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Top Ten Food Trends For Cocoa and Chocolate Applications in 2014

  Top Ten Food Trends For Cocoa and Chocolate Applications in 2014

The ‘Rise of the Hybrid’ which sees new hybrid products and unconventional flavour combinations, was one of the most exciting food trends examined in the latest ‘T for Trends’ webinar presented by Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business.
Aimed at manufacturers working in confectionery, bakery and dairy sectors, the webinar revealed the ten major food trends and […]

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Ibonhart – The Leader in Bread Slicing and Packaging Equipment

  Ibonhart – The Leader in Bread Slicing and Packaging Equipment

It is widely known that Ibonhart have been industry leaders in bread slicing and packaging equipment for over 30 years. More recently Ibonhart has refined its core products to provide user friendly, efficient and durable machines to excel in industrial environments for many years to come.
Ibonhart aims to meet all slicing and packaging needs for […]

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Innoval Döhler becomes a 100% Döhler subsidiary

 

New company Doehler Mexico S.A. de C.V. in Mexico becomes the hub for Central America, the U.S. and Canada

 

 Broad ingredient portfolio and integrated solutions for the American food and beverage industry

 
Innoval Döhler, based in Mexico City, will become a 100% Döhler subsidiary in January 2014 and thus will be fully integrated into the globally active […]

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Premier Foods Forms Joint Venture For Bread Business

  Premier Foods Forms Joint Venture For Bread Business

Premier Foods has reached a conditional agreement with The Gores Group to operate its Bread business as a stand-alone joint venture, which will trade under the name of Hovis. The new arrangement will facilitate a significant increase in investment in the business both to improve the efficiency of its operational infrastructure and to reinvigorate the […]

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Mondelez International to Invest £75 Million at Bournville Site

  Mondelez International to Invest £75 Million at Bournville Site

Mondelez International is to invest £75 million on upgrading the Cadbury factory and headquarters at Bournville near Birminghamin the UK. The money will be spent over three years and will entail the installation of new production lines and new equipment, leading to greater job security. The Bournville factory currently employs about 1,000 people and produces […]

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Nestlé to Invest $1 Billion in Mexico

  Nestlé to Invest $1 Billion in Mexico

Nestlé is to invest $1 billion in Mexico, building two new factories in the country, which is the sixth largest global market for the company. The five-year investment will fund a new infant nutrition factory in Ocotlán, in western Mexico’s Jalisco state, and a petfood factory in the city of Silao, in the central Mexican […]

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Irish and Scottish Companies Assisted With German Export Plans

  Irish and Scottish Companies Assisted With German Export Plans

This year, 15 food and drink companies from the border regions of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland will be given the chance to review their opportunities on the German food market as part of an EU funded programme aiming to help SMEs supply and trade in international markets.
The ground breaking Access 6 programme aims to […]

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Algatechnologies Extends Shelf Life of AstaPure® Natural Algae Astaxanthin

Algatechnologies, (Algatech) Israel, announces the successful completion of stability studies for its AstaPure® line of natural astaxanthin products. The research included the successful increase of a recommended retest date for its leading ingredient, 10% astaxanthin oleoresin, to four years at room temperature.
This breakthrough shelf-life extension was approved after completion of more than four years […]

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New Opportunities for Margarine Manufacturers in Asia

Emulsifier specialist Palsgaard is pleased to announce that the company is in the process of installing a margarine pilot plant at its facilities in Singapore.
Haydee Carlos, Managing Director of Palsgaard Asia-Pacific, explains: “With this new pilot plant we will be able to offer the same service to margarine manufactures in Asia as we are […]

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All in All internal invisible barrier (INTVISIBAR) system

All in All internal invisible barrier system (INTVISIBAR) comprises the latest in surface active control for the minimisation of moisture migration between both bread and meat layers in cooked and raw burger systems. It was also found during accelerated shelf life trials to increase the shelf life of the burger by up to 20% in […]

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Velona Acti-Salt

Velona Acti-Salt is a novel all-natural blend, lower in both sodium and potassium, which is used to replace sodium chloride in both bakery and confectionary products.

