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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.

Fresh market opportunities from new 'decaff' coffee crop

Cheaper processing methods could be on the way for makers of decaffeinated coffee as scientists in Brazil identify naturally growing caffeine-free coffee plants. As the global coffee market remains dogged by rock bottom prices through over supplies, value-added crops could help ease the industry out of the economic crisis.

Arnott 's says it wants to expand in Asia

Leading Australian biscuit manufacturer Arnott's Biscuits, part of the global food giant Campbell Soup, says it wants to expands it presence throughout the Asian region.

F&N moves in on China dairy

The Singapore-based Fraser & Neave group has made its first acquisition in the China dairy market, in a move that aims to tap in on double digit growth, the company reports.

New Dragon Asia expands flour production

New Dragon Asia has acquired the assets of a flour manufacturing facility valued at $1.33 million, located in Penglai City of Shandong Province within the People's Republic of China, which aims to further expand the company's flour production capacity and meet rising consumer needs.

Interbrew buys up Zhejiang brewer

Interbrew has acquired a 70 per cent controlling interest in Zhejiang Shiliang Brewery Company, located in the Yangtze Delta, strengthening its leading in China's Zehjiang province.

Fujian Dali Food builds new China biscuit facility

Leading China biscuit manufacturing Fujian Dali Food says that construction of its new €19 million biscuit factory in Changchun, Jilin Province, is now well underway, moving it closer towards its goal of dominating the biscuit market in northeastern China.

Cooler flour makes for better 'goodies'

Swiss bakery product manufacturer Hug has installed a flour cooling system from Buhler which is said to produce better baking results.

Depositing plant for gum lollies

Three companies have announced a technology that allows the deposit gum bases and incorporate gums into candies and lollipops, which is said to provide new opportunities for the confectionery industry.

Major benefits from APV Baker four-roll dough moulder

A new four-roll dough moulder from APV Baker is said to provide industrial bakers with a number of benefits, not least the extension of product shelf life.

Fonterra looks to China exports for future

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterrra has outlined ambitions to tap in on anticipated growth in demand for dairy imports to China. Speaking at a conference in Auckland today CEO Andrew Ferrier said that the country represented 'considerable long-term opportunities' for the company.

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