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The increasing demand for minimally processed food with high nutritional value is creating challenges for food manufacturers in terms of shelf life and in this series, FoodProductionDaily.com examines some current trends in relation to mild heat treatments, barrier coatings, light damage inhibition methods and predictive modelling that can ensure stability and often extension of shelf life for food and drink products.

EU researchers develop biodegradable flexible packaging

A €1.2m ($1.5m) EU research project, BioActiveLayer, is developing a flexible packaging material for dried foods: citing the need for a pouch that is both biodegradable and meets demanding shelf life requirements. 

DuPont and collaborators highlight packaging technology trends

DuPont brought together executives from the Mintel Group, Macro Engineering & Technology, Brampton Engineering, Avure Technologies, and Kortec in a seminar at Pack Expo on packaging technology trends.

Jumpy about germs? Brands can boost safety and quality credentials with anti-bacterial packaging

The market for anti-bacterial food cans is set to grow, predicts market research company Canadean, adding the niche market will become ‘more mainstream’ over the coming years. 

Fresh look: RPC packaging boosts shelf life for fruits

A fruit producer has poured its line of shelf-stable fruit products into jars combining shelf-life extension and increased shelf appeal.

AMERIPEN: Food waste costs US consumers $162bn annually

Food packaging can play a powerful role in preventing costly food waste around the globe, according to the sustainable packaging organization.

FDA, Kodak, and Sealed Air join intelligent packaging event

The AIPIA Congress will feature presentations by packaging, food, and government representatives to hammer out ways smart packaging can promote traceability, product security, sustainability, and more.

Signs point to smart packaging success: AIPIA

The Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association indicate the future looks bright for active and intelligent food packaging technologies.

Meat market: Active packaging boosts shelf life and profits

Recent market intelligence indicates use of active and intelligent packaging for meat products extends the useful life of the foods, while expanding the potential for profit.

Singing about foodborne pathogens is "Weird"

With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens.

Grenier seals the deal with reclosable pâté packaging

Neoplanta’s Patelina meat and fish pates pâtés have been launched in resealable, shelf-life extending cups, designed by Grenier Packaging International.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SINGLE SERVE

Snacks, drinks, condiments, and other food and beverage favorites are fueling consumer demand for convenience with single-serve packaging. Here are some notable examples of one-shot containers seen on retail shelves.

Stay Fresh Foods doubles its HPP capacity

The producer—which specializes in health beverages, meats, and salads—is installing Avure equipment that will double its capacity for high-pressure processing toll services.

Top five flexible packaging trends

A leader from packaging provider Zip-Pak has offered his views on what trends are driving the flexible field.

Date-label confusion fuels food waste

Inconsistencies in food packaging date labeling leads to unnecessary waste, according to one former Trader Joe’s leader.

Top 11 advancements in food safety and quality

A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.

The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit: Draco and TRU join on aseptically packaged ingredients

Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.

IFT tackles food safety, speed, and efficiency

Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.

Top trends in fresh food packaging

The food and packaging exhibits at FMI Connect and United Fresh offered a glimpse at the hot products and packages that will be in shoppers’ carts in coming months.

Natural coating gives fruit a berry long shelf life

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a material found in blueberry leaves can be used to coat the berries themselves, delivering longer shelf life, boosted antioxidants, and pathogen protection.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: FISH

A growing consumer desire for high-protein, low-fat foods is causing an uptick in fish and seafood sales, with demand topping $15bn last year. Here are some packaging designs that are swimming into shoppers' carts at retail.

Film lifts sustainability barrier

Toray Plastics has launched Torayfan CBS2, a sustainable high-barrier BOPP film designed to protect bakery, snack, and candy products, while also protecting the environment.

It’s a wrap! Sustainable packaging up for $100K award

A beeswax-based food wrap has captured the attention of judges in the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award program.

Portable detector sniffs out spoiled food

PERES, a portable app-based device, tests meat and poultry for freshness, sounding an alert when spoilage is detected.

Check, don't wreck, your food packaging

Packaging Technologies and Inspection offers inspection equipment, focusing on gear that checks product integrity and quality.

Pouches prevail in 2014 DuPont Packaging Awards

The annual DuPont Packaging Awards recognizes ingenuity in container designs and packaging products for food and other markets. Here are some of the top food and beverage winners in this year's awards, many of which feature flexible pouches.

AFFI push heats up the $52bn frozen food market

The American Frozen Food Institute is bolstering frozen food sales by highlighting the nutritional and quality benefits of freezing.

Allpax puts R&D retorting to the test

Allpax’s Versatort unit enables food processing operations to test retort on a full-sized machine, promising reduced waste and flexible performance.

Liqui-Box center engages packaging customers

Liqui-Box, a packaging company specializing in flexible and bag-in-box products, is opening its Center of Excellence at its production plant.

Ultrasonic pouch sealers earn CE mark

FPA Series ultrasonic pouch sealers, produced by Rinco, have secured the CE mark, signifying compliance with EU safety, health, and environmental requirements.

Cacao drink gets sweet on Tetra Pak cartons

Mayesa, a chocolate drink in the health beverage category, has launched its product in Tetra Pak containers.

Berry Plastics film keeps edibles high and dry

Berry Plastics has engineered a nine-layer film material to protect cereals and snacks against moisture, reportedly with a lighter weight than conventional films.

Hormel cracks the shelf-stable egg puzzle

With the launch of its Compleats Breakfast convenience meals, Hormel Foods is the first US producer to put shelf-stable egg dishes on retail shelves.

Hiperbaric ‘can’t complain’ about growth in HPP market

The market for high-pressure processed food is expected to hit $18bn by 2018; an expert from HPP provider Hiperbaric shares some of the strongest factors behind the technology’s global growth.

Food technologies wage war against pathogens

Novel technologies like high-pressure processing can win the war to lengthen shelf life and eradicate foodborne illness, according to industry experts.

Allpax evaporative cooling retort cuts contamination

Allpax Products says its evaporative cooling retort, which cools products without expensive and time consuming refrigeration, is attracting the interest of processors who deal with large batches of product.

Lidding films take the heat on ready meals

Toray Plastics has expanded its line of polyester lidding films designed to withstand oven temperatures of up to 400° F.

Portion-pack food firm plans $3.1m expansion

Growth in portion-packaged foods is moving L&L Foods to break ground on an additional facility to boost capacity.

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

Do consumers trust your food products?

US consumers feel they don’t know enough about where their food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced—and that knowledge gap could be creating mistrust of retail food products.

HPP food market nearing $12bn

Demand for high-pressure processing equipment and food/beverage products is surging; one expert from HPP provider Avure outlines some of the reasons for the growth.

MOCON: Automation essential in testing technology

MOCON has launched an oxygen permeation testing system that meets increased demand for automation and rapid results.

Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake

The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.

Food science and safety take center stage at conference

The International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing and Technology, produced by OMICS, gives food professionals a platform to explore and share wisdom on safety and quality issues.

Leno adds star power to PACK EXPO

Former late-night TV host Jay Leno will entertain the crowd at PACK EXPO, PMMI’s international packaging and processing conference, with a lively lecture.

Smart tag sees the true color to tackle food waste

A colour-coded smart tag using nanorods could be used to tell if food is still fresh, according to researchers.

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

Universal opens the doors on its HPP facility

High-pressure processing is gaining popularity in food and beverage processing; Universal Pasteurization is opening its doors to give food professionals a chance to check it out for themselves.

Pittcon puts food safety under the microscope

Pittcon brought food laboratories to the forefront for a week; is the annual technology exhibition worth the trip?

Seafood Expo hooks into $370bn market

Seafood Expo North America, scheduled March 16-18, is swimming toward its best-ever attendance, according to event producers.

Food testing can tell the tale of taste

A representative from Shimadzu says food analysis can gauge a product's taste, aroma, and texture to predict its chances of success in stores.

Life Technologies: Foodborne illness hits 1 in 6 Americans

Growing concerns about foodborne illness, waste, and feeding a booming global population are placing increasing demands on food testing, according to Life Technologies.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: KID'S FOOD

Children are the smallest consumers, yet they can carry big power in terms of a household's food purchases. Here are some kid's food packages that tout the taste, convenience, and other features that children and parents hunger for.

What’s driving growth in the $35.8bn aseptic packaging market?

One aseptic technology leader says a consumer taste for natural foods and beverage, and longer shelf life, rank among factors driving sustained growth.

Intertek puts flex packs to the test

Quality and safety testing outfit Intertek has expanded its range of laboratory capabilities for gauging fitness of film and flexible polymer packaging.

Active packaging sachet given EFSA approval

An oxygen absorber and carbon dioxide emitting system for use in packaging has been backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Toray film seals in long shelf life

Toray Plastics (America) has launched a metallized BOPP film designed to lock out oxygen and moisture on flexible food packages.

Active/intelligent packaging capturing global attention

US demand for active and intelligent packaging technology will hit $3.5bn by 2017; one expert outlines advancements and what’s behind the increased demand.

Mullinix: Busy lives call for better barriers

A Mullinix Packages executive advises the lifestyles of today’s time-crunched, demanding consumers calls for food packaging with longer shelf life and quality-guarding properties.

Scenes from IPPE 2014

The International Production and Processing Expo welcomed thousands of enthused meat and poultry professionals. Here are some of the products and technologies attendees have glimpsed at the 2014 event.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

Leaders of the pack: Kraft, Frito Lay top event roster

The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.

Nanoparticles boost barrier properties of plastic film

Tera-Barrier Films (TBF) has invented a plastic film using an encapsulated nanoparticle layer that it claims will bridge the gap between aluminium foil and transparent oxide films.

Urschel moves food cutting facility after tornado

Processing machinery firm Urschel International has relocated its Netherlands office after the previous facility was ravaged by a storm.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SOUP

With plummeting winter temperatures sending much of the US into a deep freeze, it's prime time for a bowl of hot, steamy soup. Here are some examples of creative soup packaging to help warm you up.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Fascinating food stories of 2013

Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.

Best of the Best: Top processing and packaging stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a great one for fascinating stories about food packaging, processing technologies and safety concerns. Here are the 10 FoodProductionDaily stories that most resonated with our readers.

Fresher Evolution launches next-generation HPP

A high-pressure processing collaboration has led to a system promising longer staying power than previous technology.

Inventure Foods plans $3.9m expansion of freezing capabilities

Inventure Foods is plunking down $3.9m to expand its frozen-food capabilities.

Industry group offers assistance in understanding food safety

While many questions remain about the Food Safety Modernization Act, one industry expert advised that the time to start putting plans in place is upon us.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: WORLDSTAR WINNERS

The annual WorldStar awards (presented by the World Packaging Organisation) recognize excellence in packaging design: sustainability, functionality, aesthetics and more. Here are some of the winners in the Food category that took home top honors.

Mocon clears the air with O2 test

Mocon has launched a system that gauges oxygen transmission rates through flat materials and food packaging.

NAMPA: Be thankful for canned food

Flexible packaging might be gaining market share, but canned foods still figure into meal preparation at Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Dow: We have to do more with less

It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company.

Bonduelle taps EnWave for food drying tech

Powerhouse processor Bonduelle is tapping into EnWave dehydration for quick-frozen vegetables.

Tetra Pak rockets private-label products to market

Tetra Pak is helping retailers grab a bigger share of the booming private-label business with services that speed time to market.

PACK EXPO gets smart with intelligent packaging content

PACK EXPO International 2014 is expanding its tech content by welcoming an event dedicated to 'smart' packaging technologies.

Packaging pushes PET market to 76.7m tons

Food packaging, beverage bottles and other containers are driving global demand for polyethylene terephthalate.

Avure HPP system up and running at Hope Fresh

An operation specializing in high-pressure processing has installed its second Avure line at its fresh-food facility.

Lack of progress on meat and fish waste

There is a ‘great opportunity’ to reduce meat and fish waste in UK households after a report showed no decline over a five year period compared to other sectors.  

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part two

This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

PROCESS EXPO causes a buzz on Twitter

Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.

Venezuela’s no-chill yogurt to reach poorer regions

Venezuelan food manufacturer Empresas Polar claims it has created the country’s first non-refrigerated yogurt, named MiGurt.

Unilever and Kellogg pitch in on World Food Day

Food industry professionals from all across the supply chain tell us what they did on World Food Day (WFD) yesterday.

Modified-atmosphere packaging market to near $11bn

Demand for modified- and controlled-atmosphere packaging market is growing across the globe.

General Mills soup spoons into Tetra Pak cartons

General Mills has introduced Artisanal Soups into its Progresso line, the first of its ready-to-serve soups in Tetra Pak cartons.

KM Packaging Fog Buster wins supermarket ready meal deal

KM Packaging has worked alongside tray manufacturer, i2r Packaging Solutions, to create an aluminium tray with transparent lid for a UK supermarket ready meal.

Sealed Air's bag-in-box packs three times faster than conventional systems

Sealed Air sees a "gap" in the market for aseptic packaging technology and will launch a bag-in-box system next year.

US demand for meat packaging to top $9.5bn by 2017

Demand in the US for meat, poultry and seafood packaging will rise to an expected $9.5bn in the next five years.

Ready-meal brand digs into custom packaging

Erasco, a food brand specializing in ready meals, has relaunched its products in custom-molded bowls.

NanoBarrier targets improved bioplastics for food packaging

NanoBarrier is bidding to improve and modify bioplastics using nanotechnology to boost properties to compete with traditional oil-based plastics.

North America’s $54bn packaging market in flux

According to leaders from SIG Combibloc, the North American packaging market is changing, thanks to shifting consumer tastes and evolving technology.

Companies ‘hide’ HPP due to consumer fears

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is widely used to pasteurize food, but most food producers ‘hide’ the method because of consumer perceptions, a HPP consultant said.  

Ethylene removing tech backed to boost shelf life

Removing ethylene using an active packaging technology can extend strawberry shelf life by at least two days, according to research presented this week.

Multisorb oxygen absorber takes gold

Multisorb Technologies has won a gold award for its FreshMax Self-Adhesive Oxygen Absorber ahead of Polagra Food’s International Trade Fair for Food.

Months of “Life on Mars” for astronauts: what does it mean for food safety on earth?

Astronauts have lived for four months in a simulation of a Mars space station to explore food possibilities for space exploration.

Emco granted patent for OxyFresh tech

Emco Packaging has been granted a GB patent for its packaging inclusion which controls or modifies the atmosphere to extend shelf life.

Dei Fratelli: Canned food business ‘not going away’

Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms has expanded its line of Truly tomato products, switching to SIG 750g Combibloc cartons, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, but insists cans still have a major role to play within the industry.

SI and Dimaco see pressure for label accuracy

Software provider, Systems Integration, has teamed up with Dimaco inspection company to offer food processors label accuracy and pack verification, including promotion labels and label positioning.

Pacific Foods and Tetra Pak launch carton meals

Pacific Foods has partnered with Tetra Pak to launch All Natural Pasta O’s and All Natural Mac & Cheese products packaged in Bisphenol-A free, retortable liquid cartons.

Partnership seeks to double pipi shelf life

A South Australian Research and Development firm has partnered with the local pipi industry to develop a packaging system that aims to double the shelf life of the seafood.

Dye leaching problem of UV-activated oxygen indicator films solved, claim researchers

Alginate as a coating polymer can prevent dyes from leaching out of certain oxygen-indicating packaging films when they come into contact with water, according to research.

UV light technique can double berry shelf life, say researchers

The problem of severe drying when using ultra-violet (UV) light for storage of produce has been solved, according to US researchers.

