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Packaging Food & Beverages with BEUMER Stretch Hood®

The combination of vertical and horizontal film contracting forces ensures maximum load stability. The process and the flexible film are coordinated to ensure that even products with sharp edges can be packed on pallets for safe transport, every time. This enables the palletized goods to be well protected for warehousing, as well as being safely loaded and transported, in summer and winter alike, and in all weather conditions. Easy Handling of Food & Beverage Packaging Innovative technology – easy to install, operate and maintain. Our innovative system automatically recognizes pallet sizes and selects the right film format to give a perfect match. The intuitive touch panel makes the system uncomplicated to operate. Video explanations demonstrate technical movements to optimize the

Children in Lebanese Public Schools Receive Excellent Nutrition Education

Children in Lebanese public schools are receiving excellent nutrition education according to an independent international assessment from the Cuprifère Consult agency, which has recognized the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education for excellence for its implementation of the Ajyal Salima program – rolled

Halloumi: The Traditional Cheese of Cyprus

Halloumi is officially recognized worldwide as a distinctive cheese indigenous to Cyprus. Halloumi is an unripe, semi hard white cheese with a distinctive layered texture, which may well be eaten raw but also cooked, fried or grilled. The name ‘Halloumi’ is derived from the Greek word ‘almi’ – salty water. The name

Leveraging the Goodness of Dairy

With government campaigns to promote healthy eating, and warnings of diet-related health risks, consumers are increasingly taking an interest in the labels on the foods they eat. An increased desire to avoid over-processed and artificial foods has promoted interest in clean and clear labels. However, making the right choice from the dizzying array of quality stamps and ingredients on the retail shelves can seem overwhelming. The challenge facing manufacturers, therefore, is to create easily understandable labels using recognizable and natural ingredients, while maintaining ease of processing and – most importantly – without compromising on flavor. Additionally, enhancing visual appeal has become a key focus in creating shareworthy products in a social media driven world.
Interviews & Profiles

Food Retail Worldwide Is in the Throes of a Revolution

Food retail is changing…and quickly. More quickly than ever in fact! Structures, organizations, market positioning, offerings, partnerships: no facet of this sector is exempt from the ongoing revolution. "Not only is food retail completely overhauling its models, across the board, but it is also buzzing with innovations, further cementing its position as a global food laboratory," says Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director.


The GNT Group is a family-owned company pioneering in the creation of specialized, future-proof products from only natural ingredients. Frederik Hoeck, Managing Director of the GNT Group, presents success factors vital for producing the most natural high-quality colors.

Chez Charles: A French Cuisine with Selective Out of Border Flavors

foodHQ conducted an interview with Charles Boghos of Chez Charles Restaurant in Dubai. The restaurant takes his passions and inspirations to the next level. The philosophy of the cuisine is simple and in tune with the highest standard of the Michelin dining worldwide. Through the grand reception, guests are invited to
Industry Experts

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, and to share with their followers the food they eat. Many of the popular food trends are not born overnight, but have been developing slowly and steadily before rising to the surface. Some trends make an unexpected comeback and take the market by storm once again, while others just pop out of nowhere. This goes to show that trends, food in particular are unpredictable. The World Health Organization released the statists related to overweight and obesity with more than 1.9


The fifth edition of Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s largest food and beverage processing forum which runs at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) this November, promises to be the Gulfood spin-off’s most well-rounded and forward-looking exhibition and conference to date, offering a 360-degree solutions platform for a regional industry buoyed by strong consumer demand in an increasingly competitive marketplace. While retaining its long-standing reputation as the principal place to conduct multimillion-dollar business transactions with exhibitors from 60 countries showcasing the latest industry development tools, Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, which runs from November 6-8, boasts a range of features that put it firmly in the realm of future forecasting, trend tracking and sector education.

