Flexicon introduces 15cm tubular cable conveyor

Flexicon has expanded their Flexi-Disc line of Tubular Cable Conveyors with the addition of a 15cm diameter system, more than doubling the capacity of the company’s recently introduced 10 cm  diameter conveyor.   The conveyor is intended for the gentle transfer of friable materials including virtually all beans, cereals, coffees, dried fruits, frozen vegetables, grains, […]


Coconut milk powder offers natural flavour

Sternchemie has introduced SternCream, a spray-dried coconut milk powder that has a multitude of uses and offers many benefits for industry and large-scale food preparation. It can be used in wet and dry products, can easily be processed, and has a long shelf life. Its very high coconut milk content gives it a characteristic mild […]


Ravioli range chosen by competition winners

Ugo Foods, a manufacturer of chilled pasta, has unveiled a unique range of fresh raviolis. The three varieties are winning entries from its ‘Design Your Own’ competition – a contest which offered the general public the opportunity to design their own ravioli filling and to have their recipe packed into Dell’Ugo’s free-range egg pasta. The […]

Gentle-handling conveyor for fragile foods

Flexicon has unveiled its new Flexi-disc line of tubular cable conveyors, designed for the gentle transfer of friable food products. The conveyor moves material using high-strength polymer discs – affixed to a stainless steel or galvanised cable – that slide within smooth stainless steel tubing, moving fragile food products gently, quietly and dust-free, horizontally, vertically […]


New optical sorter for challenging food processing applications

The Bühler Group, a provider of optical sorting solutions, has introduced the Sortex A MultiVision, an advanced high-capacity optical sorter designed for challenging food processing applications. Equipped with custom-designed Multivision camera technology, it is designed to deliver exceptional yield through superior defect and foreign material detection. It functions in the most difficult of dry commodity […]

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Peanut allergy study ‘first of its kind’

A clinical study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to identify, for the first time, how sensitivity to peanut is altered by external factors including exercise and stress. Peanut allergies affect 200,000 to 400,000 people, and approximately 1 in 50 children in the UK. The three-year TRACE study will be led by Dr […]

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Market fuels thirst for dairy alternative drinks

While dairy alternative drinks accounted for a relatively limited share of total dairy launches in the 12 months to the end of October 2012, the market has seen considerable recent development. This is being fuelled by the West, where such drinks are moving out of the specialist heath food arena and into the mainstream, says […]


German firm gobbles up British snack brand

British snack brand KP Nuts has been sold to German company Intersnack for a reported £500 million (€616m). The firm, which also produces Hula Hoops and Skips, is being sold along with its UK factories and 1,500 staff. Intersnack, which owns a number of snack brands including Pom-Bear, Penn State and Percy Dalton’s, says it’s […]

RSSL to carry out FSA allergen survey

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has been chosen by the Food Standards Agency to carry out a survey of allergen advisory labelling in the UK. The survey aims to provide a better understanding of whether this type of labelling relates to the actual level of allergen present in foods sold on the UK market. It […]

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Appetite for snack foods soars

New product activity in the global snack foods industry is defying worldwide economic problems, according to a market research analyst. Launch numbers recorded by Innova Market Insights showed a strong double-digit increase last year, with savory and salty snacks accounting for just under two-thirds of the total, and snack nuts and seeds the remainder. Asia […]

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EFSA verdict on ‘general function’ health claims

EFSA’s Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) panel has published the outcome of the evaluations of a fourth series of ‘general function’ health claims proposed for use on food products. The 442 claims assessed relate to health relationships in such areas as: protection against oxidative damage to body cells, contribution to either cognitive or bowel […]


Thirst for new dairy-free drink ingredients

While soy milk may continue to dominate the growing global dairy-free market, there are signs that newer alternatives are emerging into the mainstream grocery sector, according to the Innova Database. They include rice, oats and, more recently, almonds. Dairy alternative drinks launches recorded on the database reached over 600 in 2010, with almond milks and […]


New edible oil star

Latest news from Innova Market Insights reveals that, when it comes to edible oils, a new star may be emerging. According to the market research company, in the 12 months to March 2010, nearly 1,000 edible oils were launched, the majority of which were standards such as olive oil, sunflower oil, soy oil and blended […]

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