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Fispal Technology 2015

Fispal Technology 2015, an international fair for packaging, process and logistics for the food and beverage industry, took place between June 23-26, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Bühler looking at applications for ebeam technology

The Comet Group and Bühler are to work together to develop applications based on ebeam technology.

Nestlé to open $120m food processing plant in Dubai, creating 400 jobs

Nestlé is investing $120m in a 175,000m² manufacturing facility in Dubai to produce Nescafé coffee and Maggi products, creating 400 jobs.

European Commission to build two CPVT food-processing demo plants in Europe

The European Commission has launched a €71k proposal for a feasibility study on Solar Energy for the Food Industry.

Air Products CEO: ‘We all need to take safety and security very seriously’

Seifi Ghasemi, CEO, Air Products, has spoken of his sympathy for victim, Herve Cornara, following an attack at the company’s ' facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. 

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JBT expands its Frigoscandia line of freezers

JBT has expanded its Frigoscandia line of spiral freezers and chillers with its GYRoCOMPACT 60 Spiral Freezer, using 65% less energy. 

Tetra Pak launches eBeam to replace hydrogen peroxide sterlization of its packaging material

Tetra Pak claims it is the first company to use electron beams (eBeams) to replace hydrogen peroxide H₂O₂, in its carton filling machines.

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Exclusive interview: Tetra Pak on why eBeam is a breakthrough technology in the beverage carton industry

Tetra Pak announced the launch of its E3 filling machine with eBeam technology at Fispal Technologia this week.

University of Lincoln to develop robotic harvesting machine for broccoli

The University of Lincoln is developing a fully automated robotic harvesting system for broccoli using a 3D camera, thanks to a £70m grant from Agri-Tech Catalyst.

China will account for nearly 40% of all food processing machinery by 2019

Global demand for food processing machinery will rise by 7.6% per annum to $73bn in 2019, according to The Freedonia Group industry research firm.

Firm to install UV light finished pack decontamination technology in its packing area

Cargill opens European chiller plant as part of £35m Fresh Chicken Strategy

Cargill has opened a European chiller plant in Hereford, UK, enhancing its quality and food safety and says it is the first processor in the UK to introduce Robotics packing, which can process up to 240 breast fillets per minute.

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HAZMAT crews called to Coca-Cola ammonia spill

Fire and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) teams are on the scene of an ammonia leak at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Speedway, Indianapolis, US.

915 Labs launches microwave sterilization system for additive-free packaged food

915 Labs has introduced a microwave sterilization system for natural, additive-free packaged food, with the first full-scale commercial system, MATS 150, to be delivered to a North American food processing facility in 2016.

Highest consumption of ice cream is in North America

Tetra Pak launches world first high capacity ice cream extrusion line

Tetra Pak says it has developed an ice cream extrusion line with the highest capacity in the world, producing up to 43,200 pieces of ice cream sticks and sandwiches per hour, (the average is 36,000) with plans to launch a second one in Q1 next year.

GEA business unit changes take effect as part of ‘Fit for 2020’ restructure

GEA has restructured its organization launching two business units; Equipment and Solutions as part of its Fit for 2020 initiative and sales and services will be bundled into one organization per country.

HRS heat exchangers creates anaerobic digestion plant for Muntons

HRS: ‘Heat which is generated or used in one part of an F&B process is lost rather than reused’

The food sector has invested heavily in bioenergy projects such as biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion but where heat which is generated or used in one part of a process is lost rather than reused, according to HRS.

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OAL Group Steam Infusion to make maize-based yoghurt drinks in Zambia

OAL Group has entered the African market winning a deal with Trade Kings, Zambia, to hydrate maize flour and other grains to make Maheu, a maize-based yoghurt drink sold in the country.

Pack Expo 2015 celebrates 20th anniversary

The ‘Internet of Things’ and OEE for assessing and improving efficiency skyrockets

Interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) for assessing and improving efficiency has skyrocketed in the past year, according to PMMI.

Adept Technology receives $1m order for Lynx AIVs

Adept Technology has received an order of more than $1m for its Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs).

Ultima Foods to develop dehydrated yogurt products through EnWave deal

Canadian dairy Ultima Foods has sealed deal with EnWave that will see it develop dehydrated yogurt products using the company's Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) technology.

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