The Rising Start-Ups of Future Lab Have Been Selected

As announced on March, over 70 rising start-ups have presented their projects to our international jury to be present at the Rising Start-ups area of Future Lab SIAL Paris. 40 projects and companies will be at SIAL Paris to present their new product, equipment and service before launching it. Conceived in partnership
Ingredients & Additives

Additives Add a Twist to the Food Industry

Growing urbanization, hectic lifestyles, need for food preservation, growing concerns towards food safety due to contamination, rising health concerns, consumer demand for better quality, and increasing consumption of premium food products have increased the demand for food additives. They are used to enhance the taste, color, texture of food, and at the same time, to maintain the freshness and nutritional content. As a result, additives have gained global importance over the years, and are being widely used in existing as well as new & emerging food applications.

GENU Pectin: A Versatile, Consumer-Friendly Hydrocolloid for the Long Term

For many years, pectin has been widely used as a stabilizing, texturizing and gelling agent in a variety of foods - often used as a staple in "Grandma's pantry" for preserving fruit jams and jellies at home - while growing increasingly popular in formulating various beverages, such as acidified protein drinks and fruit

A Partner for Sustainable Growth

Cargill offered innovative solutions at Food Ingredients Europe 2017 combining the needs for sustainability and cost optimization, healthier reformulation and label friendliness.

Solution-Oriented All down the Line

BEUMER Group will exhibit at interpack its high level of expertise as a solution provider for integrated packaging and intralogistics systems. In addition to highly efficient palletizing and packaging systems, the Group also provides tailor-made components for material flows specific to different industries. Customers can get everything from one hand, including the software and comprehensive customer support. As a single-source provider, the company supplies and installs the packaging lines and adjusts them individually to the products of the customer. The new BEUMER fillpac R filling machine fills bulk material from the building materials industry and other industrial pulverized goods into bags in an efficient and gentle way and with the required throughput. It can fill very fine to very

IMA DAIRY & FOOD Presents Innovative Packaging Solutions

IMA DAIRY & FOOD presents various newly developed products at "interpack 2017". Besides machines on display, visitors to the stand can also see packaging machines in action on large video walls as well as partly in virtual reality technology. IMA Hassia extends its product range by adding a packaging machine for
Catering & Hospitality

Brazilian Coffee Exports to MENA Witnesses 30% Increase

A rise in coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region led to sales of USD122 million, as shipping volume increased during the first half of 2017. According to the Brazilian Coffee Exporter Council (Cecaf�), revenue gained from coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region witnessed a 29.7% increase at USD112 million during the first seven months of the year, in comparison to 2016. A total of 653,200 bags of coffee were exported to Arab counties between January and July 2017, while 645,100 were exported during the same period last year, indicating a 1.2% increase in export volume to Arab countries. Lebanon remained the top buyer of Brazilian coffee in the Arab world with a recorded USD29.9 million spent on coffee imports during the same period. It was followed by Jordan at USD14.6

Competitions part of Dubai International Coffee Championships

The Dubai International Coffee & Tea Festival (DICTF), the Middle East's only exhibition dedicated to coffee and tea, is raising the stakes this year by featuring the new and exciting Dubai International Coffee Championships with winners getting a chance to take home part of the prize pool of USD25,000, the largest in

The New Frontier of Compression Technology

Several new customers thanks to a technology that combines the industry's lowest running/management costs with high productivity and outstanding pod quality. Solutions for compostable, self-protecting pods are already available, while the future looks decidedly "multilayer". A complete array of coffee pod manufacturing
Country Reports

tna Expands China Operations & Strengthens Local Customer Support

tna is pleased to announce the opening of TNA Solutions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd to provide local food manufacturers with on-the-ground support services. Located in the Minhang district of Shanghai, the office will be managed by Sean Xu, who recently joined tna as general manager - China, and will host both sales and technical service staff. The new office follows the opening of tna's first Chinese manufacturing site in Qingdao in 2011 and demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to the region and the local food industry. "China is one of the major economic players in the world and we're delighted to be opening another site here as we continue to expand our global footprint," comments Alf Taylor, CEO at tna. "Our installation base in the country is well-established, ranging from baggers,

Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up with Tomra Sorting Food

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and
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.