Thinkthin portfolio to support sustainable labelling

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has introduced seven new ‘thin’ film and paper products that retain shelf impact while making premium food labels more sustainable through thinner label material constructions. Brands are making ever-stronger demands for waste reduction and more sustainable products, and the Avery Dennison ThinkThin range is aimed at label converters that […]

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Seaweed packaging coating set to make waves

A food packaging coating product that claims to replace those based on petrochemicals has been developed the Paint Research Association (PRA) working as part of an EU research consortium. PlantPack is an eco-friendly food packaging coating product made from seaweed extracts and starch, that can be applied to paper and cardboard as a spray, according […]


Beneo chews over Isomalt findings

Following intensive trials of Beneo’s Isomalt in chewing gum centres, the Beneo-Technology Centre says it has shown that it can successfully replace the commonly used polyol mannitol, offering confectionery producers ‘an attractive commercial alternative, while maintaining the gum’s shape, chewability and texture’. The technology centre’s trials focused on the replacement of up to five per […]


June 2012

A taste for technology From humble beginnings, Sensient Technologies has become a flavour and ingredients phenomenon. Here, CEO Kenneth Manning reveals the secrets the secrets of the company’s rise to success. New nuggets of knowledge Low fat, deep frozen snacks with a coating that stays crispy when microwaved may sound like an impossibility. But the […]

Firms team up for bacteria-busting packaging

Multi-material packaging firm Linpac Packaging has teamed up with Addmaster to develop a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat. Addmaster say its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, paint or […]

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Sky’s the limit for new scanner, says RSSL

The microscopy department at RSSL is launching what it’s calling ‘a revolutionary new service in non-destructive 3-D imaging of samples’, following installation of a SkyScan X-ray tomography system. The analytical instrument can scan a sample, much like a CT scanner used in medical imaging, to build up a three dimensional image and so give much […]


Sterile robot cleans up

The new VP-G2 Sterile Robot developed by Denso is now available from UK-based AA Robotics. With a maximum payload of 2kg, the robot has been specially designed for use in cleanrooms where there is a requirement for sterile manufacturing, processing and packaging. Four different models of the VP-G2 robot are available depending upon the environment […]

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Sales success prompts electrostatic expansion plan

A major increase in the take-up of electrostatics by the food manufacturing sector has sparked UK expansion plans for Oxfordshire-based Spice Application Systems (SAS). The company, which uses the latest electrostatic technology to apply flavourings and coatings to a wide range of foodstuffs, has just relocated to larger new premises and launched a dedicated demonstration […]

Flavour analysis breakthrough

Symrise has developed a new tool for flavour analysis which it says will enable it to produce more authentic profiles quickly and efficiently, as well as more true to life natural flavours. Until now, Symrise has used much more time-consuming methods for analyzing the complex flavour profile of a finished dish, but it says its […]

Batter than the rest

Clean label ingredients manufacturer Ulrick & Short has unveiled a new wheat-based flour for ‘enhancing the textural qualities’ of tempura batters. The clean label flour, Solartex, has been designed to provide food producers with a chemical and additive free coating system, which produces a beautiful light golden batter at no additional cost, says the company. […]

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