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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

Frieslandcampina Ingredients Identifies Conscious Indulgence As Main Global Trend In Food & Beverages 2021 Trend Report

FrieslandCampina Ingredients Food & Beverages identifies ‘Conscious Indulgence’ as the key global market trend in their brand new 2020-2021 Trend Report. Now that the dust is settling from the first wave of the global pandemic and the contours of a new world are starting to take shape, the company shares its vision on where the industry is heading in a new normal. Insights from the latest Trend Report not only give food and drink manufacturers an understanding of consumers’ needs in these turbulent times, but also allow them to get ahead of the curve and competition. Turnkey recipe suggestions round up the report’s content and will adequately prepare them for tomorrow’s menu amidst a new normal. The Trend Report shines a light on both macro and micro developments in local markets across

Red Alert! GNT Group Predicts 2021’s Top Food and Beverage Color Trend

Red is set to shake up the food and beverage industry in 2021 thanks to its ability to spark powerful emotions, according to EXBERRY® Coloring Foods supplier GNT Group. Red has long been an iconic shade in the worlds of cosmetics, beauty, fashion, film and design. As we approach 2021, GNT says red is now ready to

Wholegrains for Health Gains

Would you like to improve your general health and wellbeing? Well, you may want to follow the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) about eating more foods rich in fiber, such as wholegrain cereals, pasta, and bread, as well as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and pulses. A recent WHO review[i] of 185 observational

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 product transfer issues to and from the weigh bed. This creates a more stable weighing environment for even greater accuracy. In addition, the weigh bed features a scraper that removes any product debris, which ensures a more consistent and accurate auto zeroing of the load cell. Equally important, the Slack Belt’s hygienic construction to IP68 certification is fully protected against water ingress, making it ideal for harsh, high care environments; the belt can also be easily
Food Processing

Argentinian Motta Group Wants To Conquer Shelves Abroad With The Calisa Brand

The Motta Group, one of Argentina’s leading poultry companies, is investing more than 22 million dollars in the expansion and modernization of its processing operations. The Calisa2 greenfield project in Racedo is key to the Argentinian and South American poultry market. It will be like a production oasis, starting at 9,500 bph [158 bpm] and fully prepared for 15,000 bph [250 bpm] within two years. Augusto Motta, son of founder Héctor Motta, explains, “Our existing plant no longer had any more options to grow. Furthermore, we wanted to separate the processing of broilers and layers. Our completely new Calisa2 plant is fully dedicated to broiler processing. It will allow us to increase production more than fourfold. We therefore decided to install the whole Marel package, with full

Innovative Brine Filtration for Successful Marinating with Technology From GEA

The new GEA ScreenFilter passively filters brine using gravitation force and avoids protein activation which can clog injection needles. It is ideal for lighter brines which enhance flavor and extend the shelf life of high-quality food products such as ham, poultry and bacon. The filter promotes high process uptime,

COVID-19 Impact on the Dairy Market in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The dairy sector in any country operates as a nerve center of the Food & Beverage (F&B) ecosystem with a majority of the categories serving it as a good source of protein and calcium to the local consumers. The GCC market is no different. They operate through a thriving dairy sector that comprises processed dairy
Catering & Hospitality

High Luxury but Low Touch: Changing Priorities for Hospitality Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

The hospitality industry is no stranger to turbulent times and global crises. As one of the world’s oldest business models, the industry has been through World Wars, epidemics, Gulf tensions, recessions and now the COVID-19 pandemic. While the whole world is talking about the unprecedented nature of this crisis and how there is a need for a new normal in the hospitality industry, we at Frost & Sullivan are taking a step back and analyzing the situation to look at the bigger picture. Yes, things are bleak at the moment. The global hospitality market has hit rock bottom, and the once-growing beacon of hope, the GCC hospitality market, has seemingly lost its brightness. In the pre-COVID period, the growth in the tourism and travel sector in the Gulf region was about 10% during the past five

Envirol to Upgrade Food Waste Recycling Plant in Dubai

Envirol, a joint venture initiative between Dubai Municipality and BLUE (a member of Alserkal Group), has revealed its plans to expand and upgrade its current recycling facilities in Dubai. The announcement was made during a ground breaking ceremony for the expansion at the Envirol Recycling Plant in Al Aweer. The
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


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