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TOMRA Food will be present at Gulf Manufacturing 2002 that will be held in Dubai from the 8th to the 10th of November. This show is today the MEASA region's largest and leading food and beverage processing and packaging event. TOMRA Food will be promoting its sensor-based solutions for nuts and dried fruits, fruits and vegetables with one goal: make sure Every Resource Counts TOMRA Food helps processors to face their challenges It’s not easy for processors to ensure food safety or meet customers’ product specifications. Foreign material can get into the processing line’s product stream and product can be damaged by both by external and internal defects which can be almost impossible to detect yet all of these threats have to be eliminated to protect processors and retailers from product

AI-Designed Milk Chocolate Aims to Pass Taste, Sugar Tests

A dairy company researched the preferences of over a million milk chocolate lovers. Meet “The Bar” – the milk chocolate designed by AI that will pass both taste test and sugar-taxes. Growing awareness of the importance of health is on people’s lips, and so is milk chocolate that people want to enjoy with good


THE ESSENTIALS: Big ideas, big dialogue, true inspiration, and meaningful interactions - all can be found at VINITECH-SIFEL 2022, the global Show for the wine, fruit and vegetable production sectors, from 29 November to 1 December. A driving force behind these ever-changing sectors since 1977 and ever faithful to its

Portable 3-A Dairy Dumping-Conveying System

The system is comprised of a manual dumping station with surge hopper, flexible screw conveyor and support boom on a caster-mounted frame. According to Flexicon (Bethlehem, PA), its new manual dumping system with integral conveyor and separate dust collector is suitable for dairy powders, pharmaceutical products and contamination-sensitive bulk foods. Designed and finished to 3-A sanitary standards, the system is comprised of a manual dumping station with surge hopper, flexible screw conveyor and support boom on a caster-mounted frame, plus a separate mobile dust collection system that can be configured alongside or remotely. Ready to plug in and run, the mobile system can serve multiple functions throughout the plant, and then be rolled to a wash-down station and storage area.

Edible Sensor Can Tell if Frozen Food Has Thawed

The food-grade device is made from materials including table salt, red cabbage and beeswax. When you’re standing in the frozen food aisle, it’s nearly impossible to know whether that Salisbury steak has thawed and refrozen — a process with potentially harmful consequences. So researchers, reporting in ACS Sensors, have

Beyond Meat’s Asia Streak Continues As It Enters Japan

Beyond Meat is gearing up for a Japan launch in a new partnership with United Super Market Holdings. The partnership will include both product development and distribution. United Super Market Holdings (USMH), one of Japan’s largest grocery store holding companies with more than 500 retail outlets in Japan including
Ingredients & Additives

Lawsuit claims artificial coloring in Skittles makes them 'unfit for human consumption'

Dive Brief: A lawsuit was filed against Mars last week that argued its Skittles candies are “unfit for human consumption” because they contain titanium dioxide, “a known toxin.” Titanium dioxide is a common artificial colorant in food that helps colors appear brighter. The California consumer who filed the class action case takes Mars to task for going back on its 2016 pledge to remove artificial colors from its human food portfolio within five years. The lawsuit points out there are several other brightly colored gummy candies on the market that do not use titanium dioxide. In 2015 and 2016, several food companies — including Mars, Kellogg and General Mills — pledged to remove artificial colors from their portfolios. These promises have fallen by the wayside as companies faced some of the

Sunkist Research and Technical Services Launches Next Generation, Citrus Fruit Sorter That's Powered by Google AI

The sorting and grading of citrus fruit just got a lot easier thanks to the fully automated Sunsortai® machine, a next-generation sorter from Sunkist Research and Technical Services. The revolutionary new sorter uses Google AI technology to assess the inherent quality of each piece it processes, including any potential defects. The Sunsortai®'s strength is its ability to use a proprietary imaging system to automatically identify fruit characteristics such as size, shape, weight, blemishes, and even decay that might not be visible to the naked eye. Be it citrus greening, oleocellosis, or citrus cankers, Sunsortai® sorters can be trained to recognize the blemishes and defects that matter the most to each packer's operation. "Bringing AI to the fruit sorting process allows our packhouses to

What Are the Different Types of Food Conveyor Belts?

Conveyor belts are used to transport materials through factories and other manufacturing facilities. Businesses that manufacture or process food products rely on special types of conveyors belts to provide effective sanitation and easy cleanup. These food conveyor belts are also used in other facilities that place a
Food Processing

Processed Potato Products Market

Processed Potato Products Market Over the forecast period of 2022 to 2032, the global processed potato products market is anticipated to expand at CAGR of 5.2%. Worldwide consumption of processed potato products is currently valued at US$ 79 Bn, with the market set to reach a valuation of US$ 131.8 Bn by 2032. Processed Potato Products Market Size (2022E) US$ 79 Bn Projected Sales of Processed Potato Products (2032F) US$ 131.8 Bn Value CAGR (2022-2032) 5.2% Value Share of Top 5 Countries (2022A) ~68.5% Historically, from 2017-2021, the global market for processed potato products registered a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5%. Sales of processed potato products have increased mainly due to increasing demand for frozen French fries from fast-food chains. Processed potato snacks

Effects of Processing

Natural almonds may be processed into different forms (blanched, roasted, sliced, slivered, diced, or ground) for ingredient or snacking applications

