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Collaborative robot reaches out to dairy industry

Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.

Keeping light-weighted PET bottles user-friendly and safe: Sidel

Laboratory testing simulates the conditions light-weighted PET bottles have to endure throughout the supply chain, meaning any issues can be rectified before the product is used in the market. Once a bottle is released, addressing problems can be very costly, warns Sidel.

Cereal beer? Wheaties and Fulton Beer partner for new craft beer

Wheaties, the popular breakfast cereal from food giant General Mills, has partnered with a Minnesota brewer to create craft beer HefeWheaties.

Emerson creates a fizz improving champagne producer’s bottle line

Nicolas Feuillatte has partnered with Emerson to improve its bottling line, replacing a conveyor drive system without the need for an alignment controller.

SIG Combibloc: ‘Growing importance of aseptic carton packs in North America’

Steuben Foods has installed a CFA1224-36 filling machine from SIG Combibloc, which can aseptically fill 24,000 small-format carton packs combiblocXSlim per hour.

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Twinings installs Kliklok tea cartoning equipment in Poland

Twinings Poland has installed three Kliklok C1H carton closers for its tagged tea bags: 20s and 25s pack at up to 90 cartons per minute. 

Tetra Pak expands its Hungary plant, increasing its product variants from 55 to 105

Tetra Pak has expanded its Budaörs factory in Hungary, investing in a production line for Tetra Brik Aseptic packaging material and a line for Tetra Recart.

Vitro to go ahead with Monterrey expansion

O-I speaks out about its $2.15bn Vitro F&B glass container acquisition

Owens-Illinois (OI) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vitro, the largest supplier of glass containers in Mexico, expected to close within 12 months.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag partners with second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has installed two high-speed El-Exis SP injection moulding machines at Chilean plastics processor Envases CMF production facility in Pudahuel, Chile.

Smurfit Kappa launches double head filling machine for bag-in-box liquids sensible to oxygen, such as wine

Smurfit Kappa has launched an automatic bag-in-box (BIB) filling machine, as an addition to an existing range, which includes the BIB 700 Evolutive and the BIB 700 SUP machines.

IMA and Senoble create proprietary shapes for cups and bottles to rival standard dairy molds

IMA Dairy & Food USA (formerly OYSTAR USA) has developed a thermoforming technology for its Erca EF Series of Form-Fill-Seal Machines to create proprietary shapes for cups and bottles at nearly the same cost as standard molds.   

Firm looking to develop printing inks and food quality assurance testing equipment

Tetra Pak launches Hot-Melt Adhesives and Lubricants

Tetra Pak has launched a range of hot-melt adhesives and lubricants, called Tetra Pak hot melt adhesives, in partnership with Henkel, for its own filling machines. 

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Ardagh Group saves €116k a year on energy bills for defrosting, drying and preheating cullet

Ardagh Groupclaims to havefound the most energy efficient way of defrosting, drying and preheating cullet (recycled glass) saving €116k a year at its plant in Nienburg, Germany, with an annual CO2  reduction of 334 tonnes.

'As close to raw juice as possible': Fruitapeel Juice invests $3.5m in HPP

Fruitapeel Juice is investing £2.3m ($3.5m) in HPP technology, and says the processing technique will help meet consumers’ enthusiasm for natural, nutrient-rich juices and smoothies. 

Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2015: Meiji and Refresco Gerber

‘The pressure is always: what’s next?’ Meiji on being proactive and the Japanese way of working

Developments in processing technologies can open doors for new products and product categories – but how do they make the leap from concept to convention? 


Turbo Charge Your Liquid Technology: Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2015

Today's the big day! It's our free-to-access online event on Beverage & Dairy Treatment technology, which will include speakers from big names Zenith, Meiji, LiDestri Food and Beverage and Refresco-Gerber.

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

Third time’s a charm as Sidel wins US IP protection on its spindle chain technology

Sidel has succeeded for the third time in protecting its intellectual property (IP) for its spindle chain technology and patent US 6,125,996, in the US.

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

A recent FDA warning letter to a New York company points again to the danger of mixing metaphors when positioning a product as either a beverage or a liquid dietary supplement.


Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

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