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    MEF Exclisive,Coloring Foods for On-Trend Beverages

    Consumers increasingly seek variety in their glasses and expect more from beverages than just to satisfy their thirst. New drinking experiences and bursts of flavor are in demand that provide appealing and sophisticated alternatives to the usual sweet and fizzy lemonades. At the same time, consumers want natural, clean label products; health consciousness and knowledge on ingredients is increasing. These developments challenge beverage manufacturers and call for innovations, but also open up new opportunities. With the right ingredients, producers can position themselves in a growing market segment. Coloring Foods, made exclusively from fruits, vegetables and edible plants, are key to success in satisfying consumers’ expectations of visual appeal and naturalness. 

    “...75% of the first impression of a product is determined by the color alone”

    Color is one of the most important factors in the purchase decision. In fact, 75% of the first impression of a product is determined by the color alone. The reasons for this are manifold. Firstly, color is an important, if not primary indicator for quality and freshness. Secondly, it raises expectations regarding the taste of a product, because the brain associates specific flavors with certain colors. Red and purple hues, for example, increase perceptions of sweetness. Thirdly, the general value placed on visual experiences is growing. Consumers are searching for creative and distinctive drink creations with interesting and vibrant colors. The focus on color has produced countless novelties in the industry that use an optimized color concept to make a beverage stand out. Recent product developments explicitly reference color in their name, create unexpected looks or mix up color and taste to stir up consumers’ curiosity. This trend has been particularly notable in the sector of premium soft drinks. More and more adults wish for drinks that match the respective social situation, serve a sophisticated taste and go beyond simple water or juice. Therefore, the market for beverages like lemonades with new flavors, near water- and tea drinks with ingredients such as vegetables or exotic fruits and smoothies with so-called superfoods has been growing fast. Plants are also used for exciting new possibilities, for example when mixing fruit based drinks with herbs, grains or even algae. All of these premium beverage concepts are dependent on appealing colors. 

    Natural please
    Despite the longing for variety and exciting new drinks, consumers still prefer the natural alternative. Food scandals and increasing health consciousness have led to greater skepticism about the ingredients of food and beverages. Thanks to more information, available for example on the internet, consumers have higher knowledge of ingredients and their origin, and use it to scrutinize labels and all parts of the supply chain. A study by the GNT Group, producer of the global brand in Coloring Foods EXBERRY®, found that 66% worldwide check the label of food and beverages to make an informed purchase decision. The use of additives – especially with unfamiliar names – and INS numbers has become a real issue. Using colorants, preservatives or artificial flavors can deter consumers from buying a product. 

    Clean labels require naturalness
    Although manufacturers seek to meet their customers’ demand for greater naturalness and are already using alternatives to synthetic colorants, consumers seem to have a different understanding of what natural really means. Colors originating from any natural substance – including for instance insects or minerals – are accepted by only 21%. Instead, every second person expects natural colors to be made only from edible raw materials such as fruits and vegetables. These results clearly show that consumers not only evaluate artificial colors critically, but also colorants that are produced from natural raw materials by using chemical solutions. Examples are carmine (made from the cochineal insect), grape skin extract or carbon black (made from wood or peat). To determine whether a certain product meets their expectations, consumers depend on simple labels. According to GNT’s survey, two in three emphasize the importance of easy to understand ingredient information for their purchase decision, pushing the clean label trend forward. Beverage manufacturers need to react. They are more and more dependent on color solutions that enable them to produce clean label products while providing a full range of shades and opportunities. 

    “...the coloring foods undergo extensive testing until the desired shade and intensity have been achieved”

    Key to success
    Coloring foods are an ideal answer to these requirements. The concept behind them is fairly simple: coloring food with food. They are concentrates obtained exclusively from fruit, vegetables and edible plants, produced by only applying gentle physical methods. Raw materials are chopped, pressed, cooked and concentrated. Chemicals are searched in vain. The results are true natural solutions that can simply be labelled as “Coloring food (concentrate of grapes, elderberries)” or “concentrate (carrots, elderberries)”. As such, they are perfectly fitting consumers’ wishes for natural products and clean label formulations. They can instantly see and understand where the colors originate from. 

