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Ball trumpets two-pronged innovation strategy

Special Report from Brau Beviale

Ball trumpets two-pronged innovation strategy

By Rory Harrington

The metal can is a highly evolved product but manufacturers are working hard to find new ways of innovating with it, said Ball Packaging from last week’s Brau Beviale trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.

Sweeteners on the up but global preferences vary, Mintel

Dispatches from Vitafoods

Sweeteners on the up but global preferences vary, Mintel

Use of high intensity sweeteners is growing around the globe, but different sweeteners are more popular in different markets. Mintel’s David Jago explains the subtleties of all things sweet.

Spotlight on stevia, DHA, and whey-based sports drinks at HiE

Dispatches from HiE 2010

Spotlight on stevia, DHA, and whey-based sports drinks at HiE

By The FoodNavigator Team in Madrid

Stevia potential and applications, good news for DHA, and ripe opportunities for whey protein-based sports drinks… our team at HIE shares some discoveries from the first day of the trade show in Madrid.

Wild discusses positioning of adult soft drinks

Wild discusses positioning of adult soft drinks

By Guy Montague-Jones

At Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, Germany, we caught up with Fabiana Matucci, senior VP for strategic business units at Wild, to discuss the opportunities adult soft drinks present to different beverage companies.

Seamer can help avoid wrinkles, claims CFT

Seamer can help avoid wrinkles, claims CFT

By Jane Byrne

FoodProductionDaily.com heard about the new servo motor-controlled electronic seamer from CFT Seaming at last week's Brau Beviale show, which the Italian firm said has a modified roller approach during the initial operation to ensure food can wrinkle...

Beverage market to return to 2008 levels in two years - Krones

Beverage market to return to 2008 levels in two years - Krones

By Jane Byrne

Leading beverage filling and packaging technology company Krones reported a number of drink makers signing on the dotted line at German trade show Brau Beviale last week, and we caught up with executive chairman of the board, Volker Kroneseder, to get...

Dairy leading processing innovation at IPA 2010

Dairy leading processing innovation at IPA 2010

By Jane Byrne

Investments in European food processing machinery R&D are up on 2008 levels, with considerable innovation noted among exhibiting companies, reports the organisers of a trade event in Paris next month.

Looking to a new wave of energy drinks

Looking to a new wave of energy drinks

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Consumers are no longer satisfied with drinks that cause energy to spike and rapidly drop - but manufacturers are looking at new ways to provide consumers with an energy boost, says Beneo's Claudia Meissner.

Market still buoyant for energy and sport drinks, says analyst

Market still buoyant for energy and sport drinks, says analyst

By Guy Montague-Jones

Energy and sports drinks are the still the market leaders but there has been a growth in the nostaliga and retro drink segment due to consumers hankering after comfort in the credit crisis, claims a Leatherhead market analyst ahead of BeverageDaily.com's...

New Brewers of Europe head speaks out on industry threats

New Brewers of Europe head speaks out on industry threats

By Guy Montague-Jones

Governments throughout Europe are threatening tighter alcohol regulations and beer consumption is on the decline. In this challenging environment, the new secretary general of The Brewers of Europe, Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, speaks out on his priorities...

Sustainability shines at Beverage Innovation Awards

Dispatches from Drinktec

Sustainability shines at Beverage Innovation Awards

By Guy Montague-Jones

FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with the hosts of the 2009 Beverage Innovation Awards at Drinktec this week to pick out the highlights and uncover the trends behind the winning entries.

Wild identifies recession beating natural ingredients

Wild identifies recession beating natural ingredients

By Guy Montague-Jones

Beverage sales have flattened out over the past year but healthy growth remains in the market for natural ingredients. Wild identifies the ingredients in the natural sphere it believes have the most potential to resist any recessionary fallout.

Early harmonisation urged for stevia standards, methods

Dispatches from EUSTAS stevia symposium

Early harmonisation urged for stevia standards, methods

By Jess Halliday in Leuven

As the stevia industry is poised for wide take-up, harmonisation and recognition of the need for standards is crucial to securing a good reputation from the outset, according to ChromaDex CEO.

Technical challenges to reducing sugar

Technical challenges to reducing sugar

Tate & Lyle’s manager of sweetener technology development gives insight into the role of sugar beyond providing sweetness, and how to pick alternative sweeteners that build back the properties.

Nanotechnology under the microscope

Nanotechnology under the microscope

By Stephen Daniells

Nanotechnology is opening up opportunities in food formulation, food packaging, and food safety. Stephen Daniells talked to Kathy Groves, principal microscopist from Leatherhead, on how the industry is facing up to the challenges and potential.

D-Ribose GRAS opens doors to energy foods, drinks

D-Ribose GRAS opens doors to energy foods, drinks

Minneapolis-based Bioenergy tells Lorraine Heller about the application areas opened up for its D-Ribose energy ingredient, following its determination as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in foods and beverages.

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Adulteration of food proteins - as seen in the recent melamine scandal - is becoming a greater threat to industry as the food supply has become more globalized and economic crisis drives manufacturers to seek cheaper ingredients, says Jim Griffiths of...

Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market

Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market

Chief operating officer at Glanbia Nutritionals Dr Raimund Hoenes sat down with Shane Starling at Vitafoods in Geneva and shared insights into some of the challenges the sub-division of the Irish dairy giant has faced since its inception two years ago...

Danone plays waiting game on health claims

Dispatches from Vitafoods

Danone plays waiting game on health claims

After taking part in a Pharmanager seminar at Vitafoods in Geneva, Dr Jean-Michel Antoine, a 30-year research and development veteran at Danone, tells Shane Starling why the French dairy firm has pulled three article 13.5 probiotic yoghurt claims from...

Moving towards a cranberry PACs pact

Dispatches from Vitafoods

Moving towards a cranberry PACs pact

Julie Rosenborg, from Lallemand Health Ingredients, and Diana Naturals' Mathieu Besnard spoke with Shane Starling about some of the issues surrounding the proanthocyanidin content of cranberry and how the French urinary tract infection health claim...

How Coke and Pepsi plan to grow in the recession

How Coke and Pepsi plan to grow in the recession

The two beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will be driving their brands forward rather than shrinking back in the years ahead, treating the recession as a period for growth, says beverage analyst James Tonkin.

Finding the over-50s functional foods market

Finding the over-50s functional foods market

By Shane Starling

The over-50s have peculiar nutrition needs that, increasingly, are being catered to by functional foods makers as Shane Starling found out at a recent conference on the subject in Amsterdam.

Robotics enable leaner, more efficient processing, claims CenFRA

Robotics enable leaner, more efficient processing, claims CenFRA

By Jane Byrne

Philip Brunger, audit engineer at the Centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CENFRA) in Doncaster in the North of England, outlines some of the key benefits that can be accrued for the food and drink sector from investment in automation.

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