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Kite Packaging revolutionise takeaway packaging with compostable greaseproof paper

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Takeaway food packaging has a bad reputation of excess and negative environmental impact. Kite Packaging resolved to change this with their range of eco-conscious food packaging solutions; their latest addition being their compostable greaseproof paper. Comprised of a sulphite pulp, the paper fibres have been thoroughly beaten to produce a closed structure boasting resistance to oils and fats. As a result, any moist or potentially greasy foods can be reliably contained within the paper wrap without liquids seeping onto the customer’s hands when eating. The sheets are available in three pre-cut sizes to facilitate rapid packing at pressurised point of purchase situations or within busy kitchens that cater toward takeaway deliveries. The clean and hygienic bleached white appearance perfectly suits the requirements of the food industry while exuding professionalism. Greaseproof paper is ideal for wrapping sausage rolls or pastries on the go, or lining Kite’s postal boxes or pizza boxes for the deliveries. Whether you sell brownies or run a street food stall, this style of food wrap is an essential for reducing mess and increasing user satisfaction. After use, the customer can simply put the packaging into their domestic compost bin where it will quickly decompose into organic compounds that actively benefit the earth. The produce of a compost bin can act as fertiliser for flowers and plants, hence promoting the flourishing of our natural environment.

Loma Systems® to showcase latest technologies at IPPE 2022

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Loma Systems, a global leader in inspection technologies for food quality and safety, will be showcasing its latest technologies at IPPE (International Production & Processing Expo), held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, on 25-27 Jan 2022. The company is exhibiting on booth #C13409. IPPE is the world’s largest annual display of technology, equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat, and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing. At the expo, Loma will be displaying both IQ4 Metal Detectors and X5 X-ray Inspection technologies, each being well suited to the Protein Industry for the ultimate protection of critical control points to deliver the highest food quality and safety standards.
LOMA IQ4 Pipeline
Loma’s IQ4 Pipeline is a robust system designed for both Sterile in Place (SIP) and easy strip down cleaning depending on the application, complying to EN1672-2 hygiene standards. This system is designed to be used with pumped and flowing products such as meat slurries, soups, sauces or dairy. Designed to be on a mobile stand with gas strut for height adjustment, the IQ4 Pipeline is built to IP69K rating making it suitable for both high-care and low-care environments. Also, on display will be a Flex™ conveyor, paired with an IQ4 Metal Detector to provide a fully-functional, adjustable metal detector conveyor system. Offering the latest 7” color touchscreen with an engaging user interface designed to make light work of setting, running and maintaining the IQ4 range whilst minimalizing user errors. Loma’s conveyor systems comply with strict international standards such as IFS, BRC and FSMA. They can also be supplied with “Higher Level Compliance” to meet the strictest of Retail Codes of Practice. For X-ray inspection systems, Loma will have both their X5 Pipeline and their innovative X5 Space Saver on display – the X5 range comes complete with full color touchscreen, multilevel password access storing data logged events for traceability, image optimization, AAT technology and much more.
LOMA X5 Pipeline
The X5 Pipeline is perfect for inspection of a wide range of pumped and free flowing applications such as poultry, meat, slurries and sauces. The system, which is available with product pipes of 2.5 and 3”, is capable of offering excellent detection of a wide range of contaminants including all metals, calcified bone, glass, stone and dense plastics. The X5 Space Saver offers first-class CCP protection in the smallest footprint possible with a line length of just 1000mm. With a new integrated higher power X-ray generator, the system offers good detection levels on a wide range of hard and soft contaminants within most packaging types, including foil trays or metallized film. Additionally, IQ4 Metal Detectors are UL® Listed for Safety, providing an unbiased safety
LOMA X5 Space Saver X-ray
assurance to interested parties in the United States and Canada. For more information on the innovative and reliable equipment from Loma, stop by booth #C13409 at IPPE in Atlanta on January 25th – 27th.      

UK Food Valley seafood pilot launched in Grimsby

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The Grimsby seafood cluster has launched a £430,000 six-month UK Food Valley pilot programme to help upskill the fish processing workforce in Europe’s largest seafood cluster.

