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Bühler acquires Haas to add biscuit capabilities

The Bühler Group has acquired Austrian-based confectionery, biscuits and wafer equipment supplier Haas for an undisclosed sum.

‘Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origin of the products they are buying’

CSB-System IT enterprise is creating 150 jobs at its headquarters in Aachen, Germany, as it plans to opens offices in Brazil, China and South Korea.

Nigeria producer Sona Agro educates its VIP consumers on biscuit production

Sona Agro Allied Foods, one of Nigeria’s biggest biscuit companies, opened its factory in Ota, Ogun State to students to raise the standards of education in the African country.

CSM Bakery and 3D Systems to bring 3D printing to food industry

CSM Bakery Solutions is collaborating with 3D Systems Corp to develop 3D printers for the food industry, expected to be ready for distribution by the end of 2018.

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Pontdexter adds pasteurization capacity to help Produce Safety Rule compliance

Poindexter Nut Company is to start pasteurizing all the walnuts it ships in North America with a high throughput Napasol line.

FriPura ‘revolutionary’ filter reduces calories in fried food by 25%

FriPura says manufacturers don’t need to change portion sizes and ingredients in snacks because its ‘revolutionary’ filter can reduce calories in fried food by 25%. 

tna sees ‘immense potential’ in Russia as it opens office in Moscow

tna has opened TNA Eurasia in Moscow to support food manufacturers in Russia, the Baltics and the wider region of CIS  (Commonwealth of Independent States).

Aptean’s ‘Factory suite’ streamlines snack food factory floor operations

Aptean has developed the Factory Manufacturing Execution System (MES) suite of wireless automation programs for the food and beverage industry to follow and improve shop floor activity in real time and with low disruption.

pladis and Unite advance UK government’s apprenticeship plan

McVitie’s maker pladis and Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement to facilitate the recruitment of 50 apprentices into engineering roles at pladis by 2020.

JBT Corporation acquires powder filling machine manufacturer for $37m

JBT Corporation has acquired PLF International for £28m ($37m), which designs and manufactures powder filling machines for the food and beverage industry.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

Bureau Veritas targets on-site aflatoxin testing

Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group have introduced an aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process.

EyeSucceed to address food safety issues with wearable technology

NSF International, which partnered with Google to pilot its EyeSucceed Smart Glasses, has been recognized as a ‘Glass Partner’ for food industry applications.

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Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

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Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

EnWave and Nestlé’s Nestec to pilot food dehydration technology

EnWave has signed an agreement with Nestec, part of Nestlé, to test its Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) food dehydration technology – a proprietary method for the dehydration of organic materials.   

Snack makers moving beyond pure indulgence to functionality, says European Snacks Association

The sensible snacking concept is evolving at a rapid rate, said Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Ishida unveils new Multihead Weigher design for easier cleaning

Ishida Europe has expanded its range of hygienic multihead weighers with a new open frame design that allows fast and easy access for cleaning and inspections.

Going gluten-free in a bakery is not just a simple case of swapping ingredients

Before reaching for the gluten-free flour, there are a number of elements to consider from a risk and food safety point of view, writes Helen Hood, director of totrain.

Ingredion unveils texturizer series for baked snacks

Ingredion answers Asian consumer demands for wider range of textures in baked snacks

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