The product comprises natural sea-salt and a unique fermented flour blend. This blend gives all the organoleptic qualities of sodium chloride with only 45% of the sodium content. Acti-Salt […]

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Velona SL+ Natural clean label shelf life extension

Velona SL+ is a natural clean label shelf life extension solution for use in a variety of raw and cooked meat products.

Velona SL+ uses the latest in targeted metabolic microbial inhibition to dramatically inhibit  the growth of a range of problematic bacteria including Escheria coli, Salmonella spp., Pseudomonas spp. and Listeria spp. as well as yeast […]

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Aspartame: The People’s Choice

Products sweetened with aspartame are as popular as ever. Recent surveys
conducted by Populus Research Ltd have found that in France, 73% of people
aged 16 and over buy or use one or more products with aspartame and in
Great Britain, that figure rises to 87%.
Populus Research Ltd interviewed a nationally representative
sample of 1,000 people in each country. […]

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LPS Industries launches new packaging films

 

US-based flexible packaging materials manufacturer LPS Industries has extended its product portfolio with the launch of new packaging films ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and nanoparticles-based ultrathin.
Both of the two new films are environmentally friendly and offer oxygen barrier properties. Compliant with global regulatory guidelines, the films can be used in place of PVDC (Saran-coated) films […]

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Asda adopts solution for consistent colour on packaging

UK Walmart subsidiary Asda is adopting cloud-based colour solution PantoneLIVE to standardise the company’s brand colours across its global packaging supply chain.
PantoneLIVE features a centralised colour management system that allows Asda to slash product development and manufacturing costs.
The solution provides Asda with a secure repository for its precise colour data, enabling brand managers to communicate […]

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Viridor to build new UK glass recycling plant

UK-based recycling services provider Viridor is set to invest £25m in a new glass recycling plant in Newhouse, Lanarkshire.
To be located adjacent to the M8 motorway, the new plant will have a recycling capacity of 200,000t of glass a year.
Once completed, the plant will recycle packaging glass collected in Scotland. In this way, it will […]

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Food packaging found to influence taste preferences for infants

A new study has found that packaging aesthetics play a stronger role than branding in influencing the taste preferences of infants in the US.

University of Calgary professor Charlene Elliott asked 65 children to choose between food pairs that were presented in McDonald’s, Starbucks, non-branded white and non-branded colourful wrapping.
The children were asked to choose between […]

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AG Barr On Course to Meet Expectations

  AG Barr On Course to Meet Expectations

UK soft drinks group AG Barr has maintained its strong momentum across the final quarter and expects revenue of about £252 million for the full year ending 26 January 2014, reflecting a year on year growth of 6.1%. This performance is particularly impressive given the tough prior year comparatives which saw near double digit growth […]

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SABMiller to Expand Production Capacity in Nigeria

  SABMiller to Expand Production Capacity in Nigeria

SABMiller‘s Nigerian subsidiary, Intafact Beverages, is to expand its brewery in Onitsha, South Eastern Nigeria.
SABMiller made an initial investment of over US$100 million in the Onitsha brewery, which was originally commissioned in August 2012, making it the largest single investment in Anambra State for almost 20 years.
Due to growth and in particular the success of […]

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Sensient Launches Attractive New Colour Shades With Clean Label Option

  Sensient Launches Attractive New Colour Shades With Clean Label Option

Sensient Food Colors Europe has extended its Cardea range with an even wider choice of bright new colour shades. Sensient’s Cardea product line is completely composed of natural ingredients and concentrates meeting growing clean labelling demands and fits perfectly with the new EU guidance notes on colouring food.
The Cardea concept unlocks nature’s full colour potential […]

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Nestlé Signs Research Agreement With Singapore

  Nestlé Signs Research Agreement With Singapore

Nestlé has entered a strategic partnership with the Singapore government’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, A*STAR, with the goal of setting up global research programmes in food science and technology.
The agreement will focus on areas such as nutrition, packaging, data analytics and also biotransformation – the use of natural processes, such as fermentation, to […]

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Stevia to Steal Intense Sweetener Market Share by 2017, Reports Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research

  Stevia to Steal Intense Sweetener Market Share by 2017, Reports Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research

