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Furmano Foods Has Deep Roots with Key Technology

Furmano Foods started 99 years ago with just 360 jars of tomatoes and has grown to become a nationally recognized name. Their tomatoes, green beans, legumes and ancient grains, which are packed either in cans or pouches, go to market under the Furmano Foods brand and private labels. Over the last 20 years, Furmano has turned to Key Technology time and time again for the most reliable vibratory conveyors with superior sanitation. They run Key’s Iso-Flo® shakers on processing lines throughout their facility and added a lengthy Marathon® shaker in 2019 to distribute green beans to cutters. “Our operation is difficult in a few ways. First, we have limited space, so our systems need to be compact. Also, our processing plant is wet, steamy and hot, which can challenge equipment. The ongoing

How Plant-Based Food Will Reshape The Market In 2019

It won’t be long until the turn of the year, and once again this will bring typical New Year’s resolutions such as “healthier nutrition” with it. This time though, it seems like 2019 might be the year for consumers to really stick with their food-related resolutions: in the food and beverage market, all signs are pointing to a plant-based revolution. Santhosh Thankappan, Sales Director at GNT Middle East, producer of the leading global brand in Coloring Foods EXBERRY®, analyses the potential, requirements and shape of this development.

Bringing your Kitchen Cupboard into your Packaged Foods

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report has put nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) among those with the planet’s highest obesity levels: leading with Kuwait, where obesity rates are 37.5 percent, closely followed by Jordan at 35.5 percent, Saudi Arabia at 35.4 percent, Qatar at 35.1

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
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.
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,

Macfrut Digital The fruit & vegetable world on your PC

Macfrut 2020 goes Digital. From 8 to 10 September 2020, Italy’s international showcase for the fresh produce industry will offer business opportunities through a digital platform that will bring together buyers from all over the world, opening up new international markets for the sector. This innovative project makes Macfrut the first digital trade fair for the fruit and vegetable industry. The uncertainty surrounding the current health emergency has made it difficult to organise the traditional trade fair, now in its 37th edition, in the usual way. Italy is striving to reaffirm its leading position in the sector, and this approach is in line with the current possibilities offered by state-of-the-art technology, which provides a unique opportunity for the fruit and vegetable sector. Hence

Cibus Rescheduled for Early September

Cibus has been rescheduled for early September, from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September 2020. The unpredictable development of the COVID-19 outbreak and specifically the intensification of flight restrictions from and to Italy have made the postponement necessary. Therefore, after talks with the delegates of

A virtual trade fair stand

The 2020 trade fair year has so far, due to the coronavirus, been characterised by postponements and cancellations. The interpack, too, has had to be rescheduled to February 2021 to protect the people involved and to slow the spread of Covid-19. In order to nonetheless provide an insight into its solutions for the
Ingredients & Additives

Sugars vs. Sweeteners – Battle Ground UAE

Despite its sweet history, sugar is now facing a bitter existential reality due to its alleged connections with lifestyle-related disorders, such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Though the scientific community is still debating the link, scientific aspersions have created uncertainties for the global sugar businesses. In turn, it has given a big push to sugar alternatives and sweeteners. As per National Institute of Health’s (NIH USA) associated research, consumption of added sugars has been blamed for increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as well as cognitive decline and even some cancers. Support for these putative associations has been challenged, however, on a

Integrated Solutions for Unique Multi-Sensory Experiences®

Refreshing carbonated soft drinks, flavorful malt drinks, still drinks with innovative natural flavors, crunchy cookies, outstanding chocolate creations as well as fruity filled biscuits: These are just some of the Multi-Sensory Experiences® visitors can enjoy at the Doehler stand at Africa Food Manufacturing 2018. In

Food Safety Unwraps Opportunities for The MEA Intelligent Packaging Market

The Middle East and Africa packaging market is witnessing a remarkable growth. The demand on packaged food and products is driven by consumers' changing lifestyles and convenience. Food manufacturers are moving into ready meals, pre-packed ingredients and fruits and vegetables to meet consumers' demand. The Middle East and Africa active and intelligent packaging market is estimated to grow from USD280 million in 2016 to USD504.76 million by the end of 2021 at a CAGR of 10.32 percent. The UAE has the largest market share followed by South Africa, according to a recent report by Mordor Intelligence. The growth is spurred by the growing economies and increasing need for packaging solutions with longer sustainability. Food safety is a major factor contributing to the market's growth.

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

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
Country Reports

Polyu Develops a Food Hygiene Standard Certification System

Hong Kong is renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, with local catering establishments of unique styles providing great varieties of Eastern and Western dishes cooked in different ways. However, for long, Hong Kong lacks a food hygiene standard that can cope with such characteristics and the operation mode of most small and medium-sized catering establishments. To address the issue, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has applied its expertise in food safety to develop the comprehensive Food Hygiene Standard Certification System (FHSCS). Being the first of its kind and tailor-made for local catering establishments, FHSCS enables caterers, especially the small and medium-sized, to acquire certification with minimum resources. It is expected to help enhance both food hygiene and

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

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.


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Saudi Arabia

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