Troostwijk Auctions organizes an online auction of confectionery machines such as Knobel cone machine, casting plates, chocolate molding lines, molds for cones, spiral coolers, cooling systems, vertical chocolate tank, stainless steel cooking vessels, metal detectors, scales, switch cabinets, conveyor belts, packaging machines, etc.
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Symrise AG has opened its state-of-the-art development, application, and sensory laboratories in Dubai. The company has invested about € 1 m into the facilities to decode, design, and deliver winning taste solutions for leading food and beverages brands that consumers love.
The new sub-regional centre spreads across 10,500 sq ft and occupies the entire lower penthouse level/36th floor of the Gold Tower. The contemporary workspace has been designed in line with the company’s four pillars of sustainability in mind; footprint, innovation, sourcing and care. It is working towards achieving carbon neutral status, to support the Symrise AG global objective of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and reaching climate positive operations from 2030 onwards. The facilities are designed to take customers on a journey, and support the development of consumer-led winning concepts and taste solutions for high-growth categories, beverages, culinary, dairy, snacks, and confectionery.
Quick White is a whitener that was specially developed for pan-coating applications in the confectionery sector. It is based on specially selected fibre and carbohydrates with multifunctional properties. Only ingredients that can be labelled without E numbers are used. The specialty compared to titanium dioxide lies in the properties: Quick White is not a colour pigment and as such it is not a colouring raw material. During the coating process, it forms defined crystals, which cause optimal light reflection and thus develop a white surface after just a few layers.
Another advantage in the application in industrially automated coating with spray systems is the absence of the common blocking problem of the spray nozzles, as it is the case with other titanium dioxide alternatives. Quick White can be used in coating processes with or without cooking and shall offer hard-dragee manufacturers high flexibility, process and recipe optimization as well as an optimized surface – smooth and glossy in light colours or perfectly white.
Codex is the preeminent international food standards-setting body created to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade through the establishment of voluntary international standards, and codes of practice.
Cadmium is a chemical that is absorbed into cocoa by the environment through natural sources such as volcanic activity, or via pesticides for example. It has been found to be a causal agent in reduced bone density, poor kidney function and cancer, yet the international community can’t agree on safe levels, nor how to translate those levels into practical guidelines.
Since chocolate comes from different locations, with varying levels of cadmium, and beans can be blended in any case, it’s already a difficult problem. Add the fact that chocolate is made using different amounts of cocoa, from 10 to 100 %, this also impacts the ability to make straightforward recommendations.
The recommended levels were 0.3 mg/kg in chocolate with up to 30 % cocoa, and 0.7 mg/kg for chocolate with between 30 % and 50 % cocoa content. However, the EU plus Norway and Egypt disagreed with the 0.3 mg/kg level, and Switzerland didn’t agree with the 0.7 mg/kg recommendation. The dissenting group wanted the levels significantly lower at 0.1 mg/kg for the products containing 30 % cocoa, and 0.3 mg/kg for the products with 70 % cocoa. The rationale of these nations is that it is children with their lower bodyweight that are particularly susceptible to the higher levels of cadmium.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has conducted research into the effects of cadmium on the body, which can take between 10 and 30 years to be fully absorbed. The recommendations were to limit the intake to below 0.025 mg/kg of body weight per month. In 2010, a study was conducted on cadmium levels in chocolate powder from a number of producing countries, and the products from Venezuela rose as high as 1.8 mg/kg – well above the mentioned European limits.
With vaccinations rate going up and restrictions lifting around Europe, sentiment around attending event in-person is improving. The most recent survey, organised by Informa Markets, shows over 60% of respondents would be prepared to attend an event in-person right now and so far 86% of the available stand space at Fi Europe 2021 has already been booked.
All attendees will therefore benefit from the new online product presentations, ingredients search functions as well as chat and video meeting functions. The Fi Europe team expects the new format to attract more than 23,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors. To ensure that attendees can enjoy business and networking opportunities in optimal conditions at the show, the 10-point compliance plan of the "AllSecure Health & Safety Standard", developed by Informa Markets, will be in place, imposing regulations on cleaning and hygiene, and physical distancing, along with protection and detection measures.
The development plans tie into the company’s goal to scale its sustainable palm supply chain and provide verified deforestation-free products to customers. The new refinery will play a key role in connecting the global agribusiness’ traceable crude palm oil production in Indonesia to demands in North America and Europe, through a fully integrated supply chain “from plantation to customer.” Construction for the new state-of-the-art facility has commenced and operations are expected to be completed in late 2022.
While deemed nutritious and highly functional, palm oil still remains hotly contested against the benchmarks of environmental sustainability as it has been frequently linked to deforestation practices. The majority of palm oil companies still do not report basic information on how they are monitoring deforestation in either their own or their suppliers’ operations, according to reports by the international conservation charity Zoological Society of London.
A Ferrero-related Company today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company (Burton’s) from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. Burton’s employs approximately 2,000 people across six manufacturing locations in the UK and generated sales of more than £275 million during the last 12 months.
Burton’s Biscuit produces some of the best-loved brands in the UK biscuit market including Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers, Wagon Wheels, Paterson’s and Thomas Fudge’s.
Through this acquisition, the Ferrero-related Company expects to enlarge the offer of products in the sweet biscuits market, further to the previous acquisitions of Biscuits Delacre, Kelsen Group and Fox’s. CTH is a Belgian Holding Company related to the Ferrero Group. Ferrero Group and its related parties is the third player in the worldwide chocolate confectionery market and the second one in the sweet biscuits market.
Ocean Spray has contributed its extensive processing expertise to the expansion of its strategic partnership with BBS. The production experts of the world’s largest US cranberry producer, with annual sales of EUR 2 bn, have closely supported the expansion of fruit processing specialist Zarecki Foods in Poland in recent months. As a result, they are ensuring Ocean Spray's highest global quality standards.
“We are very proud that Ocean Spray, as the global market leader, is expanding its product portfolio together with us and can now also offer other infused dried fruits from Europe in addition to the successful cranberries,” says Dirk Schmidt, Managing Partner and Co-CEO of BBS.
The new Beyond Cranberries range from Ocean Spray initially includes sweetened dried sour cherries, cultivated blueberries and black currants in top quality from regional cultivation. With this portfolio expansion, BBS is consistently strengthening its position as a leading B2B supplier to the food industry and the retailers in Europe.
Caldic Ingredients Deutschland, part of the Caldic Group, today delivers innovative and sustainable solutions in life science and specialty chemicals for food, pharmaceutical, personal care and industrial applications in the German and Austrian market. The geographic extension of the partnership builds on today’s successful collaboration between Cargill and Caldic in Europe, with strong foundations in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and the Nordics.