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.
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.
Neoplanta’s Patelina meat and fish pates pâtés have been launched in resealable, shelf-life extending cups, designed by Grenier Packaging International.
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.
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.
A leader from packaging provider Zip-Pak has offered his views on what trends are driving the flexible field.
Inconsistencies in food packaging date labeling leads to unnecessary waste, according to one former Trader Joe’s leader.
A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.
Draco Natural Products and TRU Aseptics are joining forces to produce a line of whole fruit and vegetable ingredients, housed in aseptic packaging.
Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beeswax-based food wrap has captured the attention of judges in the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award program.
PERES, a portable app-based device, tests meat and poultry for freshness, sounding an alert when spoilage is detected.
Packaging Technologies and Inspection offers inspection equipment, focusing on gear that checks product integrity and quality.
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.
The American Frozen Food Institute is bolstering frozen food sales by highlighting the nutritional and quality benefits of freezing.
Allpax’s Versatort unit enables food processing operations to test retort on a full-sized machine, promising reduced waste and flexible performance.
Liqui-Box, a packaging company specializing in flexible and bag-in-box products, is opening its Center of Excellence at its production plant.
FPA Series ultrasonic pouch sealers, produced by Rinco, have secured the CE mark, signifying compliance with EU safety, health, and environmental requirements.
Mayesa, a chocolate drink in the health beverage category, has launched its product in Tetra Pak containers.
Berry Plastics has engineered a nine-layer film material to protect cereals and snacks against moisture, reportedly with a lighter weight than conventional films.
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.
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.
Novel technologies like high-pressure processing can win the war to lengthen shelf life and eradicate foodborne illness, according to industry experts.
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.
Toray Plastics has expanded its line of polyester lidding films designed to withstand oven temperatures of up to 400° F.
Growth in portion-packaged foods is moving L&L Foods to break ground on an additional facility to boost capacity.
Gypsy Crunch has launched its line of gluten-free, artisanal granolas in flexible pouches with Velcro closures, extending product shelf life.
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.
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 has launched an oxygen permeation testing system that meets increased demand for automation and rapid results.
The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.
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.
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.
A colour-coded smart tag using nanorods could be used to tell if food is still fresh, according to researchers.
MeadWestvaco has launched Evertain, a resealable paperboard container to protect snacks, boost sustainability, and drive shelf appeal.
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.
Seafood Expo North America, scheduled March 16-18, is swimming toward its best-ever attendance, according to event producers.
Pittcon brought food laboratories to the forefront for a week; is the annual technology exhibition worth the trip?
Growing concerns about foodborne illness, waste, and feeding a booming global population are placing increasing demands on food testing, according to Life Technologies.
A representative from Shimadzu says food analysis can gauge a product's taste, aroma, and texture to predict its chances of success in stores.
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.
One aseptic technology leader says a consumer taste for natural foods and beverage, and longer shelf life, rank among factors driving sustained growth.
Quality and safety testing outfit Intertek has expanded its range of laboratory capabilities for gauging fitness of film and flexible polymer packaging.
An oxygen absorber and carbon dioxide emitting system for use in packaging has been backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Toray Plastics (America) has launched a metallized BOPP film designed to lock out oxygen and moisture on flexible food packages.
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.
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.
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.
The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.
The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.
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.
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.
Processing machinery firm Urschel International has relocated its Netherlands office after the previous facility was ravaged by a storm.
Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.
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.
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.
A high-pressure processing collaboration has led to a system promising longer staying power than previous technology.
Inventure Foods is plunking down $3.9m to expand its frozen-food capabilities.
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.
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 has launched a system that gauges oxygen transmission rates through flat materials and food packaging.
Flexible packaging might be gaining market share, but canned foods still figure into meal preparation at Thanksgiving and other holidays.
It is critical to protect the food supply chain and cut down food waste, according to the Dow Chemical Company.
Tetra Pak is helping retailers grab a bigger share of the booming private-label business with services that speed time to market.
Powerhouse processor Bonduelle is tapping into EnWave dehydration for quick-frozen vegetables.
PACK EXPO International 2014 is expanding its tech content by welcoming an event dedicated to 'smart' packaging technologies.
An operation specializing in high-pressure processing has installed its second Avure line at its fresh-food facility.
Food packaging, beverage bottles and other containers are driving global demand for polyethylene terephthalate.
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.
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.
Venezuelan food manufacturer Empresas Polar claims it has created the country’s first non-refrigerated yogurt, named MiGurt.
Processing professionals from all over the world are gathered at the event, and sharing the sights, sounds and technology via Twitter.
Food industry professionals from all across the supply chain tell us what they did on World Food Day (WFD) yesterday.
Demand for modified- and controlled-atmosphere packaging market is growing across the globe.
General Mills has introduced Artisanal Soups into its Progresso line, the first of its ready-to-serve soups in Tetra Pak cartons.
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 sees a "gap" in the market for aseptic packaging technology and will launch a bag-in-box system next year.
Demand in the US for meat, poultry and seafood packaging will rise to an expected $9.5bn in the next five years.
Erasco, a food brand specializing in ready meals, has relaunched its products in custom-molded bowls.
NanoBarrier is bidding to improve and modify bioplastics using nanotechnology to boost properties to compete with traditional oil-based plastics.
According to leaders from SIG Combibloc, the North American packaging market is changing, thanks to shifting consumer tastes and evolving technology.
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.
Removing ethylene using an active packaging technology can extend strawberry shelf life by at least two days, according to research presented this week.
Multisorb Technologies has won a gold award for its FreshMax Self-Adhesive Oxygen Absorber ahead of Polagra Food’s International Trade Fair for Food.
Astronauts have lived for four months in a simulation of a Mars space station to explore food possibilities for space exploration.
Emco Packaging has been granted a GB patent for its packaging inclusion which controls or modifies the atmosphere to extend shelf life.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The problem of severe drying when using ultra-violet (UV) light for storage of produce has been solved, according to US researchers.
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.
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.
The meat industry is driving high pressure processing (HPP) in Europe due to extended shelf life benefits opening new markets, according to Avure.
Sirane has said it is already working on projects to help Courtauld 3 become a reality and meet food waste targets.
An EU project is aiming to use active packaging to improve barrier properties and intelligent packaging to give consumers more product quality information.
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 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.
Bringing a successful high pressure processing (HPP) product to market is much more than just buying a piece of equipment, according to Avure.
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.
A research project in Pakistan has successfully extended the shelf life of different fruits by applying various types of edible coating materials.
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 Fresh Fruit has launched banana packaging that it claims can keep the fruit fresher for up to six days longer.
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.
UK-based packaging manufacturer Sirane claims its bio-based food wrapping can double the shelf-life of ‘notoriously problematic’ brassicas.
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.
Sonoco has unveiled a tray which is part of a system that they claim will increase the shelf life for fresh-cut produce.
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.
Brazilian researchers have found that cassava starch-based edible coatings can boost shelf life in fresh strawberries from nine to 12 days.
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 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.
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.
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.
A ground-breaking new UK-led research project will investigate the potential for cryogenic and electromagnetic freezing and chilling technologies for food processing applications.
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.
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.
The latest trends in beverage and dairy are forcing companies to consider the potentially damaging effects of light on product quality.
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.
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.