Fresh cut fruit project bids for shelf life extension

An extension of between three to five days for fresh cut fruit is the focus of an EU project which began at the start of the year.

Aseptic Technology 2013: Exclusive Online Event

Our free online event, Aseptic Technology 2013, brings together leading suppliers, brand owners and specialists including GEA, Sidel, Solvay, Coca-Cola Hellenic and Zenith International.

Avure provides picture of HPP market

The meat industry is driving high pressure processing (HPP) in Europe due to extended shelf life benefits opening new markets, according to Avure.  

Sirane pledges packaging solutions on back of Courtauld launch

Sirane has said it is already working on projects to help Courtauld 3 become a reality and meet food waste targets.

EU project aims to combine active and intelligent packaging

An EU project is aiming to use active packaging to improve barrier properties and intelligent packaging to give consumers more product quality information.

Citral beats oregano as antimicrobial agent in active packaging

Using citral is better than oregano essential oil (OEO) as an active agent on ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) coated polypropylene (PP) film at reducing microorganisms on salad, according to research.

Emco files patent for active oxygen scavenging system

Emco Packaging has filed a patent for an active oxygen scavenging system for use in the headspace of bottles, sachets and cartons for liquid foods and beverages.

Avure targets all-round HPP services

Bringing a successful high pressure processing (HPP) product to market is much more than just buying a piece of equipment, according to Avure.

Researchers create novel humidity regulating films to stop water vapour condensation

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created humidity regulating films incorporating salts that absorb water vapour leading to extended shelf life and better product appeal.

Edible coatings can extend fruit shelf life, say researchers

A research project in Pakistan has successfully extended the shelf life of different fruits by applying various types of edible coating materials.

Bespoke wash can extend fresh food shelf life – German firm

German company Food Freshly has begun offering processors a bespoke formula wash for fresh foodstuffs that it claims will keep them germ free and extend their shelf life.

Dole claims its banana packaging extends shelf life by nearly a week

Dole Fresh Fruit has launched banana packaging that it claims can keep the fruit fresher for up to six days longer.

Asda hopes time is ripe for avocado 'traffic light' packaging

UK supermarket chain Asda hopes that its new 'traffic light' colour coded packaging system will ensure customers always pick avocadoes off retail shelves at the correct level of ripeness.

Sirane claims new corn-based packaging film doubles brassica shelf life

UK-based packaging manufacturer  Sirane claims its bio-based food wrapping can double the shelf-life of ‘notoriously problematic’ brassicas.

JV for antimicrobial packaging coatings that could extend shelf life by ‘months’

Oplon has partnered with Reynolds Group to create antimicrobial coatings for their packaging which could extend shelf life of products by months and will be commercially available within the next two years.

Packaging system extends shelf life of produce, claims Sonoco

Sonoco has unveiled a tray which is part of a system that they claim will increase the shelf life for fresh-cut produce.

Grow Green Industries develops all-natural food sanitizer and preservative

Food safety and shelf-life enhancing products with no special processing requirements will be unveiled at trade-show IFT next month, according to the US-based developer.

Cassava starch coatings can increase strawberry shelf life 33% - study

Brazilian researchers have found that cassava starch-based edible coatings can boost shelf life in fresh strawberries from nine to 12 days.

'Breakthrough' barrier technology sees APPE target new applications

APPE is targeting new application areas for its novel oxygen-scavenging barrier system marketed under the the ActivSeal brand, the company revealed to BeverageDaily.com in an exclusive interview at Brau Beviale 2011 in Germany.

KHS claims beer stabilisation boon for smaller brewers

KHS claims its new Innopro ECOStab beer stabilisation machine will help brewers of all sizes achieve longer shelf lives for beer, and reduce costs as well as processing times.

Glass won't disappear, but novel jam 'cup' will win market share: EDV

Spanish firm EDV Packaging claims its new 'high barrier' plastic cup for fruit spreads provides an alternative to glass for food firms, although it can't compete on price quite yet.

'Revolutionary' food freshness label will transform industry, developer claims

A patent-protected traffic-light style food freshness label is set to revolutionise the UK food industry on its retail launch in early 2012, and will help tackle the nation's £12bn food waste problem.

Radical cryogenic food freezing research starts

A ground-breaking new UK-led research project will investigate the potential for cryogenic and electromagnetic freezing and chilling technologies for food processing applications.

Top food firms interested in novel food freshness label, entrepreneur

A Scottish entrepreneur claims that two top food manufacturers and a major supermarket have shown interest in licensing an innovative colour-changing label that tells consumers how fresh their food is, which could be used on products within 12 months.

New guide eases challenges of challenge testing

Demand for shelf-life evaluation procedures such as challenge testing is on the up as food processors come under increasing regulatory and financial pressure to ensure safety and minimise waste, said Campden BRI.

Marketing trends force brands to consider light damage

The latest trends in beverage and dairy are forcing companies to consider the potentially damaging effects of light on product quality.

Fraunhofer develops nano-thin coating to enhance shelf life

A breakthrough technology that coats polymer films with an ultra-thin clear barrier layer to enhance product shelf-life has been unveiled by the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology.

CO2 process could herald new dawn for heat sensitive liquids

Carbon dioxide (CO2) under pressure could rise to the top in terms of alternatives to conventional heat treatments for liquids but must be used in unison with stress inducers such as modified atmosphere packaging and lower pH to render microbes ineffective and extend shelf life, claim researchers.

Food processors are under increasing pressure not only to be leaner but also to be greener. In this series, we look at environmental management systems, how computer modelling can cut energy bills, ways to cut water usage by almost a third as well as the feasibility of recycling waste into energy.

Dow software helps food and beverage firms optimize water system design

In food and beverage manufacturing, water quality can significantly affect both the process and the product. Soon, manufacturers will have a tool to simplify evaluation and optimization of their water treatment systems.

Plastic Technologies launches PET bottle energy initiative

Plastic Technologies Incorporated (PTI) is launching an initiative to help manufacturers that blow PET bottles cut energy costs. 

Put down the pen, pick up a tablet! Virtual factories and augmented reality in Sidel training centres

Sidel Services has opened a training centre in Guadalajara, Mexico that includes a virtual factory, augmented reality, and a library of technical manuals accessible on tablet devices.

Goss packaging presses land technology honors

The company’s Sunday Vpak presses have been recognized with an InterTech Technology Award.

3M outlines food safety evolution

While food safety technology is constantly evolving, the need for speed and accuracy remains constant.

Food storage firm hits 12% energy savings

The oldest cold-storage company in the US has implemented an energy management plan that has put it on the path to cutting its power bills by 12%.

Fresh approach: Ready meals incorporate Cryovac cook-in-bag packaging

A line of high-end ready meals for health-conscious consumers has launched in packaging that enables food to be prepared, shipped, sold, and heated in the same pouch.

Chosen for frozen: Researcher awarded for food-freezing technology

The Frozen Food Foundation has saluted a Washington State food scientist with its fifth annual Freezing Research Award for advancing technology in the field.

Chain reaction: Advion launches prep-free food testing method

The company’s line of compact mass spectrometers now offer a probe designed to save time by cutting the need for sample preparation.

High and dry: Mettler Toledo moisture analyzer designed for ease of use

The HE53 halogen moisture analyzer from Mettler Toledo is intended to put rapid, reliable food moisture test results in the hands of even untrained operators.

Watt’s gets a handle on efficiency with JDA software

A large food and beverage processing company in Chile has installed manufacturing planning software to streamline its end-to-end operations.

Printpack opens 203,400-square-foot packaging plant

With the opening of its expanded and updated flexible packaging plant, the company is stepping up efforts to boost efficiency.

Movable feast: Cambridge open conveyor for meat and poultry

The DuraFlex Edge open-design conveyor belt is designed for lean, clean meat and poultry processing.

Support system: Videojet program gets the package coding ball rolling

The support program is designed to guide food packaging and processing operations through the ins and outs of effective use of coding and marking equipment.

Tailor made: Custom food producer expands with ERP software

Surlean Foods, a producer specialized in custom products and dishes for food clients nationwide, is installing enterprise resource planning software from Deacom to facilitate and streamline expansion.

Walmart, Trader Joe's fruit recalled in Listeria scare

A fruit packaging company is recalling peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots due to contamination concerns; the recall is affecting Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers.

Small stuff: Corn processing machines geared toward the little guys

Hughes Equipment is offering two small-scale corn processing machines designed for operations with lower capacity and smaller footprint than other processors.

Sonoco reveals Consumer Packaging segment margin impacts

Consumer Packaging operating profits suffered in the quarter but some solid growth was achieved, according to Sonoco.  

Star Refrigeration scales up seafood processor chilling package

Seafood processor has Pinneys turned to Star Refrigeration for an upgraded refrigeration plant and chilling tunnel package to accommodate expanded product offerings and growing demand.

Shell game: Key launches digital sorter for fruit and nuts

Key Technology’s Cayman BioPrint digital sorter is suited for removing foreign material and defective product from nuts, dried fruit, and other ingredients.

WhiteWave pours into LEED-certified production facility

The beverage and food producer’s 325,000-square-foot facility has received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

Making a mark: Videojet laser codes on plastic and metal packaging

The Videojet 7510 fiber laser is designed to mark a range of packaging materials, including plastics and metals.

Modular system boosts efficiency at $20m processing facility

International Food Products has put in place an EPIC liquid processing system at its $20m production facility, designed to improve operational efficiency.

Aim high: Dynamic launches vertical food-grade conveyor

The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.

Videojet: Downtime is deadly in package printing

Because operational efficiency is king in food packaging and processing companies, equipment must minimize downtime and boost accuracy, according to Videojet.

Niagara Bottling taps into safety software

Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.

Waste not, want not: Mouvex fights for food processing efficiency

With the launch of the Product Recovery Initiative, Mouvex is campaigning to deliver waste reduction capabilities in food processing operations.

MidWest Foods upgrades video surveillance to guard food safety

Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.

Antioxidant gets FDA thumbs up for food packaging

Addivant’s WESTON 705 liquid antioxidant has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for food contact applications.

Bürkert is ‘Apple-ising’ its technology to stay ahead of the game

Bürkert has developed an efficient device integration platform (EDIP) with a common user interface (büS) and digital communication, in an attempt to ‘Apple-ise’ its technology.

Pasta Montana: 'Japanese customers only accept zero-defect products'

Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.

Growth in HPP drives Avure expansion

The high-pressure processing firm is expanding to a new location to accommodate demand for the food and beverage production technology.

IFT tackles food safety, speed, and efficiency

Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.

Coke gives back 108.5bn liters of water

Coca-Cola is boosting its sustainability profile by returning as much as 68% of the water it uses to the communities it was sipped from.

Ruiz Foods snaps up former Heinz plant

The producer has purchased the 225,000-square-foot Heinz frozen food plant to accommodate growing demand for its Hispanic cuisines.

Greif's Q2 hit by Turkish trouble

Greif’s Q2 financial results have been negatively impacted due to the occupation of a flexible products manufacturing facility in Hadimkoy, Turkey.

Stand-up pouches offer stand-out appearance

Sandridge Food has launched a line of fresh soups and salads, with layered ingredients showcased in clear, flexible pouches.

PMMI bolsters membership with processing

The packaging-centric group is adding processing machinery makers to its General Member roster.

Videojet: End-of-line labeling a frequent source of headaches

Jams, wonky applicators, broken ribbons, and other misfires on end-of-line food packaging label systems can bring an entire packaging operation to a screeching halt; one technology expert explains how to avoid such woes, and costly downtime.

HayssenSandiacre: Food firms need ‘future-proof’ packaging machines

Food packaging technology must be readily adaptable to ever-changing customer demands, according to one manufacturing expert.

Ease of use is a primary focus of secondary packaging

Secondary packaging machinery companies like Kliklok-Woodman work to meet food customer demands for high-performance equipment that is simple to operate.

Videojet: Humans cause 70% of product coding errors

Coding and marking equipment geared toward food packaging must keep up with the ever-changing demands placed on the food industry, according to one Videojet leader.

TopTier: Palletizers have safety wrapped up

Food producers and packaging operations are demanding an increasing level of safety and flexibility, according to one secondary packaging expert.

Pretium Packaging snapped up by Genstar

Pretium Packaging, which manufactures rigid bottles and containers for food and beverage applications, has been acquired by Genstar Capital.

Headwall inks deal with USDA on poultry inspection

Machine vision provider Headwall Photonics has formed a partnership with the USDA on technology for high-speed, in-line inspection of poultry.

Food-grade lubricants stand up to processing applications

Sprayon has launched a line of NSF H1-rated lubricants, designed to operate in a range of food processing applications.

Liqui-Box center engages packaging customers

Liqui-Box, a packaging company specializing in flexible and bag-in-box products, is opening its Center of Excellence at its production plant.

Low-charge ammonia to hit US market

Azane is bringing low-charge ammonia refrigeration technology to American food processing, storage, and logistics companies.

Food summit confronts sustainability challenges

The Sustainable Foods Summit brought Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Walmart, and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.

City courts embattled sriracha producer

Labeled a “public nuisance” by the California plant currently hosting its hot sauce plant, Huy Fong Foods is being enticed to move to another California city with tax incentives, low water rates, and plentiful skilled labor.

PROCESS EXPO named to fast-growing show list

The biennial event has been ranked among the top fastest growing professional conferences, thanks to rising attendance and exhibit space.

Hormel applauds Avure for HPP technology

Hormel Foods has recognized high-pressure processing technology firm Avure with its Spirit of Excellence Award.

Key: Food sorting demands power and speed

Food sorting technology is evolving to meet producer demand for faster machines and precise performance, according to a Key Technology executive.

Automated food warehouse cuts energy by 80%

A producer specializing in Tetra Pak aseptic-packaged foods and beverages has opened its doors on an automated facility designed to boost efficiency and cut energy usage.

Siemens: Cost considerations move conveyor technology

Food firms are demanding cost efficiency, operational sustainability, and flexibility from their conveyors, according to Siemens.

Goya Foods fuels growth at PACK EXPO

Rapidly growing Latino foods producer Goya Foods is honing in on the latest technologies to fuel its expansion through connections made at PACK EXPO.

Hughes snapped up in food processing expansion plan

Hughes, a manufacturer of stainless-steel food processing equipment, has been acquired by a group with big plans to grow the business.

Videojet laser coders mark 150K packages per hour

Videojet has launched CO2 laser-marking units that can code up to 150,000 food packages per hour.

Goya Foods bets $250m on booming bean business

Hispanic-food producer Goya Foods has bolstered its business with four additional production facilities, as part of its $250m investment in global expansion.

Federal Mfg.: Filler fits the bill for high-speed beverage jobs

The manufacturer has released a compact, high-speed machine designed to fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.

Taste for strong flavors fueling $800bn processed meat market

With consumers around the world increasingly hungry for high-protein edibles, sales of processed meats are climbing.

Food safety growing issue, says Twentebelt

Food safety is an issue that is getting more attention, according to Twentebelt.

PMMI outlines operational efficiency tool

A special PMMI group has hammered out the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Opportunity Calculator, giving processing and packaging firms a tool to pinpoint problem areas and improve their businesses.

Fire strikes ConAgra nut facility

A small fire broke out inside a snack nut roaster at a ConAgra-owned processing facility; no injuries were reported.

Speedy sanitation guards against deadly downtime

Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.

Water system saves 25m gallons a year

Water is crucial in any food-related operation, but water systems don’t usually come to mind when plant managers look at improving operational efficiency.

Leclerc Foods to build $50m snack factory

Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.