The pilot is supported by the National Centre of Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in Holbeach, part of the University of Lincoln, and is part of the Government’s Community Renewal Fund. It was a priority project supported by North East Lincolnshire Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. The seafood sector and the NCFM will use this pilot to shape a new centre for food processing education, research and innovation in Grimsby. Formal proposals are expected to be brought forward this year. The aim is to ensure that the food processing cluster, centred on the seafood industry but also including expertise in other foods and food logistics and cold storage, has the expertise needed to drive forward growth. The project was launched on Thursday 13th January at Grimsby Town’s Blundell Park stadium. Val Braybrooks, Dean of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, is leading on the project with Simon Dwyer, a key figure in the seafood sector. Speaking at the launch, Val said: “This fund is so exciting; it really opens up the opportunity to put some resources into Grimsby to help our businesses. “The process was highly competitive. North East Lincolnshire Council has led the charge with a number of projects, and we’re really pleased we have got this piece of work to help our sector. “We have got to make sure we deliver the huge impact everyone really wants, and we only have a short window of time. It finishes in June so we have a lot to do. We have a great team of people to work with and organisations such as Grimsby Institute, Seafish, North East Lincolnshire Council and the Grimsby and Humber Seafood Alliance. “We are a great partnership, we have lots of strengths and can cover lots of ground, whether it’s skills, innovation or digital automation – we have huge resources to help business. We are hugely excited.” The fund will support not just food manufacturing and processing but also hospitality and retail. Simon Dwyer, who represents the scores of fish merchanting companies in Grimsby, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the businesses in the region, whether a large business or an independent mobile fishmonger, or somewhere in between. “Grimsby’s seafood cluster is one of the largest in the northern hemisphere, employing over 5,500 directly in seafood and fish processing and another 10,000 in the supply chain. “Most of these people working in the industry are living in North East Lincolnshire, processing fish coming from all over the world, some 30 species from 40 different countries. We are supplying all the major retailers and food service organisations throughout the UK and exporting, although that has been tricky with Brexit. “We are home to the protected geographical indication for Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish and we have world-class people working in the industry today interested in innovation, sustainability and marketing, doing great things.”

RMGroup’s new state-of-the-art website delivers a first-rate user experience

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Robotics and automation specialists, RMGroup, has recently launched an impressive new website, showcasing its knowledge, innovation and automation expertise. The company designs, manufactures and supplies a wide range of manual and automatic packaging machinery, packaging systems and robotic automation to an expansive customer base spanning food and beverage, horticultural, aggregates, chemicals and agricultural industries. The modern and engaging site incorporates the very latest web development technologies and boasts a whole host of features, including a fresh layout that means that visitors can access every page with ease, regardless of whether they are browsing from a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. With the homepage displaying an immersive animation of RMGroup’s comprehensive capabilities, visitors to the site will be wowed from the get-go. Created with the user experience in mind, the site includes many features to facilitate quick and easy navigation. Searching the portal via product or industry produces relevant solutions, including images, technical specifications and supporting material such as videos, case studies and all important customer testimonials. Key areas of the site include information on RMGroup’s service and support, where users will be able to learn how the company provides its customers with industry leading service and aftersales care, and the media and resources hub, which contains a wealth of valuable content, including brochures, case studies, videos and press releases. Additionally, and following the company’s recent opening of a US subsidiary in Delaware, the site’s content has been configured to provide international visitors with a more inclusive experience. Full language options are also available. “Developing the new website was something we were eager to do last year, so that we could present our innovative solutions and expertise in an even more user-friendly and engaging way,” said RMGroup’s Rosie Davies. “The new platform is easy to navigate and intuitive, so whether you are looking for our bulk bagging solutions, automatic bag filling, robot palletising, or the very latest in AGV technology, everything can be found quickly and easily on the new site,” she added. For more information on RMGroup visit their new look site at https://rmgroupuk.com/.

Grupo Costa acquires sliced cold meats company

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Grupo Costa has acquired Juan Luna, a leading company in the European market in sliced cold meats and cheese and meat snacks. The company’s majority shareholder until now was Nazca Capital. This brand is thus added to the Costa Food Group holding, the national meat purveyor which currently supplies ‘Iberico’ and white pork, chicken, and turkey. Jorge Costa, CEO of the group, said: “The acquisition of Juan Luna allows us to strengthen our options in the pre-packaged food market, and also to extend our ranges. It will undoubtedly boost our growth, as it is a leading company in cutting, slicing and packaging. This incorporation is key to bringing continuity to our commitment to being closer to the end consumer.” Álvaro Mariátegui, CEO of Nazca, said: “Juan Luna is our twenty-third divestment, following a project in which we have opted for industrial reinforcement and the transformation of a family business into a leading Spanish company with independent, professional management. The choice of buyer of our investees is very important to us and we are convinced that Costa Food Group is the ideal group in which to integrate Juan Luna, for its prestige, growth strategy and cross-selling potential.” The Juan Luna plant in Sollana (Valencia) produces pre-packaged, ready-to-eat meat and cheese products in different formats: sliced, cuts, diced, wedges, cheeseboards, presentation cases, etc. The company has 245 employees and its aggregate turnover in 2021 was 56.5 million euros. Grupo Costa’s aggregate turnover forecast for 2021 is 1700 million euros. Costa Food Group is composed of Piensos Costa, Costa Food Meat, Casademont, Industrias Cárnicas Villar, Ibéricos Costa, Embutidos La Nuncia, Grupo Aviserrano, Roler, La Alegría Riojana and now, Juan Luna.

