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Siemens: F&B manufacturers are slow to embrace IoT and Industry 4.0 demands

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers are slow to meet the rising demand in digitalization and adapt their machines to customized packaging, according to Siemens.

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

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Bean to bar Nugali to open visitor center and Greenhouse-filled mini rainforest

Hot off the heels of winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards, Nugali is growing bigger and better with plans to open a visitor center next year, the launch of a Cupuaçu product and a Greenhouse-filled mini rainforest.

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Next generation twin sisters to take senior roles at Docile as exports grow

Brazilian candy maker Docile reports export growth as the next generation of family members gear up to join the firm.

SafeTraces raises funding to help market push

SafeTraces has raised $1.5m via a funding round to accelerate product development, sales and marketing ahead of going to market by the end of this year.

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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.

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Riclan to develop sugar free chewing gum for kids

Brazilian candy manufacturer Riclan is tapping into the health trend market with plans to develop a sugar free chewing gum for kids.

Stratasys says 3D printed robotic arms are the future of F&B processing

3D printed robotic end-of-arm components are the future of F&B manufacturing as they save time and money while producing lightweight parts that perform better and cause less wear and tear, according to Stratasys.

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.

Hospitalized Willy Wonka candy plant workers return to work

All 11 workers, who were hospitalized after a solution spill at the Willy Wonka candy plant last week, have returned to work, Nestlé has told ConfectioneryNews.

R&D

Shockwaves for healthy chocolate? Researchers claim 10-20% fat reduction using electric field tech

Applying an electric field to liquid chocolate in the flow direction can reduce the fat level in chocolate by 10% to 20%, according to Mars-funded research conducted by Temple University.

Baker Perkins to make flat lollipops and turns to 3D printing to shorten mold development times

Baker Perkins has launched a new version of its ServoForm lollipop depositor to make flat lollipops and has turned to 3D CAD and 3D printing to make test molds for trials.      

Barry Callebaut and Chocolaterie de l'Opera in chocolate recall

Chocolate made by Barry Callebaut for Chocolaterie de l'Opera has prompted a warning in more than 15 countries due to levels of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exceeding EU limits.

Magic Candy Factory takes 3D custom-made candy machine to the US

Katjes Magic Candy Factory, in the UK, has partnered with Dylan’s Candy Bar to take its 3D candy printer, which can create custom-made candies in under five minutes, to the US.

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‘Bean to bar’ chocolate makers driving resurgence in the panning industry

York Metal Products is experiencing a growth in coating pan demand from customers that make smaller run, geographically customized chocolate and yogurt coated products, and health food including Taste of Nature, Riverside, Dare Foods, Georgia Nut, and Sconza Candy Company.

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.

'Produces enough Maltesers to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools a year'

Mars to provide 100% renewable electricity to power 12 UK sites

Mars has partnered with Eneco UK to install a 20-turbine Moy Wind Farm in Scotland to provide 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 Mars UK sites.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a cleanup operation.

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Meet APRIL – the food production robot that prepares dishes like a chef

A robotic food production system designed to emulate cooking methods used by chefs can offer improved product quality and lower costs, claim its creators.

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