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Sealed Air acquires Cleaning in Place specialist

Sealed Air Corporation has acquired Tampereen Teollsuussähkö (TTS-Ciptec).

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Frost & Sullivan: ‘More dairy companies will expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales’

More dairy companies will look to expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales and take advantage of the +15% compound annual growth rate witnessed by the plant based dairy alternative category, says consulting and market research company Frost & Sullivan.

Danone $12.5bn WhiteWave acquisition ‘comes as no surprise’ say industry specialists

Danone has entered into an agreement to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for approximately $12.5bn, with the transaction expected to close at the end of the year.

Nestlé Waters ‘smart factory’ heralded as a protocol for future bottling plants

The Sanpellegrino Group has opened a $17.4m mineral water bottling plant for Nestlé Vera Naturea in Castrocielo, Italy, heralded as one of the most outstanding Nestlé Waters’ plants, for its optimization of water consumption.

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Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

Avure tests deadly toxin in coconut water treated with HPP

Avure Technologies has completed a study with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) to test the potential risk of Clostridium botulinum in coconut water, and will share the results with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory officials.

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Customers asking us best way of doing routine sugar analyses - Thermo

Thermo Fisher Scientific said it has seen an increase in customers wanting to do and asking about routine sugar analyses.

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Shimadzu unveils mid-range ICP-MS

Shimadzu has launched its ICPMS-2030 to the European market at Analytica 2016.

Gebo extends its cap feeding applications for plastic tops and glass bottles

Gebo has expanded its Aidlin brand optimizing its performance with OptiFeed, which handles up to 80,000 caps per hour in the food, dairy and beverage sector.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a cleanup operation.

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European market lagging behind US and Brazil in coconut beverage consumption and growth

Ready-to-drink (RTD) coconut beverages have rapidly gained popularity with consumers in recent years, with sales of packaged coconut water now estimated to be worth more than $1bn worldwide.

3M beverage test kit targets faster product release

3M has launched a test kit to detect microorganisms in a variety of beverages.

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Ecolab: Sanitizer can help processers boost plant productivity

Ecolab has introduced a mixed peracid sanitizer and disinfectant for dairy, food, beverage and brewery processors.

Marina launches ‘SunStar’ in combidome carton bottle

SIG Combibloc: ‘Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future’

Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future, according to SIG Combibloc as it partners with Zarin Jam Marina to launch 21 varieties of its SunStar beverage in combidome cartons, across the Middle East/Africa (MEA) region. 

Plans to build a 4th bottling line in 2017

Maison Johanès Boubée partners with Smurfit Kappa to extend Bag-in-Box shelf life of wine

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with 
Maison Johanès Boubée, one of the largest wholesalers in France, with a filling and Bag-in-Box line to extend the shelf life of its wine at its new facility in Beychac-et-Caillau. 

Harmless Harvest bounces back from FDA warning with new micro-filtration process for coconut water

In April 2016, Harmless Harvest launched its new Multi-Step Micro-Filtration process, in response to an FDA-issued warning letter in late 2015.

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Glen Turner extends rum recall for bottles containing fragments of glass

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced Glen Turner has extended its recall of rum products produced for Asda and Aldi as they may contain small fragments of glass.

Joyride brings cold brew coffee by the keg to US offices and cafes

Joyride Coffee says it has one goal in mind: to make bad office coffee a thing of the past, by bringing cold brew coffee kegs with specialty coffee to offices throughout the US and eventually, worldwide. 

O-I to pursue arbitration award against Venezuela thanks to World Bank ruling

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ruled a subsidiary of Owens-Illinois (O-I) is free to pursue the enforcement of a prior arbitration award against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 

Brothers Drinks buys £6m bottling line amid Shepton Mallet Cider Mill closure

Brothers Drinks has invested in a £6m bottling line amid Shepton Mallet Cider Mill closure, in Somerset, according to Unite, trade union.

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