The Packaging Conference: Is it worth the trip?

Insights from Pepsico, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and other industry players add to the value of The Packaging Conference.

CSi promotes ‘smart’ material handling

Material handling systems from companies like CSi can help food firms streamline their packaging operations and increase efficiency.

Praxair tunnel puts freezing efficiency on ice

The Praxair ColdFront Cryo-Saver tunnel freezer is designed to offer a higher degree of freezing efficiency in the same footprint of a traditional cryogenic tunnel.

Maintenance program targets certified food firms

The Pacific Sunrise Ventures Gold Star Food Safety Maintenance Program is designed for HACCP- and GFSI-certified operations.

Stretch wrapper handles 40 loads per hour

ITW Muller has introduced a rotary-ring stretch wrapper that merges compact size with flexibility, for food packaging operations with limited space but broad requirements.

Free food safety training

Succeed Management Solutions and the Northwest Food Processors Association have teamed to launch a free, web-based tool to arm food professionals with valuable safety training.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

Axium snack factory damaged by blaze

Production at snack maker Axium Foods has hit a snag after a weekend blaze struck its factory, damaging equipment but causing no injuries.

Whole Foods backs food firms with $25m loan program

Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funnelling up to $25m in low-interest loans.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Food packaging equipment feels the need for speed

In the face of the ever-growing number of edible items and pack configurations, packaging equipment must keep up with the rapid evolution of the industry.

Adept: automation fuels the future of food

Harnessing automation technology can give food processors and packaging operations a broad range of advantages, according to Adept Technology.

Food flavoring equipment offers even, efficient seasoning

TNA has launched a closed-loop oiler designed for accurate, even application of oil on a range of foods.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: WORLDSTAR WINNERS

The annual WorldStar awards (presented by the World Packaging Organisation) recognize excellence in packaging design: sustainability, functionality, aesthetics and more. Here are some of the winners in the Food category that took home top honors.

VIDEO: Bosch debuts phone trigger software at Europack

Engineers from Bosch Rexroth said “Open Core Engineering”, a software which connects automated machinery and IT, is “generation 4.0” in food production technology.

VIDEO: Mettler Toledo tackles unwanted factory vibes

Mettler Toledo has launched a metal detection machine to automatically adjust to the food it inspects, which it claims can be customized to more than 800 settings.

Videojet tackles tough processing environments

Because food processing environments can be tough, they need equipment up and down the line to stand up to the harsh conditions.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part two

This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part one

PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

Government bets big on food processing sector

Local officials have granted $200,000 in government funding to bolster processing capabilities at a food facility.

5 Criticisms of the OEE Metric

Last week, after ThomasNet's R.P. Siegel quoted an LNS Research blog post in his article, "Is OEE An Effective Metric for Assessing Industrial Production? " we decided to ask our followers on Twitter for their thoughts on the topic. The tweet sparked an engaged debate on the utility as well as shortcomings of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metric .

‘Industrial internet’ could save manufacturers $150bn

Automating a food operation works best when you put people first, according to one GE executive.

Dairy equipment upgrades fuel $494bn market

A recent study shows that 80% of dairy processors are looking to upgrade their equipment to help keep pace with growing demand.

Bioplastics and sustainability will trend at 'largest' plastics fair

Bioplastics, sustainability, and energy efficiency are set to take centre stage at this year's K! fair, which organisers claim will be the "biggest and most international" for the plastics and rubber industries.

Nestlé reduces milk evaporator water flow

Nestlé has reduced water usage by almost two thirds in less than 12 months, thanks to a technology and employee awareness drive.

Dei Fratelli: Canned food business ‘not going away’

Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms has expanded its line of Truly tomato products, switching to SIG 750g Combibloc cartons, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, but insists cans still have a major role to play within the industry.

Constellium invests €23m at aluminium facility

Constellium has invested €23m in two projects at one of its aluminium rolling and recycling plants that serves the food and beverage packaging markets.

Flexicon Europe moves into bigger UK HQ

Flexicon Europe has moved into larger UK headquarters, to increase manufacturing area, office space and operational efficiencies.

PDX reactor cooks 1,000kg of tomato sauce in six minutes

UK-based, Olympus Automation, which recently acquired the food and beverage division of Pursuit Dynamics, has launched a PDX reactor for liquid food processing.  

Wright Foods invests $53m to create more than 500 jobs

Wright Foods is to create 505 jobs and invest $53m over the next five years in North Carolina.

RPC sees improved activity in challenging environment

RPC Group has said adjusted operating profit before exceptional items is slightly ahead of expectations, in their trading performance update.

Paccor boosts Netherlands presence with €11m investment

Paccor Packaging Solutions has invested €11m in The Netherlands in a bid to grow its rigid food packaging presence.

Amcor bids to be market leader with Chinese flexible packaging deal

Amcor has snapped up a Chinese flexible packaging firm claiming the deal will make it the market leader in Eastern China with a strong position in both film manufacturing and conversion.

Jacquot aims for chocolatey printing perfection

French chocolatier Jacquot has installed two new CJ400 printers from Linx Printing Technologies as it replaces printers across its factory in Troyes, France.

Sonoco considering Irish site closure

Sonoco is considering closing a thermoforming packaging facility in Ireland due to volume and profitability losses over the last few years.

Audits are not just about ticking boxes, says LRQA

Audits are not just about ticking boxes and companies need to show a systematic and preventive approach to ensure food safety, according to LRQA.

Crown invests in Asia to meet aluminium can demand

Crown Holdings has commercialized two Southeast Asian facilities in Nong Khae, Thailand and Da Nang, Vietnam to meet demand for aluminium beverage cans.

MWV lowers F&B profit expectations after maintenance issues

MeadWestvaco (MWV) Corporation has dropped the profit it expects from its Food and Beverage segment to between $45m-$50m after unanticipated costs and lower productivity.

Stora Enso continues site investments

Stora Enso is to invest in a Swedish mill and explore converting a machine from paper to containerboard in Finland to increase operational efficiency.

Graphic Packaging to shutter UK site with 170 job losses

Graphic Packaging is to close one of its UK sites resulting in the loss of up to 170 jobs following its acquisition of Contego Packaging.

Ecolab expands Brazilian research center

Ecolab has expanded one of its research centers in Brazil to keep pace with the strong growth of the business in the country and throughout Latin America.

Solar cells to power refrigeration in cold storage warehouse

Dagab is to install more than 400 solar cells to power its cold storage warehouse in Sweden.

Ardagh signs supply agreement with ConAgra Foods

Ardagh Group is to invest $250m in two new can making facilities to convert the majority of ConAgra Foods’ shelf-sized cans from traditional 3-piece can to flexible DWI (Drawn and Wall-Ironed) technology.

Sonoco invests in flexible packaging

Sonoco Flexible Packaging is to expand its Morristown, Tennessee facility with an investment of $9.7m which will create 26 jobs.

Novelis invests in evercan launch site

Novelis has completed a £1.7m (US$2.5m) upgrade at an aluminium can recycling plant which will serve as a launch production site for the evercan aluminium beverage can body sheet.

Amcor invests £1.3m in UK site

Amcor is investing £1.3m in one of its UK facilities including installing a new production line that will help to safeguard 53 jobs.

Sealpac highlights at IFFA 2013

Sealpac has outlined flexibility, material savings and traceability as the main benefits of its integrated machinery, during a recent trade show in Germany.   

O-I expands alliance with Emhart Glass

O-I has expanded its strategic alliance with Emhart Glass to supply glass forming machines and parts to all their plants from Q2 this year.

Sealed Air targets savings in organisational restructure

Sealed Air has announced a program aimed at annual savings of $80m by the end of 2015 but said impact this year would be “minimal”.

PLM part of holistic approach for industry

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is still emerging in food and beverage with growth expected as more firms take a holistic approach, according to the president of CIMdata.

Toppan builds “mother factory” to focus on flexible packaging

Toppan Printing Co., is investing 27bn Yen (US$292m) in what it described as the “mother factory” in Japan in anticipation of flexible packaging growth overseas.

Ball Corporation to close Illinois site

Ball Corporation is to close a food and aerosol packaging manufacturing facility with the loss of 245 jobs by the end of the year.

Nampak to boost beverage business with investment

Nampak is to invest in equipment to boost its bottle and can producing business to meet growing market demand.

Netzsch does the Rumba to optimise chocolate processing

Netzsch has claimed that it offers an energy efficient chocolate production process as its grinding and liquid-conching processes run simultaneously in different equipment.

Crown reviewing UK plant after decline in food packaging sales

Crown Food Europe has launched a consultation process with staff at its Worcester, UK site due to declining food packaging sales.

Bühler invests in optical sorting at new centre

Bühler Sortex has invested in the latest optical sorting technology as part of the facilities at the customer service centre it plans to open on February 25 in East London.

‘That’s intralogistics’: Krones secures stake in specialist Klug

German beverage filling and packaging giant Krones has bought a 26% stake in German intralogistical supplier Klug, and says it will stop supplying such solutions through its loss-making in-house business.

Operational Efficiency 2012: Free Access To Today's First Ever Dedicated Online Event!

Register now for free access to today's first ever online event devoted to Operational Efficiency in food and beverage processing, organized by FoodProductionDaily.com and William Reed Business Media.

Breakthrough CIP cleaning tech ‘more progressive than prog rock’: Radical Waters

Carla Fiford, of Radical Waters, tells Ben Bouckley at InterBev 2012 why Electro Chemical Activation (ECA) is a ‘breakthrough’ cleaning technology that brings beverage bottlers cost and sustainability benefits.

Kraft files patent for flexible chocolate depositor

Cadbury UK and Kraft Foods R&D in the US have filed a patent application for an improved chocolate depositor that the companies claim allows manufacturers to better meet output demands and cope with new formulations.

Ardagh invests in European food can line

Ardagh has invested €10m in a two piece drawn, walled and ironed (DWI) food can line in the Czech Republic.

Linpac invests in plants and packaging

Linpac Packaging is investing an extra €3m in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) extrusion and automation at Ritterhude, Bremen, on top of €6m in the past two years spent there and at Beeskow, Brandenburg.

New heat recovery system saves money: WP Green

Bakery firms can cut costs with a new system that reuses hot gases emitted from ovens to heat and make water for an entire production facility, head of WP Green says.

ConAgra Foods fined for wastewater permit violation

A ConAgra processing plant has been fined $1,625 for exceeding the limit for disposal of nitrate.

BASF to shut two EPS plants in Asia

BASF is to shut two sites in Asia by the end of the year, citing overcapacity and low margins.

Dry Lube predicts sustainable revolution for dry lubrication

Dry Lube says that one barrier to de facto use of dry lubrication technology for glass packaging lines is wariness among site engineers following imperfect past trials using rival products.

Sonoco third quarter earnings outlook hit by maintenance problems

Sonoco has lowered its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2012 due to unscheduled downtime and lower than anticipated volumes. 

Totally Green receives $20m to simplify food composting

Totally Green has partnered with York Plains Investment Corp. to support their aim of diverting food processing waste from landfill.

Tetra Pak expands industrial performance business

Tetra Pak has acquired a Brazilian control systems specialist to strengthen their manufacturing monitoring technology.

Coke plans to roll-out 'first of its kind' water recovery system from 2013

The Coca-Cola Company has developed and tested a ‘first of its kind’ beverage process water recovery system that it says could save up to 100bn litres per year if adopted across its bottling network.

Quail meat processor hit with almost $100,000 of proposed fines

Quail International was cited for 23 violations totalling more than US$92,000 (€75,000) by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Industry consolidating in terms of machinery purchases - PMMI report

Industry is focussing on current rather than new vendors and rebuilt packaging machinery, according to a report from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).

Spartech Corporation to upgrade US plant but close Canadian site

Spartech Corporation has announced it will upgrade its food packaging manufacturing facility in Indiana later this year but will close a plant in Canada by 2013.

FoodDrinkEurope sets out sustainability initiatives up to 2030

FoodDrinkEurope has launched a report outlining its goals to move towards more sustainable food and drink production by 2030.

Day Two: Relive Anuga FoodTec 2012 in pictures

Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.

Electron beam ‘breakthrough’ sees Tetra Pak hit carton hyperspeed at Anuga

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it claims is the world’s fastest carton filling machine – over 11 units per second – and says the concept was only realisable due to the launch of new eBeam non-contact and dry sterilisation technology.

Multivac launches stand-alone end-of-line conveyor systems

Multivac has unveiled two stand-alone conveyor systems with adjustable lanes and speeds that can be retrofitted to thermoforming packaging machines.

Tetra Pak’s production doubles at factory in China ‘due to demand’.

Tetra Pak say a new production line at one its plants in China will boost output to 20bn liquid dairy cartons annually to ‘keep up with market demand’.

Novel dairy waste disposal process offers significant savings on anaerobic digestion, UK firm

Lindhurst Engineering has successfully tested microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to help dairy processors dispose of waste streams and generate energy, and MD Martin Rigley told Dairy Reporter.com that an installation could cost 75% less than its anaerobic digestion equivalent.

New production line will save time and cut costs - Nampak

Nampak claims that newly installed printing technology will reduce food packaging production costs and shorten delivery times by up to eight weeks.

Coke takes Turkish delight in potential for 'built-in' sustainability

The Coca-Cola Company says that it has opportunities to build sustainability in to its plants in the emerging markets such as Turkey, through integration of best practice and the latest, most efficient technology.

Processors could reap benefits from new UK anaerobic digestion plant

Food producers can cut costs and boost environmental credentials by recycling food waste at a new anaerobic digestion plant in Wiltshire, UK, according to the firm behind the facility.

Miracle metal could usher in food safety revolution, scientist

Copper could usher in a food safety revolution within processing plants, according to the author of a new study that revealed the metal’s impressive ability to kill deadly E.coli pathogens.

State-of-the-art serrated plastic pipe cleaning tech unveiled by Arla

The UK arm of Scandinavian based dairy giant Arla has installed a new ‘state of the art’ pipe cleaning technology at its creamery in Stourton that it says will help it reduce product waste and save water.

Ultrasonic clean for baking tins can cut lifetime costs – Caresonic

Ultrasonic cleaning machines for baking tins can produce better results faster and reduce long-term costs compared to high spray washing, according to UK based technology firm Caresonic.

Krones chairman presents ‘ultra compact’ bottle washer

Krones has launched what it describes as an ‘ultra compact’ single-end bottle washer designed specifically for beverage manufacturers with small to medium outputs.

Line performance analysis means a ‘win of money’ for producers, Krones

German engineering giant Krones is at the forefront of IT solutions to allow close line performace analysis to help beverage manufacturers avoid downtime, and the firm’s IT solutions sales manager Timo Frankl told BeverageDaily.com and FoodProductionDaily.com that the company’s solutions ensured efficient production and a ‘win of money’.

Eco friendly methane trucks optimise supply chain for Nestle

Nestle UK has scooped an award for its use of methane trucks that has reduced CO2 emissions by 14% compared to diesel trucks with further potential to slash emissions in half.

Developing world 'grid reliability' issues speed effluent energy uptake, General Electric

Worldwide beverage industry uptake of effluent energy generation solutions depends on the cost of local power, while grid reliability problems are also encouraging uptake in the developing world.

‘Next generation’ bottling system will slash costs, claims KHS

KHS has launched a new filling system that it claims will increase product safety for consumers and effect cost reductions via simpler cleaning and maintenance.

Favourable tax changes boost Finnish can boom, Rexam

Positive changes to the Finnish tax regime have encouraged a rapid transition from bottled to can beer in the country, according to consumer packaging giant Rexam.

