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Sunflower Lecithin from Sternchemie Granted GRAS No-Objection Letter By FDA

Sternchemie has received a GRAS “letter of no objection” from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its wide range of sunflower lecithins. GRAS stands for “Generally Recognised As Safe” and provides certainty and transparency for food manufacturers. With this determination the FDA confirms that sunflower lecithin from Sternchemie, whether liquid, de-oiled or hydrolysed, can safely be used in a wide variety of food products. GRAS notification is essential for all manufacturers who want to produce in or export to the North American market. Additives can be used without such assessment, but only on the manufacturer’s own responsibility. “GRAS notification provides regulatory certainty for our customers and the basis for introducing alternatives to soy lecithin and artificial

Selex Chooses Sormapeel, Embracing Sustainability

Sormapeel, the innovative and ultra-light packaging line for fruit and vegetables, is entering the Selex Group’s supermarkets. Once the test stage has been successfully completed, the Sorma Group solution will be adopted for all the mesh packaging in the fruit and vegetable sector used for the Selex distributor’s brand

Quality and food safety ensured by the TOMRA Food Nimbus BSI+

LEGUMBRES SELECTAS SIERRA NEVADA, a Spanish company, based in Granada, specializes in producing, processing, and marketing superior quality pulses. It is the Spanish market leader and is one of the top 5 companies on the European market in processing lentils, beans, and its own-production chickpeas. The company has found the Nimbus BSI+ by TOMRA to be the solution to the issues specific to grading pulses. This technology has achieved improved quality and food safety, a ten-fold increase in its production capacity, and a much more automated, controlled, and efficient process for its staff. The most select pulses in Spain originate in this family business with 57 years of history. It was founded by Antonio Jiménez Martín, father of the company's current CEO, Vicente Jiménez Blanes. 70% of

Key Technology Introduces New VERYX® BioPrint® Hyperspectral Sorter

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces the first VERYX® BioPrint® digital sorter. As the world’s only sorter that can combine near infrared (NIR) hyperspectral detection with color cameras, VERYX BioPrint analyzes a richer set of data about the materials it is sorting to
Interviews & Profiles

De Groot: We Focus On The Market Of ‘Healthier Indulgence’

foodHQ conducted an interview with Gea de Groot, Product Group Manager Food Ingredients at FrieslandCampina Kievit. The company is a global manufacturer of beverage and food ingredients, and it is trusted by the world’s best loved brands to provide superior ingredient solutions.

The Five Pillars of Sustainability

Dr. Martin Berlekamp/Max Wolfmaier: Under the guiding principle of “rethink”, Schur Flexibles Group is presenting a sustainability program for greater environmental and climate protection. The recent European Plastics Strategy, developed by the EU Commission, is the result of an assessment of the global challenges
Industry Experts

The Consistency Strategy

Chris Gibson is an author, a franchise veteran and a F&B specialist with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After heading up some well-known brands that have restaurants all over the World, he is now based in the Middle East and is developing some exciting new food concepts with a vision to take these to new markets. Gibson talked to foodHQ about the brand consistency strategy.

Social Media Predicts Food Trends

New food trends are hard to predict. Food trends are strongly connected to different cultural aspects and are highly influenced by social media. Some big influencers in today’s society are the bloggers who have thousands and millions of followers. Bloggers use their platforms to promote different brands and lifestyles,
Ingredients & Additives

RAPS acquires majority share in spice firm Biova

RAPS GmbH & Co. KG has acquired a majority stake in Biova GmbH. The move sees the well-established supplier of spices and food ingredients focus on growth through strategic acquisition, including the specific expansion of its range and expertise in organic spices. Biova, based in Wildberg near Stuttgart, will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary. With high-quality and exotic natural salts, peppers, sugars, spices and chilies, the Biova brand has become well established since the company was founded in 2003, and has steadily expanded its portfolio of organic products ever since. Customers include leading suppliers of branded spices, as well as trendy newcomer brands, and Biova's own brand is also available direct to consumers. RAPS acquisition of the majority share opens up new

Sternchemie Boosts Soy Alternatives And Sets New Standards In Quality

Transparency is the top trend of 2021, according to Innova Market Insights. Consumers want to know what ingredients are in their food, and where they come from. Accordingly, in addition to ethical and ecological considerations, clean label will continue to play a central role. The trend to a sustainable, healthier

Mondi Celebrates Eight Wins At The 2021 Worldstar Packaging Awards

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, received eight awards in three categories at this year's WorldStar Packaging awards. In this annual competition of the World Packaging Organisation, judges from 55 countries recognised achievements in packaging innovation and technologies worldwide, with a focus on sustainability, product protection and end-user convenience. "We are delighted to be recognised in this way. It proves that once more Mondi is the home of innovation for our customers. Our in-house design teams, together with our partners, deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to various industries. One example is e-commerce packaging, where we are setting new standards in innovation. Our focus here is on reducing costs, material waste and contributing to a better

