Although not as sweet as sugar, Erysta has an advantage over other sweetener alternatives in that it mimics the mouthfeel that traditional sugar imparts on products. However, despite the manufacturer claiming that this additive is applicable in products like baked goods, chocolate or fruit preparations, the sweetener features a distinct cooling sensation that is transmitted to the foods that are sweetened with this polyol.
It is also helpful that Erysta can be paired with other sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit to increase the level of sweetness while also masking the off tastes for which these two natural sweeteners are notorious. The sugar alcohol is also valuable for its ability to offer a sugar-like mouthfeel to foods that are sweetened with stevia.
The deliberate use of single-origin cacao beans gives the Grand cru chocolate an intense and sophisticated flavour. To make Grand Cru Absolu, small-scale farmers hand-pick rare cacao fruits and their beans which boast a fruity-citrus and intense chocolate flavour. Only the naturally sweet, aromatic juice coming from the white pulp of the cacao fruit is added. Sprüngli has united these two components to create a pure, raw chocolate experience with a fruity and intensely dark character.
To Sprüngli, responsibility means using natural ingredients from sustainable sources, and processing these with care to guarantee exquisite quality. Using the entire cacao fruit ensures a careful approach to the environment and allows the cacao farmers to create added value.
As the leading international supplier trade fair of the food and beverage industry, with its two new segments “Automation” and “Digitalisation”, Anuga FoodTec 2021 (23 to 26 March, Cologne) is creating a compact platform for two of the industry’s top topics and will demonstrate how digital transformation can be implemented today and in the future.
Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud services, Industry 4.0, RFID, cyber security, M2M communication, artificial intelligence, VR/AR and “digital twins” are just a few of the many examples that will be shown in action at Anuga FoodTec. Safety and legal challenges that go hand in hand with an increased digitalisation are also topics that will be dealt with. Hence, the visitors will be offered an extensive offer of complete solutions as well as modular and cross-process elements from the digitalisation and automation section of the food and beverage industry. Thus, they get a comprehensive insight into how digital transformation can be realised in concrete terms, how processes can be interlinked even further, but also which challenges it involves and how these can be solved.
In accordance with the high relevance of the topics within the industry, the event programme of Anuga FoodTec 2021 also addresses topics that go hand in hand with digitalisation and automation. Among others, lectures on “Digital Factory”, “SmartTec 4Food” and “Integrating existing machines” are planned.
Northeim-based Thimm Group GmbH & Co KG has received the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020. The award is presented as a quality seal for outstandingly managed medium-sized companies and is awarded by the audit and consulting firm Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
“We are both delighted and very proud to win this award. It shows we are pursuing the right course with the strategy, philosophy and vision of our growing family business and that we are making good decisions,” says Mathias Schliep, Chairman of the Management Board, Thimm Group. “This award also represents a particular commendation for all our employees at all our sites both in Germany and abroad who are accompanying us sustainably along this successful course.”
The Axia Best Managed Companies Programme is a competition and quality seal run in Germany for successful medium-sized companies run by Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and BDI. Its vision is to develop a national and global eco-system of outstandingly managed medium-sized companies. One significant unique selling point of Best Managed Companies is its international aspect. Best Managed Companies was created in the 1990s by Deloitte in Canada and since then it has been introduced successfully into 20 countries.
“As one of the prize-winners Thimm Group also impressed the panel with its first-class corporate management – with its high innovative capacity, a long-term strategy and strong governance structures. Thimm is not only a benchmark for outstandingly managed medium-sized companies, but is also emblematic of the future of Germany as a business location,” emphasised Lutz Meyer, Partner and Head of the German SME Program at Deloitte.
The winners of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award were determined in a multi-stage process. As a first stage the companies submitted an online questionnaire which requested corporate data and focused on the four core areas of the award, namely strategy, productivity and innovation, culture and commitment, governance and finances. Using the application data submitted, evaluations and personal interviews, the expert council of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award drew up the shortlist. The prize-winners were then selected by a jury made up of renowned representatives from business, science and the media.
The northern German dairy Uelzena eG will hold a 50 % stake in Biohealth International GmbH (BHI), Münchberg/Germany, and will integrate its nutrineo health food solutions (nutrineo) business division into the joint company.
BHI and nutrineo have a joint turnover of about EUR 45 m and employ more than 200 staff at three sites in Germany and Austria. The new company offers a broad range of product solutions: from powdered blends in various small package sizes to capsules, tablets, ampoules and bars to liquid supplements and ready-to-drink beverages – all standard product categories are available to customers. As a contract manufacturer for brand products and retail, the joint company shall be characterized by its speed and professionalism.
For Ocean Spray’s Crunchy Cranberry, Foodist created a concept of a crispy snack that is made of 100 % natural ingredients, free of additives or flavour enhancers and available in three varieties: Crunchy Cranberry with roasted corn and peanuts, with roasted pumpkin seeds and corn kernels, and with roasted almonds and pretzel balls. The cranberry’s nutritional benefits, the slow baking and special drying procedures as well as the packaging complement shall create a snack experience that meets the needs of the target groups.
Ingredients Inc and Barentz share a proven track-record in developing, formulating, manufacturing and producing ingredients and custom-blends for their clients. Both companies add value by developing new ideas and innovative solutions through their expertise and network of specialized application laboratories. Headquartered in Chicago, and serviced by a network of warehouses, Ingredients Inc strengthens Barentz’ national USA coverage.
New orders in the Food segment grew strongly in 2019 and also remained at their usual high level in the Pharma segment. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the systems supplier to the pharmaceutical and food industries is seeing increased demand in its services business. After the sale of Bosch to CVC Capital Partners in 2019, the company implemented the formation of a stand-alone organization and the launch of the Syntegon brand without any issues.
Since interpack – the largest trade show in the industry that was originally scheduled for May – has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Syntegon is presenting its latest process and packaging technology at a virtual trade show from until 13 May 2020. In this context, a special focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies. Following the introduction of the Syntegon corporate brand at the beginning of the year, the company is also unveiling its new product design for the first time at the event.