MULTIVAC is now offering a packaging solution for filling water beakers, called the R 900, which produces up to 160 beakers per minute. Issuing ready-filled beakers speeds up the work of cabin personnel, for example in an aircraft, and also reduces the amount of empty packaging. So that passengers can open their drinks easily, the portion beakers are equipped with a thermoformed easy-open corner, which enables the upper web to be gripped easily and then readily pulled off. In addition to the packing of liquids, this new thermoforming packaging machine from MULTIVAC is equally suited to packing products with a paste-like consistency, such as yogurt in portion pots.
Dairy drinks are the perfect example of modern lifestyle products that combine health, naturalness, indulgence and convenience. Their comprehensive mixture of nutrients makes them a classic ‘good for me’ product that can be consumed easily on the go – a crucial consideration for today’s busy consumers. But, with almost 80 per cent of South Africans suffering from lactose intolerance, dairy alternatives are now in high demand. These products are also growing in popularity because of the vegan lifestyle choice that many consumers are now following and the available of a wider range of dairy alternatives that are going mainstream.
Propak East Africa, scheduled for March this year, expects a 25 per cent increase in visitor and exhibitor numbers for the 2015 exhibition, with 65 per cent of the exhibition space already sold. Last year the exhibition attracted 65 companies from 15 countries whose products and services stemmed from a variety of industries such as working machinery, raw materials, food processing equipment and printing. With over 2 000 visitors, 89 per cent of which were qualified decision makers, Propak East Africa established itself as the largest gathering of industry leaders in East Africa.
Three Ishida iTPS (Integrated Total Packaging System) for snacks are providing flexibility, reliability and accuracy at Scottish premium crisp manufacturer Mackie’s Crisps at its new factory in Errol, Perthshire. The system comprises an Ishida 14 head multihead weigher and Atlas bagmaker along with a throat metal detector and thermal transfer coder, all fully integrated using Ishida iTPS software and controlled and monitored via an easy-to-use Remote Control Unit (RCU).
Major food processing industry heavyweights from around the world praised the inaugural edition of Gulfood Manufacturing, which debuted at end 2014 as Dubai World Trade Centre’s (DWTC’s) largest ever trade show launch. A sector-specific spin-off of February’s annual Gulfood trade show, the three-day Gulfood Manufacturing hosted over 1 100 companies from 56 countries, featured 26 official country pavilions, and attracted 26 329 visitors from 156 countries.
The recent acquisition of a stake in food development company Food Genie by South African business group RWH Holdings, means the latter can now apply more widely its revolutionary internationally patented food process and technology, Dynamic Cellular Disruption® (DCD®) to help in ‘providing creative solutions that could seriously contribute to promoting food security’. This is according to group MD Roy Henderson.
The Coca-Cola Company, SABMiller, and Gutsche Family Investments (GFI) agreed to combine the bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in Southern and East Africa. The new bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa will serve 12 high-growth countries accounting for approximately 40 per cent of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa.
This year’s Africa’s Big Seven (AB7), scheduled for 21 to 23 June, will again host a Halaal World Pavilion showcasing Halaal products to the African market. The event, which takes place annually, is the largest food and beverage expo on the African continent.
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