Production

Tetra Pak increases speed-to-market for prepared food manufacturers

Tetra Pak Pasteurizer PF is a new flexible, automated solution for sauces, dressings, pastes, dips, soups and other prepared food applications. Launched this month, the technology extends the company’s existing hot fill/high acid portfolio, with a machine that will switch readily between hot- and ambient-filled products.

For food manufacturers, this multiple product capability provides far greater opportunity to respond to shifts in market demand, moving from one recipe to another with just a push of a button, securing a consistent product quality.

Anders Yngwe Söderstjerna, manager of Tetra Pak’s centre of expertise for prepared food, says, “The user-friendly technology and level of automation incorporated within Tetra Pak Pasteurizer PF adds up to a compelling solution for a broad customer profile in the prepared food industry. A fair proportion of these are existing users of Tetra Pak equipment, for whom adopting this technology will provide opportunities to develop new revenue streams. Its competitively low cost of total ownership also positions it as the ideal point of entry system for companies that hitherto have been unable to access this market.”

Tetra Pak Pasteurizer PF can be operated either as a standalone system or integrated with other Tetra Pak equipment on a processing line. Its modular format also allows for more functions to be added in stages.

Allied Steel Buildings develop project for Ninety Plus

To help with their Panamanian business, Greek coffee supplier Ninety Plus has purchased a turnkey project from Allied Steel Buildings.

Ninety Plus is a coffee producer integrated vertically with an international reputation for rare and exclusive coffees. They operate a trading and distribution company that partners with green coffee farmers to cultivate and sell coffee to importer and specialty coffee roasters worldwide. They also own a green coffee producing business that currently operates an 184 hectare coffee estate in Panama.

Allied Steel Buildings' International Team managed the whole project, including the design and delivery of the steel structure, the foundation, and erection of the 200 sq m metal building. The steel structure is located in Volcan, a remote area of the Chirique province in the west part of the country.

Chris Rucker, Director of International Accounts at Allied Steel Buildings, says, “We handled this project under very remote and challenging conditions as the building was built out in the country, on the side of a hill. We were able to overcome these challenges to deliver a successful project.”

Seminar explains why it could pay to invest in robots

ABB Robotics will be running the latest in its popular ‘Switch to Robots' seminar and workshop events, explaining the benefits that robotic automation can bring for SME companies and how to find, implement and run the best robotic solution.

Taking place at ABB Milton Keynes site on Thursday 19th March, the event will provide a simple step-by-step guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.

Starting with the question ‘How do you know if you need a robot?' the seminar will begin by outlining the issues that need to be addressed when assessing whether installing a robot could be beneficial. This will include advice on how to look for gaps in your current processes and how to identify your current performance in areas such as productivity, health and safety, quality and resource utilisation.

It will also explain how the information gathered can help to formulate an automation strategy which can be used to decide which processes present the best opportunities for robotic automation.

This will be accompanied by a look at the potential return on investment that can be achieved in different types of applications, where the cost of purchasing, installing and commissioning a robot can be quickly recouped by improvements in productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.

An afternoon workshop session in ABB's training centre will provide a hands-on demonstration of the latest robot technology. This will include a chance to see a demonstration of ABB's RobotStudio offline programming software, which helps to greatly reduce the time and cost of setting up a robot system by enabling robot cells to be modelled and tested off-line.

Mike Wilson, General Industry Sales Manager for ABB Robotics in the UK and Ireland, says, "Misconceptions about the cost, flexibility and complexity of robots are stopping many small to medium UK manufacturing companies from realising their true potential. Our seminar and workshop has been designed to help businesses determine if a robot could be beneficial and the steps to take in specifying and installing the best solution for their requirements."

With robot automation now accessible to small and large manufacturers with both big and small applications, the Switch to Robots seminar will clearly demonstrate why 2015 is the year to invest in robots.

To book your place, please email robotics@gb.abb.com or call 01908 350300.

Excellence in food, drink and hospitality recognised at Gulfood Awards

The world’s best and brightest food, beverage and hospitality industry pioneers have been recognised at the sixth Gulfood Awards, one of the region’s most highly-regarded industry accolades.

The spectacular event also hosted a unique celebration of Gulfood’s achievements over twenty editions dating back to 1987. More than a thousand leading industry decision-makers, celebrity chefs, key exhibitors, customers, media and national groups attended the anniversary showcase.

Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, the highly-prestigious Gulfood Awards celebrate both people and companies pioneering leadership and innovation in the global food and drink industry. Judged by an international panel of 25 independent industry experts, this year’s Gulfood Awards attracted more than 300 entries from 25 countries across six continents. Accolades included Best Newcomer, Best New Halal Food, Best Environmentally Sustainable Initiative and Best Trade Stand, among others. Innovation was a key highlight this year and was recognised with awards in products, foodservice and catering equipment.

