A British family-run start-up is seeking crowdfunding in order to launch brand new eco-technology in the UK and European market.
Fresh from a successful launch in Africa, the Biomass Cookstove is a smokeless cooking contraption, ideal for busy domestic kitchens through to outdoor camping trips, festivals and impromptu barbeques. The device has roots grounded not only in sustainable cooking technology, generating electricity from heat energy which can power a lamp or charge a mobile phone, but was also contrived in order to solve the problems of carbon poisoning, which claims lives widely throughout Africa, where cooking on open flames is a way of everyday life.
A family-run start-up, based in the UK, is looking to introduce its brand new eco-cooking technology to the UK and Europe, after successfully launching the product across Africa in order to provide a clean, cheap and sustainable way to cook without requiring a power hook-up or an expensive fuel supply.
African Clean Energy, the British family-owned start-up which engineered the technology and developed the product, is looking to bring the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove to the UK audience as a top-end cooking facility, available for both indoor and outdoor use without any worries about smoke, fuel costs or the negative environmental effects.
Throughout Africa, the product also gained popularity as a means of cooking without the risk of smoke inhalation, a common problem which kills four million people every year, equating to one person every eight seconds. In addition to a life-or-death health solution, the Biomass Cookstove presents a solution for the problems posed by open stove cooking for the environment; a year of cooking on an open fire is the equivalent of driving a large SUV vehicle. When considering the scale of open fire cooking in the third world, this problem becomes very real.
Two thirds of sub-Saharan Africa also has no modern energy, so any new cooking technology intending to address the problems of the region is required to function independently and sustainably, in a cheap and efficient manner with safety at the forefront of the design. Many poor families in the region spend up to 25% of their income purely on fuel, with women and children bearing the brunt of sourcing the fuel, often taking up to three hours of their day.
Siblings Judith and Ruben Walker saw an opportunity to develop a stove which would create an accessible and clean solution for these problems, by burning biomass. Anything from sticks and cow dung to specially designed biomass pellets would be considered a compatible fuel source, and the heat would be strong and effective. Not only this, the heat energy would also convert the Cookstove itself into a source of electrical power.
Not only has this revolutionised cooking throughout the sub-African continent, the opportunity to bring the Biomass Cookstove to the UK has now arisen. With a sleek and modern contemporary design, the stove can be used indoors or outdoors, in public areas such as festivals or on patios for effortlessly smoke-free barbeques.
In order to fund this expansion, Judith and Ruben are set to launch the venture on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform, on 1st September.
Judith says: “Initially, we put all of our time and effort into working out exactly how we could develop this technology which would really apply to everyday use for people in sub Saharan Africa. We didn’t want to come up with a short term fix; we wanted to create something that would trigger change for these people and make an honest difference to help them break the cycle of poverty. We’re proud to have found an outcome that means we aren’t asking people to change their own culture or lifestyle, just creating an option that removes the damage being caused now.”
She continues: “What we have subsequently realised is that we have actually got some great technology here which doesn’t just have to be limited to those in poverty in Africa. It can work over here in the UK; there’s world-wide appeal for a cool, sleek, eco-cooking gadget which means you don’t have to spend the summer coughing over a smoky barbeque. You can even plug in your phone charger or lamp at the same time!
“It’s ideal for camping, festivals or even just as a spare cooking appliance to keep around the house. We feel that there’s definitely a huge potential to bring it back to the UK and let the British market enjoy it! We just hope we can get some great investors on board, as that is what will make or break this new venture and give us a chance to really get this off the ground.”
A British family-run start-up is seeking crowdfunding in order to launch brand new eco-technology in the UK and European market.
Part of the Harland Systems Group, Cobalt Systems provide print and apply excellence.
New feature rich Cobalt Nexus Printer Applicators are backed by a comprehensive three year warranty on component and consumable parts. The advanced functionalities include…
Label formats and data stored locally – an integrated colour touch HMI has label print software and stores a full product database.
Barcode quality verification on print – Sentinel onboard for barcode verification during print cycle and post application validation
Improved Operation & Support – advanced web control and intelligent liner rewind. Connected for remote diagnostics, service monitoring and active adjustments from behind a desk
Join the Cobalt Systems team at the PPMA Show for a demonstration.
Cobalt House, Arden Square, Crewe Business Park, Crewe CW1 6HA
Tel: +44(0)1270 539800
Established in 1988, Atwell’s have grown over the years to be the UK’s leading independent supplier of self-adhesive labelling systems. Atwell systems are engineered to be easy to operate whilst being reliable and efficient.
Atwell invest a considerable amount of time and energy into understanding their customers’ needs so they can support them to the best of their ability, combined with a program of system development and re-investing in the future. Atwell build label applicators to suit pretty much any environment and application, including one off bespoke machines incorporating fully programmable IP55 & IP65 label heads available for the UK and export marketplace.