EMS offers food processors benefits and challenges

Environmental management systems (EMS) can be a good tool for food processors looking to achieve the twin goals of improved productivity and corporate responsibility.

Should anaerobic digestion plants be on the menu for food processors?

The financial and eco-benefits of investing in anaerobic digestion (AD) technology to generate energy from food waste is something that all processors should be considering, said InSource Energy.

Consultant reveals the secrets behind water efficiency

Food and drink processors can achieve savings of up to 30 per cent on their water and effluent bills without even having to resort to major capital investments.

Computer modelled heat recovery could slash processors' energy bills

In the first part of a special edition on plant efficiency, we look at the results of a recently published Australian project, which found that a combination of computer modelling and dehydrator redesign can cut energy bills in half in dried fruit manufacture.

In this special series looking at potential routes for food and plant contaminants, FoodProductionDaily.com looks at the main causes of Listeria contamination in cheese plants as well as whole room disinfection methods, design errors that are resulting in equipment being vulnerable to pathogen attachment; and the impact of regulation on antimicrobial packaging.

FSIS issues cost/benefit analysis of expanding E.coli testing in ground beef

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand its E. coli testing of ground beef and ground beef components. Toward that end, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking public comments on its latest analysis of the costs and benefits of additional testing.

Foster Farms shares data management tips that cut Salmonella rates to less than 5%

Just four months after closing the book on a 16-month long Salmonella outbreak, Foster Farms is touting incidence rates below 5% and offering its recipe for success.

Endocrine disruptor criteria aim in EC consultation

A consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors has been launched by the European Commission.

Thermo Fisher Scientific backs food safety chemistry course

The food safety and quality analysis company is lending support to a specialized chemistry seminar program at a North Carolina university.

BioLargo ramps up food safety system

The company is joining with Clarion Water to broaden the reach of its Isan disinfection technology system, which has won recognition from DuPont.

McCormick oregano recalled due to Salmonella threat

The spice giant is recalling containers of its Ground Oregano product after tests turned up possible Salmonella contamination.

Head of the class: School offers food processing courses

Genesee Community College (GCC) is poised to kick off its fall semester, welcoming students looking for a lucrative career in food production.

Applegate recalls 15,000 lbs. of chicken nuggets

The poultry producer has recalled several tons of frozen chicken nuggets under its Applegate Naturals brand after consumers complained of plastic particle contamination.

Nut roaster cracks safety certification

Hickory Harvest Foods, a producer that makes roasted nut and dried fruit products, has attained SQF Level 2 safety certification.

3M outlines food safety evolution

While food safety technology is constantly evolving, the need for speed and accuracy remains constant.

UL joins with Green Endeavor on food sanitation

The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.

Chain reaction: Advion launches prep-free food testing method

The company’s line of compact mass spectrometers now offer a probe designed to save time by cutting the need for sample preparation.

DuPont launches all-in-one food safety program

DuPont has launched Detect + Protect, a service program that puts in the hands of food producers the ability to gauge, monitor, and control the safety of their products and operations.

Wawona Packing expands fruit recall out of Listeria concerns

Wawona Packing is broadening its voluntary recall of packaged fruits sold to Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers, out of concern for Listeria contamination.

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

Clean scene: IAFP hones in on food safety

The International Association for Food Protection will feature workshops, presentations, and technologies for safety-minded professionals all along the supply chain.

US and Mexico align on produce safety

Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.

Smooth sailing: Key conveyors add contaminant-resistant stainless steel

Key Technology has reworked its vibratory conveyors with a stainless-steel rotary finish to resist bacterial attachment.

Bird is the word: CMS and UGA tackle poultry processing safety

The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.

Inspectors shut down meat processing plant

Food safety inspectors have ordered the closure of a meat and poultry facility after inspectors found 136 different safety and sanitation violations at the site.

Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.

Six Evol Foods employees sickened by carbon monoxide

Half a dozen staffers at the company’s frozen food processing plant have been sickened by carbon monoxide emissions.

Singing about foodborne pathogens is "Weird"

With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens.

General Mills certifies food safety laboratory

The consumer packaged food giant has approved ABC Research Laboratories as one of its certified food safety testing providers.

Pumped up: Mettler-Toledo metal detectors withstand tough food environments

Mettler-Toledo Safeline has introduced metal detectors designed to eradicate metal contaminants from a range of food products.

Continental Carbonic freezes food contaminants with dry ice

By eliminating water from the cleaning process, the company's dry-ice blasting technology avoids downtime and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.

Aim high: Dynamic launches vertical food-grade conveyor

The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.

Safe sipping: Juice Tyme lands GFSI safety certification

Beverage producer Juice Tyme has received Food Safety System Certification 22000 from benchmarking group the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Bühler Aeroglide cracks the code on peanut safety

Food scientists at Bühler Aeroglide report they have come up with a method to dry-roast peanuts that significantly reduces the risk of Salmonella contamination.

Niagara Bottling taps into safety software

Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.

MidWest Foods upgrades video surveillance to guard food safety

Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.

FMI: Food traceability requires a common language

For traceability to work, food industry stakeholders must create and share a common language on safety and sourcing, according to one industry expert.

Laugh if you want, but the food supply is safer than ever

The satirical specialists at The Onion might make food recall jokes at the expense of the FDA, but the safety of the US food supply is seriously better than ever.

IFT: CDC is “raising the bar” on food safety technology

One food safety expert says federal US food safety agencies have made a few missteps down the road to a safer food supply, but many of their achievements deserve applause.

GS1: Traceability is tops in food safety

The global standards organization is stressing the importance of improved traceability in the food supply chain worldwide, to keep consumers safe and regulators happy.

Top 11 advancements in food safety and quality

A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.

Meat processor hit with $121K in OSHA fines

Acadian Fine Foods, which specializes in producing meat and poultry products, has been cited for 16 safety and health violations by OSHA, carrying up to $121,660 in fines.

Kraft recalls Velveeta from Walmart stores

The food firm is recalling a batch of the cheese product due to insufficient levels of sorbic acid, a shortcoming that could lead to foodborne illness or spoilage.

Thermo Scientific expands offerings in $14bn food safety testing market

The analytical technology company is launching a number of products geared toward food safety and quality, including a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry unit designed to deliver fast results.

IFT tackles food safety, speed, and efficiency

Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.

Carbon monoxide sickens food processing workers

Nearly two dozen staff at Keybrand Foods were taken to hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at the processing facility.

FMI Connect links safety in the food supply chain

FMI Connect, the annual food event, is focusing on technology and services that increase the safety of food across the supply chain.

Are there gaps in your safety program?

red24assist has launched a web-based tool designed to enable food professionals to locate shortfalls in their safety programs.

Ammonia leak injures three Farmland workers

An ammonia leak at a Farmland Foods pork processing facility has injured three employees, one seriously.

RGF recommends air offense against food pathogens

Sanitizing surfaces to eradicate food pathogens is only half the battle, according to one expert; airborne pathogens also must be dealt with for a safe food supply.

Dry-ice blasting stops food pathogens cold

Continental Carbonic promises a way to clean food production equipment with less water and faster results than conventional methods.

Group sues USDA to act on antibiotic-resistant Salmonella

A watchdog group is suing to get the agency to treat anti-biotic resistant strains of Salmonella as adulterants in meat.

Portable detector sniffs out spoiled food

PERES, a portable app-based device, tests meat and poultry for freshness, sounding an alert when spoilage is detected.

Ammonia leak shutters produce plant

A produce processing plant has evacuated more than 100 staff, and sent 14 to the hospital, due to a possible ammonia leak.

Producer takes swift action in 7-ton hummus recall

A hummus producer explains the company’s quick reaction to a positive Listeria test and lessons learned in its first-ever recall.

Weigh in on FDA food import rules

Food firms only have a few more days to weigh in on a rule requires companies to give a heads up on imported edibles; an expert from SGS offers advice on the particulars and the potential impact on processing firms worldwide.

Listeria woes behind 7-ton hummus recall

Food processing firm Lansal is voluntarily recalling hummus manufactured for Target and Trader Joe’s due to Listeria concerns.

Kraft recalls 1.2m cases of cottage cheese

Cottage cheese under the Kraft Foods brand umbrella is being voluntarily recalled after ingredients were discovered to be stored outside of safe temperature parameters.

Ammonia leaks shut down Maple Leaf plant

Two ammonia leaks have caused the shutdown and evacuation of a Maple Leaf Foods plant and sent one person to the hospital.

ITW launches ‘chameleon’ sanitation towels

Sertun hand and surface sanitation towels from ITW change colors to indicate when they contain insufficient sanitizing chemicals.

Dataloggers are a hot ticket for pathogen prevention

Advanced tools for monitoring temperature of food products in processing environments, during transit, and at retail can keep dangerous foodborne illness from taking hold, according to CAS DataLoggers.

Pathogen testing fuels a need for speed

Saving time required to conduct pathogen tests means safer food and better operational efficiency, according to Romer Labs.

Greens producer lands 100% on safety audit

Hollandia Produce, which specializes in leafy greens and ‘living’ lettuce, has earned a perfect score on a certification audit offered by Azzule Systems.

Keep calm and carry on with your safety plan

Minimizing risk from foodborne illness is a matter of crafting an effective safety plan, and maximizing control along the supply chain, according to one expert.

The plot sickens: More than 100 Food Safety Summit attendees fall ill

An investigation into a foodborne illness during the recent Food Safety Summit has confirmed more than 100 attendees were taken ill after the event.

Aus and NZ must have guts to nuke alien invaders

Isolated from the rest of the world, New Zealand and Australia are critically at risk from alien invaders of the most threatening kind: biological pests from overseas that prey on the countries’ indigenous and vulnerable agricultural produce.

Food Safety Summit outbreak is no laughing matter

People all over social media are having a field day with the news of a foodborne illness striking a food safety event—but pathogens are no joke.

Hormel applauds Avure for HPP technology

Hormel Foods has recognized high-pressure processing technology firm Avure with its Spirit of Excellence Award.

Kraft recalls 96K pounds of wieners

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because the meat products may contain allergens not listed on the packaging label.

Foodborne illness strikes Food Safety Summit attendees

Four people who attended the recent Food Safety Summit conference and exhibition reportedly have been stricken with a foodborne pathogen.

Is the Food Safety Summit worth the trip?

The Food Safety Summit is just one of an astounding amount of food events dedicated to sanitation, quality, testing, and other industry issues—examining the show's features can help weigh the benefits of attending.

RF technology kills bugs and pathogens in food

Equipment from RF Biocidics harnesses radio frequency technology to disinfect, disinfest, and pasteurize food products, without chemicals.

Hot sauce processor declared a ‘public nuisance’

The embattled producer of sriracha, a popular hot sauce, has 90 days to contain fumes emitted by its processing plant, or the city could shut the operation down.

Improper pest management bugs food safety managers

Insects might be small, but they can cause big problems in a food processing operation if they are not properly dealt with, says the USDA.

Foster Farms salmonella woes continue

A salmonella outbreak tied to tainted chicken is rolling on more than a year after the first reported incident, with 500+ consumers reportedly falling ill.

Listeria test scores AOAC-RI certification

Following a pilot with ConAgra and other clients, Sample6's DETECT/L enrichment-free pathogen diagnostic for Listeria has been awarded AOAC certification from the organization’s Performance Tested Methods program.

Food technologies wage war against pathogens

Novel technologies like high-pressure processing can win the war to lengthen shelf life and eradicate foodborne illness, according to industry experts.

Wisdom trumps washing in effective sanitation programs

Thorough staff training is more important to a food sanitation program's chances of success than the chemicals used to clean equipment, according ChemStar.

Catch food fraud before it happens

Food fraud must be dealt with swiftly and seriously to prevent harm to consumer health, according to one industry expert.

Food safety training must evolve to succeed

Keeping up with ever-changing regulatory requirements and increasingly complex processing environments requires an evolved approach to safety training, according to one industry expert.

Hormel: Food sanitation is everyone's business

The cleanliness of a food operation should be a top priority to everyone in the industry, according to Hormel Foods.

Tyson recalls 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets

Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 75,320 of frozen, cooked chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding plastic contaminants in the food.

Consumers demanding more ‘free’ foods

Food processing and packaging firms are increasingly impacted by consumers’ desire to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, and other ingredients, according to Packaged Facts.

Food Safety Summit gives ‘invaluable’ hands-on experience

The annual Food Safety Event brings together brand owners, food processors, and other professionals to tackle top safety problems and concerns.

Listeria scare shuts down seafood plant

The FDA has ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse to close its doors after the seafood processor tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

JBT: Get equipment sanitation down cold

One food technology expert says it is more important than ever for processing firms to keep their equipment up to stringent safety standards.

MOCON: Automation essential in testing technology

MOCON has launched an oxygen permeation testing system that meets increased demand for automation and rapid results.

Positive Listeria tests prompt broad recall

A producer that makes private-label foods for Walmart, Target, and other high-profile retailers is initiating a widespread recall of its food products after inspectors turned up positive tests for Listeria monocytogenes at its plant.

Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake

The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.

Food science and safety take center stage at conference

The International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing and Technology, produced by OMICS, gives food professionals a platform to explore and share wisdom on safety and quality issues.

FSIS fires back at inspector shortage charges

A New York Times article alleging staff gaps at the agency are causing a boom in food product recalls is not true, according to one FSIS leader.

Meyer: Food conveyors are getting leaner and cleaner

Regulations and food firms alike are causing conveyor manufacturers to step up their game in the sanitation department.

FooDS tracks top trends for food firms

Market research from Oklahoma State University delivers data on consumer preferences and behavior, to help food manufacturers plan for future production.

Mettler Toledo: Simplicity is the future of the food lab

Evolving demands and stepped-up regulations are pushing food safety analytical technology toward greater precision and increased ease of use, according to Mettler Toledo.

Speedy sanitation guards against deadly downtime

Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.

LSD-laced beef from Walmart sickens family

Beef purchased at Walmart and sourced from Walmart reportedly was laced with LSD, sickening the family that ate the meat for dinner.

Pittcon puts food safety under the microscope

Pittcon brought food laboratories to the forefront for a week; is the annual technology exhibition worth the trip?

Life Technologies: Foodborne illness hits 1 in 6 Americans

Growing concerns about foodborne illness, waste, and feeding a booming global population are placing increasing demands on food testing, according to Life Technologies.

Thermo Scientific: Testing equipment must be better, faster, stronger

Thermo Scientific representatives say in the face of growing demands on food laboratories and stepped-up regulatory requirements, analytical staff must deliver top-notch performance and technology to keep up.

Cargill meat testing thinks outside the box

When Cargill Media Solutions needed to test a significant number of samples, they opted for ready-to-use liquid culture media to save time and effort.

Accelrys: Food labs demand mobility, flexibility, and automation

Food technology firms like Accelrys are launching mobile products designed to connect equipment, data, and staff.

Microtrace: Food contaminants can be murder

A food sleuth from Microtrace says proper analysis of contaminants found in food and beverage products is crucial to preventing an incident from becoming a full-blown crisis.

Ocean Optics: There’s “room for improvement” in food safety

A representative of analytic technology firm Ocean Optics says while technology related to testing for food safety and quality has advanced, more needs to be done.

AIB: Food companies require a strong safety culture

A representative of AIB International says that building a strong safety program requires a cultural connection among food operation personnel.

Cargill & Tyson Foods bring food safety to the fore

A trio of industry leaders recently gathered in a battle of wits, presented in a game-show format, to see whose knowledge of crucial food safety issues is the most impressive.

