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DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences launches NovaGARD® NR 100-G in Middle East and Africa

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) can now bring one of the most effective and label-friendly antimicrobial systems to processed meat manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Proven to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes and other gram-positive bacteria, NovaGARD® NR 100-G, part of the DuPont™ Danisco® range of antimicrobials, keeps meat products safe and high in quality throughout shelf life. The regional launch follows the regulatory approval of nisin for use in heat-treated processed meat by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority that was triggered by the newly food category adoption in the Codex General Standard for Food Additives. Alternative to chemical preservatives “This game-changing technology is now accessible across parts of the Middle East, thanks to

Plant-Based Cheese Alternatives With Improved Nutritional Profile

According to Innova Market, “plant forward” is a worldwide phenomenon and one of the Top Ten Trends for this year. The rising popularity of plant-based products, especially among flexitarians, will according to industry experts lead to growing demand for new formats, plant proteins and higher-end alternatives. One

Quality and food safety ensured by the TOMRA Food Nimbus BSI+

LEGUMBRES SELECTAS SIERRA NEVADA, a Spanish company, based in Granada, specializes in producing, processing, and marketing superior quality pulses. It is the Spanish market leader and is one of the top 5 companies on the European market in processing lentils, beans, and its own-production chickpeas. The company has found the Nimbus BSI+ by TOMRA to be the solution to the issues specific to grading pulses. This technology has achieved improved quality and food safety, a ten-fold increase in its production capacity, and a much more automated, controlled, and efficient process for its staff. The most select pulses in Spain originate in this family business with 57 years of history. It was founded by Antonio Jiménez Martín, father of the company's current CEO, Vicente Jiménez Blanes. 70% of
Interviews & Profiles

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 facing the environment and our climate. The Commission has pinpointed the reduction of waste from plastics through increased recycling and the development of alternative packaging as a long-term solution to some of these challenges. Sustainability has therefore become a subject of paramount importance within the packaging sector. In addition, consumers increasingly value sustainability as a reason to buy or not to buy a product. Dr. Martin Berlekamp, Head of Sustainability and

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

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
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

Wholegrains for Health Gains

Would you like to improve your general health and wellbeing? Well, you may want to follow the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) about eating more foods rich in fiber, such as wholegrain cereals, pasta, and bread, as well as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and pulses. A recent WHO review[i] of 185 observational studies and 58 clinical trials has concluded that we should eat at least 25 to 29 grams of fiber a day to boost our longevity and lower risks of myriad diseases, with indications that consuming over 30 grams a day offers even more health benefits. Research[ii](1-3) has also shown that consuming wholegrain on a regular basis helps maintain healthy body weight and promotes digestive health. The analysis “provides compelling evidence that dietary fiber and wholegrains are major

New Belt Design Enhances Grader Performance

Ishida Europe has enhanced its market-leading FLEX-Grader for fresh poultry and meat with the introduction of a new high accuracy weighing platform which allows for more accurate grading and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The Slack Belt weigh bed incorporates a single belt mechanism which eliminates product transfer issues to and from the weigh bed. This creates a more stable weighing environment for even greater accuracy. In addition, the weigh bed features a scraper that removes any product debris, which ensures a more consistent and accurate auto zeroing of the load cell. Equally important, the Slack Belt’s hygienic construction to IP68 certification is fully protected against water ingress, making it ideal for harsh, high care environments; the belt can also be easily

Investment In Sustainable Packaging Sternmaid Commissions A Filling Line

The contract manufacturer SternMaid has modernized one of its packaging lines by adding flexible filling equipment for spiral-wound cardboard cans. Besides the classic tinplate bottoms, the cans can now be closed with a cardboard base to make them over 95 percent recyclable. According to the new EU packaging directive
Food Processing

Innovative Brine Filtration for Successful Marinating with Technology From GEA

The new GEA ScreenFilter passively filters brine using gravitation force and avoids protein activation which can clog injection needles. It is ideal for lighter brines which enhance flavor and extend the shelf life of high-quality food products such as ham, poultry and bacon. The filter promotes high process uptime, efficient brine use and a stable injection process which contributes to optimal food quality and food safety. Its design complements that of the GEA MultiJector and comes with either 2mm or 3-4mm needles. With this technology process, control and repeatability for high quality marinated products is ensured. Marinated injected poultry, meat or fish offer more than just increased shelf life, this process also enhances flavor, color, juiciness and bite – and moreover, is essential

COVID-19 Impact on the Dairy Market in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The dairy sector in any country operates as a nerve center of the Food & Beverage (F&B) ecosystem with a majority of the categories serving it as a good source of protein and calcium to the local consumers. The GCC market is no different. They operate through a thriving dairy sector that comprises processed dairy
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

Demand For Quality USA Cheese On The Rise In The Middle East

The USA Cheese Guild®, responsible for showcasing the creativity and versatility of the U.S cheese industry, has witnessed steady growth in the demand for cheese from the USA in the UAE and the wider Middle East thanks to intensive awareness and trade campaigns and increasing consumer demand for new, innovative, flavourful, healthy, natural and convenient foods. In recent years, the USA Cheese Guild has featured a range of U.S cheesemakers to the region resulting in significant inroads into the retail segment with several USA cheeses now available on shelves and deli counters of major supermarket chains in the Middle East. Chef Antonio El Khoury, Director of Culinary Programs MENA for the USA Cheese Guild said: "The popularity of USA cheese is a testament to its quality and varieties that
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.

MEAT-TECH: A Fair In Person That Looks At The Future With Confidence

MEAT-TECH is a fair in person that promises to be the great return of the event dedicated to processing and packaging solutions for meat, cold cuts and ready meals industries which will take place at Fiera Milano from May 17th to 20th, 2021. The co-location with TuttoFOOD in May 2021 consolidates the image of a fair that combine supply chains, creates relationships, intercepts different audiences by offering an all-around overview of the market. The unique event scheduled in 2021 for the sector, MEAT-TECH will take place in accordance with the strictest anti-Covid security protocols established by Fiera Milano as guarantee to exhibitors and visitors, as already experienced with trade shows helded in the second half of 2020. Supply chain, food safety and sustainability are only some of the

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