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.
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.
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