red rice

Researchers from Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service are releasing a nutritious red rice cultivar that should appeal to people interested in alternative grains. The new rice, called Scarlett, is whole-grain rice and has a nutty, rich flavor. It is also packed with nutrients: The red bran on the rice has high levels of...

Europe: Fonterra invests in start-up company

Fonterra Ventures has teamed up with German active nutrition start-up foodspring through an investment in its parent company, Goodminton AG. The new partnership will enable Fonterra to tap into the rapidly growing active nutrition consumer segment, which is valued at US$200 billion globally, and forecast to expand significantly in the years to come. "The strategic partnership with foodspring will accelerate our...

Americas: Cargill, Precision to reduce saturated fat in oil

Cargill and Precision BioSciences are using Precision’s Arcus genome-editing technology to further reduce saturated fat in canola oil. The new oil is intended for the quick-service restaurants and food ingredients industries, and products made with it – particularly fried foods – may be able to use front-of-package nutrient content claims on saturated fat levels, such as “Low in Saturated Fat”...