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 Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology.
It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the Confederation of European Union Yeast Manufacturers (COFALEC).
Flavour and fragrance firm Givaudan’s first half net profits crashed by 40 per cent as raw material costs and record currency rates take their toll on the Swiss company, despite good local growth in its flavours businesses.
Huhtamaki suffered mixed fortunes in the first half of 2011 as strong performance in its flexible ops and emerging markets were countered by high raw material costs, negative currency effects and operational problems on some lines.
British Polythene Industries (BPI) said raw material price hikes had cost the company ₤45m (€ 52.3m) in 2010 and said it would be accelerating investment in its recycling operations in a bid to insulate itself from future polymer cost instabilities.
UK plastic processors have warned that soaring raw material costs will lead to significant price increases for the their products, while a leading packaging body said higher costs will inevitably be passed down the supply chain.