Recycled PET bottle for functional fruit drink

PET packaging specialist APPE has worked with Oji and Hero to produce an environmentally friendly 100 per cent recycled PET (rPET) bottle for Oji’s ‘sustainable’ functional fruit drink. The Oji drinks are available in four variants featuring different fruits and health benefits. All contain caffeine from green coffee beans to provide a mild energy boost […]

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Project seeks to convert Welsh grass into sustainable food packaging

Prototype trials are underway for a university and industry-led project to convert Welsh ryegrass into sustainable food packaging. Using pulp moulding equipment, researchers at Bangor University have begun a process of heating mixtures of ryegrass to press and mould into prototype fruit and vegetable packaging products. Funding of almost £600,000 from the Welsh Government’s Academic […]

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Food waste is falling but more must be done

Following last week’s report from WRAP, which states that the level of avoidable food waste in UK households has fallen by 21% during the last five years, The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) got in touch to argue that more must be done: Whilst the FDF applauds the news, WRAP’s new report reveals that the […]


Flat top chains for beverage industry

Chain specialist iwis introduced its hardened, wear-resistant stainless steel flat top chains at this year’s Drinktec in Munich, Germany. Sold under the Flexon brand, the chains can be used for conveying bottle crates and returnable bottles. They are also surface-hardened with a special process to reduce wear and maintenance costs. Flat top chains consist of […]


Multi-head weigher wins an oscar

Ishida’s multi-head weigher range, the RV series, has received an award for innovation from one of the world’s leading fruit and vegetable industry exhibitions. The Oscar Macfrut awards are organised by Macfrut, an international exhibition dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain that celebrates process and product innovation. The awards were created in 2010 […]

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FiE Preview: Cocoa powder range

At Food ingredients Europe, ADM Cocoa will highlight new additions to its deZaan cocoa powder range, including deZaan D11SQ and D-00-ZR. The deZaan D11SQ is an intensely flavoured, dark red-brown cocoa powder that confers a unique, rich cocoa flavour in low dosages. It is designed for use in a wide range of applications, including fine […]


Quick-clean inspection machine launched

Loma Systems has introduced its X⁵ x-ray inspection system, which incorporates new features that can bring product integrity to the busiest of food packing lines. Responding to user demands for ease of cleaning and reduced maintenance, it has been redesigned to deliver maximum uptime in round-the-clock manufacturing sites whilst identifying and rejecting the smallest contaminants. […]

New generation of carrageenans launched

Cargill’s texturising business today launched a new generation of refined carrageenans derived from cultivated seaweeds – offering a high-performance option for gelling, thickening and stabilising food products, with reduced sourcing risks. The market for wild red seaweeds, from which some carrageenans are traditionally derived, has become volatile and extremely tight in recent years. This is […]

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