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March 29, 2018

With UK consumers less likely than their European counterparts to prefer snacking on dairy products, new snack innovations in dairy must find unique ways to market themselves, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData.

British dairy brand Bio-tiful Dairy has recently launched a unique kefir-quark product as an on-the-go breakfast or snack item in the UK. Kefir and quark are two relatively healthful, but little-known, chilled dairy products. Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink which is known to colonize the intestinal tract with billions of naturally occurring probiotics, whereas Quark is a low-fat, mild-tasting cheese product.

The UK market for quark (inclusive of fromage frais, which is another niche dairy product), was less than 10% the size of the UK yogurt market (excluding yogurt drinks) on a volume basis in 2016, according to GlobalData.

Bio-tiful Dairy’s gluten-free kefir-quark product is available in a portable pot with its own spoon as an on-the-go snack or meal. Relatively few single-serve dairy products come packaged with a spoon for immediate, on-the-go consumption.

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at GlobalData, says: "Novelty-seeking consumers are likely to be intrigued by the unique combination. By offering the product as a packaged snack, Bio-tiful Dairy is a step or two ahead of the game as shoppers unfamiliar with kefir or quark may be unsure how and when to consume them.”

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Source: Bio-tiful Dairy Co. Ltd. Twitter page

However, according to GlobalData's 2017 Q4 global consumer survey, just 17% of UK consumers prefer to snack on dairy products, well below the 25% average for Europe overall. UK consumers are much more likely to say they prefer to snack on confectionery products or salted snacks, than dairy products.

This could make Bio-tiful Dairy's job much more challenging.

Vierhile concludes: "Strict EU rules over health claims forced Bio-tiful Dairy to drop a 'better digestion' claim for its products last year, so Kefir-Quark will not enjoy the tailwind that such a claim may have provided. We’ll have to see if Brexit leads to looser regulation of health claims in the future.

“The product will benefit from the warm and fuzzy feeling that consumers have for cultured products. But whether UK consumers are ready for dairy snacks that go beyond yogurt or 'regular' cheese remains to be seen.”

 
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MONTREAL, 27 March 2018 ­ The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) released today a comprehensive report on the state of food loss and waste in Canada, Mexico and the United States developed through the CEC's North American Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery. Characterization and Management of Food Loss and Waste in North Americadocuments adverse socio-economic and environmental impacts of food loss and waste, and actions that the industrial, commercial, institutional, government and nongovernmental sectors can implement to mitigate these impacts.

Food Loss and Waste in North America

The report estimates that 168 million tonnes of food are wasted in North America each year, with Americans wasting 415 kilograms (915 pounds) per capita, Canadians 396 kilograms (873 pounds) per capita, and Mexicans 249 kilograms (549 pounds) per capita. With notable differences between the three countries, the report finds that the largest share of food loss and waste in North America, 67 million tonnes/year, occurs at the consumer level. There are 52 million tonnes wasted in the industrial, commercial, and institutional levels and 49 million tonnes at the pre-harvest level. These losses represent a huge waste of social, economic and natural resources and have significant environmental impacts.

The report goes beyond highlighting the large amount of food loss and waste in the North American food supply chain. It also provides a closer examination of the primary causes and potential solutions to reduce the problem, focusing on overproduction, product damage, lack of standardized date labeling practices, lack of cold-chain infrastructure, rigid food-grading specifications, and varying customer demand and market fluctuations. A key finding is that distributors, retailers, food-rescue organizations and food service providers have a critical role to play in realizing solutions.

"As we build a greater understanding about the impact of food loss and waste on our economy and environment, we must also commit ourselves to take action on source reduction and food rescue and recovery, at all stages of the food supply chain," said César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director. "Our aim with this report is to establish a baseline, and to identify an array of tools and strategies that will enable each sector of the food supply chain to make reducing these losses a reality."

Environmental and Socio-economic Impacts of Food Loss and Waste

The report estimates that the annual environmental and socio-economic impacts of food loss and waste across North America are stark. They include:

  • 193 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the life-cycle of wasted food, from production to disposal (equal to the GHG emissions generated by 41 million cars driven continuously for a year)
  • US$278 billion in market value of annual food production lost

Solutions

The report outlines several key areas of opportunity to address food loss and waste in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors:

  • Source reduction - Reducing food waste at the source through inventory management and offering reduced portion sizes in foodservice to reduce plate waste, increasing the marketability of produce by accepting and integrating second-grade produce into retail settings (typically at a discount), storage and transportation improvements to maintain quality, and collaboration between stakeholders to standardize date labels so they are clear and consistent to reduce confusion at all stages of the food supply chain
  • Rescue for human consumption - Encourage donation of safe and nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted, through financial incentives for food donation, liability protection for food donors, online food rescue platforms, expanded funding to improve infrastructure, and donation-tracking in food rescue and recovery systems

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food loss and waste, the report lists source reduction, food rescue and recovery as having the greatest potentials for savings on greenhouse gas emissions and as preferable to recycling. Disposal is identified as the least preferable approach.

