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Ammonia gas leak at Goodman Fielder meat factory

Police are investigating the cause of an ammonia gas leak at Goodman Fielder meat factory in Hamilton, on the North Island of New Zealand.

GEA set to acquire Dutch cheese technology firm de Klokslag

GEA has entered into an agreement to acquire Dutch cheese production technology firm de Klokslag - a deal it believes will boost its presence in the "growing segment."

'200 families face a very bleak time' this Christmas, says trade union

Heinz 'deeply disappointed' as it proposes closure of Aunt Bessie’s potato factory

Heinz has announced proposals for the closure of its Westwick factory in the UK, which employs 200 people, and says it regrets the impact on the local community. 

JBT to debut Formcook acquisition at FoodTech

Food processing equipment manufacturer JBT has acquired Formcook, the long-established manufacturer of Teflon contact and combi cookers based in Helsingborg, Sweden.

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Tomra expands ZEA sorter range

Tomra Sorting Solutions has expanded its ZEA sorter range for the seed and fresh corn industry with a second camera module for inspecting both sides of the corn ear.

GEA to build second giant Fonterra milk powder drier

GEA has been drafted in by Fonterra to build the New Zealand dairy giant a second 30 tonnes per hour capacity milk powder facility.

PATENT WATCH

Is that a pizza or a pretzel? Frito-Lay files patent for chunky 3D snacks

Frito-Lay has developed a method to adhere large, three-dimensional food flakes such as meat and vegetables to regular snacks, to emulate pizza, nachos and tostadas.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

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Tomra Sorting opens €2.1m R&D centre in Dublin

Tomra Sorting has opened a €2.1m research centre in Citywest, Dublin, which includes an office, workshop, demonstration space, peeling process development lab, advanced optics lab and a sorting test facility.

Patent Watch

Nestlé develops inkjet printing using only ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients

Nestlé’s R&D arm Nestec has filed a patent for inkjet printing on panned confections such as Smarties chocolate and biscuits using only ingredients it claims consumers would be familiar with....

Whole new ball game: Double-ball lollipops to be a hit in Asia, says Baker Perkins

A novel lollipop shape featuring two hard candy balls allows confectioners to combine colors and flavors in a single product and could prove popular in Asia, says equipment supplier Baker...

A slice of success: Linde uses cryogenic freezing to improve cuts

Food processors are seeing increased demand for sliced products, such as delicatessen meats, according to Linde's food and beverage division. 

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Filtec CEO David Storey targets 'next decade of growth'

Californian in-line inspection firm Filtec has appointed David Storey as its president and CEO.

PLANS INCLUDE REGIONAL COFFEE HUB

Nestlé South Africa appoints new MD, announces $181m investment

Nestlé South Africa has announced a five-year $181m investment plan in the country and the appointment of Ian Donald as company chairman and MD.

Splice up your life! TNA launches auto-splice packaging system

Australian food processing and packaging company TNA has launched an automatic splicing system for use with its Robag range of vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagging machines.

Bühler Aeroglide to assess industrial-sized conveyor dryers for food production

Convection conveyor dryers can be a major source of lost revenue in food production and industrial applications with some operating 30% below their efficiency level, according to Joe Tordella, manager,...

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. 

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Ecolab develops foam technology for food and beverage hygiene

Ecolab and Danish company Nilfisk Food have developed a line of foam dispensing equipment for the food and beverage industry called Hybrid.

India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing the amount of produce that is wasted, a government minister has warned.

What makes a good apprentice? Bühler Aeroglide launches US programme

Bühler Aeroglide is launching a manufacturing apprenticeship programme in the US this month, in an effort to build a pipeline of skilled workers. 

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Cambridge Engineered Solutions designs wider bakery conveyer belt

Cambridge Engineered Solutions (CES) has designed a wider version of its Duraflex Edge open metal conveyor belt for bakers that it says can last up to 39 times longer than...

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Dutch component maker Qimarox gets wind in sails

Dutch machine component manufacturer Qimarox will sponsor a windmill to show its commitment to the local community.

OAL’s Steam Infusion triumphs at European Food Venture Forum

OAL group, formerly Olympus Automation, has won an award at The European Food Venture Forum for its Steam Infusion technology.

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Pro Mach buys capping and bottling business Pace Packaging

Ohio-based Pro Mach has announced the acquisition of automated bottle unscrambler and orientor manufacturer Pace Packaging as it continues an M&A spending spree it started earlier this week.

LiquiGlide expands IP protection after global interest in its slippery coating

LiquiGlide has started international patent filings to protect the intellectual property (IP) of its slippery coating technology.