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Texture analysis to standardise products

A machine that analyses texture will allow manufacturers to better standardise their mixes for pre-formed products, says its developer.

Taking the guesswork out of microbial production

A Netherlands-based research company claims a breakthrough in developing a more efficient way to produce the microorganisms used in industrial food production.

Machine speeds up dough making process, company claims

A new machine on the market uses a multi-roller satellite head to produce dough sheets with less strain, its manufacturer claims.

Plant extracts beat synthetics as meat preservatives, says study

Grape seed and pine bark extracts as additives in cooked meats performed better than the synthetic preservatives in oxidation and microbial effects, results that could be readily acceptable to consumers...

Italian producers push for organic label

Italy's organic food industry is pressuring the government to develop a labelling system for local produce.

'Healthy' crisps aim to improve Walkers image

Following a £15m (€22.2m) investment in research and development at the company, UK crisp giant Walkers has launched a new 'healthier' range to attract snack-loving consumers worried about their waistlines.

EU companies consolidating to boost R&D investments

Despite the reluctance of many EU food and packaging companies to invest more in research and development, some have taken up the challenge of keeping the bloc on the leading...

Company receives award for bacteriophage technology

A Netherlands-based company producing bacteria that kill pathogens has won a Frost & Sullivan award for innovation in food safety.

Tasting robot could be next generation quality and safety tool

A "tasting" robot that can identify foods, drinks and their ingredients through the packaging provides a glimpse into the future direction of safety and quality control in manufacturing plants. ...

Amcor uses oxygen-scavenging PET for wine

Amcor has taken out a license to bottle wine using Constar International's oxygen-scavenging polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Food-grade lubricant designed for difficult to reach areas

A new food-grade lubricant will not stain or cause packages to become greasy and is harmless to most rubbers and plastics, its manufacturer claims.

Combination treatment produces ultrapure water

Using a combination of microbubbles and ozone treatments to disinfect water can deliver a chemical-free knockout punch to bacteria, according UK researchers.

Colour vision sensor designed for product traceability

A new colour vision detector can help the food industry meet new traceability regulations in place throughout Europe and North America, its manufacturer claims.

Antimicrobial coating reduces irradiation time, study finds

Plastic coated with a antimicrobial agent used along with irradiation can reduce pathogens in packaged ready-to-eat vegetables, a scientist claims.

DNA used for cheese quality stamp

Scientists are using DNA extraction to build a quality 'ID card' for Andalusian goat's cheese, potentially offering a new way of proving the safety and quality of speciality products.

Logoplaste launches Europe's lightest PET bottle

In answer to demands from beverage manufacturers to keep costs down and to meet tough EU waste legislation, Portuguese packaging company Logoplaste is expanding a new line of PET pre-forms...

New Synergy cheese ingredients designed to enhance flavour, mouthfeel

Savoury ingredients supplier Synergy has launched a line of cheese ingredients designed to enhance flavour and mouthfeel while also providing manufacturers with some cost benefits.

Nano-herbicide in the works

Scientists have begun development on a nano-herbicide, which will allow farmers to clear their fields of weeds without using toxic chemicals.

Instant, portable, simultaneous pathogen inspection

US scientists have developed a miniature portable nanotech device to simultaneously detect numerous toxins, pathogens and chemicals in foodstuffs.

Cow completed

It was announced yesterday that scientists have successfully mapped the most extensive cow genetic sequence - bringing and end to a three year project that is promising to revolutionize the...

Conveyor belts now easier to clean, claims company

Habasit Rossi says it has designed a new conveyor belt that will be easier to clean in food environments prone to sticking and clogging.

Sensitive salmonella detection

A new testing kit for Salmonella promises to give the most sensitive detection results in less than a day, its manufacturers claim.

Organic fish farms get green light in UK

Organic fish farms in Britain are to be recognised by the country's organic food body, the Soil Association, for the first time, helping them to tap in to the UK's...

Worms' noses hired to benefit wine industry

Scientists in Australia will harness the sensory ability of insects and worms to improve the electronic noses used by the food and beverage industry, particularly in the wine industry.

Instant identification of contaminates in water

A ground-breaking system for monitoring water quality has the ability to instantly detect pathogens and microbial contamination, say its developers.

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