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Canned fruit gets a 'clear' advantage

Retailers often place their fresh produce ranges close to the entrance of the store to take advantage of the smell, colour and variety to attract customers into the shop. Achieving...

How to make sense of packaging regulations

European and national legislation on packaging is changing, and a great deal of confusion exists in the industry. Anthony Fletcher talked to Europen's regulatory affairs committee chairman Dr Steve Anderson...

Diagnostic packaging potential expands

One third of total wastage in the supply chain is caused by temperature abuse, according to a Swedish survey in 2002. As a result, diagnostic packaging has become increasingly popular,...

Hot seal of approval

A sealing hot melt adhesive has been developed that can be applied at only 90°C. Combine this with automated equipment and you have a safer, more efficient plant, claims National...

Snack away!

As the eastern European food industry develops at a hitherto unknown pace, snacking is starting to make it big in the region, as the latest product launches from the Mintel...

Retort pouch industry looks to the future

The retort pouch industry needs to adopt better sealing technology and improved systems to identify seal defects if it is to challenge metal cans as a viable and safe means...

Fishing for innovative packaging solutions

European customers are demanding greater assurances of quality and hygiene in their food products. A recent conference on the packaging of fish examined at what the industry was doing to...

Building on brand awareness

Confectionery and, once again, chocolate in particular, dominate this week's product launches across the region. The launches also reflect a growing trend towards maximising the marketing potential of brands that...

Moisture-free packaging

Appleton has introduced MoistureBloc for Ream Wrap, a completely repulpable and 100-percent recyclable ream wrap developed for environmentally friendly paper-based products. The company claims that the product offers excellent moisture...

Functional miso to rival calcium supplements

Japan's Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) has teamed up with two research bodies to develop a new functional fermented miso derived from skimmed milk, that contains three times as...

Fluid handling system tested

Pursuit Dynamics claims that its fluid handling system is able to reduce cooking times for sauces by up to 95 per cent and clean-down time between batches by 80 per...

Developments for the staff of life, bread

Much of the flour that goes into breads, pasta, cakes, breakfastcereals and other foods comes from so-called 'winter wheats', planted in autumn and harvested in spring. New research has identified...

Clarinol CLA gets safety confirmation

Dutch firm Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition is the first company to demonstrate the safety of its conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid hailed as the next big weight loss ingredient,...

Achieving perfect chocolate

Improving the molecular structure of certain foods such as ice cream and cocoa, can dramatically improve the taste, texture and mouth feel of a particular product. This is something Marcos...

Food x-ray technology from afar

Technology that allows real-time x-ray inspection imaging has been developed. Manufacturer Cintex says that the reason the modifications made to its range of MIACS software is so innovative is because...

GRAS status signals rise in market share for natural food ingredient

A natural Japanese food ingredient used to extend the shelf life of food products has acquired GRAS status from the US Food and Drug Administration signalling a growth in sales...

Compact tray sealer launched

UK-based equipment manufacturer Packaging Automation is set to launch its latest tray-sealing machine at this month's Total Show. The selling point of the Vision 400 is its small footprint, which...

Little bottles making it big in functional dairy

The success of the 'little bottle' or 'daily dose' format in the probiotics sector is encouraging companies to launch new functional products in the handy sized bottle, leaving out the...

A revolution in traceability

A new IT system pioneered in the States will give food manufacturers enhanced traceability, food quality, security and efficiency, according to developer Arrowsight. FoodProductionDaily.com talked to company CEO Adam Aronson...

Yoghurt pot peel testing

A new test instrument accessory to check the optimum peel strength of sealed lids on yoghurt packaging has been developed by UK firm Lloyd Instruments. The TG 5346 peel fixture...

Software in packaging

User-friendly software for the design of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for fresh produce was unveiled yesterday at the International Conference for Engineering and Food (ICEF). The technology tells packagers the...

Demanding traceability in the supply chain

A new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) programme designed to improve efficiencies in consumer demand chain management is about to be launched in the US. The technology is still in the...

Deposit-free cans in Germany

Ball Packaging Europe has developed a new deposit-free beverage can for the ready-to-drink coffee drinks market. The new coffee cans are made of 100 per cent recyclable steel, and are...

UK coatings firm to add dissolving strip technology

UK company BioProgress, which makes cellulose-based films for coating tablets and capsules, is making an acquisition in the US that gives it access to dissolving 'in the mouth' films for...

Miller launches beer in Fridge Pack cans

Miller Brewing is to package beer in innovative new containers, which the company claims are designed to fit conveniently into home refrigerators. The firm is the first to apply the...

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