Asia Pacific: Labelexpo Asia 2013 sets records across the board

The 10th edition of Labelexpo Asia was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre during December 2-6, 2013, welcoming 21,416 visitors, an increase of 18.8% over 2011’s show. The show visitors came from 87 countries, up 11% from 74 countries in 2011. Almost 300 exhibitors showcased their solutions over 8,500sqm of net space. A two-day conference program consisting of six sessions...

Europe: IMCD Food & Nutrition delivers technical innovation

The European technical team of IMCD Food & Nutrition presented a Belgian praline at Food Ingredients Europe in November 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The confectionary treat contained an aerated, allergen-free praline filling, which is made in partnership with a Belgian praline manufacturer, using its facility to complete the product with high-quality chocolate. The praline was made as an universally appealing and...

Asia: Vitasoy maintains growth in operations

Hong Kong-based Vitasoy International Holdings Limited (VIHL) has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30th September 2013. It said it has maintained its growth momentum of 9% in net sales to HK$2,326 million (US$300 million) for the first six months on its core business across operations. The group's gross profit was HK$1,118 million (US$144.14 million) , up 11% year-on-year,...

Australia: Brewer uses UV sterilization for quality control

In 2007, Australian brewer, Tooheys, decided to sterilize its process water with the first Hanovia UV system supplied by Fluidquip Australia. Its first ultra violet (UV) system was installed on the de-aerated water generation plant. Since then, two Hanovia UV systems have been added to the de-aerated water distribution plant, one system added to the sugar intake and two more after...

Americas: Ashland’s cellulose gums to give tortillas improved texture, shelf life

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc, says its Aqualon and Blanose cellulose gums are used in masa flour mixes to improve water absorption and retention in tortilla dough, both cooked and uncooked. Masa flour is sold for home, restaurant, and commercial production of tortillas and other masa-based products. "The increase in water absorption creates a tortilla with improved...

Americas: MD of Palsgaard Mexico honored by Dutch association

The Executive Committee of the Danish Export Association has awarded MD of Palsgaard's Mexican subsidiary, Miguel Hidalgo, the diploma and medal for his outstanding efforts and success in promoting and marketing Danish products and services in Latin America, particularly in Mexico.Hidalgo has been the MD of Palsgaard Mexico since 1996 and under his management the company has grown its...

Europe: BENEO unveils ingredients for a lifetime at FiE 2013

BENEO showed concepts at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) 2013 in November in Frankfurt, Germany, which enable food and drink manufacturers to respond to the growing trend for promoting healthy life stages from early years to old age. It presented a range of benefits possible with its prebiotic fibres, rice specialties and functional carbohydrates, through a number of food and drink applications...

Asia Pacific: Cargill, Putera Sampoerna Foundation to boost quality of education in Indonesia

Cargill’s starches and sweeteners business, PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo Tbk (Sorini), and Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) launched the Education Quality Improvement Program in Indonesia on November 11, 2013.The program is designed to help schools achieve Indonesia’s Eight National Standard of Education through a whole-school approach that will ensure the program’s sustainability and impact, as well as  provide continuous...

Americas: Rockwell Automation to acquire iTRAK system owner Jacobs Automation

Rockwell Automation says it will purchase Jacobs Automation, which provides a motion control solution called the iTRAK System. This technology improves performance across a wide range of packaging, material handling, and other applications for the global machine builder market. “The combination of iTRAK technology with our Integrated Architecture will be a game changer for machine builders,” said Victor Swint, VP, motion...

World: ABB releases upgrade to fastest press tending robot

ABB's IRB 6660-100/3.3 has been designed to redefine the envelop in press tending with larger blanks and longer distances at 15% shorter cycle times. Its reach has been extended from 3.1m to 3.35m, as the machine increases the distance between press lines to between 8.5m and 8.7m to handle larger blanks with short cycle times. “We’re excited to provide our customers...