Investment for the 2022 Dried Fruit Alliance campaign is doubled due to 2021 success

The Dried Fruit Alliance is joining forces once again in 2022 with its third campaign to raise awareness and re-educate consumers about the health benefits and versatility of eating more dried fruit. On the committee this year is dried fruit heavy-weight brands Whitworths, California Prune Board, Dried Fruits Australia, Raisins South Africa, Aegean Exporters Union, International Dried Grape Conference and Community Foods UK. With the support of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), the total campaign investment in 2022 has grown by 90%; nearly doubling the budget from last year. 2021’s #EatMoreDriedFruit campaign, fronted by TV personality Denise Van Outen, reached over 26 million people across trade, national and consumer press, and social media. The success of this campaign in generating positive social sentiment and communicating key health benefits of eating dried fruit has encouraged further investment in 2022. This years’ campaign will be fronted by Tokyo Olympic Gold Medallist, and I’m a Celebrity star, Matty Lee MBE, supported by a mix of lifestyle, foodie, nutrition, and medical influencers including TV medic, Dr. Zoe Williams. The line-up of talent is helping to deliver key messaging around the versatility and health benefits of eating dried fruit to their engaged community of social followers. Matty Lee says: “I’ve always loved dried fruit; it was an essential fuel while I was training for the Olympics this year. I literally add it to anything and everything – from my morning smoothie to salads. So when the Dried Fruit Alliance approached me to work with them, I was over the moon. There are so many health benefits to eating dried fruit. Just 30g counts as one of your 5-a-day, and with important nutrients to help maintain healthy immune and digestive systems, it really is the gold medal of snacks.” Over the last year, changes in consumer attitudes were closely correlated to lockdown announcements, with health moving down the list of importance as lockdown periods continued. As restrictions have eased, the importance of health has recovered and it is now at its highest level since the start of the pandemic, and above the five-year average. The Dried Fruit Alliance has identified this as an opportunity to establish dried fruit’s position in the market as a versatile, healthy cooking and snacking essential. Phil Gowland, commerical director at Whitworths, said: “We’ve once again partnered with our allies in the dried fruit industry to actively encourage wider category growth. After the success of our #EatMoreDriedFruit campaign in 2021, we can really see the value in working with high-profile talent to communicate the benefits of dried fruit and reach a new audience that may not have considered adding dried fruit to their diets. “As it stands, 92% of children aged 11-18 years and 73% of adults are not getting their five a day. With just 30g of dried fruit counting towards one of the 5-a-day, this year we’re conducting consumer research to add insight as an extra layer to the campaign to firstly understand what the barrier to reaching these guidelines are, and then offer dried fruit as an achievable solution. “As we emerge from lockdown, we have already seen a shift in consumer behaviour toward dried fruit to improve nutritional intake. With its naturally healthy credentials and broad range of nutritional benefits, we see now as being a really key time to push positive messaging to consumers.”

Monster to enter alcoholic beverage sector with $330m acquisition

Monster Beverage Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective LLC, a craft beer and hard seltzer company for $330 million in cash.

The transaction will bring the Cigar City (Jai Alai IPA and Florida Man IPA), Oskar Blues (Dale’s Pale Ale and Wild Basin Hard Seltzer), Deep Ellum (Dallas Blonde and Deep Ellum IPA), Perrin Brewing (Black Ale), Squatters (Hop Rising Double IPA and Juicy IPA) and Wasatch (Apricot Hefeweizen) brands to the Monster beverage portfolio. The transaction does not include CANarchy’s stand-alone restaurants. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Monster’s organizational structure for its existing energy beverage business will remain unchanged. CANarchy will function independently, retaining its own organizational structure and team, led by Tony Short. “This transaction provides us with a springboard from which to enter the alcoholic beverage sector,” said Monster’s Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Hilton Schlosberg. “The acquisition will provide us with a fully in-place infrastructure, including people, distribution and licenses, along with alcoholic beverage development expertise and manufacturing capabilities in this industry.” “The addition of CANarchy and its brands to the Monster beverage portfolio represents an excellent opportunity to further grow our already robust product offerings,” added Monster’s Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Rodney Sacks. “We are excited to build and expand upon CANarchy’s existing brands with innovative new products.” “The team at CANarchy is thrilled to be joining Monster,” said CANarchy’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Short. “We look forward to capitalizing on the combined expertise of Monster and CANarchy to further strengthen our current alcoholic product offerings, expand our product portfolio to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and to grow our business.”

