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Comet Group starts work on HQ expansion

Comet Group has started work on expanding its HQ which will create 20,000 square meters of additional production space by mid-2018 and 250 more jobs.  

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Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin in corn test backed

Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin test has been backed by the US Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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Mettler Toledo to build plant in Pasco County

Mettler Toledo will build a facility in Florida for its product inspection division creating 185 positions.

Santa Helena hires former Coca-Cola marketing analyst to broaden its snack products globally

Peanut manufacturer Santa Helena is entering new markets by launching a healthy ingredient product range and has hired former Coca-Cola marketing analyst, Danilo Leão, to broaden its snack products globally.

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Vicam’s strip test certified for aflatoxin analysis

Vicam’s strip test has received certification for quantitative analysis of total aflatoxins in grains.

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ANAB offers accreditation to GFCP

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation to the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

Scots baker Bells targets export market after doubling pastry capacity

Scottish pastry and pie manufacturer Bells Food Group has set its sights on high-volume contracts in the UK and overseas after completing the first stage in a £3.6m ($4.7m) factory investment.

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Oxygen power: Neo-Pure tech aims to ease bakery product recalls

Pacific Grain and Foods, one of the largest bakery ingredients suppliers in the US, has become Agri-Neo’s first US client to purchase its latest food safety technology Neo-Pure.

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RF Biocidics pasteurization process for raw almonds certified

RF Biocidics has received certification for its system to pasteurize raw almonds.

Brandneu reduces lead times for kale chips by 75% as demand for healthier snacks soars

Canada-based Brandneu Foods has reduced lead times for its kale chips by 75% after installing a flexible line with a second drum enabling it to change flavors in less than 15 minutes.

AIB updates standards to help firms shape food safety programs

AIB International has released the 2017 version of Consolidated Standards for Inspection of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs.

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‘Confused about the impact of big data on food manufacturing?'

‘There’s a lot of excitement about the internet of things (IoT) and big data but realistically many larger food manufacturers already have access to lots of data.

tna on Brexit, popular snacks in Italy and expanding its European operations

tna has opened an office in Italy to serve the country and wider Mediterranean region including Spain, Portugal and France.

Biscuits Dupon turns to Franz Haas to produce 18,000 sugar cones per hour

Sugar cone manufacturer Biscuits Dupon has partnered with Franz Haas Food Equipment to install two Caiman-D-300 lines to produce 18,000 sugar cones per hour at its factory in Spain.

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Growth prompts investment in Sesotec metal detector

Rapidly growing export markets was one of the reasons a New Zealand-based firm has installed a Sesotec metal detector.

Lesaffre and Meiogenix to develop yeasts for ‘new and existing’ bakery processes

Biotech firm Meiogenix and yeast supplier Lesaffre are to work together to develop new baker’s yeasts.

Scientists explore ways to improve quality of bread from frozen dough

SP Food and Bioscience has taken part in a project to find a recipe that gives frozen bread the same properties after baking as freshly made bread.

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Grower Direct Nut Company invests in Napasol pasteurization line

A Californian nut company has invested in a Napasol pasteurization line which will be operational in time for this year’s crop.

Petrow Food Group invests in $5.7m laser scanning technology for quicker throughput

Petrow Food Group, which supplies dried fruit and nuts for chocolates, muesli, breakfast cereals, and bakery products, has invested £4m ($5.7m) in laser scanning and packaging technology.

Aldomak embarks on major expansion programme predicting 50% sales growth

Aldomak which makes tablets, fudge and macaroons is projecting sales of £1.9m ($2.8m) for 2017 on the back of a slew of contract wins and increased activity with existing clients.

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