Processing & Packaging

Texture measuring improved

Texture measuring improved

Stable Micro Systems has developed a probe that it claims can
accurately determine the firmness and texture of a number of foods.
The analyser works by penetrating the food in several places to
give an average reading.

Demand for detection

Demand for detection

A number of metal detection systems have just been installed at a
major food processor in Holland. The eight Lock MET 30+ metal
detectors now up-and-running at King Cuisine's facility in Udenhout
will help the company meet stringent...

Czech snacks

Czech snacks

The Czech Republic witnesses a cross section of new product
launches from the Mintel database this week. The products are from
both the dairy and confectionery sectors and are all aimed at the
higher end snack segment.

Sweet design

Sweet design

Food Design, a leading UK supplier of toffee and fudge ingredients
to the confectionery industry has announced the development of a
replacement fat for unhealthy hydrogenated palm kernel oil, which
could prove to be a key ingredient...

Confectionery on-the-go

Confectionery on-the-go

Finland-based paperboard packaging provider Stora Enso reports that
demand for its cupstock paperboard packaging product is growing
amongst leading confectionery players in the European market as
consumers seek more convenient packaging...

Mint traceability

Mint traceability

Glacier Mints manufacturer Fox's Confectionery is to deploy a
Tropos ERP system at its Leicester head office and factory. The
Tropos system, to be supplied and managed by SSI, is due to go live
in the summer, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Achieving perfect chocolate

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...

Free-flow fluids

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...

New glazing solution

New glazing solution

German confectionery ingredients supplier Alfred L. Wolff is
preparing to focus on the launch of a new coating ingredient aimed
specifically at the chocolate and panned confectioneries sector for
CME 2004.

Chocks away!

Chocks away!

This week the new product releases in the region focus on the
confectionery sector, with a series of launches in Poland, Czech
Republic and Hungary which reflect the growing popularity of
chocolate.

Lock chock detector

Lock chock detector

Lock Inspections Systems is to highlight its metal detection
equipment specifically designed for the confectionery industry at
Confectionery Manufacturing Expo. Metal detection is of growing
concern in the food industry, particularly...

Colourful candies

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.

An aluminium alternative

An aluminium alternative

ExxonMobil Chemical Films Europe has developed two new metallyte
films that provide an ultra-high-barrier alternative to aluminium.
According to the company, a major advantage of these films,
compared to metallised polyester or aluminium...

Sweet opportunity

Sweet opportunity

Food giant Cargill has opened a plant to manufacture erythritol, a
sweetener that is claimed to taste like sugar but contain no
calories. The group believes there is real potential in the
product, and has already signed an agreement...

New markets for Nutrinova

New markets for Nutrinova

Sales of the high intensity sweetener acesulfame K look set to rise
for ingredients firm Nutrinova with the company confirming this
week that the FDA has approved its non-carbohydrate sweetener
Sunett as a general purpose sweetener...

Processing potassium

Processing potassium

Balchem Encapsulates used the FiE exhibition in Frankfurt last week
as a platform to launch three microencapsulated forms of potassium
for the food and supplement markets to combat processing
challenges, the company claimed.

UB goes virtual

UB goes virtual

United Biscuits has appointed Vanco, the global virtual network
operator (VNO) to design, implement and manage its European Wide
Area Network (WAN). The three year agreement is designed to deliver
complete end-to-end connectivity...

Eco chocs

Eco chocs

Cadbury Schweppes has developed a biodegradable packaging for its
new range of milk tray chocolates in Australia in response to
growing demands for eco friendly food packaging.

Haribo brand update

Haribo brand update

Haribo Dunhills is giving two of its brands - Kiddie's SuperMix and
Jelly Babies -a design update aimed at transforming their on-shelf
impact. Brighter colours and a bolder Hariboy are the order of the
day.

Peanut peril

Peanut peril

Research published findings in the Journal of Food Protection
suggests that the presence of undeclared peanut protein in European
chocolate is much higher than in North American confectionery.

Roll with it

Roll with it

Buhler has developed a roller mill suitable for cocoa that allows
such commodities to be ground into an ultrafine consistency -
crucial for effective processing.

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