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Sustainable snacks? Production success but packaging woes, says SFA

Most snack makers convert waste into animal feed or have water reduction programs, but efforts need to be sharpened in the plight to find truly green, consumer-friendly packaging, says the...

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Jindal claims first OPP sealant film for stand-up pouches

Jindal Films has claimed it has introduced the first biaxially orientated polypropylene (OPP)-based sealant film for stand-up pouches.

Pack Expo 2014 post-show round up

Start-up boom sparks budget packaging demand

The flurry of start-up companies in baking and bars has sparked business demand for entry-level packaging machines, says the marketing head of PAC Machinery Group.

The perfect chip? Pulsed Electric Field tech optimizes processing, claims developer

Perforating potato cells can soften the raw material, reducing fry times, lowering fat uptake and creating a more uniform end chip product, says the CEO of a firm specialized in...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Mecatherm wins Al Rashed bakery partnership

Mecatherm has installed two production lines for Al Rashed bakery, which supplies products to McDonald's, Burger King and Hardees, as well as having its own retail brand, Yaumi.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Too fast and furious? Ditch speed for efficiency, says CT USA

Snack manufacturers should run slower packaging speeds for improved efficiency, durability and product protection, says the sales director of CT USA.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

How will Nutrition Facts panel changes hit snacks?

Snack makers and suppliers will be under pressure to make fast changes across all packs once the FDA finalizes its ruling on the nutrition facts panel, but can suppliers keep...

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tomra modifies its camera tech and software for sorting dates in MENA

Tomra has developed its camera technology and software to modify its Genius 640 3-way sorter with two rejector streams for dates in MENA because ‘the industry wants different sizes, below...

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Philibert Savours to upgrade its commercial department

Philibert Savours will upgrade its commercial department, announcing a head of global sales in January.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Ampac adds triangular twist to snacking

Flexible packaging firm Ampac has developed a pyramid-shaped snack pack that opens into a tray, creating a fun experience for snackers, its marketing VP says.

BI-AX International says its Evlon film is now close in price to petroleum-based products

The time is now: decreasing price and an eco-conscious generation opens doors for biodegradable packaging

BI-AX International is eyeing up opportunities for its Evlon biodegradable plastic film, which is made from corn, claiming the product is now comparably priced with petroleum-based products.

DISPATCHES: PACK EXPO 2014

Bakers are behind the food safety curve, claims tech expert

Food safety is important for bakers but use of technology is behind the curve and more could be done, says a technical expert.

Case study: Key Technology sorters at Poindexter Nut Co.

That's cracked it: Trio of sorters improves production efficiency at walnut factory

A cascading line of three digital sorting machines has improved product quality, increased production, and decreased costs at the Poindexter Nut Company in California, according to sorter manufacturer Key Technology. ...

Ilapak to build a production plant in the US following IMA 81% ownership

Ilapak has announced plans to build an 80,000sq ft production facility in North West Arkansas, starting operations in January 2016.

Sonoco focuses on European expansion after $360m WPG acquisition

Sonoco has completed its $360m acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), a European provider of composite cans, drums and rigid plastic containers.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Corrugated packaging not going away in snacks

Snack makers need to protect fragile product and meet increasing e-commerce and promotional demands – good reasons to increase the use of corrugate in secondary packaging, says a business strategy expert.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Grain science fundamental for equipment suppliers too, says Baker Perkins

Equipment suppliers must learn about the nutrition and functionality of grains because manufacturers are increasingly looking for NPD assistance, says Baker Perkins.

Weetabix packaging subsidiary Vibixa to close

Weetabix carton printing subsidiary Vibixa, which makes cardboard packaging in Cheltenham, UK, has announced plans to close its factory next year axing 105 jobs.

Steamed v baked bread: Processing change impacts glycemic response

The way in which breads are processed could play a role in determining its GI, according to new research that shows steaming rather than baking bread alters glycemic responses.

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Philibert Savours to expand in Brazil

Philibert Savours, a French food processing firm, is expanding in Brazil and wants to create an Advisory Service for products such as sourdough.

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tna keeps up to speed with Middle East packaged food demand

tna says it has seen an increased emphasis on automation and system integration in the Middle East over recent years. 

News in brief

AIB International revamps course in line with industry demands

AIB International has made changes to its baking science and technology course as part of a multi-year update project to increase relevancy.

Pack Expo 2014

HayssenSandiacre to launch Merlin Blu at Pack Expo

HayssenSandiacre has redesigned its Merlin, Minerva and Integra machines launching the entry level Merlin Blu at Pack Expo in Chicago.

FOODesign launches its vegetable chip batch fryers internationally

Food processing equipment manufacturer FOODesign, a tna company, has launched its hot oil batch-pro 12, a series of cookers and fryers outside of the US.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Sustainable baking now a ‘cradle to grave’ concept

Consumers expect manufacturers to take responsibility for baked goods far beyond the production gate, says a sustainability expert.

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