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SIG beverage focus pays dividends

Swiss processing and packaging equipment provider SIG has reported a significant increase in its net profits for the first half of the year, a result that sees the company pulling...

Bonduelle upgrades Russian production

Crown Food Europe is installing a new production line in Timashevsk, Russia to produce 83mm diameter food cans for Bonduelle, the European leader in processed vegetables. The move is part...

Bad cork?

Cork taint has become a serious issue for the wine industry, with manufacturers increasingly moving towards plastic corks because they are deemed to be less of a risk. However, UK-based...

Animex invests in production to meet export needs

Leading Polish meat processor Animex says it is investing $20 million (€16.25m) to upgrade its production facilities in an attempt to meet its projections of anticipated demands in its export markets.

Solution to counteract effects of irradiation

Reasearchers from the Food Safety Consortium at the University of Arkansas have devised a means of using grape and green tea extract to eliminate certain side affects of irradiated chicken...

Air Liquide modifies gas packaging

Air Liquide, a leading provider of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) technology, has launched an upgraded version of Aligal gases packaging for food and beverage producers.

Global Food Group supplies RFID to Intermec

US-based Intermec Technologies has named Global Food Group (GFG) to supply its RFID requirements as part of an authorised partner programme - a step that should see it increase its...

Intralox invests in plastic conveyor technology

More and more food manufacturers are turning to plastic conveyor belts, if two new products from Intralox are anything to go by.

Arla achieves cheese processing efficiency

Denmark-based Damrow, part of the Carlisle Process Systems (CPS) group, has installed an 18,000-litre enclosed cottage cheese vat (ECCV) at Arla Foods' production facility in Skovde, Sweden.

Obipektin ramps up vegetable powder production

Swiss pectin and powder producer Obipektin will ramp up production of fruit and vegetable powders at the firm's Bischofszell site following a hefty investment into a new installation.

Russia cracks down on domestic beer advertising

The Russian government has introduced new laws restricting the advertisement of beer in the country. The rules for the previously unregulated market are said to go even further than EU...

Heinz achieves processing efficiency in a weekend

Global food giant Heinz managed to install new mixing vessels and extend a hot water system at one of its UK plants in just a weekend.

Siegling drives innovation in modular belting sector

Equipment supplier Siegling knows that if it is to compete effectively in the burgeoning modular conveyor belt market, it must convince food manufacturers that its products are a cut above...

Ishida Europe establishes German subsidiary

Weighing and packaging specialist Ishida Europe has consolidated its presence in the German market through the establishment of a full subsidiary company, Ishida GmbH.

QEPP launches food compliant materials range

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (QEPP) has launched a new line of food compliant materials (FCM) that will allow food manufacturers to meet the European Union's Directive 2002/72/EC on food-contact materials.

Buhler develops automatic sorter checking software

Buhler has developed software capable of performing an automatic check on a production line's sorting capabilities, enabling trouble to be prevented before it can cause downtime.

InduSoft & Protia unveil IT processing breakthrough

InduSoft is integrating its Web Studio (IWS) industrial automation software with Protia's Strategic Line of Sight software to provide customers with improved manufacturing performance visibility.

ABP expands frozen food production capabilities

Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) aims to expand its foothold in frozen manufacturing through the acquisition a major Scottish sausage manufacturer.

Ebro expands into US market

Leading Spanish food group Ebro Puleva, whose revenues broke the billion euro barrier last week, has agreed to buy Riviana Foods, the largest rice processor in the US.

K-TEK develops wave guide for steam appliances

A new wave guide probe that allows a guided wave radar transmitter to measure levels in saturated steam appliances without concern for fluctuations in specific gravity has been developed.

Kraft Foods aims for energy and environmental efficiency

Kraft Foods has commissioned an innovative food wastewater treatment facility at a US cheese plant, which it claims will reduce waste by more than 90 per cent, writes Anthony Fletcher.

VBS develops new pressure testing for drinks containers

VBS International has developed a new means of pressure testing non-carbonated liquid containers, which it claims is ideal for processors who need to carry out high volumes of pressure testing.

EU sugar reforms bring mixed blessings

The European Union last week announced plans for a radical overhaul of the EU sugar regime, a resolution that is likely to bring about both applause and criticism from its...

Alfa Laval and Sartorius extend filtration alliance

The extended alliance between Alfa Laval and the Sartorius Group underlines the growing popularity of the crossflow filtration concept in brewing, with processors moving away from traditional methods of filtration.

Ishida develops weigher for high-speed production

Weighing and packing line supplier Ishida Europe has launched what it claims is its fastest and most accurate checkweigher.

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