The Gulfood Industry Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of a company or personality demonstrating outstanding commitment and achievement within the Middle East’s food and beverage industry, was presented to His Excellency Essa Al Ghurair, Chairman, Al Ghurair Resources LLC. He said, “In a way, this award puts burden on me – I feel I have to do even more now. This is not the end, this is the beginning. I’m entering a new era where I have to even work harder to achieve more and more for the community, the people and the industry. I hope to live up to this award by giving even more.”

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, says, “The Gulfood Awards are now firmly established as the region’s most sought-after accolade in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. The influence of the Gulfood Awards mirrors the growth and reputation of Gulfood itself and, as we celebrate the show’s twentieth anniversary this year, the exceptional calibre of entries evidences the pioneering talent and innovation thriving both in the region and around the world.”

The roll of honour

New Beverage Product
Unilever Food Solutions
Highly Commended – HFS Group

New Food Product
Heidi Chef Solutions
Highly Commended – Al Ain Dairy

Best New Halal Food
Dr Aishah Solution
Highly Commended – Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Product

Best Newcomer
AB Zemaitijos Pienas
Highly Commended – Jashanmal National Company

Best New Foodservice Innovation
Convotherm Elektrogerate
Highly Commended – Viessmann Kuhlsystemem

Best Consumer Marketing Campaign
Al Ghurair
Highly Commended – IFFCO

Best New Catering Equipment Innovation
Mercatus and Vegeware
Highly Commended – Technical Supplies & Services Co

Best stand over 100 sq m
Electrolux

Best stand under 100 sq m
Vivel Patisserie

Outstanding Achievement
Essa Al Ghurair, Chairman, Al Ghurair Resources LLC

Addressing skills gap to safeguard future of food

Businesses and educators must work even closer together to equip Scotland’s future workforce with the right skills if its world-leading food and drink industry is to continue to thrive.

That was the key message at a Scottish Food and Drink Federation reception at the Scottish Parliament. Senior representatives from Scotland’s food and drink industry, the education sector and government highlighted what more could be done to improve productivity and attract new talent to the sector. The focus has to be in STEM-related areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Government support remains vital to addressing this challenge.

UK food and drink manufacturers must recruit 170,300 new employees by 2020 in order to continue to innovate to reduce their environmental impact and offer a wide range of affordable and nutritious food and drink.

Through SFDF’s A Future in Food programme, more than seventy companies have forged partnerships with schools across Scotland and increased awareness of career opportunities in the sector. Launched in 2011 and funded by Scottish Government, A Future in Food has engaged with over three thousand students and also proactively encouraged and participated in the development of a number of food manufacturing qualifications.

Dr Colette Backwell, Director at the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, says, “For Scotland’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink, to remain world leading, we must take action to attract a talented future workforce. The importance of collaboration between government, the private and education sectors cannot be overstated and, with SFDF’s A Future in Food programme, we’ve helped more of Scotland’s young people find out about the wealth of opportunities on offer in our sector.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work who gave the event’s keynote address, says, “In the year of Food and Drink 2015, there has never been a better time to draw attention to the careers available in a sector that generates billions for the Scottish economy.

“The Scottish Government shares the view of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation that employers must work closely with our schools and colleges and are in the process of implementing the findings of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce with our key partners in business and education. The SFDF’s A Future in Food programme is a great example of such joint working and something I’d like to see more of.”

Nordson EFD Precision Spray System applies uniform coats

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Miko Coffee wins Coffee Producer Company of the Year

Miko Coffee, one of the world’s oldest and most renowned coffee roasters, has received an award for Coffee Producer Company of the Year.

With 23 offices throughout Europe, Australia and South Africa and an active partnership with the World Land Trust, Miko are unique in their approach. They care not only about delivering outstanding customer service and refined, delicious coffee, but also about where the coffee comes from. €1 million from sales of their bestselling organic coffee brand Puro has been used to purchase and protect over 15,000 acres of South American rainforest. Thanks to Miko’s efforts, long-threatened flora and fauna are flourishing again in those areas.

“We are elated to have received such a prestigious award,” says Adrian Stagg, Managing Director at Miko Coffee. “It stands as recognition of the great things we have achieved with Puro, and of our commitment to delivering an unreservedly positive, hands-on, tailor-made customer experience.”

Miko’s success is largely thanks to their dedication to keep improving and expanding their coffee offerings, customer service experience and environmental efforts. In 2014, they began roasting coffee in the UK for the first time and launched two new coffees – Freehand and Hand Roasted in Cornwall. They also opened a new Head Office in Chertsey, Surrey with bigger and better training facilities and much larger show rooms.

Multi million pound egg packing facility from Clegg Food Projects

Clegg Food Projects has completed work on a multi-million pound contract to build a new state-of-the-art facility for the UK’s leading supplier of fresh eggs.

The Nottingham-based supplier for major food operations all over the country is pleased with the end result of the project for client Noble Foods, the provider of the UK’s leading egg brand. The new facility, based in Witney near Oxford, will be used to receive and pack eggs incorporating specialist machinery before the products are delivered to retailers.