    Full vertical integration for excellent quality
    The production process and raw materials base of colorants have also been constantly optimized and extended to provide solutions that are equal to colorants in terms of variety, stability and brilliance and shelf-life. This is guaranteed by the complete vertical integration of the supply chain. From the selection of seeds to the final concentrates, all steps are monitored closely to ensure that only the best raw materials are cultivated, that they are harvested at the ideal time of ripening, and that they are processed within hours of harvesting to prevent color deterioration. A standardized two-step production process and strategic stock philosophy secure year-round availability and best possible price stability at a consistent high quality level. 
    Santosh Thankappan 
    Sales Director
    GNT Middle East FZ LLC.

    TSCA 160: An Economical Packaging Solution

    Sealing and clipping with a single machine. This economic high performance makes the TSCA 160 very flexible in production and offers a high level of automation and outstanding hygiene. This is thanks to the fully automatic self-regulating processes. The TSCA 160 is ideal for industrial production of dairy products in plastic films up to a diameter of 160 mm at 160 cycles a minute in continuous mode. This is state-of-the-art clipping and sealing technology for even more efficient production and for big diameters. With Poly-clip System's TSCA 160 customers can save cash, thanks to use of inexpensive flat films. The film is taken from the roll and sealed to a ready-to-fill film tube, which is then filled and securely clipped in the integrated clipping unit using the double-clipping process. Up to 3,300 meters of flat film can be produced, making for over four hours of continuous production. The operator does not need to intervene and correct the film length, thus guaranteeing constant automatic production. The film and clip ends and lack of output from the filling unit are automatically monitored. The high degree of automation of this TSCA allows for a considerable measure of process monitoring, involving for example the parameters stored in recipe management. When irregularities occur the TSCA 160 automatically displays a warning. The operator is intuitively guided by self-explanatory pictograms through the flat menu structure of the SAFETY TOUCH panel. 

    MULTIVAC Offers the Right Solution for Every Need

    MULTIVAC is one of the few suppliers up to now in the market, which is able to cover all aspects of portion packaging and to offer the right solution to meet the customer’s individual requirements. MULTIVAC also has a wide range of thermoforming packaging machines available. A complete and comprehensive range of cutting tools also enables many different pack geometries to be produced. Up to now solutions for producing portion packs were primarily based on high-output packaging machines, which are equipped with a complete cutting tool and designed for large pack quantities. In future, MULTIVAC will also be able to offer a new shape and contour cutter, which can be used on all thermoforming packaging machines, even on compact models. This means producing portion packs is economically viable even on entry-level machines. The investment costs are quickly amortized, the wearing parts are cost-effective, and film consumption is reduced significantly due to the trim-free cutting unit. MULTIVAC’s advantage in expertise in regard to die technology and automation creates many benefits for manufacturers of portion packs: and the innovative cutting technology, which is designed to meet specific requirements, leads to a reduction in packaging material consumption, lower costs for trim disposal and a higher level of machine availability. Thanks to its comprehensive machine range, efficient and cost-effective packaging solutions can be used, which are tailored to specific needs and deliver the desired packaging results with the required output – whether it is on compact entry-level machines or high-output packaging lines. 

    The Proof Is in the Package

    Everywhere we look, there’s a new product that promotes a healthier lifestyle. Infiltrating the consumer psyche, food and drink producers are capitalizing on increasingly health-driven and socially responsible shoppers, striving for a piece of the consumer healthcare pie, which is expected to grow by 50 percent to almost €682 billion over the next five years. One company with the foresight to predict such expansion was UK-based snack producer Graze. Nine years ago, seven friends set up an online subscription business which looked to create snacks that showed off health's more pleasurable side. Having undergone considerable growth, the company today has moved into physical shops in the UK and is on sale in more than 5000 stores, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots as well as American retailer Wallgreen’s. “People want healthier food choices” Horatio Cary, innovation engineer comments, “although it’s a sector that’s becoming increasingly congested, at Graze we are constantly searching for the best balance between healthy, tasty and interesting snacks by making good exciting.” It’s true, consumers trust iconic brands with an established track record – but a recent study by BrandSpark International found that younger, more innovative companies can engage further with consumers and build trust by clearly setting out its mission and beliefs. “Our success is driven not just from providing great-tasting food, but also by working hard to make sure the positioning, packaging format and packaging materials all work hard to encourage customers to choose to Graze.” The packaging of a product should never be underestimated. It gives companies the ability to differentiate from competitors and can also be an effective marketing tool. The company called on Kliklok, now a Bosch Packaging Technology company, to keep the artisan look and feel and to uphold the brand’s identity of a craft, environmentally-friendly producer of fresh and healthy snacks.

