Rising food and beverage prices have been blamed for China's Consumer Price Index hitting a seven year high of 3.8 per cent. Food manufacturers say that rising grain and power costs are the reasons for the hikes, as economists warn that the economy may be overheating.
The National Toxicology Program in the US is to launch a probe into the health risks posed by commercial deep-frying of crisps, chips and carbohydrate-rich foods.
Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processor, has installed a technology platform to complete the integration of its operating units. The mySAP business suite is designed to establish best practice business processes and optimise efficiency across the group's operations.
Real-time supply chain execution (SCE) software provider ClearOrbit has launched Purchase Order Change Management, part of its Advanced Collaborative Replenishment Suite. PO Change Management automates the communication of order changes suggested by a manufacturer's MRP (Material Requirements Planning) system, eliminating significant bottlenecks.
US-based Andover Controls has formed a partnership with UK-based HVAC specialist AEC to offer plant managers greater potential for energy saving. There is growing awareness that food processors need to manage their energy consumption better.
Buhler has developed a comprehensive system to help manufacturers manage the life cycle of their plant. The company argues that in the long term, good planning and predictive maintenance is much less expensive than poorly thought-out acquisitions and unplanned maintenance.
Grants have been made available in the US to enable small businesses to invest in renewable energy systems. Food producers could be in line to benefit most - the industry accounts for 10 per cent of electrical load in many areas.
Chinese food company Guangxi Heiwulei Food Group is to invest CNY140 million (€14m) to build a black bean milk plant in Guangxi autonomous region, southern China.
As with many other food sectors, the meat processing industry loses a considerable amount of money from wastage throughout the supply chain. Danish firm Scanvaegt has come with a solution to help manufacturers cut costs by limiting giveaway at an important stage of the meat process.
UK-based sausage manufacturer J&J Tranfield has installed an ERP system in order to streamline its business operations and improve quality control. Meat processors are under increasing pressure to ensure complete control of the food supply chain.
A joint venture project to build a 500,000-tone soybean vegetable protein has got under way in Xinxiang City, Henan province. The venture includes three Chinese companies and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Two newly-launched conveyor belt concepts demonstrate how efficiency and ease of maintenance are key drivers in food production. Intralox has resorted to using one belt instead of rollers, while CSi has adopted ultrasound technology.
Production inspections carried out on organic manufacturers in Finland last year revealed that some were using conventionally produced sugar in their products. More worryingly, many companies have not installed adequate tracing systems.
Malvern Instruments in the UK has added a new range of particle measurement systems to its portfolio of analysers for in-process applications, allowing users to measure larger particles of up to 2.5 mm.
Leading Philippines food and beverage company San Miguel has announced plans to open a soft drinks factory in the Shunde district of Guandong Province, southern China.
Japan's number one producer of instant noodles says it has reached the initial stages of an agreement to form an alliance with the Hebei Hualong Food Group, a major Chinese food processer.
Amersham, an international bioscience company with a background in the pharmaceutical industry, is turning its expertise to the dairy industry. Its separating technique - designed to filter biomolecules from DNA - may be used to finely seperate beneficial ingredients that are currently going to waste, writes Danny Vincent.
Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) has been given approval by Vietnamese authorities to merge with Saigonmilk. Vietnam Dairy Products already holds a 20 per cent stake in the company which manufactures both soy and milk products.
A British Pig Executive (BPEX) delegation is visiting Beijing at the end of the month to encourage British exports to China, the world's biggest market for pork.
A two-day conference on aseptic filling technologies is just one of the events that is taking place at the Total Processing and Packaging show in Birmingham, UK this week. FoodProductionDaily.com will be there, and will be reporting from the show throughout the week.
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