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Corrugated paper fights plastic for fresh produce share

From Food Manufacture UK

Some large UK retailers are failing to demonstrate the environmental benefits commonly attributed to plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) when used for fresh produce, instead preferring it for reasons of supply-chain efficiency, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has suggested.

“Certain retailers are using RTP to move fruit and vegetables through the supply chain quickly and gain a commercial advantage that way,” said director of packaging affairs Andrew Barnetson.

However, Barnetson pointed out that some retailers with a different sales strategy appeared to favour corrugated cases and trays for produce. The booming home-delivery produce segment had also adopted board as its material of choice.

Meanwhile, Italian research commissioned by the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) indicated further reasons for choosing corrugated for fresh produce. A team from Bologna University found that bacteria affected fruit far less when packed in corrugated than in RTP.

“Everything else being equal, the nature of corrugated is that it draws pathogens into the packaging where they dry out and die,” said Barnetson.

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People are spending less on vets and more on food

From the Globe and Mail

All Good Dog Food Co. came out of nowhere. When I got my dog 3 1/2 years ago, he was like my child, so making dog food is so personal for me. When you are a new parent, you want to do what’s best for your children. He didn’t want to eat anything. He was suppose to eat eight cups a day and was eating maybe 1 1/2. I tried 11 types of kibble. So I called a bunch of my friends that are vets and asked what I can do. They said “Start cooking for your dog.” So that’s what I did. I didn’t cook for myself but I formulated a home-cooked diet for Dash.

It spun into a business. I was making the food in my spare time, which was zero, and once we hit six to seven dogs, we rented out a catering kitchen. Then we outgrew that just through word of mouth. When we got to 150 dogs, we opened up a brick-and-mortar [store]. Then we opened our own manufacturing facility, a high-end catering kitchen that only makes dog food.

People are spending less on vets and more on food. From an industry standpoint, people are more into preventative measures and doing more research into how they are feeding their dog, so we can slide right in and position ourselves in a way that hits this market. There are lots of people who home cook for their dog right now and question what’s in their kibble. Those are our customers.

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Food sector bright spot for AGT

From the Western Producer

AGT Food and Ingredients posted record sales and profits last year, thanks in a large part to the non-traditional part of its business. The company generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $101 million on sales of $1.7 billion. The 16 percent increase in EBITDA was due largely to the strong performance of the company’s food ingredients and packaged foods division.

AGT president Murad Al-Katib told investment analysts that the company will be adding production capacity to its food ingredients plant in Minot, North Dakota. It is increasing fibre processing and granulated pulse flour production at the plant and installing a fourth production line. Both projects will be operational by the first quarter of next year.

An estimated 80 percent of the pulse flour, protein, starch and fibre products produced at the Minot plant are used to make pet food. Most of them are made by processing yellow peas, which are the cheapest of all pulses.

Al-Katib said the company is about to make the transition into fababean and lentil-based ingredients for the human food sector.

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This groundbreaking technology will soon let us see exactly what’s in our food

From the Washington Post

Imagine a scanner the size of a grain of rice, built into your phone. You go to the grocery store and point it at something you want to buy. If it’s an apple, the scanner will tell you what variety it is, how much vitamin C it has and how long it has been in cold storage. If it’s a fish, you’ll learn whether it’s really orange roughy or just tilapia being passed off as something more expensive. If it’s a muffin, the device will tell you whether there’s gluten in it.

Although you won’t be able to do it tomorrow, this isn’t some kind of distant Jetsonian vision of the future. I’ve held the rice-size scanner in my hand; it was built for only a few dollars. I’ve seen bigger, more robust versions of the scanner do the things that your smartphone will be able to do, probably during the administration of the president we’re deciding on right now.

Every substance reflects (and absorbs) light in a different way, and the graph of that reflected light is a kind of optical fingerprint. Except it’s better. Although the whorls and lines in our fingertips don’t say anything inherent about their owner (See that swirl? Doesn’t mean you’re smart.), the peaks and valleys of the optical fingerprint do. That peak there is vitamin C. That other one is sugar. This pattern means gluten.

Identifying a food and its characteristics based on the scan is a twofold job: First, you simply match the optical reading to a library of known objects; second, you read the topography of the graph to zero in on specific characteristics. The two together can tell you an awful lot about what you’re scanning.

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Report Card on Ontario Food and Beverage Processing Industry Innovation Tells the Story

From Newswire.ca

Food and Beverage Ontario has released two reports on innovation in the Ontario food and beverage processing industry. Reports have indicated that there are several value-creating physical and on-line innovation resources available in Ontario to processor businesses across the province but coordination and communication continue to be key to uptake.

Complementary on-line innovation resources are also available and are largely concerned with information on government programs and funding and advisory services for businesses. Report highlights:

  • Processors cite product innovation as their top innovation priority, however they rank innovation technology and methods as the overall industry priority.
  • The greatest challenge limiting a company’s ability to innovate was identified by over 50 per cent of the respondents as financial resources and time.
  • Companies that seek out external support equally prefer both in-person contact and websites.
  • Processors are asking for innovation resources to be better coordinated, easy to navigate and to access.

“We have been working hard for the last year mapping resources and building a provincial innovation network with key stakeholders,” said Norm Beal, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario. “Now it’s time for FBO to implement a coordinated plan that will make it easy for Ontario’s 3,000 plus processor businesses to locate exactly the innovation support they need to be more competitive.”

