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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.

PepsiCo installs business platform to unify operations

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has installed a primary business platform from SAP to unify its operations, standardise its processes and increase efficiency across all its divisions.

Lock doughweighers for greater baking efficiency

UK industrial baker Warburtons has installed Lock CK1500 doughweighers at its Glasgow and Wakefield production plants with the aim of increasing productivity and reducing costs by eliminating product inconsistencies and minimising dough wastage.

New Coke facility under way

COFCO Coca-Cola Beverage said it has begun construction of a $12 million new production facility in Lanzhou's high technology district, in the central western region of China.

Spiral belt technology from Systemate Numafa

A new spiral belt designed for the cooling and freezing of food products is claimed to substantially cut product waste and increase energy efficiency for production plants. The idea is that food products are less likely to stick on the new plastic belt compared to traditional steel belt systems.

Processors paying the price for push to renewable energy

The promotion of renewable energy is adding significantly to processing costs, according to an industry body that represents major energy consumers such as food packagers and chemical processors.

Rapid cooling of foods information from CCFRA

A review to help chilled and frozen food companies to identify and potentially exploit new technologies for the rapid cooling of foods has been launched.

China's Heilongjiang Jiusan soybean crusher to list and diversify

China's third largest soybean crusher Heilongjiang Jiusan is doubling its output -- to one quarter of the country's total - as it prepares to float on the Hong Kong stock exchange next year.

Better fluid handling for greater plant efficiency

Increasing production efficiency to generate higher profits is the aim of every plant manager. But now manufacturers have to think about their legal obligations to reduce waste and conserve energy. Can new fluid handling technology offer food processors a helping hand, asks Anthony Fletcher.

Buhler installs new milling concept

Dutch feed manufacturing firm De Heus-Brokking-Koudijs recently installed two new high-tech roller mills at its Ravenstein plant with the aim of producing poultry feed more efficiently. To carry out the project, engineering firm Buhler took the classical roller grinding process and effectively redesigned the concept.

Making the most of the low-carb craze

Food and supplement makers seeking entry to the rapidly growing low-carb market may not need to reformulate or develop new products, according to a market researcher.

Heineken to be made in Australia

Competition in the Australian beer market has been stepped up with the announcement that wine and beer group Lion Nathan will make and sell and Heineken Lager in Australia through a joint venture with the global Dutch brewer.

Intralox: Plastic spiral belt can increase efficiency

The manufacturer of a new spiral belt designed specifically for the cooling and freezing of food products claims that the machine can substantially cut product waste and increase energy efficiency for production plants. Food products, it says, are less likely to stick on the new plastic belt compared to traditional steel belt systems.

Ishida weighing innovation to increase efficiency

A leading European meat processor hopes that the installation of a new Ishida fresh food weigher will increase weighing accuracy and result in production efficiency.

Chinese processors struggle against rising costs

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.

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