Danone: How will we feed 9bn people?

A Danone France leader says providing a growing planet with a safe, sufficient food supply down the road is a challenge the industry must meet now.

RPA strengthening sanitation for reusable plastic containers

The Reusable Packaging Association is bringing together industry members to hammer out stronger sanitation guidelines for reusable food containers.

Allergen-friendly snacks crunch into smart packaging

Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.

Hand hygiene ‘essential’ to food facilities

A food science specialist says ensuring an effective safety program at any food processing environment involves one key ingredient: its people.

Nestlé recalls Hot Pockets after meat scare

Nestlé USA is voluntarily recalling varieties of its Hot Pockets frozen sandwiches, for fear the meat inside might be tainted.

Walmart: Food safety awareness at ‘an all-time high’

The food safety guru of the world’s largest retailer told FoodProductionDaily the 2014 Global Food Safety Conference comes at a time when food safety concerns are at a pinnacle.

FDA squelches BPA ‘low dose’ theory

Data from the Food and Drug Administration adds weight to packaging industry claims of BPA’s fitness as a food-contact material.

Mettler Toledo: FSMA drives detection tech evolution

Regulatory efforts such as the Food Safety Modernization Act mean food manufacturers are demanding greater flexibility and stepped-up performance from metal detection gear.

US recalls 8.7m pounds of ‘unwholesome’ beef

A California beef processor is in hot water with the USDA for processing “diseased and unsound” animals without federal inspection.

Is the US poultry industry a cause for alarm?

Salmonella outbreaks are raising red flags over the safety of the poultry supply; however, according to one expert, there may be less reason to worry than we think.

Antimicrobial worth its weight in silver

Biotechnology firm PURE Bioscience has launched an antimicrobial product that uses silver to efficiently and safely sanitize food surfaces.

Tomra: ‘People expect their food to be perfect’

Tomra Sorting Solutions is showcasing food sorting and analyzing technology, geared toward meeting consumers’ expectations, at IPPE 2014.

Maintenance program targets certified food firms

The Pacific Sunrise Ventures Gold Star Food Safety Maintenance Program is designed for HACCP- and GFSI-certified operations.

Gusto recalls 67K lbs of ham in listeria scare

Gusto Packing is recalling 67,113 lbs. of spiral-sliced ham due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Event tackles critter contamination of food

Pest management is an increasing safety concern for food professionals; one event is geared toward eliminating the threat from creeping, crawling and flying contaminators.

Stretch film puts the wraps on contamination

Detectamet has introduced stretch wrap that can be picked up with metal detection equipment, cutting the odds of food product contamination.

Food processing firm fined $19k for ammonia leak

SunOpta Foods, a producer that specializes in organic packaged foods and ingredients, will pay $19K for failure to properly report an ammonia leak at its processing facility.

Free food safety training

Succeed Management Solutions and the Northwest Food Processors Association have teamed to launch a free, web-based tool to arm food professionals with valuable safety training.

HACCP certification key to FSMA compliance

With regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring higher safety and sanitation standards, HACCP certification is an important step in ensuring an operation passes muster.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

Key Tech adds ‘cruise control’ to optical sorters

Key Technology has added a sort-to-grade feature to its various G6 optical sorters.

Eriez metal detection aims for product purity

Eriez pairs metal detectors with magnetic separators, creating systems aimed for processing operations looking to safeguard product purity.

Fascinating food stories of 2013

Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.

CDC makes merry with food safety chat

The US Centers for Disease Control celebrated the joyous season by leading an online chat on keeping the holiday free from foodborne illness.

Tetra Pak launches arsenal of processing gear

Tetra Pak has introduced equipment geared toward processing soups, sauces, fruit and infant foods.

Month-long cooling off ordered for sriracha maker

The makers of a popular sauce, already in hot water with city officials, have been told to cool it on shipments for a month

Industry group offers assistance in understanding food safety

While many questions remain about the Food Safety Modernization Act, one industry expert advised that the time to start putting plans in place is upon us.

Coca-Cola goes green and clean with SafeWater sanitation

The Coca-Cola Co. is harnessing electrolyzed water sanitation technology from SPX to boost safety and sustainability at its plants.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part one

PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

PROCESS EXPO peeks at $53bn equipment market

PROCESS EXPO 2013 will showcase recent equipment releases from hundreds of industry vendors.

CFSAN back to business post-shutdown

A US Food and Drug Administration representative reports that two weeks after the government shutdown, the country’s food safety system is back to business as usual.

FDA back to work post-shutdown

Slashed in half by the US government shutdown, the full workforce of the FDA is back on the job.

Producer behind salmonella outbreak to stay open

A poultry producer tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak will remain open, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

CDC staff nearly restored to tackle salmonella outbreak

Whittled away by the US government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back to nearly full force to monitor a multistate salmonella outbreak.

Thermo Fisher X-rays kill dreaded product waste

Thermo Fisher Scientific's contamination detection technology is engineered to arrest foreign object intrusion to avoid costly product waste and dreaded recalls.

FDA center outlines priorities for road ahead

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s priorities for the coming year include cutting foodborne illness and speeding up recalls.

AOAC meeting cracks down on hard food issues

At its annual meeting, AOAC International has set a stage for food scientists, testing suppliers, and brand owners like Pepsico and Kraft Foods to tackle crucial topics.

High-pressure processing fights food contamination

All Natural Freshness, a high-pressure processing company, reports their technology can prevent contamination and avoid costly product recalls.

Symphony tackles threat of antibiotic-resistant bugs

Symphony Environmental Technologies has developed anti-bacterial and anti-fungal formulations which can be put into plastic products during manufacturing, claiming it will help prevent the spread of infection.

Coke admits Atlanta city may seek wastewater damages

The Coca-Cola Company revealed yesterday that City of Atlanta regulatory authorities may seek monetary or other sanctions against it due to potential inaccuracies in wastewater reports submitted by its Atlanta syrup plant.

Listeria genome map will quicken food industry outbreak response: Genome Canada

Canada is backing a CAD $600,000 project to map the genome of Listeria and develop faster testing methods that will allow the industry to respond more quickly to food safety investigations.

Scathing government report questions FDA food recall data reliability

A hard-hitting government report says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to publicise its food safety recall procedures, and that is unclear how accurate the agency’s food recall data is.

Antimicrobial packaging helps in meat fight listeria - study

Anitmicrobial packaging can help food manufacturers in the battle against listeria in ready-to-eat meat products, according to a new scientific study.

Dioxin dietary exposure falls in Europe: EFSA report

A new EFSA report says that dietary exposure to dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxic chemicals that accumulate in the food chain, has decreased across Europe in recent years.

No deadly Legionnaires' link to distillery co-owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group

North British Distillery has come out fighting after being cited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for alleged failures to adequately control the legionella risk posed by a cooling tower, as the executive investigates a deadly 'legion fever' outbreak in Edinburgh.

Stop monsters in their tracks with our 'unique' food safety technology: Swedish firm

Sven Bodell, president, Food Radar Systems, told Ben Bouckley that the firm's unique microwave technology was the only show in town to detect previously invisible foreign bodies in pumpable foods, and that the system might also appeal to producers of beverages with pulp or other pieces in.

Day Two: Relive Anuga FoodTec 2012 in pictures

Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.

Novel dairy waste disposal process offers significant savings on anaerobic digestion, UK firm

Lindhurst Engineering has successfully tested microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to help dairy processors dispose of waste streams and generate energy, and MD Martin Rigley told Dairy Reporter.com that an installation could cost 75% less than its anaerobic digestion equivalent.

Something is rotten in the state of Indian gelatine controls, FVO audit suggests

The European Commission (EC) has released a scathing audit report on the Indian gelatine industry, and said its visit late last year revealed“very little progress" since the last mission in 2008 regarding improving substandard legislative and safety controls for exports.

Miracle metal could usher in food safety revolution, scientist

Copper could usher in a food safety revolution within processing plants, according to the author of a new study that revealed the metal’s impressive ability to kill deadly E.coli pathogens.

Consumers need advice update on potential killer toxoplasmosis, ACMSF

The UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Advisory Committee of the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) is seeking stakeholder views on its draft report relating to toxoplasma in the food chain.

Tainted milk and website prompt Mengniu share slide

Shares in China's largest dairy producer Mengniu Dairy Co.slumped at the end of last year, following a new scandal over milk tainted with a cancer-causing chemical and a violation of the firm's website by hackers who claimed it was "doing harm to its own people".

Fraunhofer develops x-ray alternative for food inspection

Researchers have developed technology using millimeter waves that could allow food manufacturers to examine finished products through packaging and give advantages over x-ray detection, the current preferred method.

New DEHP water limit will not cost consumers: FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists its new maximum allowable levels for the chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in bottled water will not raise costs for consumers.

Active and intelligent packaging regs - evolution and innovation

New active and intelligent packaging rules and guidelines introduced last year across Europe should bring much-needed clarity to the sector and pave the way for innovation, said one expert as he set out how the system could work in practice.

Poor equipment design compromising food safety, EHEDG

Misinterpretation of fundamental criteria for the hygienic design of equipment by designers is resulting in incorrect installation of parts such as valves and sensors at the initial design stage of new food processing equipment and leaves processors exposed to contaminant threats, claims the EHEDG.

Ozone and vapour proving to be best in class for food pathogens

New research from the UK shows that whole room disinfection techniques are more effective that traditional chemical fogging, and while take up by food processors is relatively low, suppliers claim demand will accelerate based on industry recognition of the need to innovate to tackle new microbe strains and other food safety challenges.

Plant design and personal hygiene crucial to reducing listeria risk

Cheese contamination has hit the headlines in recent weeks after Austrian authorities linked seven listerioisis deaths to Prolactal cheese. In light of this news, food safety expert Dr. Eleftherios H. Drosinos explains how risk of contamination from Listeria monocytogenes can be minimised in cheese processing.

FoodProductionDaily.com's four part series on sustainable packaging lifts the lid on topics such as the search for a global defintion of the term; a weighing up of the pros and cons of source materials and their impact on product integrity; we analyse whether downgauging has had its day, and we also figure out how influential 'green' packaging is on a consumer's purchasing choices.

Boost for bioplastics: Corbion Purac eyes up PLA demand with $75m factory

Corbion Purac will construct a PLA (Polylactic acid) production plant in Thailand, as it eyes up global growth in demand for the bioplastic base. 

DuPont and collaborators highlight packaging technology trends

DuPont brought together executives from the Mintel Group, Macro Engineering & Technology, Brampton Engineering, Avure Technologies, and Kortec in a seminar at Pack Expo on packaging technology trends.

Call for entries for DuPont packaging competition

DuPont Packaging is calling for entries for its 27th Awards for Packaging Innovation, while Nestlé and Amcor Flexibles have joined an advisory panel for the programme. 

‘We want more self-destructive and edible packaging!’ Tomorrow Machine

Packaging which expands into a bowl and opens in the oven are just two inventions created by Swedish design duo Tomorrow Machine, who took time out to discuss their work with FoodProductionDaily.com.

The cheese stands alone: Sonoco cheers packaging sustainability

The company’s Sonoco Recycling subsidiary has awarded its Sustainability Star Award to Saputo Cheese USA for best environmental practices.

Fresh look: RPC packaging boosts shelf life for fruits

A fruit producer has poured its line of shelf-stable fruit products into jars combining shelf-life extension and increased shelf appeal.

AMERIPEN: Food waste costs US consumers $162bn annually

Food packaging can play a powerful role in preventing costly food waste around the globe, according to the sustainable packaging organization.

Goss packaging presses land technology honors

The company’s Sunday Vpak presses have been recognized with an InterTech Technology Award.

Novelis invests $106m in expanding Brazil aluminum plant

The aluminum packaging company is expanding its South American facility with an additional coating line and expanded recycling facilities.

Fruitful collaboration: Snack packaging wins recognition

A single-serve fresh fruit cup has landed a design award from the National Association of Container Distributors (NACD).

Vegware up for award in SME category

Vegware has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Finance for the Future Awards in the SME category.

Fresh approach: Ready meals incorporate Cryovac cook-in-bag packaging

A line of high-end ready meals for health-conscious consumers has launched in packaging that enables food to be prepared, shipped, sold, and heated in the same pouch.

Sustainable sipping: AkzoNobel coatings used in recyclable paper cups

The packaging (suitable for retail and foodservice use) uses a coating derived from plant-based oils and recycled PET bottles.

Variable printed Ball cans put craft beer on the map

A Colorado craft beer company has put a personal touch on its cans with a number of distinct GPS coordinates for a scavenger hunt.

White wine: Avery Dennison launches bright labels

The expanded wine label line includes a 100% cotton fiber label, designed to give wine a touch of elegance and sustainability.

Get smart: Active packaging demand in US to hit $3.5bn

Increased demand for food safety and shelf life is fuelling growth in active and intelligent food packaging technologies, according to one industry leader.

Meat market: Active packaging boosts shelf life and profits

Recent market intelligence indicates use of active and intelligent packaging for meat products extends the useful life of the foods, while expanding the potential for profit.

Amcor joins Coke, Ball, and Sonoco in packaging recycling group

The packaging giant has signed onto The Recycling Partnership, a group of food, beverage, and package firms dedicated to increase US recycling rates.

Oh, Canada! Solegear lands $1.6m for bioplastic development

The developer of plant-based plastics for packaging and other applications has landed $1.6m in funding from a Canadian government program.

Making contact: Vonco flexible packaging approved for food

The flexible packaging manufacturer has received the go-ahead from the American Institute of Baking for its products to be used in food-contact applications.

Lean and green: Recycling-friendly PET labels land a packaging award

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is hailing The Kennedy Group for its PureVue recycling-friendly, sustainable labels for PET containers.

Avery Dennison: Food firms are hungry for sustainable labels

The label specialists are spreading the word on sustainable packaging to food brands, beverage makers, and other companies at Labelexpo and other events.

Peak packaging: TerraCycle hosts optimization course

The sustainability-minded company will host a course showing food firms, packaging producers, and other stakeholders how to craft effective, sustainable packaging.

WhiteWave pours into LEED-certified production facility

The beverage and food producer’s 325,000-square-foot facility has received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

Lighter rum: Bacardi cuts its packaging weight by 90%

The spirits brand is raising a toast to sustainability with lighter packing and recyclable bottles.

World Cup to roll aluminum beverage can sales to 2bn: Novelis

The aluminum packaging specialist believes thirsty World Cup fans converging on Brazil will push consumption of beverages in aluminum cans past the 2bn-unit mark.

Global packaging groups converge at PACK EXPO

The annual processing and packaging event will welcome professional associations from around the world at its international conference.

Rah, rah, recycle! Dow pushes food and packaging firms to boost recycling rates

With the Recycle Rally, Dow is encouraging food processing and packaging firms to boost consumer recycling rates.

Dream a little Dream: Hain Celestial revamps its beverage packaging

Natural food and beverage firm Hain Celestial has revamped the packaging for its Dream line of non-dairy beverages.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SINGLE SERVE

Snacks, drinks, condiments, and other food and beverage favorites are fueling consumer demand for convenience with single-serve packaging. Here are some notable examples of one-shot containers seen on retail shelves.

Can-do attitude: Recycling of steel food containers on the rise

Steel recycling rates in North America have rocketed from 15% in 1988 to 71% in 2012, according to Crown.