    LANICO Presents GSVA 365 Seaming Machine

    LANICO offers a new machine for efficiently seaming large and even overfilled food cans. With a maximum output of 1,800 cans per hour, the fully automated GSVA 365 seamer processes ‘hefty’ can sizes up to 230 mm diameter and 300 mm height. The company designed the GSVA 365 seamer for large cans filled with vegetables, mushrooms, pickles, gherkins or sausages – products that stand still while seaming. Both the seaming module and the machine cover are made of stainless steel so that the machine can be used in dry and humid production conditions. Format changes are performed effortlessly and conveniently due to quick-changeover parts with seaming rollers mounted onto a pre-set lever-system. The GSVA 365’s hygienic and economic design is the result of the manufacturer’s extensive experience based on more than 100,000 LANICO seaming machines installed on the market. The user-friendly control panel comes with a text-based display. The CE-certified machine conforms to EU regulations. Since its foundation in 1919, the LANICO Maschinenbau Otto Niemsch GmbH has been producing machines for the can making and canning industry. Today, the company has become one of the leaders in the field of general line, aerosol and rectangular can making equipment. The company holds a major market share for combined necking-, flanging and seaming machines. Other fields of application include special machines for the filtration and automotive industries as well as capacitor manufacturing. Can seaming machines made of stainless steel round off the extensive portfolio.

    HOBART presents the new rack-type dishwasher

    HOBART presents the next generation of the CP/CN series. Whether in PREMAX or PROFI version, the new rack-type dishwasher offers new technology dimensions with convincing solutions for more efficiency, economy, easier handling and even better drying results. The models will be available from October 2017. Driving progress, retaining well-proven features. Under this motto, the company keeps improving its warewashing solutions, setting standards all over the world. The latest development, the innovative rack-type dishwashers of the CP/CN series, boasts three significant improvements. Reason enough for the company, the global market manufacturer, to proclaim the improved machines a new dimension of commercial warewashing. In practice, it often is the case that one worker only is assigned to operate the typical rack-type dishwasher. This means that this operator has to walk constantly to and fro because the front rack will trigger the mechanical limit switch once it reaches the end of the unloading table. After just a few racks filled with dirty dishes, the operator needs to wash his or her hands and go from the intake to the end of the machine to unload the clean wash ware. This work needs to be completed before the other racks remaining in the dishwasher can be washed. The patented RACK-FLOW sensor system puts an end to this time-consuming walking up and down. Intelligent control technology allows for loading the machine over its entire length and using it without tedious interruptions. Optimised processes ensure that up to double the number of racks can be washed in one cycle ‒ for more efficiency and faster warewashing. Everything at a glance with the comfortable compact display and clearly structured user interface of the INFOTRONIC control by HOBART: operating mode, operating status, temperatures etc. Furthermore, key information such as the water and power consumption can be called up directly via the intuitive customer menu, ensuring compliance with the DIN regulations regarding documentation of the maintenance history. The INFOTRONIC control also simplifies the flexible programming of the autostart programme and allows for data download via the USB port. 

    Frieslandcampina Introduces Organic Vivinal GOS Syrup

    In response to increasing consumer demand for organic infant formula, FrieslandCampina DOMO is the first producer to globally introduce organic GOS syrup. This organic dairy ingredient is rich in non-digestible galacto-oligosaccharides, produced from organic-certified lactose using a proprietary enzymatic technology. Organic Vivinal GOS Syrup is an important addition to organic infant formula. Erik Torringa, Product Group Manager Functional Carbohydrates at FrieslandCampina DOMO: ‘This product contributes to the strategy of FrieslandCampina DOMO by providing valuable organic ingredients and bringing more diversification to the growing organic infant formula market.’ The product supports the growth of good bacteria, which help suppress the proliferation of harmful bacteria and maintain a healthy digestive system. The product contributes to growing consumer awareness of infant health and the importance of food security, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. These are also addressed in the company’s Foqus planet, its own unique quality and sustainability program. Organic Vivinal GOS Syrup is produced in infant formula-grade facilities and is delivered in 1200 kg IBCs. It is certified in accordance with EU and USDA NOP organic standards. Organic certification for the Chinese market is expected in early 2018. FrieslandCampina DOMO offers a wide product range that includes GOS Syrup for wet-blend and GOS Powders for dry-blend applications in infant milk formula. The organic Vivinal GOS Syrup was officially launched in the New Product Zone at Vitafoods Europe exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

