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Treofan combines hot slip properties with packaging film processed up to 60°C

BOPP film producer Treofan has created film types HNA, HND and HLD which can be processed at temperatures of up to 60°C (140°F) at the forming collar.

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Diabetic 'health honey' a reality thanks to nanotechnology and stevia

A new hybridised pollen, developed by a former Nasa scientist, can be fed to bees to create a new species of “designer honey” for use by diabetics.

Dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

ABB promises food-grade variants of robots

ABB has said food-grade and ISO 4 versions of its latest family of robots will be available next year.

ConAgra Foods celebrates $150m potato processing plant upgrade

Lamb Weston/Meijer, a joint venture between US-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Netherlands-based Meijer Frozen Food, has invested $150m to upgrade its potato processing plant in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.

Third purchase this year reflects company’s aggressive growth strategy

Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec for $54m

As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value, and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corporation has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec, Inc for $54m. 

VTT developing green alternative for polystyrene

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from PLA (polylactide) bioplastic.

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Blendhub Corp develops MES and SCADA ‘Excellence Centre’

Blendhub Corp, a food powder ingredients company,  has launched an IT Excellence Center specializing in MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software for food production plants.

Spray dryer simulation investment leaves GEA in 'league of its own'

GEA has invested in a supercomputer that it claims has elevated it to a "league of its own" in terms of spray drying simulation.

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Cargill, Mars, Nestlé & PepsiCo encourage more females into STEM roles

Cargill, Mars UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland, and PepsiCo UK & Ireland opened their factory doors to young students to promote careers in F&B engineering this month.

Water: both a process input and a key ingredient

Dow software helps food and beverage firms optimize water system design

In food and beverage manufacturing, water quality can significantly affect both the process and the product. Soon, manufacturers will have a tool to simplify evaluation and optimization of their water treatment systems.

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Wipak Group expands in China

The Wipak Group has expanded in China, opening a factory in Changshu near Shanghai.

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Grupo Bimbo files patent for reduced-fat pork rinds

Grupo Bimbo has developed an alternative processing method that reduces the fat content of pork rind snacks.

Alfa Laval wins $10m starch processing order in Russia

Alfa Laval has won a $10m order to supply equipment to Donbiotech starch processing plant in Russia, with delivery expected in 2015.

McCain to process soup with uncalibrated vegetables

McCain, Randstad, Leclerc, The Food Bank and Gappi have developed an initiative to collect unsold merchandise from producers to make soup. 

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FlexLink plans hygienic conveyor launch next year

FlexLink will launch a conveyor with improved hygiene for direct food contact in agreement with European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines next year.

BEMA networking event Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

BEMA (Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds) brought together its exhibiting members at the inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, recently.

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Middle Eastern delight as Gulfood Manufacturing draws to a close

Debuting as the biggest food and beverage processing event in the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia (MEASA) region, Gulfood Manufacturing welcomed more than 1,100 suppliers from 52 countries to the show floor in Dubai last week.

PACK EXPO 2014: FOCUS ON...BEER FILLING TECHNOLOGY

Whistle-stop stand tour: KHS USA at Pack Expo 2014

Gary Maus, VP of sales and marketing at KHS USA talks us through the company’s filling technology on show at Pack Expo 2014, and claims the Innofill Glass Micro filler has set an industry ‘gold standard’ among craft brewers.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Bosch Packaging officially opens two offices in Africa next year

Bosch Packaging will officially open two offices in Africa next year, in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos in Nigeria to produce packaging for commodities including rice, sugar, pasta and biscuits.

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