TerraCycle’s packaging sustainability drive lands a starring role on TV

The company’s efforts to boost packaging recycling rates, and increase packaging and manufacturing sustainability, will be the center of a program on the Pivot network.

Smurfit Kappa on board with sustainable packaging

The packaging giant, specializing in board and other paper-based materials, has announced it is ahead of the game for 2020 sustainability goals but has raised the bar in several areas.

Biobased materials gets R&D boost in the Netherlands

Between €3m and €6m will be available for research and development into biobased performance materials (BPM) in the Netherlands over the next four years.

Top five flexible packaging trends

A leader from packaging provider Zip-Pak has offered his views on what trends are driving the flexible field.

Bowl me over: MWV launches brandable ready-meal packaging

SmartFare, a package geared toward chilled ready meals, is designed to offer producers a sturdy, sustainable packaging with shelf appeal.

The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit: Draco and TRU join on aseptically packaged ingredients

Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.

Cascades launches eco-friendly ready-meal packaging

Respak is designed to give food producers a sustainable alternative to polycoated packaging material.

Pasta sauce label gets up front with ingredients

Premium pasta sauce purveyor Victoria Fine Foods has revamped its label, putting its all-natural ingredients list front and center.

Ready, set, go: Retail-ready packaging on the rise

PMMI reports the market for shelf-ready food and beverage packaging is growing, thanks to retailers hungry for presentable products and simple stocking.

Dow and Ampac square up flexible packaging partnership

The two packaging powerhouses are joining to produce and sell flexible containers promising shelf presence and sustainability.

O-I bottles up packaging ideas at Innovation Center

The glass packaging giant has opened the doors on a facility combining an R&D center and pilot plant to connect customers with containers and technology.

Dressing package takes a shot at healthy eating

Saladshots has launched a line of salad dressings, housed in recloseable flexible pouches, to encourage kids and adults to eat their veggies.

Berry Plastics lands honors from Hormel and Yum Brands

The packaging specialist has been recognized from two high-profile food customers.

IFCO ships 1bn reusable containers each year

IFCO (a company specializing in reusable containers for food, produce, and other applications) has hit the milestone of shipping 1bn containers each year.

Food stars in US packaging awards

Packaging created by Pepsico, HB Fuller, Clear Lam, and other companies has taken top honors in the 2014 AmeriStar awards—now, onto the WorldStar competition.

Ball joins Coca-Cola to boost recycling

Packaging giant Ball is the latest partner of The Recycling Partnership, a group with the stated mission of boosting recycling rates in the US.

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants.

Coke gives back 108.5bn liters of water

Coca-Cola is boosting its sustainability profile by returning as much as 68% of the water it uses to the communities it was sipped from.

Partnership ramps up plant-based packaging

Solegear Bioplastics has sealed a deal with r-pac International to speed production, sales, and distribution of its plant-based plastic packaging.

Hormel: ‘Sustainability is truly a journey’

CPG giant Hormel Foods has taken steps in advancing operational sustainability—reducing packaging by nearly 5m pounds in 2013, for one—but the company reports there is more to be done.

Film lifts sustainability barrier

Toray Plastics has launched Torayfan CBS2, a sustainable high-barrier BOPP film designed to protect bakery, snack, and candy products, while also protecting the environment.

Hillary Clinton connects with food industry event

The former US Secretary of State (and likely 2016 presidential candidate) will make a speaking stop at the Food Marketing Institute’s FMI Connect event.

It’s a wrap! Sustainable packaging up for $100K award

A beeswax-based food wrap has captured the attention of judges in the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award program.

AMERIPEN reveals future targets

The executive director of AMERIPEN has targeted growing membership and becoming actionable with its research on packaging-related topics as part of its future direction.  

O-I launches touch of glass at $20bn spirits market

Glass packaging specialist Owens-Illinois has launched two bottles for liquor brand owners looking to pour into premium-looking containers.

EFSA gives recycled PET a thumbs up

Phoenix Technologies has received approval from the EFSA for its recycled PET technology to be used in food packaging.

Bio-based packaging material lands award

A line of high-impact, heat-resistant PLA compounds has landed honors for combining sustainability and performance.

Kids’ carton contest highlights packaging sustainability

Evergreen Packaging has crowned the 2014 winner in its Made by Milk carton creativity contest, designed to bring home the green benefits of cartons as a food and beverage package.

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

Packaging to be addressed in EU environmental footprint projects

Packaging will form part of 11 food and beverage-based pilot projects starting next month to measure and communicate a products environmental performance.

Pouches prevail in 2014 DuPont Packaging Awards

The annual DuPont Packaging Awards recognizes ingenuity in container designs and packaging products for food and other markets. Here are some of the top food and beverage winners in this year's awards, many of which feature flexible pouches.

PMMI expands food packaging horizons in Africa

PMMI and Ipack-Ima are launching East Afripack to capitalize on opportunities in the booming regional market.

Latino beverage bottles ready for summer fiestas

Aguas frescas from Califia Farms are geared toward consumers looking for low-calorie refreshment with a Latin flair.

Stand-up pouches give teas star quality

Pooki’s Mahi revamped its line of premium teas, sweeteners and snacks with flexible packaging by StandupPouches.net, just in time for a red-carpet appearance at the Emmys.

Kids' cereal waddles into plantable packaging

Little Duck Organics’ Mighty Oats single-serve cereal cups boast an outer carton that, when planted in the garden, sprouts tasty vegetables from the seeds in the paperboard.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SAY CHEESE

Cheese appeals to consumers looking for a quick, protein-rich snack. Here are some examples of packages that are the cream of the crop.

Direct-to-sheet PET consumes 65% less energy

DPET, a direct-to-sheet packaging material from OCTAL, promises cost and energy savings over conventional PET.

Flexible pack squares up shelf presence

Clear Lam has launched Prima Pak, a packaging product combining the lightweight properties of flexible with the stackability and shelf appeal of rigid.

Sirane heats up North American packaging market

Sirane, a company specializing in cook-in-bag packaging, is expanding its operation to another continent.

Packaging partnership unveils PET with a twist

The lightweight, foamed PET bottle technology promises eye-popping structural and graphic capabilities, paired with cost-effective production and sustainability.

It takes a village to boost package recycling

Food producers, packaging firms, cities, foodservice pros, and others are being recruited to join forces and boost recycling rates.

EPA: US consumers waste 36m tons of food each year

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is challenging food firms, cities, businesses, and others to join forces and stop food waste.

USFRA: Consumers want to know the story of your food

With consumers increasingly interested in where their food comes from, an upcoming event seeks to help producers, processors and packaging companies tell the story.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: JERKY

With consumers demanding more high-protein foods and convenient snacks, the number of meat jerky products is on the rise. Here are some jerky packages designed to stand out in the increasingly crowded category.

Food summit confronts sustainability challenges

The Sustainable Foods Summit brought Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Walmart, and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.

Cacao drink gets sweet on Tetra Pak cartons

Mayesa, a chocolate drink in the health beverage category, has launched its product in Tetra Pak containers.

Berry Plastics film keeps edibles high and dry

Berry Plastics has engineered a nine-layer film material to protect cereals and snacks against moisture, reportedly with a lighter weight than conventional films.

Invento launches aluminum-PET hybrid containers in US

Invento Americas is launching dual-material beverage containers geared toward consumers thirsty for stand-out packaging.

Hershey: Miniature change brings big sustainability boost

Candy giant Hershey has reduced 0.05g from each Miniatures bar wrapper, making a tiny change which has led to huge environmental gains.

Bemis heats up award-winning sandwich pouch for Hillshire

Flexible packaging specialists at Bemis have crafted a heat-and-eat sandwich pouch for Hillshire Brands, landing an achievement award in the process.

Carton Council: Partnerships boost carton recycling

Tetra Pak says partnering on recycling efforts with cities, and producers like WhiteWave Foods, benefits the food/beverage and packaging industries.

Sonoco pumps $20m into composite can packaging plant

Packaging giant Sonoco is investing $20m in construction of a composite-can plant in Malaysia, taking advantage of regional growth in snack sales.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that pitches in on the eco effort with compostable materials, natural paper, and other features.

Carton recycling access grows by 1m US households

Just in time for Earth Day, the Carton Council of North America has announced the number of US households with access to carton recycling jumped by 1m in the first quarter of 2014.

Creating packaging that connects with consumers

Successful food packaging requires more than just good looks; here, one design expert shares his advice on combining structure, function, and aesthetics to create containers that entice consumers to buy.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: EASTER

Easter food isn't just chocolate and jelly beans; packaging decorated with chicks and bunnies can be found in shelves all over retail stores. Here are some examples of festive packaging celebrating the spring holiday.

Ocean-derived packaging material fights microbes

US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties.

Gluten-free granola sticks with Velcro packaging

Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.

Tray chic: Poultry packaging trumps EPS on sustainability

Poultry giant Exceldor has upped the sustainability profile of its fresh poultry products by switching to trays made from recycled-content polystyrene.

Does your food packaging grab consumers?

PMMI and the Food Marketing Institute are partnering on an event designed to give food firms and retailers ways to harness the power of packaging to succeed on store shelves.

MWV snack packs stack up

MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.

EPA: 51.5% of US packaging gets recycled

Lightweighted containers, reduced material use, improved recycling awareness—many shifts in the US waste stream points toward food packaging having a better impact on the environment than ever before.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: KID'S FOOD

Children are the smallest consumers, yet they can carry big power in terms of a household's food purchases. Here are some kid's food packages that tout the taste, convenience, and other features that children and parents hunger for.

Beverage shakes up natural drink market with aluminum Ball bottles

Beverage brand Rumble is shaking up the nutritional drink category by launching in aluminum bottles from Ball Corp.

Tetra Pak: 43bn cartons recycled in 2013

Packaging giant Tetra Pak is making progress toward hitting its 2020 targets on creating sustainable progress, boosting recycling, and reducing its environmental footprint.

Bioplastic packaging firm files for bankruptcy

Cereplast, a manufacturer of bio-based, compostable plastics for packaging and other applications, has filed for bankruptcy.

Shrink-label group puts recycling challenges under wraps

The Full-wrap Label Consortium is making progress on challenges associated with recovery and recycling the shrink labels found on PET beverage and food containers.

Greek yogurt aims for the heart with Valentine’s tubs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Greek yogurt brand Ehrmann MIXIM is hitting shelves in specially formed containers that aim for the heart.

Only 11% of consumers 'completely satisfied' with packaging

MeadWestvaco is offering an indepth look at how consumers really feel about food and beverage packaging; many report they are not perfectly happy with their containers.

Active/intelligent packaging capturing global attention

US demand for active and intelligent packaging technology will hit $3.5bn by 2017; one expert outlines advancements and what’s behind the increased demand.

The Packaging Conference: Is it worth the trip?

Insights from Pepsico, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and other industry players add to the value of The Packaging Conference.

Hexacomb: Paperboard palletizing sheets stack up

Hexacomb Corp. has launched sheets to protect pallets of large liquid containers, striking a balance between sustainability, cost conservation and product protection.

Kraft: Packaging should ‘stop consumers in their tracks’

A Kraft Foods design expert is advising CPG professionals to remember that when it comes to influencing consumers to buy products, packaging leads the way.

Heinz: ‘The journey to a 100% renewable PlantBottle will not be easy’

Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global packaging innovation and execution, HJ Heinz, shares his secrets on the company’s holistic approach to sustainability, which reaches packaging, processing, innovation and beyond.

Avantium nears launch of PlantBottle competitor

Avantium Chemical has reported it is fast approaching commercialization of a bio-based polyester packaging material that could give the PlantBottle a run for its money.

Scenes from IPPE 2014

The International Production and Processing Expo welcomed thousands of enthused meat and poultry professionals. Here are some of the products and technologies attendees have glimpsed at the 2014 event.

Campbell, Unilever tops in sustainable food firms

Food and beverage giants like Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Danone and Nestle rank in the 2014 list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

Consumers gobble up 124bn food cans each year

Flexible pouches, cartons and other formats are increasingly vying for shelf space, but in many categories, metal packaging still holds a top spot.

US tuna brand hooks consumers with quality

American Tuna seeks to distinguish itself from other tuna brands by focusing on sustainable fishing and quality product.

Humane egg labelling is no yolk

Poultry industry standards outlined by Humane Farm Animal Care bring clearer, stronger definition to “free range” and “pasture raised” labelling.

Salami packaging seals shelf appeal

Building on consumer feedback, Norwegian salami purveyor Grilstad has launched a reclosable package that protects both product and brand image.

Fort Dearborn lands BRC Packaging thumbs up

Packaging producer Fort Dearborn is slated to attain BRC certification for all 12 of its label facilities this year.

Project hooks bioplastics from fish waste

Scientists are working to create bioplastics for food manufacturing and packaging, using material derived from fishing industry waste.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

Leaders of the pack: Kraft, Frito Lay top event roster

The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.

Berry Plastics charts out $31m move

Packaging giant Berry Plastics Group will step up its game by relocating manufacturing, investing $31m toward added infrastructure and equipment.

US carton recycling leaps 160% in four years

Recycling of carton packaging is on an upward tick in the US, with nearly half of 48% of households enjoying access to container recycling.

Effective packaging grabs snackers

The look of a snack package holds significant influence on a consumer’s purchasing decision.

InterFlex to open $10.2m food packaging plant

The InterFlex Group, a company that specializes in packaging products for food applications, is expanding production at its primary plant.

Whole Foods backs food firms with $25m loan program

Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funnelling up to $25m in low-interest loans.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Fascinating food stories of 2013

Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.

Best of the Best: Top processing and packaging stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a great one for fascinating stories about food packaging, processing technologies and safety concerns. Here are the 10 FoodProductionDaily stories that most resonated with our readers.

Christmas candy pack stacks up sustainably

Clear Lam has launched holiday candy brand packaging with a sweet combination of flexibility, recloseability and sustainability.

Water-in-a-carton sales double in one year

Icebox water, housed in compostable cartons instead of PET bottles, is resonating with sustainability-minded, thirsty consumers.

O-I recycling plant fuels 1m bottles daily

Glass packaging giant Owens-Illinois has flipped the switch on a recycled processing facility to transform discarded containers into new jars and bottles.

Lightweighting leads food packaging trends

Consumer demand for sustainability and a desire to conserve cost is helping drive the food industry’s ever-increasing interest in lightening up its packaging.

DuPont targets renewably sourced polymer increase

DuPont is targeting the increase of renewably sourced polymers in its product lines to meet end user demand.

International Paper backs food-pack brainstorming

International Paper has inked a deal to sponsor the PMMI Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at an upcoming food marketing event.

Bioplastics demand to hit 6.2m tons by 2017

Increasing global demand for eco-friendly materials will push demand for bio-based plastics to 6.2m tons by 2017.

Dow Pack Studios makes packaging better

Dow’s Pack Studios help food industry customers turn ideas into effective product packaging.

Plastic packaging demand to rise 33m in five years

High demand for lightweight plastic food packaging is driving increased production.

Renmatix, Virent cook up bio packaging partnership

The two companies are joining forces to convert biomass into bio-based packaging materials.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: WORLDSTAR WINNERS

The annual WorldStar awards (presented by the World Packaging Organisation) recognize excellence in packaging design: sustainability, functionality, aesthetics and more. Here are some of the winners in the Food category that took home top honors.

Unilever spreads into convenience-minded tubs

Unilever has poured two spreads into packaging created with an eye toward consumer convenience.

Retort technology cuts processing time up to 40%

Allpax Products reports its Gentle Motion retort system, recently installed at a plant in Europe, cuts process time by as much as 40%.