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North America Expected to Have the Highest Food Processing Equipment Market Share by 2020

From Digital Journal

Persistence Market Research Pvt. Ltd is released new forthcoming report on title “Food Processing Equipment Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020”. The report finds that Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing markets for food processing equipment. The market is driven by increasing demand of processed food products in emerging and developing countries including India, China, Indonesia and Thailand. In Asia Pacific region, China accounts for the largest market in food processing equipment. According to Italian Trade Commission, the total market size of the Indian food processing industry is expected to be reaching around USD 330.0 billion by 2014-15.

In North America region, the U.S. accounts for the largest market in food processing equipment. Growing awareness level regarding new food products, rising economy, investment on research and development over food processing equipment are some of key reason, which drive the food processing market in European region. Global food processing equipment market is expected to grow in single digit growth during forecasted period 2014- 2020.

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Research predicts the food and drink trends of the future

From FoodBev.com

The Innovation Group, the innovation and futurism unit of J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, has predicted some of the key trends for the food and beverage industry of the future.

In its latest trends report, which also includes statistical data from Sonar, it made findings such as that more than half of US and UK millennials use technology such as apps and wearables to maintain a healthy diet.

Innovation Group worldwide director Lucie Greene said: “Today’s food and drink consumers are more sophisticated than ever before. Our research shows that both US and UK consumers are placing increasing importance on food and drink as an experiential luxury and reflection of their personal identity. We also found that millennials, despite their well-documented economic challenges, are demanding higher-quality food, visual stimulation, and technologically enhanced experiences.”

Trends for the future of the food and drink industry

  • Food and health coming together
  • Technology changing the way we eat
  • The rise of “post-artisan”
  • Sharing our food with others
  • Cannabis in beverages
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How we created Canada’s first ethically sourced pet food

From the Globe and Mail

My time working in the pet industry changed me in many ways – I became a vegetarian and my commitment to animal welfare deepened. I also began to contemplate the food I was feeding my dogs, questioning the disconnect between loving our pets and feeding them factory farmed meat.

This transformation gave way to a desire to change the standards for farm animal welfare in the pet industry. Along with my husband Isaac and brother-in-law Derek, we created Open Farm, the first ethically raised and sourced pet food. Our goal is to drive positive change in the pet industry with respect to farm animal welfare and sustainability, while creating much cleaner and higher quality food for pets.

A critical part of building an ethically driven food was to provide complete transparency and accountability to pet owners so they could better understand where their pet’s food is coming from. We knew that in order to do that, we needed to work with independent, industry-leading partners to audit and certify our supply chain. To date, our partners include Humane Farm Animal Care, Ocean Wise and Terracycle.

Our goal is to drive demand for humanely farmed meat and move as many farm animals as possible to a humane system of meat production. We needed a partner that put the farm animals first, and had a high level of expertise and oversight in the field. For this reason we chose to partner with Humane Farm Animal Care, the organization responsible for the Certified Humane label. HFAC’s standards are extensive, cover the entire life of the animal, and were developed by industry leading vets and animal scientists to provide farm animals with space, a healthy diet, gentle handling, and the ability to engage in their natural behaviours.

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Protective Packaging to Combat Food Waste

From Packaging Europe

According to a recent report one third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, costing consumers globally more than £259 billion per year. In addition, around 200,000 tonnes of the 15 million tonnes of food thrown away in the UK every year comes directly from stores. Supermarkets and growers must work much more closely with their suppliers to help tackle the food waste crisis, while ensuring the consumer receives the same quality of packaging.

Innovative packaging

There are a number of ways to effectively reduce food waste through protective packaging improvements. For example, improved design of packaging helps to ensure it is fit for purpose so it adequately protects food products as it moves through the supply chain. This highlights why it is crucial packaging developers understand the distribution process and where and why waste occurs. For example, a one size fits all, multi-purpose packaging solution can help cut the amount of packaging used. By having the ability to hold multiple items, flexible solutions have many benefits including less stockholding for packers.

Damage reduction

Damages lead to increased costs for replacing goods, including manufacturing, shipping, and labour associated with processing the replacement and the claim. When a product has to be replaced and re-distributed, and the original damaged item returned and disposed of, the product’s carbon footprint multiplies. These incidents can also impact a company’s brand reputation.

Therefore, in my opinion, the best form of packaging is easy to transport, move and lift and must be protected against being dropped or crushed. A regular shaped package can be stacked without too much space between each package being wasted and provides stronger support for the product itself. This means more packages can be transported in a container of a lorry. Unusually shaped packages can lead to space being wasted and this can be costly if thousands of the same package are been transported.

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Xiplinx Technologies and Blue Water Automation announce partnership to distribute SITEFLO in CPG market

From Packaging World

Xiplinx Technologies Ltd., developers of the continuous improvement software product SITEFLO, has announced that it will partnering with Blue Water Automation Inc. to distribute its SITEFLO product.

The partnership will allow Blue Water to meet customer demands to rapidly identify performance improvement opportunities in manufacturing facilities, and to implement a discrete software monitoring tool to track progress on improvement objectives in real-time.

“The response to the SITEFLO product from our customer base has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jaime Alboim, President of Blue Water. “We’re working on installations with blue chip companies who we have deep relationships with, and their potential return on investment is significant.”

This is the first in a series of partnership announcements for the firm that produces software for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market.

“We’re fortunate to have the support of the Blue Water team,” said Brent MacDonald, CEO of Xiplinx. “This is a group that truly understands the needs of the CPG market globally, and, they count some of the most progressive organizations in the world as customers.”

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