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British pigs to China

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.

What's on at Total

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. will be there, and will be reporting from the show throughout the week.

GWF supplies NSW thanks to APV

APV Baker has been chosen to supply equipment for two bread-making lines and a bun and roll system for the southern hemisphere's largest bakery, being built in Sydney, Australia.

Ensuring fluid processing

Petro-Canada has launched a new trolley fluid for meat-processing operations that it claims offers unmatched protection against wear, rust and drips. The manufacturer says that while the fluid has been designed to deal with the harshest food processing conditions, it also meets stringent food safety standards.

Hey Song taps into China

Leading Taiwanese soft drinks maker, Hey Song, has taken the plunge into the ever-growing China market, having announced that it is to make a significant investment to build a production facility in the south of the country.

Quicker meat processing

A processing system for cutting fixed weight and uniformly shaped poultry fillet portions has been developed by Iceland-based equipment giant Marel. The company claims that the system is unique as it is capable of processing four natural shaped fillets out of one butterfly.

Tunnel technology revised

Freezing and cooling tunnels that use liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide have been used in the food industry for decades. But according to Linde's marketing manager for freezing and cooling, Derrick Norvill, his company has come up with something quite revolutionary, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Dust-busting bag filler

Controlling dust particles in the bakery industry can be a major headache, in particular when dealing with bulk materials, and keeping production areas free from dust is a full-time job. A new filling system from bagging specialists Chronos Richardson - which works from the bottom up - is one means of reducing dust contamination.

Achieving perfect chocolate

Improving the molecular structure of certain foods such as ice cream and cocoa, can dramatically improve the taste, texture and mouth feel of a particular product. This is something Marcos Bobzin, Buhler's product manager for chocolate technology, knows well, writes Anthony Fletcher.

The cutting edge of food recently visited a research unit in the south of France to find more out about the role science plays in improving the quality of cereal-based foods. Some recent discoveries could be of great benefit to the food production industry, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Free-flow fluids

Researchers at the University College of Dublin are claiming that real time process control for food manufacturers - and more specifically the confectionery sector - has been advanced thanks to pioneering work into viscosity measurement techniques for characterising the flow and mixability of highly non-Newtonian fluids.

Cosucra expands capacity for prebiotics

Belgian group Cosucra Warcoing is significantly increasing its inulin and oligofructose production capacity by converting a former sugar plant to chicory processing, as it aims to meet growing demand for the ingredients.

Timed to perfection

A new bake-time digital panel display from London Electronics is expected to find widespread use in many continuous processing conveyor applications where curing or baking time is important.

Czech this out

Organisers of the international food fair Salima 2004 claim that exhibitor numbers are up on for the bi-annual event, to be held in Brno, southern Moravia, from 2-5 March

CFS flies flag for innovation

Equipment manufacturer CFS has come up with a novel way of exhibiting its new products at the forthcoming IFFA 2004 show. Instead of bringing all its machinery to Frankfurt, the company plans to take event-goers to its production facility near Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Checking grain in small batches

Optical testing technology is becoming increasingly widespread among grain processors, with machines now able to check for a range of defects such as discoloration, impurities or immature grains.

Cut costs by keeping consistent

A new system designed to monitor product consistency and potentially provide significant cost savings for cereal, snack and pet food manufacturers has just been launched in Europe by British group APV Baker.

Perfect scoop packaging

One Shot, the UK ice cream dispensing company, has launched a new type of container for Solmia ice cream.

Hilton Foods invests in new processing factory

Hilton Foods has invested €9.4 million in a start-up program that will see a new plant built in Drogheda in Ireland. The plant is expected to create 175 job opportunities and meat produced in the factory will be supplied to Tesco UK.

Colourful candies

APV Baker says it has expanded the boundaries of product possibilities available to the confectionery industry, through the development of multi-colour and multi-component capability for depositing systems.

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