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Wageningen PickPack project to pack single foods in one packaging line becomes operational

Wageningen UR’s PicknPack project to pack single different foods in one packaging line has become operational following integration of all hardware modules provided by 12 research groups, companies and universities.

Australian consumer watchdog finds Arnott's Biscuit sat fat claim misleading

Arnott's Biscuit has agreed to remove a "75% less saturated fat" claim from packs of its Shapes Light & Crispy after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) found it...

Sugar addiction much harder to address than salt

Weaning the public off salt is a piece of cake compared to reducing their addiction to sugar, scientists have discovered.

Organisers relocate Empack tradeshow after Brussels terrorism alert

Easyfairs has relocated its tradeshows Empack 2015 and Packaging Innovations from Brussels Expo (November 25-26) to the Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium, today (December 1-2).

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Sugar tax report slammed as health lobby ‘PR stunt’

A sugar tax and childhood obesity report by Members of Parliament (MPs) has been slammed by the industry as a public relations (PR) stunt for the health lobby.     ...

Top five global F&B trends, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

‘Sweetshop of the Future’ Part II: Cupcake vending machines, black water, edible packaging, & disruptive chocolate

“There are lots of questions about the quality of our water and where it comes from, the plastic packaging used to transport it, plus the shortage of water due to...

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Märsch Importshandels to rely on X-ray inspection by next year

Märsch Importshandels has said it intends to rely fully on X-ray inspection by the end of 2016.

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Campden BRI opens consumer test centre

Campden BRI has opened a consumer test centre in Leamington Spa, UK, to support new product development and provide consumer research on food and drink products.

Pixie Dust to ‘magically’ sterilize stand-up pouches and bag-in-box

Performance Packaging has launched an alternative aseptic process to sterilize flexible packaging and its contents, avoiding hot-filling, retort processing, peroxide or peracetic baths and sprays, irradiation, pulsed light or electron-beam...

‘These are conscious meal replacements’: Snacking becoming the norm

There’s a “macrodynamic shift” happening in how we eat as a culture, according to a report from The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, and snacking has become a part of daily life....

This week Down Under

Keen-snacking Aussies still not tucking into healthy potato chips

The number of Australians who snack on potato chips continues to grow, while those who do so are also most likely to wash them down with flavoured soft drinks, market...

New products gallery: Ruby Rockets launches snack tubes, algae inspires the VeganEgg, and Kellogg serves up breakfast-to-go

From plant-based ‘snack tubes’; to the VeganEgg, snackable breakfast options, and kale & potato chips; check out FoodNavigator-USA’s gallery of new products hitting US shelves this fall/winter.

Greencore to invest £12M in new manufacturing unit

Greencore plans to invest £12M in building a new manufacturing unit at its food-to-go site in Northampton.

Pinnacle Foods expands presence in natural channel with $975 million acquisition of Boulder Brands

Long-anchored in the conventional channel’s center-store with iconic brands such as Hungry Man and Wishbone, Pinnacle Foods’ $975 million acquisition of Boulder Brands gives it a better foothold in the...

OAL cryogenic cooling project to revolutionize ready meal industry

Olympus Automation Ltd (OAL) has kicked off the first of its kind Advanced Cooking and Cooling Technology project (ACCT) to revolutionize the ready meal industry.

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

UNI Packaging and Oui3 ‘MyFlex’ to bring personalization and interactive design closer together

UNI Packaging and Oui3 brand communication agency are working on a project to make the personalization and client interactive aspect of Digiflex (digital flexible printing) more accessible to clients.

Seabook Crisps turnover soars to £27M

Seabrook Crisps has boosted profitability and increased its turnover by 11% to £27M after adapting to the changing retail environment.

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EcoCortec launches Cor-Pak Bubble film to protect sensitive components

EcoCortec which manufactures biodegradable, compostable films has joined forces with its Czech distributor, Tart, to launch Cor-Pak VpCIStatic Dissipative Bubble film.

Novel yeast to slash carcinogen acrylamide in fried potatos and baked goods, says Renaissance

Renaissance Ingredients has developed a baker’s yeast it claims cuts the presence of carcinogen acrylamide in fried potato products by 70%.

UNI Packaging invests in 2nd HP Indigo 20000 digital press following demand for personalization and regional promotions

UNI Packaging has further increased its capacity by investing in a second HP Indigo 20000 digital press providing a 30-inch (750mm) wide-web technology for flexible packaging and sleeves.

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Cost cutting drives General Mills to shut NZ manufacturing plant

General Mills will close its East Tamaki plant by the end of the year as part of an international restructuring process in the face of the company's dwindling international performance.  ...

NCA’s Sweets and Snacks Expo to grow 20% in 2016

The confectionery industry is growing, and with it the National Confectioners Association’s 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will grow as well.

Unhealthy snacks heavily advertised to children: UConn study

A study claims that while snacks in schools are getting healthier, snack companies are still targeting children with unhealthy snacks.

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

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