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TOMRA Food, a global provider of sensors, equipment and digital solutions for the food supply chain, joined over 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest project member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, using the world’s most advanced grading, sorting, peeling and analytical technology. Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, TOMRA Food employs 1500 people incenters of excellence, regional offices, and manufacturing locations within Europe, the United States, South America, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, reduce food waste,

SABIC Launches Innovative TF-BOPE Film for Frozen Food Packaging

SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, has launched a sustainable packaging solution for frozen food which combines a new polyethylene (PE) grade with innovative film production technology. Compared to conventional blow PE film solutions, it offers significantly higher throughput and also has potential for

Dried Potatoes : Huge Demand for Ready To Eat Food Product among People Helps to Flourish Industry Rapidly

According to newly published report by Transparency Market Research, titled 'Dried potatoes Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2018-2027', the overall revenue generated from the global dried potatoes market is anticipated to be valued at somewhere around US$ 2,484.4 Mn in 2018, which is expected to rise at a CAGR of 3.5% throughout the forecast period (2018-2027). Potatoes is one of the most popular dried vegetables usually popular as flakes and also consumed as snacks. According to FAO data, less than 50% of potatoes are consumed fresh and rest is processed to value-added products and dried potatoes. Dried potatoes have a plethora of applications in the food processing industry and food service industry and retail use. In the global dried potatoes market, North


With a rapidly growing population, adopting sustainable production practices on a global scale is an imperative to safeguard the future of our planet. The food supply chain is certainly one area where there is urgent need for improved sustainability. Without food – this precious resource currently being wasted across
Interviews & Profiles

Sealing Technology: The Overlooked Backbone of a Successful Production Line

From product quality to output speed, uptime and design, sealing affects vital aspects of brand image and, ultimately, business success. However, the outcome depends on just how well the sealing technology is suited to the individual product, environment, production parameters and materials. The importance of the sealing process as part of the overall production process is generally rather underestimated. foodHQ Magazine spoke with Norbert Höchst, expert for packaging materials at Bosch Packaging Technology, to gain an expert view on just what it is that makes sealing so crucial and how manufacturers can ensure they get the best solution for their product.

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


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.
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

Toolkit System Provides Optimum Protection From Undesired Microorganisms

Freshness is one of the most important quality criteria in meat products. Growth of bacteria such as Listeria or Campylobacter in products can have devastating financial consequences for meat producers. With the Hydrolon range, Hydrosol provides a modular toolkit of highly effective preservatives, ranging from acetate to sorbate. The system extends the shelf life of fresh meat, cold cuts, cooked sausage und cooked cured meats. The products in the Hydrolon range can be used individually or in combinations as needed, and successfully limit pathogen growth. Their effectiveness has been demonstrated in independent testing by certified laboratories, using mixtures in realistic conditions. In one of these challenge studies, the protection provided by Hydrolon was tested using a pool of spoilage

Five disruptive ice cream trends - and how color can help

Setting and meeting the latest trends is vital for ice cream manufacturers. Trends come and go, so identifying those that are here for the long term is key to success. While much of the focus is on flavor, color has an overwhelming impact on product appeal. It communicates quality, taste, brand value and freshness,

Sorma Group: The New Eco-Friendly Pack Is Made Of 100 Percent Recyclable Paper

It is the dawn of a new era in the sustainable packaging sector: Sorma Group is introducing fruit and vegetable packaging that is 100% paper-based and therefore completely recyclable. The designed models, which are suitable for packaging fruit and vegetables, boast an innovative and distinctive component compared to those currently available on the market: they are equipped with a window made of a cellulose mesh, which enables the product inside to “breathe”, prolonging its shelf life and ensuring excellent visibility. “With this new packaging line,” explains Andrea Casali, Sales Director for Italy at Sorma Group, “we are enhancing and completing our range with a focus on environmental sustainability and we are meeting the demands of consumers who are paying increasing attention to this
Food Processing

IMA DAIRY & FOOD Founds Sales and Service Company for The Asia Pacific Region

In future, the global packaging machine manufacturer IMA DAIRY & FOOD with its well-known brands Erca, Gasti, Hamba and Hassia will be more present on the Asian Pacific market. An own sales and service company has been founded in early September and Wilfrid Marie has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO effective from 01.09.2020. Wilfrid Marie has several decades of management experience and know-how in the packaging industry. Prior to joining IMA DAIRY & FOOD he worked for the French Serac Group for more than 30 years; the last four years as President of the Group Executive Board. Since 2007 Mr. Marie is permanently based in Asia and has a very good market knowledge. ‘With Wilfrid Marie, an accomplished and experienced leader comes on board who brings a strong customer orientation
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

Ramada Ajman Installs New WasteStation

Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman seeks to boost its current food waste management scheme through the installation of a new WasteStation machine. Developed and distributed by the UK-based Imperial Machine Company (IMC), the WasteStation is an innovative food waste macerator and dewatering unit. In addition to the hotel's
Country Reports

Polyserve Digitally Transforms to Boost Egypt’s Agricultural Market to EGP 41 Billion by 2024

One of the largest fertilizer and chemical production and trading groups in Egypt and the Middle East -- Polyserve Fertilizer and Chemicals -- announced today a digital transformation partnership with global technology company SAP. Polyserve is adopting the S/4HANA Cloud real-time business suite, the Ariba Sourcing platform for paperless procurement and connecting with a global network of more than 4.6 million companies, and the SuccessFactors human experience management suite along its 4 subsidiaries (Abo Zaabel Fertilizers and Chemicals, Aswan Fertilizers and Chemicals, Ferchem Egypt, and Polyserve Trading) as the first phase of its digital transformation journey. As Egypt sees a rise in Industry 4.0 connected manufacturing and supply chain, with SAP, Polyserve is also seeking to explore

Chile To Crack the UAE’s Walnut Market Following COVID-19

Chile is doubling its efforts to become the UAE's exporter of choice regarding dried fruits, particularly walnuts, with the launch of a new campaign to showcase the superior quality and ultimate health benefits the nut offers. The popularity of Chilean walnuts has surged in recent years, with the country the leading
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.

Macfrut looks to the future

Macfrut looks to the future with optimism. In order to meet the expectations of its target audience, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector is set to take place in May 2021 as a major face-to-face event, hoping that the Covid-19 emergency will be over by then: the 37th edition of Macfrut is scheduled to be held from 4 to 6 May 2021 at the Rimini Expo Centre. Melon will be the event’s key product, symbolising the quality of Italian fruits and vegetables, and will be discussed and promoted during a series of events involving buyers and visitors. The Partner Region will be Sardinia, a region where the fruit and vegetable sector significantly increases the total value of domestic agricultural production (23%). Alongside these novelties, the new exhibition project, the

Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 - Connecting the Fi Europe & Hi Europe Community Online

Over recent weeks and months, the Fi Europe team has been in discussions with key industry stakeholders and partners to stay abreast of the challenges facing the F&B industry due to COVID-19. While the event was set to take place this December with Informa’s AllSecure guidelines incorporating the highest standards of

Success for Cibus Forum

For the first time after lockdown, Cibus Forum has gathered together the main players in the agrifood sector. The attendance has been of over 1000 operators a day and about 3000 streaming viewers, many of whom foreign buyers, not to mention the over 50 players in the agri-food sector who have spoken from the stage.