New Belt Design Enhances Grader Performance

Ishida Europe has enhanced its market-leading FLEX-Grader for fresh poultry and meat with the introduction of a new high accuracy weighing platform which allows for more accurate grading and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The Slack Belt weigh bed incorporates a single belt mechanism which eliminates
Food Processing

Presentation of innovations at the Digital Handtmann FoodTec

From 3rd May 2021, Handtmann will be presenting a multitude of innovations and enhancements at the virtual Handtmann FoodTec. The innovations were developed for the food sectors meat, meat substitutes, bakery, vegetarian and vegan, dairy, confectionery, pet food and many others. The new developments can be used by start-ups, small-scale, medium-scale and industrial producers for the full-variety production of food trends, such as snacking and convenience products. The core area of expertise of filling and portioning will see the presentation of the new VF 820 and VF 828 S vacuum filler models for small-scale, medium-scale and industrial producers. Both models feature the latest hygienic design. Automated pre- and intermediate cleaning programs and the optionally integrated UVC

New Hanging Unit For Even Greater Efficiency In Sausage Production

Handtmann offers sausage filling lines for the production of raw, fresh and cooked sausages in natural, collagen or peel-off casing. Its linking and hanging line variants range from systems with manual or semi-automatic casing spooling to a fully-automatic solution. These AL systems stand for high production output and
Catering & Hospitality

Ready for Rebound: The Innovation-Driven Future of the Hospitality Industry Recovery & Re-Defining Hospitality through Introspection and Innovation

The hospitality industry, globally and regionally in MENA, has gone through its worse crisis due to the pandemic. While the resilience and re-birth of the industry after every crisis is well known and documented through anecdotes and examples throughout its history, the core essence of the industry has always stayed same: Service. Some may argue that Hospitality is a concept and an obligation, not just a word that we use to describe a whole variety of different commercial contexts. Hospitality, often described as “offering hospitality services in exchange for a cost”, is one of the world’s oldest industries/professions. Immense amount of emphasis is given to the importance of maintaining traditions and heritage while evolving only on selective aspects. Hospitality was and still is known as

Pest Control: A Basic Requirement to Ensure Food Safety and Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted ingredients supply chain across the globe. Food & Beverage (F&B) industry is one of the worst-hit with food manufacturers working non-stop to find alternate suppliers to ensure the continuation of operations to meet demand. While utmost care is observed in ensuring food safety and
Country Reports

MENA imports of European apples increased in 2019 & 2020 season

Interfel, the French fresh fruit and vegetable interprofessional organisation responsible for promoting the consumption of apples in the Middle East and the European Commission, participated at Gulfood where they showcased a range fruit and vegetables. As part of their participation, the company has revealed its most recent trade figures which show an increase in apple exports to the MENA region. According to the data, apple exports have increased by 16.43% between August 2019 and July 2020, (compared with 2018-2019), representing approximately 11% of total French apple exports. In total, 46,386 tonnes of French apples were exported to MENA, up from 39,839 tonnes the previous year, the top three markets being Saudi Arabia (12,975 tonnes), UAE (12,920 tonnes) and Egypt (6,210 tonnes), which

How Rural Living Can Help the UK's Food Security Problem

Food security, put simply, is the state of having reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. While the UK benefits from a successful agricultural industry, many domestic and international factors affect food production and prices for consumers. This became evident during the world food price spike of 2008.
Logistics & Supply Chain


Industrial Automation can be defined as the use of computer aided control devices to operate different industrial processes by replacing human involvement. Industrial automation helps to operate multiple processes in controlled manner. It helps for mass production by reducing time and increasing production quality. Industrial Automation consists of different levels such as sensor level, automation control level automation, supervision level and enterprise level.

MEAT-TECH: A Fair In Person That Looks At The Future With Confidence

MEAT-TECH is a fair in person that promises to be the great return of the event dedicated to processing and packaging solutions for meat, cold cuts and ready meals industries which will take place at Fiera Milano from May 17th to 20th, 2021. The co-location with TuttoFOOD in May 2021 consolidates the image of a fair that combine supply chains, creates relationships, intercepts different audiences by offering an all-around overview of the market. The unique event scheduled in 2021 for the sector, MEAT-TECH will take place in accordance with the strictest anti-Covid security protocols established by Fiera Milano as guarantee to exhibitors and visitors, as already experienced with trade shows helded in the second half of 2020. Supply chain, food safety and sustainability are only some of the