Post EU regulations, improved tastes and textures and increased consumer buy in and demand, stevia has been quietly gaining traction with consumers – and alongside that, usurping the traditional pecking order of more established sweeteners. A new report from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research highlights the opportunity for such plant-based sweeteners. Indeed, while the value […]

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Specialist Resin Flooring For Walkers Snacks

  Specialist Resin Flooring For Walkers Snacks

In different food and drink environments it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food and drink industry are a balance of durability, cleanability, chemical resistance and anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment.
Recently, John Lord […]

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Further Progress by Unilever in 2013

  Further Progress by Unilever in 2013

Although turnover fell by 3% to Eur49.8 billion, due to adverse currency exchange factors and divestments, Unilever has reported underlying sales growth of 4.3% with volume sales up 2.5% for 2013. Emerging markets, with underlying sales growth of 8.7%, drove the performance. Operating profit rose 8% to 7.5 billion and net profit was up 9% […]

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Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

  Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

Carlsberg and selected global suppliers have joined forces to rethink the design and production of packaging material, to develop the next generation of packaging products that are optimised for recycling and reuse, while, at the same time, retaining or improving their quality and value. The approach is increasingly referred to as ‘up-cycling’. The cooperation has […]

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Nelson Peltz Joins Mondelez Board

  Nelson Peltz Joins Mondelez Board

Mondelez International has added Nelson Peltz, chief executive and a founding partner of investment group Trian Fund Management, to its board of directors. With the addition of Nelson Peltz, the Mondelez International board expands to twelve members.
“We believe that Nelson will be a valuable addition to our board,” says Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and chief executive […]

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The Big Print Debate Presses the Key Industry Questions

  The Big Print Debate Presses the Key Industry Questions

‘The latest print technologies: gimmick or sound ROI?’ is the hot topic being addressed at this year’s BIG Print Debate, taking place on 27th February 2014, at Packaging Innovations NEC.
Print technologies are making packaged products more creative and vivid than ever before, but with 40,000 plus products on sale in an average supermarket, shelf appeal […]

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Exhibitions & Events 2014

 

Month
Date
Exhibitions 2014
web
Sector
Location

February
4th – 6th
Food & Packaging
www.messe.no/en/
Food & Packaging
Norway

February
5th – 7th 
Fruit Logistica
www.fruitlogistica.de/en/
Fruit Handling & Processing
Berlin

February 
11th – 13th 
Tea & Coffee World Cup
www.tcworldcup.com/warsaw/
Tea & Coffee Processing
Warsaw

February
11th – 13th 
CFIA 
www.cfiaexpo.com
Ingredients & Processing
Rennes

February
12th – 14th
Packaging & Converting
www.paceforum.com
Packaging 
Prague

February
12th – 13th 
Southern Manufacturing
www.industry.co.uk
Manufacturing
Farnborough

February
23rd – 27th
Gulf Food
www.golffood.com
Food
Dubai

February
25th – 26th
European Food Manufacturing
www.foodmanufacturingevent.com
Food Manufacturing
Noordwijk

February 
26th – 27th
Packaging Innovations
www.easyfairs.com
Packaging
Birmingham

March
3th – 4th
Food Technology & Innovation
www.foodinnovate.com
Food Innovation
London 

March
8th – 12th 
Europain Intersuc
www.europain.com
Bakery
Paris

March
11th […]

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World’s First Ever KitKat Boutique Opens

  World’s First Ever KitKat Boutique Opens

One of Nestlé’s ‘billionaire’ brands, KitKat, is launching its first ever stand-alone boutique, in Japan. Globally, 650 KitKat fingers are consumed every second and, in Japan, the brand has been the country’s favourite chocolate since 2012.
Its success has been fuelled by the launch of hundreds of unusual and innovative special edition flavours to meet Japanese […]

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Strengthening its Position in Fast-Growing Asia Pacific Region

  Anheuser-Busch InBev Strengthening its Position in Fast-Growing Asia Pacific Region

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to reacquire Oriental Brewery, the leading brewer in South Korea, from KKR and Affinity Equity Partners for $5.8 billion. The transaction returns OB to the AB InBev portfolio, after AB InBev sold the company in July 2009, following the combination of InBev and Anheuser-Busch, in support of the company’s deleveraging target.
AB InBev […]

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