For more information, visit the new website at www.labeller.co.uk and see why Atwell’s are the country’s leading independent supplier in their field.
Tel: 01444 239970
Technical Helpline: 01444 237804
With in excess of forty years’ experience, AE Mixers are established as a leader in the design and manufacture of mixing equipment for fluid processing applications. Their range of mixers include top entry batch, sealed bearing, bottom entry, single stage and three stage inline high shear rotor stator mixers and fluid mixers.
Manufactured at their purpose built factory in the UK, these mixers are designed to meet specific customer requirements and are available with a selection of precision interchangeable mixing heads to perform essential processes including homogenisation, emulsification, blending, dispersion, solids suspension, solubilisation and particle size reduction. Mixers can be supplied as individual units or integrated with skid mounted process vessels, lifting frames and control panels.
Advanced Engineering offer free on site trials with purpose built test rigs. With off-the-shelf spares, machine repairs and on-site service, AE Mixers provides dedicated support throughout the operational life of the product.
Tel: 01706 759003
Adpak Machinery Systems are recognised as one of the leaders in packaging technology. Standard shrink wrapping machinery installations are their bread and butter and their reputation for these systems is well respected within the industry. Adpak deal in both new and second hand machinery, and provide full after sales back up for all systems sold.
The speciality of Adpak, however, is in applying the latest technology and innovations to unusual and sometimes difficult packaging problems that arise due to the changing nature of today’s consumer market. All their machines, such as the new BP600 sleevewrapper, offer the versatility and reliability that has become Adpak’s trademark.
Adpak’s pioneering involvement within the packaging industry over the last few years has led to a long list of satisfied clients – large, medium and small.
Tel: 01282 601444
East-Anglian contract catering firm Edwards & Blake are delighted to have won a Gold Food for Life Catering Mark Award for their catering at Neatherd High School, Dereham, Norfolk.
The Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark Award is presented to caterers who demonstrate they meet the high standards of provenance, quality and preparation and provide food that encourages pupils to eat healthy, fresh food on site.
By being an accredited Catering Mark holder, Edwards & Blake has made a key contribution to Neatherd High School becoming one of only four secondary schools in England to achieve the wider Food for Life Partnership Gold award, which acknowledges provision of quality food as well as cooking, growing and farm-linked education to pupils and the wider community.
Shirley Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards & Blake says: “We pride ourselves on offering extremely high standards to every school we work with, sourcing all produce as locally as possible and ensuring that a freshly-prepared, healthy meal is available to all pupils who take school meals. We have worked closely with Neatherd High School to develop menus and food that will encourage pupils to eat well and enjoy their food and we are delighted that we have both reached the ‘Gold’ standard”.
Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification, says: “The Gold Catering Mark is a fantastic achievement on this scale so it’s brilliant to see Edwards & Blake gaining recognition for serving great fresh meals made with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Serving menus to Gold Catering Mark standards can significantly reduce carbon emissions and supports local businesses so this is a win-win for planet-friendly food and the local economy. Edwards & Blake is leading the way in the drive to improve food culture in the UK.”
Owned and managed by Shirley Edwards and Caroline Blake, the company is based in Swaffham in Norfolk. It looks after over 85 contracts and has over 500 staff. Edwards and Blake has a turnover of over £14m.
Printed in one colour but with an embossed pattern and message, the Invercote cup is extremely elegant and has a far lower environmental impact than plastic cups.
Iggesund Paperboard wanted to test the limits of what is possible and decided to create a large cup with a double-walled construction that is fairly common on the market. The double-walled construction means it is possible to use one material inside the cup and another for the outer wall, which functions as both a heat shield and a brand carrier.
Anna Adler, who is in charge of the project for Market Communications at Iggesund Paperboard, says, “For the cup’s inside we chose Invercote coated with polyethylene and for the outside we used Aluvision, which is Invercote extrusion coated with a thin layer of aluminium foil plus PE on top of the foil. We wanted the metallic feature in order to achieve elegance and shine even though we only printed with one colour, vintage orange.”
The project used an ornamental pattern that framed Iggesund’s Invercote brand. The plan was to cover everything except the pattern with the orange colour and then get the pattern and product name to shine by giving them a raised embossing. The Swiss toolmaker SMR Stanztechnik AG supplied the high-precision embossing tool and the printing was then done by the Italian paper cup specialists SDG.
Iggesund’s Technical Service Manager Alex Guglielmi says, “We did a number of tests to find out how much we should emboss but finally decided to emboss the entire pattern and brand name. It was interesting to see how the embossing made the metallic tones that weren’t overprinted with orange really shine. A real eye catcher.”
Matching the printed and embossed areas was a real challenge. To be certain of avoiding any misregister, it was decided to reduce the number of cup blanks per printed sheet from 27 to 24.
Alex Guglielmi says, “Invercote has fantastic dimensional stability but sometimes it’s better to be on the safe side. Instead of going with 27 we decided to be cautious and only do 24. It’s still a fantastic result for anyone who wants elegance and a visual impression that can convey a brand.”