    About Frieslandcampia: 
    FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products such as dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts in many European countries, in Asia and in Africa via its own subsidiaries. Dairy products are also exported worldwide from the Netherlands. In addition, products are supplied to professional customers, including cream and butter products to bakeries and catering companies in West Europe. FrieslandCampina sells ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers of infant nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector around the world.

    Sweet Green Fields Launches Optimizer Stevia™ Line

    Sweet Green Fields (SGF), one of the largest, privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies, has introduced Optimizer Stevia™, a new line of stevia sweeteners designed to meet or exceed the taste profile of standard stevia extracts ranging from Rebaudioside A (RA) 80 to RA97, with up to a 30% lower cost. They allow for around 50% sugar replacement and provide solubility better suited to high-concentration stevia applications. The Optimizer Stevia™ range is now available globally. "Regular stevia products with lower RA purity tend to be highly soluble, but exhibit a detectable bitterness or lingering aftertaste," said Mel C. Jackson, Ph.D., Sweet Green Fields Chief Science Officer. "However, when you increase the RA purity to improve the taste, cost typically rises and solubility becomes an issue. Our innovative Optimizer Stevia™ line provides manufacturers with a highly soluble sweetening solution that typically enables a lower cost in use without sacrificing taste." Consumers are increasingly looking for natural sweetening solutions that help them reduce calories and sugars, but they’re not willing to sacrifice exceptional taste. In fact, the most important benefit to a consumer when choosing a sweetener is that it’s ‘a good balance of taste and health’. Stevia ranked second highest in this attribute, second only to honey. In order to deliver on the increased demands for innovative, non-nutritive sweetening solutions, earlier this year SGF announced a partnership with Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, through which Tate & Lyle provides customers with access to SGF’s exceptional line of stevia. This includes the newly launched Optimizer Stevia™ Line, as well as SGF’s other established ‘Project Non-GMO Verified’ stevia offerings, certified organic stevias, and the breakthrough sugar-like proprietary stevia extract Intesse™. Tate & Lyle’s global network of application laboratories and scientists support SGF’s unique range of stevia-based sweeteners to help customers accelerate product innovation and improve speed to market.

    Improving Food Security To Maintain Sustainable Growth

    Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region need to step up their efforts to improve food security measures to ensure high living standards and sustainable growth, the latest results from the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) have revealed ahead of the World Food Day on October 16. Among Arab countries, a total of nine have improved positively over the last five years. Kuwait led the GCC and MENA at second place followed by Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, respectively. Globally, Ireland surpassed the United States to become the most food-secure country in the index.

    Amr El Moniem, UAE Country Manager, DuPont, said: “Overall, GCC countries continue to uphold their commitment to their food security goals and have maintained advantageous positions particularly in ensuring affordability. Globally, these countries also continue to exert efforts to keep up with their ranks at par with leading European nations, which have exacting standards in ensuring food security based on GFSI. However, it is important to further excel and improve performance to hedge against external forces that may affect their ranking. In addition, 60 per cent of the countries evaluated this year have slipped after four years of consecutive gains. Major improvements are required for some countries – including those that are at high risk in MENA as agricultural production in the region is vulnerable to several factors such as depleting freshwater sources, soil erosion, and extreme weather changes. This could prompt countries to increase their dependence on food imports.

    El Moniem concluded: “Environmental factors are the key challenges in the years ahead and MENA countries should tackle these realities, like all regions facing issues posed by extreme weather conditions such as drought, storms and rising sea levels. Around 90 percent of inhabitants will live in growing cities across the region, particularly in the GCC. Thus, smart management of energy, water and food resources are crucial to ensuring high living standards and sustainable growth.”
    Amr El Moniem
    UAE Country Manager