In Ovo’s Ella technology

As of January 2022, Lohmann Deutschland will apply In Ovo’s gender typing technology, called Ella, in their Dorum facility to hatch chicks without chick culling. This marks In Ovo’s expansion into Germany, the first country that will enforce a ban on the culling of chicks.
Catering & Hospitality

How Is Robotics Adapting in The Hospitality Industry

Robots in restaurants and bars are making the hospitality industry safer, more efficient and reliable. Last year has been a rough road for everyone, especially for the hospitality industry. Initially, restrictions came for dine-in, lockdown happened, then because of the social distancing rules the number of people indoors were restricted. Bars and Restaurants had to cut off their staff, even shut down due to losses in their business. Now as the situation is getting better, the hospitality industry is expecting to overcome their loss and get back to their business but are having difficulty hiring enough staff. So as of now, some bars and restaurants are relying on automation as a solution to the shortage of staff. According to a report by Allied Market Research - The hospitality robots

Food Service Disposable Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report 2021-2028

Report Overview The global food service disposable market size was valued at USD 53.9 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2021 to 2028. The global market is anticipated to be driven by the growing penetration of online food delivery services. Moreover, the

IoT in the Kitchen

The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing about a sea change in our lives. It is nothing but a technological paradigm that uses a wide range of technologies to develop various applications for multiple sectors. IoT in Kitchen helps in several ways from getting menus from restaurants to tracking your micro and macro
Country Reports

Global Market Forces Keep South Africa’s Food Prices High

While a recent survey found that a large proportion of South Africans struggled to afford three meals per day, food affordability would have been worse if farmers did not produce food as abundantly as they had in recent years. While a recent survey found that a large proportion of South Africans struggled to afford three meals per day, food affordability would have been worse if farmers did not produce food as abundantly as they had in recent years. This was according to Prof André Jooste, chairperson of the National Agricultural Marketing Council’s (NAMC) Grain and Oilseed Demand and Supply Estimates Committee. “When farmers produce a surplus, that specific commodity’s price drops to import parity. However, [due to current] global shortages, the import parity price is still high,” Jooste

Lakes Ice Cream Looks to Build ‘Greenest’ Ice Cream Plant in the UK

The North of England ice cream maker has bolstered its business operations by adopting digital system integration tools and has bought new machinery in a bid to grow the award-winning brand. Competition is rife among SME ice cream manufacturers in the UK and coming up with delicious products is just one ingredient to

Leading Seafood Producer Thai Union Launches Plant-Based Shrimp

Leading global shrimp producer Thai Union has launched a plant-based shrimp product as it expands its efforts to meet the demand for vegan seafood. Adding to its roster of alternative seafood, the new OMG Meat shrimp joins Thai Union’s plant-based tuna, as well as crab meat and dumplings, and fish nuggets. The company
Logistics & Supply Chain

Key Technology Introduces High Capacity Veryx B210

Key Technology introduces the highest capacity digital sorter in the food processing industry - the new VERYX B210. With an inspection area over 2 meters wide, the belt-fed VERYX B210 maximizes throughput on high-capacity lines. Like all sorters in the VERYX family, the new B210 features advanced detection technology and an innovative system architecture that improve sorting accuracy. Recognizing objects' color, size, shape and/or structural properties, VERYX sorters remove foreign material (FM) and product defects to improve product quality while virtually eliminating false rejects to increase yields. Featuring a 2100-mm wide inspection zone, VERYX B210 offers a production capacity in excess of 23 metric tons (50,000 lb.) of product per hour, depending on the application. With an

Food Supply Chain Industry

Numerous factors, such as forecasting accuracy, meaningful synthesis of business data, and increasing awareness about the benefits offered by supply chain analytics, are collectively responsible for driving growth of the market. Supply chain analytics solutions facilitate better strategic decision making, and help


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.
Industry Experts


A new year (and a new decade!) is almost upon us. It wouldn’t be December without sharing my thoughts on the tech trends and developments we can anticipate in 2020. Here are eight important, but not obvious, technology trends just over the horizon.

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

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,

The Specialty Food Festival 2022

MENA's Leading event for the Gourmet and Fine Food Industry From 8-10 November 2022, The Speciality Food Festival will turn Dubai World Trade Centre into a bustling global marketplace and experiential ground for everything artisanal, speciality food and exotic ingredients. Catering to the exclusive hospitality & institutional sectors and the specialist buyers of premium products across the Middle East, The Speciality Food Festival returns with its unique platform where buyers can taste and sample premium brands. The show will bring together the region's top chefs, restauranteurs, hoteliers, retailers and food service providers to address the industry's pressing needs and opportunities. With its 11th edition, the Specialty Food Festival is celebrating premium food exhibitors where

Private Label & Licensing Middle East

Private Label & Licensing Middle East is MENA’s only event where buyers can get straight to the source for cost-effective customizable products, branding & packaging solutions, bringing together food & and non-food suppliers, private label & contract manufacturers from over 30 countries across the globe, all


GulfHost is the most influential exhibition for hospitality buyers and one of the largest across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The platform offers a wide range of pre-qualified hospitality equipment and foodservice products, a high visitor turnout, and international visitor profiles. Across 3 days, buyers are
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

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