NAMPA: Be thankful for canned food

Flexible packaging might be gaining market share, but canned foods still figure into meal preparation at Thanksgiving and other holidays.

New York wages war on EPS food packaging

Outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is gunning for a ban on EPS food containers before he leaves office January 1.

Kraft, PepsiCo tackle packaging challenges

An upcoming conference will bring together top food firms and industry suppliers to hammer out sustainability, design and other packaging issues.

Dow: We have to do more with less

It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company.

3M, Unilever tackle bio-packaging challenges

Top food firms and suppliers will gather to hammer out sustainability challenges at an upcoming conference.

Paper bottle will 'change the way people think about wine'

A partnership between a winery and packaging creatives has launched a paper-based bottle to quench the thirst of sustainability-minded drinkers.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part two

This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

Flexible packaging demand to approach $100bn by 2018

The increasing popularity of flexible packaging among consumers and brand owners is expected to lift demand to $99.6bn by 2018.

PROCESS EXPO causes a buzz on Twitter

Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part one

PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

Dow collaboration leads to ‘revolutionary’ recyclable pouch

Flexible packaging has taken off, but recyclability has been a challenge; one company reportedly has solved the puzzle with a fully recyclable stand-up pouch.

Awards judges go nuts for Sonoco snack jar

A Sonoco Plastics package has landed first-place honors for its design and sustainability.

Recycling site to process 1.6bn PET bottles annually

CarbonLITE, a recycler partnered with brand giant Nestle, is breaking ground on a facility that will process around 1.6bn used PET bottles each year.

Novamont launches compostable film packaging

Novamont has launched the latest generation of bioplastics under its Mater-Bi portfolio, including a film for food packaging.

Procter & Gamble shares packaging sustainability insight

The big brand’s sustainability guru will share lessons during a webinar that food pros can use to optimize their packaging sustainability.

As it happened: EUROPEN's 20th birthday told on Twitter

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste directive were some of the hotly debated themes at the EUROPEN (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) 20th anniversary event.

General Mills soup spoons into Tetra Pak cartons

General Mills has introduced Artisanal Soups into its Progresso line, the first of its ready-to-serve soups in Tetra Pak cartons.

Recycling highlighted at packaging conference

The Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging Conference will hone in on ways the industry can work to increase food container recycling and sustainability.

Sealed Air's bag-in-box packs three times faster than conventional systems

Sealed Air sees a "gap" in the market for aseptic packaging technology and will launch a bag-in-box system next year.

Packaging takes a bite out of growing UK ready-meal market

The UK ready-meal packaging market is growing an average of nearly 6% annually; one retailer has revamped its food-to-go packs in hopes of taking a bigger bite.

Tetra Pak: Sustainable packaging demand on the rise

A recent survey by Tetra Pak indicates that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for sustainably packaged products.

3M machine puts plastic straps under wraps

3M launched a carton wrapper at PACK EXPO that uses tape instead of plastic or metal straps.

Pollutant phases of bio-based films identified

The manufacturing and extraction of raw materials are the most pollutant stages of the life cycle when producing bio-based films, according to a study.

PACK EXPO 2013 in pictures: Day 2

The second day of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 was as busy as the first. Attendees from around the globe streamed through the exhibition to take in a wide range of packaging and processing technologies.

Vodka pours into lightweight PET bottle

McCormick Distilling has converted its Eco Friendly 360 vodka from glass to lightweight PET.

UK consumers toss 6.7m tonnes of food annually

With UK regulations limiting household refuse, food manufacturers are being challenged to increase recyclable packaging and help cut food waste.

Bio-based packaging manufacturer expands

Be Green Packaging has opened another sales and engineering office to help meet growing demand for its plant-based packaging.

General Mills named to sustainability honor roll

Cereal and snack brand owner General Mills has been added to a list of possible targets for sustainable-minded investors.

General Mills cereal brand innovates with sustainable liner

Organic food brand Cascadian Farm has upped the sustainability quotient of its packaging, pouring into the first-ever cereal box liner made from renewable plant sources.

Bioplastics and sustainability will trend at 'largest' plastics fair

Bioplastics, sustainability, and energy efficiency are set to take centre stage at this year's K! fair, which organisers claim will be the "biggest and most international" for the plastics and rubber industries.

Packaging maker opens second Mexico plant

Hexacomb Corp. has opened its second Mexico facility to meet demand for protective packaging.

GS1 launches webinar on packaging sustainability

Not-for-profit organisation, GS1, which develops and maintains supply chain standards across the world has released its Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability (GPPS).

Coca-Cola ramps up bio-packaging tech

A materials developer has opened a facility to help bring bio-based packaging for clients like Coca-Cola to reality.

Dei Fratelli: Canned food business ‘not going away’

Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms has expanded its line of Truly tomato products, switching to SIG 750g Combibloc cartons, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, but insists cans still have a major role to play within the industry.

APPE on PET jars versus glass

APPE, formerly known as Artenius PET Packaging Europe, has launched the ThermaLite jar, a PET product capable of hot-fill and pasteurisation up to 95oC.

LamiCan beats off stiff competition to win Packology Award

Start-up company, Lamican, which was founded in 2007, has beaten its competitors to win the most Innovative Food Packaging from 2010 to 2013 at Packology 2013, at Rimini Expo Center, in Italy.

TerraCycle and Cadbury launch sweet wrapper assault on Asian market

New Jersey-based TerraCycle, which collects non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste, has partnered with major corporation Mondelez International, which owns Cadbury, to launch a recycling waste campaign on the Asian market.

Ultra-transparent plastic: in the clear

RPC Tedeco-Gizeh has developed an ultra-clear polypropylene (PP) material to replace amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (A-PET) in its plastic containers.

Bananarama: Bioplastic made from banana peels

A Turkish teenager has created a bioplastic made from banana peels after a two year project.

Canned: Canadian food manufacturer switches to cartons

Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde Specialties has moved from cans to SIG Combibloc cartons in response to the packaging trend in North America.

Lignin boosts properties of starch-based packaging, finds study

Packaging incorporating natural biopolymers can improve the mechanical and barrier properties of starch-based films, according to a study.

Perstorp Capa for bioplastics at K Fair

Perstorp specialty chemicals group is launching Capa thermoplastic products for bioplastics at the plastics and rubber tradeshow, K Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany in October.

Pacific Foods and Tetra Pak launch carton meals

Pacific Foods has partnered with Tetra Pak to launch All Natural Pasta O’s and All Natural Mac & Cheese products packaged in Bisphenol-A free, retortable liquid cartons.

Hollywood actor graces British Plastics Federation

Actor Brian Blessed, known for his booming voice, will speak at this year’s British Plastics Federation (BPF) annual dinner on October 11.

Bio-based plastics need investment, says Wageningen UR

Bio-based plastics need government support to scale up production, according to a Dutch-based research institute.

IP on track for 2020 sustainability goals

International Paper has published its 2012 Sustainability Report which reveals strong progress against the packaging company’s 10-year environmental goals, which includes reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.

Chasing arrows when it comes to recycling? Not any more recommends standards panel

The “chasing arrows” symbol around the numbers which defines the resin used in a products packaging are to be dropped in favour of an equilateral triangle.

Coca-Cola and Danone joined by ALPLA in PEF bottle project

ALPLA has joined The Coca-Cola Company and Danone in the bid to bring a 100% PEF bottle using Avantium’s technology to market by 2016.

Aseptic Technology 2013: Exclusive Online Event

Our free online event, Aseptic Technology 2013, brings together leading suppliers, brand owners and specialists including GEA, Sidel, Solvay, Coca-Cola Hellenic and Zenith International.

EU project aims to produce plastics from biomass

Food and beverage plastic packaging is one possible end application for an EU project which aims to create platform chemicals from second generation biomass.

Whey protein coating aims for eco-friendly benefits in multilayer packaging

A whey protein coating is being developed as part of an EU project to replace existing polyethylene (PE) or petrochemical plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance recyclability.

Novelis develops 90% recycled aluminium for beverage cans

Novelis has developed aluminium sheet with 90% recycled content enabling beverage can manufacturers the ability to have a product made of 70% recycled material.

Biome investigates lignin for bioplastics

Biome Bioplastics is leading a consortium investigating whether a waste product of the pulp and paper industry can be used in bioplastics.

By-product of red meat industry to be used in bioplastics

A New Zealand-based biopolymers company is using by-products from the red meat and poultry industry to create bioplastics.

Ultra lightweight Beck’s bottle retains original strength: Ardagh Group

Ardagh Group says its new ‘ultra lightweight’ 275ml beer bottle produced for Anheuser Busch InBev brand Beck’s weighs 11% less than the original while retaining the same container strength.

Market failures threaten PET recycling, says Plastics Recyclers Europe

Plastics Recyclers Europe has called for more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be collected to make use of industry resources.

EU algae project aims to make a SPLASH

An EU research project is aiming to ‘milk’ algae to develop polymers from algae sugars and hydrocarbons for use in end markets such as packaging.

Dow and Mitsui postpone manufacturing of biopolymers from sugar cane

Dow and Mitsui have postponed phase two of their joint venture to build a production unit to manufacture biopolymers for packaging from sugar cane-derived ethanol.

US paper-based packaging plans issued for comment

Public comments are being invited on a research proposal covering four types of paper and paper-based packaging aimed at maintaining and expanding the products’ markets.

Top brands favor bag-in-box dispensing savings – Xylem

Peter Wright from beverage dispensing expert Xylem tells Ben Bouckley at Brau Beviale why leading wine and beer brand owners such as Diageo increasingly favor on premise bag-in-box dispensing.

P&G files patent for eco-friendly package invention

Procter and Gamble (P&G) has filed a patent for its invention of a flexible barrier package with a sealant that contains biobased content of about 85%.

GEA claims cold-filling first with aseptic system

GEA Procomac tells BeverageDaily.com why its new aseptic dual filling system to bottle still beverages with pulps, fibers, fruits or cereals benefits product taste and allows clients to use less PET than with hot filling machines.

Pack Expo 2012, Chicago in Pictures: Taking the 'Windy City's' Packaging Pulse

The lights go up, the show floor starts buzzing...Relive the packaging thrills and spills from Pack Expo 2012 in Chicago, in pictures. Here are BeverageDaily.com's highlights, from city Chicago skyline to Sealed Air and KHS.

‘Revolutionary’ aseptic spout for drinks pouches suits ‘on the go’ consumers – IPN

Luis De La Mora from Innovative Packaging Network (IPN) tells Ben Bouckley why he believes his firm’s new ‘non spill’ aseptic spout for beverage pouches, Clean Valve, can help the format steal share from cans, cartons and PET bottles.

Sonoco targets rising natural foods niche with new sustainable paperboard

Bill Sommer from Sonoco explains how food and beverage manufacturers can save money and offer sustainable packaging by using the firm’s new  Ecotect paperboard, in this podcast recorded at Pack Expo in Chicago.

Green additives could improve environmental profile of thermoplastic

Researchers have found green additives can improve the environmental profile of thermoplastic packaging materials and reduce oxygen transmission.

Flax fibres could be used in food packaging - researchers

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered potential anti-fungal properties in harakeke, or native flax, that could see the fibres used in food packaging but admitted more funding is need to continue the research.

FKuR expands in green polyethylene

Plastics producer and supplier FKuR has launched polyethylene (PE) biopolymers for manufacturers seeking a green alternative to traditional materials.

Solegear partners with NRC to develop bioplastic technology

Solegear Bioplastic has partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to develop new bioplastic technology and muted the first product will be commercialized by the first quarter of 2013.

Bioplastics guidance document a forward step, claims industry

A guidance document aimed at safeguarding communication along the bioplastic chain has been hailed as a ‘step in the right direction’ from two firms involved in the industry.

Trade body attempts to clean up bioplastic communication

European Bioplastics have published a document today in response to what they describe as “widespread greenwashing” in the industry.

Investment will see WikiCells edible food packaging ready by 2013, claims developer

WikiCells, a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, has secured a $10m investment to launch its product next year.

Waste oil could be used as starting material in bioplastics, say researchers

Researchers have found waste cooking oil could be used as a starting material in the production of bioplastics to produce a higher yield at a cheaper price.

Tetra Pak cartons face fight to seduce UK wine lovers

Tetra Pak cartons hold the lowest appeal among all packaging formats for UK wine consumers, and face a tough fight to win significant market share from the likes of glass and PET.

New wash-off labels bring sustainability benefits – Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison has launched its first range of wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles, designed to wash off at temperatures lower than the industry average and assist recycling.

Japanese study finds ‘optimum’ aluminum bottle opening size for Coke drinkers

The majority of Japanese consumers believe that the opening diameters of screw-top aluminium bottles are too small, a study has found, while also determining that 33mm is the optimum size for 'drinking ease'.

New Scottish government fund bids to bin packaging waste

Zero Waste Scotland says it will continue to invest in firms that cut product and packaging waste, as it encourages SME’s in the country to apply for grants from its newly announced ₤100,000 fund.

Sports drinks can prosper with new polypropylene hinges: Borealis

European plastics giant Borealis is targeting the European sports drinks market with a new faster-drying polypropylene grade for hinge closures, BorPure RF490MO.

Polish PET facility to open by January 2013 - APPE

Beverage packaging giant APPE says work on a new Polish PET facility is on schedule and that commercial production is set to begin in December, ahead of full operation from January 2013.

Super-transparent ‘no label’ look causes industry stir: Verstraete

Belgian printing company Verstraete claims there is a lot of interest from potential customers as it prepares to roll out its novel super-transparent label across Europe and North America.

New ‘paper-look’ film label will smarten up wine and spirit bottles: Avery Dennison

A new paper-look film label will help premium wine and spirit producers keep bottles looking their best and reduce stock inventory, according to labelling giant Avery Dennison.

Glass giant O-I denies cans are 'significant trend' in craft brewing

Despite media reports that a growing number of North American craft brewers are reaching for cans, glass packaging giant O-I insists this isn’t a major trend, nor is it at the expense of glass bottles.

Document clarifies green claims - BPF

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a guidance document relating to environmental claims on plastic products.

Unknown fears thwart European active packaging adoption as Asia leads the way

Europe lags five to eight years behind Asia in its adoption of active and intelligent packaging (AIP) technologies, with consumer fear and legislation the biggest obstacles to implementation, according to the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).

US post-consumer packaging legislation looms?

As You Sow, a US not-for-profit organisation that promotes environmental and social responsibility, has urged food and beverage producers to take responsibility for post-consumer packaging and tackle the nation’s dismal recycling and recovery record.

‘Next generation’ beverage can tab could ignite industry revolution - Canadian inventor

A Canadian inventor tells BeverageDaily.com that he believes his patented ‘next generation’ swivelling beverage can tab could be a runaway success, as he confirms talks with major beverage companies.

Co-operation key to achieving sustainability – expert

Companies must work together to push the sustainability message, according to Sealed Air’s vice president of sustainability, Dr Ronald Cotterman.

Asda hopes time is ripe for avocado 'traffic light' packaging

UK supermarket chain Asda hopes that its new 'traffic light' colour coded packaging system will ensure customers always pick avocadoes off retail shelves at the correct level of ripeness.

Finnish study touts xylans as starch replacer in future bioplastics

A new Finnish study suggests that xylans and mannans, plant cell wall polysaccharides derived from agricultural and forestry sidestreams, could replace starch as a base material for biodegradable packaging.

Sirane claims new corn-based packaging film doubles brassica shelf life

UK-based packaging manufacturer  Sirane claims its bio-based food wrapping can double the shelf-life of ‘notoriously problematic’ brassicas.

