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US scientists develop low-cost filtration process

Scientists in the US have developed a system of low-cost fibres capable of filtering traces of atrazine.

German cereal maker expands...with help from APV Baker

APV Baker is supplying equipment to produce a wide range of breakfast cereals at a major new plant in Germany. Food producer Nordgetreide is opening the new facility near Saarbrucken - an ideal location to serve the western European market.

Pull the perfect pint…at home

Interbrew, the giant Belgium brewer, has teamed up with electronics group Philips to create a new dispensing system which it claims will allow consumers to enjoy the taste and experience of draught beer in the comfort of their own home.

Intralox launches plastic conveyor for bakery

Intralox claims that its new 7.5" Sideflexing Flat Top belt should allow manufacturers to carry out retrofits of high-maintenance steel chains and fragile plastics chains on curved conveyors much more easily.

Enodis sees upturn as client confidence improves

Enodis, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment such as ovens and mixers, reported better profits but slightly worse sales due to the weak dollar, increased steel prices and difficult UK and continental European markets in the third quarter. But the company saw recovery in its sales in North America boosted by demand from restaurant operators, which allowed it to increase its prices, writes Iordan Mateev.

Siegling drives innovation in modular belting sector

Equipment supplier Siegling knows that if it is to compete effectively in the burgeoning modular conveyor belt market, it must convince food manufacturers that its products are a cut above the rest. Anthony Fletcher reports.

SMC ups profits, eyes further regional growth

San Miguel Corporation , the largest food and beverage group in southeast Asia, has reported a steep increase in both its turnover and net profits for the first six months of the year. The figures come on the back of increasing activity outside the domestic market and coincide with its announcement to form a joint venture with an Australian fruit juice manufacturer.

China's beer market: still room for investment

Over the course of the last few months the China beer market has witnessed frenzied activity as international brewery companies race to increase their footprint in what is now the world's second largest market by volume. But with the immense size of the market and development still a long way behind western Europe, the latest report from Access Asia suggests that there is still a great deal of room for further investment and development.

Brewing counteracts low carb knock for Novozymes

Slight growth for Danish enzymes giant Novozymes in the first half of the year with Europe providing steady returns but US market knocked by the popular low carbohydrate diet that has hit the baking industry.

Size reducing ice cream ingredients

Canadian supplier of food processing equipment Quadro has come up with equipment to reduce the size of high-fat ice cream ingredients (chocolate/pralines) for use in premium ice cream products.

Starch supplier ramps ups production of novel corn fibre ingredient

With Europe now enforcing some of the strictest rules in the world on the traceability of genetically modified ingredients, companies that can offer a tracked identity preservation system are likely to gain from demand by food makers selling in the European Union. The adoption of a farm to fork approach for its resistant starch is starting to pay off for Hi-maize supplier National Starch, reports Lindsey Partos.

Alfa Laval and Sartorius extend filtration alliance

The extended alliance between Alfa Laval and the Sartorius Group underlines the growing popularity of the crossflow filtration concept in brewing, with processors moving away from traditional methods of filtration.

APV Baker installs Portuguese cereal production line

A new, multi-product breakfast cereal plant has been installed by APV Baker for Nacional, a leading Portuguese company, which will enable it to make a wide variety of extruded products.

Scanvaegt facilitates Namibian fish processing

Danish equipment supplier Scanvaegt has installed a production control system for Merlus, a Namibian seafood processor.

'World first' from Neogen

Neogen, the US-based manufacturer of food safety and analysis equipment, has developed what it claims is the world's first system designed to read, store and analyse results from lateral flow tests.

Reimelt sees great potential in British baking

A leading international player in the design, manufacture and supply of powder handling systems for the food and ingredients industries, has further strengthened its sales team to improve response times to UK clients.

Rondo-Doge puts its theory into practice

Rondo-Doge, the Swiss manufacturer of pastry processing machinery, has more than 50 years of expertise in the field of dough technology - expertise which it is now placing at the disposal of its customers with a new technology centre based in Italy.

Australia 'buys-in' food technology

The Australian food industry was likely to remain an importer of innovative food and drink technology rather than an exporter, the chairman of consumer product giant Unilever's Australasian operations said on Friday, according to reports in the Australian press.

Findus tightens supply chain with Intentia software

Findus Sweden has gone live this month with Intentia's Movex supply chain solution. The technology has been integrated with a number of other systems, such as SAP and a mainframe system, to provide the manufacturer with complete control - and knowledge - of the production process.

Thailand races to compete with Asian palm oil giants

After years of Malaysian domination the international palm oil industry is set to become far more competitive. It is common knowledge that the Indonesian palm oil industry is gearing up for increased production, but now Thailand is joining the competition after its agricultural ministry announced plans to develop vast tracts of land previously devoted to rubber plantations.

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