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We Know what to Do with Corn

There has been a surge in demand for corn-based snacks such as tortilla chips, and Heat and Control is at the ready to help! Given the large variety of corn-based products, there needs to be different processes and equipment for each line of snack foods. Heat and Control’s specialized complete system equipment lines range from masa production to forming, toasting, conditioning, frying, seasoning, and then inspection and packaging for tortillas, extruded corn snacks, and fried corn kernels. What is the difference between a Tortilla Chip and a Corn Chip? The process for manufacturing corn and tortilla chips is similar, but simmering and soaking times will vary considerably. Another difference is that tortilla chips are baked in the oven and then fried, while corn chips only go through the

Tiny Sample Volume and Ultra Fast Response of GSS CO2 Sensor

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is used to prolong the shelf life of fruits, vegetables and salads with a specific level of CO2 to keep the produce fresher for longer. The optimal level varies widely according to the product. On the production line, sample packs are taken at regular intervals and the CO2 levels

JBT Acquires Fresh Produce and Ready Meals Solutions Provider FTNON

JBT Corporation, the global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, has announced the acquisition of FTNON, a well-known equipment specialist for the fresh produce, ready meal, and pet food sectors. JBT purchased the Almelo, Netherlands-based company, which has a presence

Sustainability in Food Manufacturing Is a Challenge & a Responsibility

Around the globe, more people than ever are adopting a sense of personal responsibility when it comes to the food they consume and the products they purchase. It is their way of feeling good about what they put in their bodies and, as consumers, lessening their impact on the ecosystem. Couple that behavior change with the burgeoning population growth that’s expected - 10 billion by 2050 with much of it concentrated in countries like Africa - and it’s certain that opportunities and challenges abound. The need for sustainable food systems is vital not only to feed the surging population but also to minimize the impacts of climate change. For food manufacturers, these realities also come with a responsibility to deliver comprehensive solutions across the value chain. Driving real change will

Creating the Perfect Bite

Hearty meat dishes such as beef burgers, chicken nuggets or boiled sausages are popular meals and snacks throughout the world. The constantly rising level of global meat consumption means that many consumers are getting extremely cost-conscious when buying. By contrast, they are still looking for high quality,
Interviews & Profiles

Mysk by Shaza, the Latest Embodiment of Leisure

Shaza Hotels recently announced the signing of its third Mysk project in the Middle East, Mysk by Shaza, which will find its home in the city’s famous and prestigious Palm Jumeirah. The announcement follows the signing of Mysk Kuwait and the official opening of Mysk Al Mouj in Muscat. This hotel marks a new milestone for Shaza with the entry of the Group into the ever-growing Dubai market that has one of the best performing hospitality sectors in the world. The hotel aims to add a new flavor to the Dubai hotel scene, bringing an intimate and personalized experience for both the corporate market and the leisure market wishing to reside on the landmark Palm Jumeirah. Commenting on the project, Simon Coombs, the President and CEO of Shaza Hotels answered foodHQ’s questions.

The Experience of the Future

McDonald's, the world’s largest burger chain, is currently in the process of upgrading and renovating its restaurants in Lebanon to provide customers with a modern dining experience. McDonald’s Lebanon launched its new “experience of the future” dining model (EOTF) with the inauguration of its renovated Dora branch.

Asian Summit Tackles Sustainable Packaging and Ingredients

Hosted in Singapore on 4-5th September, the second Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable packaging, ingredients, and marketing. For the first time in Asia, an executive summit will look to advance sustainability in the food industry by the use of ingredients and packaging. The summit opens with a discussion of some of the pressing sustainability issues facing the Asian food industry. Urban migration has given the continent 9 of the 10 most populated cities in the world. Food security is a growing concern, with many sections of the population having limited access to nutritious food. The role of sustainable agriculture in addressing food security & poverty will be discussed. Dato’ Joel Low, CEO of Agrivo International, will explore the solutions

The 25th iran agrofood 2018 - A Great Show!

1,118 exhibitors from 29 countries welcomed more than 40,000 visitors from all over Iran and the entire region 25 official country pavilions. Exhibitors, visitors and organizers are unanimous in their assessment: iran agrofood 2018 has been a great show! Consisting of iran food + bev tec, iran bakery + confectionery,
Ingredients & Additives Focus

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
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Zero-Emission Technologies Provide Avenues to Refrigeration Vehicles

The commercial refrigeration equipment market was estimated to exceed USD31 billion in 2015. Increasing demand for packaged food and beverages with high growth in hospitality industry has led to significant industry growth. Furthermore, increasing trend towards consumer dining out and ongoing expansion of retail chains across the globe including Europe and Asia Pacific is contributing to the overall industry growth. Recently, the food industry has started formulating the seafood exports, globally owing to the reduction in overall meat consumption in the Europe and North America owing to environmental and sustainability impacts. It offers manufacturers with immense opportunities for growth by developing efficient and advanced refrigeration equipment to handle extra seafood.

It's A Chocolate Commitment

In the recent years our Company is seeing an increasing demand for refrigerated cabinet specific made for Chocolate products especially in the Middle East Area. The Maitres Chocolatier recognize the essential importance of having a proper refrigerated cabinet to preserve chocolate in the best way. For this reason
Industry Spotlights

Oshakits.Com Introduces New Premium Food Safety Spill Kits, a well-known developer of customizable Food Safety Spill Kits, announced the availability of its new Premium Food Safety Spill Kit featuring PURELL� Foodservice Surface Sanitizer. "Norovirus can quickly spread through a restaurant, and this is why national restaurant and retail food chains are choosing to implement biohazard cleanup kits system-wide for spills involving vomit, blood, feces and other potentially infectious body fluids," said Owen Griffin, vice president of business development for "We saw the need to develop a complete kit that features products designed to quickly and effectively kill E. coli, norovirus and other potentially hazardous bacteria and viruses that can cause foodborne illnesses." A ready-to-use food contact safe and OSHA-compliant

IMA Benhil: First Multipack 2000 Goes To Butter Producer Agral

Agral S.A., one of the largest butter producers in Europe, is the first company to have IMA Benhil's newly developed wrapping machine "Multipack 2000" installed. This will enable the butter producer to achieve considerable productivity growth in its manufacturing processes. "As a very compact and flexible wrapping

Health Awareness Fuels the Global Organic Market

The global organic foods and beverages market size reached USD91 billion in 2015. The increasing awareness about health benefits associated with consumption of organic products is expected to drive the demand over the forecast period. According to Grand View Research, in this extremely dynamic market, distribution
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.
Consumer Corner

Intimacy serves Best

Consumers seek products and brands they have developed an emotional connection to. A recent study discovered that international brands are in the lead. The report by MBLM agency examined the brands that have the strongest bond with consumers in the country. International firms Kraft and Nestle came in the lead. Local and regional brands also had an impressive presence in the market and the study conducted, showed that consumers are willing to pay 20 percent more for products from region brands Americana and Almarai.

Poultry & Eggs

Sure as eggs is eggs, eggs never fail the food industry, and by the looks of it, they’re here to stay. Nothing can brighten your day better than Sunnyside up eggs. You can go with boiled, scrambled or fancy it up a bit with Omelets & Frittatas the point is eggs just tie breakfast together. You can never go wrong with a

Vegan Cuisine

An increasing number of people around the world are turning vegan either permanently or temporarily because of their compassion toward animals and the environment or for improving their personal health and wellbeing. Animal activists worldwide have growing concerns about animal cruelty, especially in the meat and dairy