Kite Packaging launch returnable mailing bags with 30% recycled content

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The employee share-owned company has recently released returnable mailing bags, now available in an economical polythene material with 30% recycled content. The lightweight and compact construction conserves vehicle space, enabling more packages to be transported per truck, hence minimising the overall carbon footprint. Returnable postal packaging appeals to the growing demand for quick and easy returns processes when shopping online. Given the unavoidable uncertainties of ordering items such as clothing from ecommerce sites, a user-friendly procedure for returning goods is essential for securing both the  initial sale and repeated purchases. The double peel and seal strip allows the mailer to be fastened a second time after the easy-tear perforation is torn. The durable polymer construction supports the design by having suitable strength to last the multiple transit journeys. Kite Packaging already supply a recyclable kraft paper returnable mailing bag but the polythene version provides a low cost solution without gusseted seams for smaller and lighter products. The company is continually expanding their online product range to suit the requirements of almost all businesses and budgets to the point where they are now the largest online packaging distributor in the UK. Their keen awareness of ecommerce trends and industry developments makes Kite the perfect partner for your business. Explore the range at kitepackaging.co.uk

ROCOL reinforces customer support with new appointment

International lubricants manufacturer ROCOL is reinforcing its support for UK customers with the appointment of a new metalworking fluid chemist. Daniel Moulson studied Chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University before starting his career with in the cosmetics industry. Working first in quality control, he continued his career there as a microbiologist. He joins the technical department at ROCOL where his primary role is to work with the service engineers to offer advice and recommendations for the efficient running of metalworking equipment. Daniel is also the first point of contact for customers with issues that cannot be fixed on-site and require deeper investigation. Daniel commented, “The opportunity to join an organisation that is well established and has such a fantastic reputation is one I had to take. Being given the opportunity to work with high-quality products and deliver the great levels of service that ROCOL customers have come to expect is something that excites me a lot. “Joining ROCOL allows me to apply the knowledge and skills and knowledge that I have from both university and my career so far in a way that will be beneficial to customers. It also allows me to develop new skills and learn from an experienced team.” Daniel’s appointment reinforces ROCOL’s commitment to the metalworking sector and ensures that ROCOL customers across the country will continue to receive the highest levels of service and support. Chris Dyson, ROCOL Technical Manager, said, “We’re pleased to have Daniel joining us. He is a talented chemist and has an appetite to deliver a top-class service to our customers. I know that our metalworking customers will benefit from his skills and commitment.” For more information about ROCOL and its products, visit www.rocol.com, contact customer.services@rocol.com or phone +44 (0) 113 232 2700.

Benson Hill makes strategic soy swoop

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Benson Hill, a food tech company, has acquired ZFS Creston, an established food grade white flake and soy flour manufacturing operation in southwest Iowa, for approximately $102 million. The investment fulfils a final step in Benson Hill’s ability to convert its proprietary soybeans into value-added soy protein ingredients for the underserved human and pet food categories. “The acquisition of ZFS Creston, combined with our proprietary Ultra-High Protein soybean varieties, positions Benson Hill to deliver a portfolio of improved ingredients as an innovative unlock to bottlenecks in the rapidly growing but capacity-constrained plant-based movement,” said Matt Crisp, Chief Executive Officer of Benson Hill. “This acquisition advances our integrated business model as a more efficient route to market with a smaller footprint that better aligns with consumer preferences, enabling us to harness the genetic potential of plants and help scale the growth of plant-based markets.” Benson Hill says the capacity and capabilities acquired through ZFS Creston will enable it to immediately deliver a portfolio of better-from-the-beginning non-GMO ingredients that are less processed, more sustainable, identity-preserved, traceable and domestically sourced. “The Creston operation is expected to accelerate commercialization through the immediate ability to produce our ingredient portfolio,” said Bruce Bennett, President, Ingredients at Benson Hill. “The investment also enables deeper insight to customer preferences as we deliver much-needed innovation in other high-value food ingredients in the future. ZFS Creston is an established protein supplier with a respected and knowledgeable team on-site. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Benson Hill.” “The ZFS Creston team has done a terrific job optimizing the facility and working with customers, suppliers and the Creston, Iowa community to create a successful, value-added food ingredient business,” said Eric Meeuwsen, ZFS Creston Co-President and Chief Operations Officer. “We are grateful for the hard work of everyone at ZFS Creston. We are confident Benson Hill will provide excellent opportunities for employees, local farmers and the community through the commercialization of their innovative, higher nutrition, soy-based food ingredients.”