The paperboard’s printability and ability to be finished to a high level of elegance are not the only reasons why Iggesund believes in a renaissance for paperboard-based beverage cups. Competing materials such as traditional plastic or polystyrene foam cups create a much higher carbon footprint than a cup made of paperboard with a thin PE coating.
Anna Adler says, “A cup made of PE-coated Invercote has a carbon footprint that is scarcely a quarter the size of the one left by the same cup made of plastic – just comparing the weight of the materials used. By that measure alone, the paperboard cup is the clear winner. If you add the existence of efficient recycling systems and the fact that the stored bioenergy can finally be recovered, paperboard is an outstanding choice of material.”
Iggesund perceives long-term business opportunities for such a product, not least in the US, where debates are currently raging over the environmental aspects of polystyrene foam cups. A number of American cities are trying to forbid the use of polystyrene foam materials in beverage cups and catering packs.
Crisp Sensation Holding, owner of a worldwide patented food coating system, announces its licensee Royaan has launched the first products made with its breakthrough crumb coating. The Dutch manufacturer of snack products has introduced a comprehensive range of oven snacks under the brand name Kwekkeboom.
All products in the range, from the meat croquettes to the cheese dippers, use the patented Crisp Sensation technology and are characterised by outstanding crispiness that matches deep-fry coatings and is unparalleled by other oven baked snacks. Initially, the products will open up new possibilities for the food service industry before being made available to consumers via retail stores.
Kwekkeboom is a leading brand of premium crumb coated snacks in the Netherlands. The range comprises beef croquettes, typically Dutch “bitterballen”, cheese dippers and chicken nuggets – the latter in pure chicken or with added Italian, Saté or Curry fillings. Thanks to the innovative Crisp Sensation technology, the products score with a superior crumb and a core that remains juicy and tender. The special coating process also makes sure that there is no breaking or leaking of the contents during cooking.
First to recognise these advantages was the airline Corendon, which has been serving Kwekkeboom meat croquets during flights for almost two months. Until now it has been impossible for cabin crew to prepare snacks with a crunchy crust comparable to fried products thousands of feet up in the air. Now, the Crisp Sensation technology has made it possible for passengers to enjoy high quality, warm and tasty in-flight snacks.
Besides superior crispiness, the Crisp Sensation technology brings further advantages – once reheated, the products remain crispy and juicy for up to three hours in regular holding units. These benefits open obvious doors for caterers, airlines, gastronomy, petrol stations and cinemas. With their easy preparation and ability to be kept warm for hours without loss of quality, periods of high and low demand can be handled equally easily. Crisp Sensation snacks also have significantly less fat. This health benefit is due to the lower fat uptake of the patented crust and to the oven preparation, which means that Crisp Sensation snacks do not need to be fried twice. With its worldwide patented technology, Crisp Sensation allows manufacturers to produce a wide variety of products for preparation in a diverse range of ways.
As with Royaan, Crisp Sensation Holding offers its technology to all of its licensees as part of a long-term partnership that includes expert support in product development and implementation. Whether it’s food service or retail products, Crisp Sensation technology offers manufacturers an easy way to target new markets with products of convincing quality, easy preparation and excellent margins. According to Gerrit Dreise, Commercial Director EMEA/Asia for Crisp Sensation Holding, several licensees are currently working on new product introductions worldwide.
Birds Eye is entering the next phase of its master brand update with a new logo and packaging.
Rolling out from this month, the new look forms part of the brand’s repositioning following the launch of ‘The Food of Life’ advertising campaign earlier this year.
Iglo Group has invested £60m on the brand relaunch across Europe to change the view of frozen food from ‘fall back’ to ‘first choice’. Designed by JKR, the redesign aims to bring greater warmth and personality to the brand’s portfolio.
The Birds Eye logo has been paired back with a clean and advanced-style look that lends itself to being viewed on-screen – a key consideration given the brand’s increased focus on digital marketing and e-commerce.
The new packaging features the logo centre of pack to ensure clear standout on shelf – and as a symbol of the brand’s commitment to the highest standards of quality. Updated photography brings products to the fore, showing food as it is eaten and enjoyed in a real kitchen setting.
In March, Birds Eye unveiled its bold new advertising campaign to champion great tasting food that can be enjoyed every day. The breakthrough campaign from Havas Worldwide features conversations that unfold as food is cooked, shared and eaten, celebrating real food and the way real people eat and interact at meal times.
Birds Eye General Marketing Manager Cheryl Calverley says: “Our new packaging completes the update to our master brand and reflects our popular ‘The Food of Life’ campaign. The refreshed packaging will help our products stand out on the shelves as well as delivering in increasingly important digital environments.”
Iglo Group will also be revealing information relating to their sustainability vision and forthcoming programme later this year.