John Moxon, business development director at Clegg Food Projects, says. “We are delighted to have delivered this large-scale specialist construction project for our client Noble Foods. We are pleased with the outcome and believe our skills and vast experience of delivering schemes of this size has meant we were ideally placed to meet the requirements of this contract. We always ensure we work very closely with our clients and feel we have built an even stronger relationship with Noble Foods after working with them on their value engineering programme.”

Barry Callebaut inaugurates new flagship Chocolate Academy

The Barry Callebaut Group has opened its new flagship, state-of–the-art Cholcate Academy in Dubai - the first of its kind in the Middle East and the seventeenth in the company’s network worldwide.

The new centre will showcase the knowledge accumulated over more than 150 years by Barry Callebaut’s global Gourmet chocolate brands Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma. It is offering a diverse range of seminars, demonstrations, theoretical courses and practical workshops, designed to inspire artisans and culinary professionals, including chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakery and other chocolate experts as well as culinary professionals working in hotels, restaurants and the catering business. The centre will also serve as a meeting place for chocolate professionals encouraging the exchange of technical expertise among each other.

French chef Philippe Marand will share his experience in the art of chocolate as Head of the new Chocolate Academy. He says, “With our new centre we aim to empower all chocolate professionals in the region to create and express themselves beyond the technical barrier with this wonderful material which is chocolate.

“Chefs and confectioners hardly find an occasion or a place where they can further develop their skills, learn from experienced expert teachers and exchange new ideas among each other. Our new training centre for chocolate here in Dubai is such a place. It is a unique place where we are cultivating an atmosphere of curiosity, creativity and inspiration for both professionals and chocolate lovers."

Frederic Trombert, Vice President of Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet division in the EEMEA region, says the new centre is an important element in further strengthening the company’s footprint in Dubai as well as in the Middle East. “We believe this new Chocolate Academy will become the beating chocolate heart for chefs and foodies not only in Dubai but in the whole Middle East. This will bring us closer to our customers, helping them to reinforce their daily know how to become unique by using our products.

“We want to be here because we want to support the excellence at the highest level. To inspire craftsmen, to discover new technics, new tastes, new combinations and ultimately we also want to provide the knowledge platform for young talents."

Centrally located in Ontario Tower, the Business Bay region – one of the most booming area in Dubai next to the Burj Khalifa – the new centre features the most innovative equipment and utensils one would find in the world’s best schools, and will be integrated into the network of the Barry Callebaut Group’s sixteen other training centers around the world.

Data logger specifically for compressed air plants

With a data logger which was specifically developed for the employment in compressed air plants, BEKO Technologies extends its METPOINT measurement equipment family. The new device boasts a multitude of application-specific capabilities, stretching from the number of connectable transducers to software specifically for the analysis of compressed-air processing.

The METPOINT BDL data logger allows for the connection of up to eight or even twelve transducers or sensors, depending on the model. With this capacity the new device distances itself from standard data loggers which, in most cases, do not allow for such an option.

Sensors combined in a user-defined manner can be assigned to the numerous connections of the METPOINT BDL. With pressure transducers, for example, or with pressure dew point transmitters, volume-flow sensors, temperature sensors or clip-on ammeters. 32 limit values on the whole can be freely defined and assigned to four different alarm relays. An automatic early warning guarantees the utmost precision and process safety. At the device, the measured values are indicated on a 7" colour display with a zoomable touch panel.

It allows for tabular, graphic, and combined presentations. Saving potentials become transparent via daily, weekly and monthly reports. Any exceeded limits are highlighted in red. The number and moments of alarm messages are also indicated. The breakdown into minimum and maximum values completes the extensive reporting.

Although the METPOINT BDL already guarantees a considerable volume of information as a stand-alone unit, it really shows its entire functionality through networking with the other systems of the company. Equipped with all the common types of connections and a web server, the device ensures the utmost flexibility regarding the data transmission to a PC and the World Wide Web. Measured data can be read via the Internet, directly evaluated on the PC and further processed in the user's own systems, for example in a MySQL data base.

For this diversity of functions, BEKO Technologies provides two software variants that are specifically tailored to the METPOINT BDL. The METPOINT READER SW201 program addresses the comprehensive graphic and tabular data evaluation and analysis at the stationary PC workplace. The readout of the measured data from the data logger is implemented via USB or Ethernet.

The METPOINT Connect software acts globally. With it, any number of METPOINT BDL data loggers can be evaluated from any location. For this purpose, the measured data are stored and procured on a server in predefined cycles. Upon request, an alarm is automatically sent via SMS or email in the event of exceeded limit values. The evaluation of the measured data of all the METPOINT data loggers that are integrated into the system can be realised from any workplace worldwide. For clear task assignment, however, the access of individual employees can also be restricted to certain devices.

The compact METPOINT BDL with a weight of slightly less than 7kg and a housing made of powder-coated aluminium can be integrated without great efforts into existing and new compressed-air systems. Due to the employment temperature of up to 50°C, installation points close to the production do not pose an obstacle to the BEKO data logger.

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