Bioplastics demand to undergo geographic shift by 2015, predicts Freedonia

The bioplastics market is expected to change from being dominated by the US and Western Europe by 2015 as other regions in the world increase production, according to Freedonia.

Viral 'Coca-Cola Bag' video spoof dupes world media

A hoax video claiming that the Coca-Cola Company planned to launch a 'Coca-Cola Bag' worldwide has duped the world media, leading the company to rush out a statement yesterday clarifying it was not the author of the media that went viral on social networks.

Sealed Air to bring eco-technology to wider scale

Sealed Air and a manufacturer of eco-packaging have completed an agreement that will see the products manufactured for use in packaging.

World’s first paper wine bottle to hit UK supermarket shelves by end of 2012

UK packaging company GreenBottle has signed a deal with a major wine supplier to produce the world’s first paper wine ‘bottle’ for supermarket sale this year, and claims there is wider global interest within the beverage industry.

Coca-Cola, Heinz and Procter and Gamble spearhead eco-PET partnership

Coca-Cola, Heinz and Procter and Gamble are part of a newly-formed global initiative to accelerate the development of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made entirely from plants. 

Krones installs its first German PET recycling line

Krones has confirmed to BeverageDaily.com that it has struck a deal to commission its first sustainable closed-loop PET recycling line for a German beverage firm, the sixth such line worldwide.

New Tropicana Pure Premium PET clear container 'unique' in juice aisle

Tropicana has told BeverageDaily.com that its new clear PET flip-top container for Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is ‘premium in look and function’ and unlike anything else in the juice aisle.

Edible food packaging dissolves in water – developer

A US company has developed a food packaging technology that dissolves when exposed to water and said it is ready for commercial roll-out as soon as individual customers’ needs are satisfied.  

Day Two: Relive Anuga FoodTec 2012 in pictures

Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.

Electron beam ‘breakthrough’ sees Tetra Pak hit carton hyperspeed at Anuga

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it claims is the world’s fastest carton filling machine – over 11 units per second – and says the concept was only realisable due to the launch of new eBeam non-contact and dry sterilisation technology.

Switching to food pouch packaging made easier by partnership

A joint venture between a packaging firm and a pouch creator will halve potential production time for manufacturers, claim the schemes founders.

Anti-bottled water agenda an ‘easy sell’ to US students: IBWA

An anti-bottled water agenda based on inaccurate and disingenuous claims is an easy sell to students legitimately concerned about environmental issues, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) in the wake of a spate of US college bans on sales.

Californian-based plastic should be recycled in the state - firm

A plastic recycling firm has opened a new bottle-to-bottle plant in California aimed at ensuring all the state’s PET is processed locally instead of abroad.

Weight reduction in packaging will reduce environmental impact – company

A Spain-based food packaging supplier has signed an exclusive licence agreement to use a new technology in Europe - citing a reduction in product weight and sustainability as the main benefits.

Bio-based food packaging rolled out for cheese producer

Clear Lam Packaging said it has developed a 50% plant-based plastic food package that will reduce greenhouse gases and energy during manufacturing.

Coca-Cola Enterprises tight-lipped on pending 375ml PET bottle launch

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has given a guarded reaction to a media enquiries regarding the planned launch a new 375ml bottle onto the UK market, despite its GB managing director informing journalists at a press conference that the firm intended to make this move.

Edible food packaging is the future, Harvard developer claims

US scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer told FoodProductionDaily.com that it could hit the market inside 12 months.

SuperCleanQ funding victory to boost SMEs rPET prospects

An industry consortium has secured almost €2m of EU funding to develop processes and quality procedures to recycle for food contact applications, with the aim of helping small to medium-sized recyclers (SMEs) here reprocess waste and conform to European regulations.

Can you Jugit? PFM spies rosy UK milk bag future with new machine

Multinational food packaging company PFM has launched a new entry level milk bagging machine onto the UK market that it hopes will benefit from a perceived trend towards bagged milk on sustainability grounds.

Glass could strike gold riding Chinese beverage bandwagon, analyst

Opportunities abound for glass as a premium beverage container in China, the world’s fastest growing packaging market, according to business research specialist the Freedonia Group.

‘Curbside exclusion’ is major challenge facing US carton recycling: Carton Council

Despite improvements to curbside carton recycling, lack of access for consumers is the major problem that the industry faces in upping recycling rates, according to the US Carton Council.

WRAP progress report reveals only 'marginal' decrease in supply chain waste

Despite progress towards achieving some waste reduction and recycling targets under the UK's Courtauld Commitment, a 2012 supply chain waste reduction target is proving a challenge for industry, with only a “marginal decrease” thus far, said WRAP CEO Liz Goodwin.

BCME chair lifts lid on beverage can sustainability

Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) chairman Gerrit Heske told BeverageDaily.com that cans were thriving in Europe due to perceptions of 'convenience, taste and freshness', but that industry still had a fight on its hands to tell consumers the full sustainability story.

'Breakthrough' barrier technology sees APPE target new applications

APPE is targeting new application areas for its novel oxygen-scavenging barrier system marketed under the the ActivSeal brand, the company revealed to BeverageDaily.com in an exclusive interview at Brau Beviale 2011 in Germany.

Symphony attacks ‘absurd’ Californian marketing ban on oxo-bio plastics

Symphony Environmental Technologies has hit out at Californian legislation that it says highlights the ‘absurdity’ whereby it cannot market its oxo-biodegradable plastic as biodegradable in the state.

APPE laments cut-price market perceptions of rPET products

At Brau Beviale 2011, we spoke to marketing manager Kinza Sutton - from leading European manufacturer of PET pre-forms and bottles APPE - who lamented the fact that brandowners and fillers expect cheaper prices for rPET products despite relatively high production costs.

Relive Brau Beviale 2011 in pictures

We've collated some of the best images from the floor of beverage industry trade show Brau Beviale, which celebrated its 50th birthday last week in Nuremberg, Germany, and attracted almost 1,400 exhibitors and 31,500 guests.

Sustainability drive hits European plastic packaging growth

Despite a market recovery following the 2008-9 recession, demand for European food and beverage packaging in specific areas is being hit by “structural changes” including the sustainability trend.

Tetra Pak CEO discusses demand for functional packaging that doesn't cost the earth

FoodProductionDaily.com gained an exclusive interview with Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson to discuss the demand for less packaging but improved product functionality, as he prepared to address delegates at the World Dairy Summit 2011 in Parma, Italy.

Tetra Pak claims ‘industry first’ carton will extend low-cost closure reach

Tetra Pak claims that an ‘industry first’ combination of closure technologies will allow it to extend low-cost large openings into new ambient beverage categories with its new Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge 1000 carton.

Tetra Pak pledges to ‘accelerate’ green product innovation

Tetra Pak has pledged to accelerate green product innovation after an environmental report commissioned by the company showed that consumers want well-priced eco-friendly packaging.

Consumers value see-through packaging with simple messages, LFR

Getting food and drink packaging right is vital in encouraging consumers to engage with a product or brand and to ensure food safety, but what is the public looking for, and how are trends changing?

Investment in sustainable packaging essential, says study

Producers must ensure packaging is more sustainable as customers remain convinced that food packing is excessive and are altering their consumption patterns as a result, warns research from Datamonitor.

United Biscuits to switch to rPET for all trays by end of 2010

United Biscuits is aiming to switch to rPET for all its thermoformed trays by the end of 2010 in a bid to scale up the amount of recycled packaging in its range.

Industry learns the limits of lightweighting

Lightweighting can be a win-win strategy, reducing the impact of packaging on both the environment and profit margins but food and drink companies are learning that it is not always the best way forward.

Sustainable packaging - road map or road to nowhere?

Sustainable packaging is a buzzword on the lips of consumers and industry players alike. But what is sustainable packaging and how far has the sector come in developing a road map towards this most elusive of goals?

Insiders claim the take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the automotive industry within a decade. In this series, we examine why the sector has been slow to embrace the technology and forecast what future take up trends could be.

Key: Food sorting demands power and speed

Food sorting technology is evolving to meet producer demand for faster machines and precise performance, according to a Key Technology executive.

Automated food warehouse cuts energy by 80%

A producer specializing in Tetra Pak aseptic-packaged foods and beverages has opened its doors on an automated facility designed to boost efficiency and cut energy usage.

Siemens: Cost considerations move conveyor technology

Food firms are demanding cost efficiency, operational sustainability, and flexibility from their conveyors, according to Siemens.

Artificial Intelligence: Baking with algorithms for 'infinite' flexibility

Baking with algorithmic software can help minimize mistakes as busy bakers work to broaden portfolios, according to developer PreciBake.

PMMI drives to fill 600K-job gap in manufacturing

PMMI is calling for processing and packaging leaders to reaching out to young people, get them excited about manufacturing, and ensure the future of the industry.

PMMI: 75% of packaging lines automated

Thanks to labor efficiency, boosted productivity, and greater flexibility, robotics play a larger role in processing and packaging lines than ever.

Adept gets a grip on automation award

Adept Technology has landed an award for its SoftPIC food gripper, designed to handle delicate edibles and tricky packaging.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Fascinating food stories of 2013

Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.

Food packaging equipment feels the need for speed

In the face of the ever-growing number of edible items and pack configurations, packaging equipment must keep up with the rapid evolution of the industry.

Adept: automation fuels the future of food

Harnessing automation technology can give food processors and packaging operations a broad range of advantages, according to Adept Technology.

How safe is your food processing workforce?

Rockwell Automation has launched an online tool to help managers assess the exposure to their workers and optimize their safety programs.

The pot thickens: Novafill patents moving jar filler for liquids

Automation firm Novafill has patented a machine which fills several moving pots at once, unlike traditional static systems. The machine was shown for the first time at Europack Euromanut CFIA tradeshow in Lyon, France.

VIDEO: Bosch debuts phone trigger software at Europack

Engineers from Bosch Rexroth said “Open Core Engineering”, a software which connects automated machinery and IT, is “generation 4.0” in food production technology.

Scenes from PROCESS EXPO 2013, part two

This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.

PROCESS EXPO causes a buzz on Twitter

Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.

‘Industrial internet’ could save manufacturers $150bn

Automating a food operation works best when you put people first, according to one GE executive.

‘100 milking robots’ in Ireland by December, says top scientist

Irish scientists developing automated $177,000 milking machines claim to have cracked the problem of pasture-based farms – a breakthrough that could free up farm labour and allow greater production of grass-fed milk.

Molex makes automation connections at PACK EXPO

Molex is showing its automation components at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.

Dairy equipment upgrades fuel $494bn market

A recent study shows that 80% of dairy processors are looking to upgrade their equipment to help keep pace with growing demand.

Processing school combats industry “brain drain”

A specialized education center is training the next generation of food processing talent, helping manufacturers keep up evolving technology.

Pepsico, Keurig leaders judge packaging challenge

Students headed toward a career in packaging will put their skills to the test in a hands-on competition at PACK EXPO.

Adept center offers inroads to $37bn automation market

Adept Technology Inc. has opened an application and demo center, giving food firms hands-on access to its range of robotics and automation products.

Processing equipment market to top $636bn by 2019

A growing hunger for frozen food, prepared meals and other convenience items is driving a surge in processing equipment sales.

Equipment packs a punch at industry event

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, scheduled September 23-25, is showcasing packaging and processing technology from more than 1,700 exhibitors

Adept turns 30 and says: “We are just getting started"

Adept Technology are marking their 30th year in business and took FoodProductionDaily.com through the timeline of their robots working with food products.

New packaging line engineering firm can make “immediate impact”, says company president

A new packaging line engineering firm can make an “immediate impact” on the market, according to the firm’s president and managing director.

Food packing remains strong for Adept

Adept has said food packing has continued to be one of the strongest markets for its robotic components, as part of its Q2 2013 results.

Cermex unveils robotic palletizing solution at Emballage

Cermex has introduced a robot palletizer which it claims offers fluidity, efficiency at the operator level and security in the cell.

Backing will enable us to reach untapped markets - Adept

Adept Technology has reached a deal to sell 14% of its business for $8m and said it believes it can tap into significant robotic automation markets.

Epson Robots introduces washdown robots

Epson Robots has unveiled a range of washdown robots for the automation of unwrapped food transportation lines.

Robot that uses sensors to debone chicken being tested by US researchers

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a robot that can debone chicken and are trialing a first attempt to integrate all components into a single test to determine the yield of the cut this month.

Day Two: Relive Anuga FoodTec 2012 in pictures

Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.

Robotics or die: food manufacturers’ 10-year choice

UK food manufacturers have between just five to 10 years to adopt robotic technology or face terminal decline.

Advancing technology and lower costs could fuel meat sector uptake of robotics

Greater hygiene, improved consistency of operation and greater productivity are all key advantages to be realised from using robotics in meat processing and packaging, said the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL).

Robots establish themselves in beverage and dairy industries

In the third part of our special edition on robotics in the food industry we explore how robots are becoming a more common sight in the dairy and beverage sectors.

Robots still a nascent technology in confectionery processing

Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks a step earlier at the processing stage.

Food sector set to embrace robotic technology - BARA

Take up of robotic technology in the food sector is set to steadily increase as processors are forced to seek further efficiency gains and demand could challenge that of the automotive industry within a decade, said the head of a leading trade body.

This year has been noted for a return to buoyancy in the market for beverage processing machinery and technology and in this climate of renewed growth, FoodProductionDaily.com sticks its straw in the beer, soft drinks and aseptic juice categories to determine the current trends in beverage process control.

Dow software helps food and beverage firms optimize water system design

In food and beverage manufacturing, water quality can significantly affect both the process and the product. Soon, manufacturers will have a tool to simplify evaluation and optimization of their water treatment systems.

Sidel: ‘Perhaps beer in PET packaging will not be unusual for the next generation’

The younger generation of drinkers could boost the popularity of beer packaged in PET, but consumer preconceptions need to be overcome before the format is widely accepted, says Sidel.

Hood: Sky’s the limit with aseptic beverage packaging

HP Hood, a processor specializing in extended-shelf-life dairy and non-dairy beverages, is seeing demand for aseptically packaged products increase.

Stay Fresh Foods doubles its HPP capacity

The producer—which specializes in health beverages, meats, and salads—is installing Avure equipment that will double its capacity for high-pressure processing toll services.

Growth in HPP drives Avure expansion

The high-pressure processing firm is expanding to a new location to accommodate demand for the food and beverage production technology.

Pouch shakes up powdered-beverage category

Perimeter Brand Packaging has come up with a single-serve beverage pouch with an inner mesh to facilitate mixing of powdered drinks.

'Barrels are bullshit' says next-gen Aussie cooper with eyes on Asia

While wine barrel innovator Flexcube is targeting New World wineries in the Americas for half of its international sales, the Australian company has not forgotten about vineyards across the Asia-Pacific region.

Hiperbaric ‘can’t complain’ about growth in HPP market

The market for high-pressure processed food is expected to hit $18bn by 2018; an expert from HPP provider Hiperbaric shares some of the strongest factors behind the technology’s global growth.

What’s driving growth in the $35.8bn aseptic packaging market?

One aseptic technology leader says a consumer taste for natural foods and beverage, and longer shelf life, rank among factors driving sustained growth.

Hip, hip, hooray—we just topped 4K!

The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

Best of the Best: Top processing and packaging stories of 2013

The year 2013 was a great one for fascinating stories about food packaging, processing technologies and safety concerns. Here are the 10 FoodProductionDaily stories that most resonated with our readers.