                                               

Characterization and Management of Food Loss and Waste in North America was released as a complement to a recently announced CEC report, Characterization and Management of Organic Waste in North America, as part of its two-year project, the North American Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery. The project examines the impacts of food loss and waste on food security, the economy and the environment by calculating its impacts, and providing tools and education to prevent and reduce those impacts.

For more information or to read the full white paper and foundational report, please visit www3.cec.org/fw.

 
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NORTHLAKE, Ill., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholle IPN, a global leader in flexible packaging solutions, has announced today that they have successfully commercialized the world's first pre-made, sterilized spouted pouch system for aseptically-processed products. The CleanPouch® Aseptic System includes: an innovative spout, plug, and cap combination; pouches made within clean room environments; and a small-footprint, high-output aseptic rotary filler, The SureFill® 100P - Aseptic.

The initial installation location for this new system is at Wright Foods, Troy, North Carolina, USA. Wright Foods is a state-of-the-art, aseptic food processing and co-packing company. Scholle IPN and Wright Foods have received a letter of non-objection (LONO) from the FDA on the initial installation of the CleanPouch Aseptic System.

David Bellmore, Director of Technology for Scholle IPN, said about the CleanPouch Aseptic System, "We've utilized nearly fifty years of aseptic packaging know-how to create this new system. From the outset of design, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, rapid prototyping, and extensive testing through the prototyping phase were keys to development. The knowledge gained from our in-market success with the SureFill line of aseptic bag-in-box packaging has helped prove out our process and gives us the utmost confidence that this system will deliver aseptically-processed products safely, naturally, economically, and sustainably."

John Knapp, Executive Vice President of AmeriQual Group, parent company of Wright Foods, explained, "Our mission is to exceed customer expectations for product quality and service. As leaders in production of aseptically-processed and packaged products, we are extremely excited to be able to offer our customers a truly-innovative packaging format that fits into the trends we're all seeing in the marketplace."

"Clearly consumers are continuing to demand this type of innovation as the spouted pouch format is so prevalent on store shelves today," stated Peter Messacar, Director of New Applications for Scholle IPN. "As a decades-long leader in aseptic flexible packaging, customers have come to us to help them produce their freshest products possible. Separating the complexity and risk of pouch making from production operations affords our customers the ability to focus on what they do best. The CleanPouch Aseptic System is our answer to the market's call."

For more information on the CleanPouch Aseptic System, please visit http://www.scholleipn.com/introducing-cleanpouch-aseptic-spouted-pouch-for-food-and-beverage

 
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Atlanta, United States, 13 March 2018 -tna has unveiled the tna robag® 5, the industry’s first ultra-high speed VFFS system at SNAXPO in Atlanta, USA. Boasting speeds of up to 300 bags per minute on a single tube design, the new bagging system is the final element in tna’s complete ultra-high speed packaging solution – tna performance 5.0. The new tna robag5 comes with anew high-performance scale, continuous motion ultrasonic back seal technology and a new advanced controls platform.Together with the recently released tna ropac® 5 case packer, the new tna robag 5 will transform production line efficiencies by more than doubling the industry’s current average packaging speeds within a single, fully integrated and highly compact packaging solution.
 

Specifically designed to deliver the fastest packaging speeds in the industry, the new tna robag 5 has been equipped with a range of new innovative features. This includes the tna intelli-weigh® 0220 omega high-speed scale. Featuring 20 weigh heads, this ultra-high precision scale is capable of combining different products, while offering fast and accurate product transfer with minimum waste. In addition, the integration of ultrasonic back seal technology has enabled tna’s engineers to overcome the thermal transfer limitations of traditional heat seal methods to provide superior seal integrity even at high speeds. Together with the new tna intelli-date® 5 date coder, these new innovations enable the tna robag 5 to operate at unsurpassed speeds of up to 300 bags per minute from a single tube, while reducing the amount of waste, ensuring that each bag meets the highest quality standards.
 

The new tna robag5 is manufactured in a high-grade stainless steel to reduce the risk of corrosion and deliver an advanced level of food safety and superior equipment longevity. In addition, the tna robag 5 is equipped with the latest controls technology, including a new real-time CXE controller that reduces maintenance costs and downtime by supplying manufacturers with instant, highly detailed system diagnostics. At the same time, tna’s intelli-sys® software provides a single point of control for the complete line, whether that’s for a central controls center within the plant as part of a remote management solution.
 

“The food manufacturing industry is changing rapidly at the moment,” comments Alf Taylor, CEO at tna. “In particular the packaging end of the production line has seen some huge increases in speed in the last decade.When we released the first tna robag in 1984, nobody believed that we’d be able to double packaging speeds with the launch of a single innovation. Fast forward 34 years and we’re about to show the industry that we can do it again. With itsultra-high bagging speeds, intuitively designed smart technology, faster changeovers and advanced equipment integration, the new tna robag 5 will once again re-define industry standards. More importantly, it will do so within a single, highly compact VFFS system. This basically means that the tna robag 5 is capable of the same, and in some cases, even higher levels of throughput, as two individual baggers, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for snack and confectionery factories that are limited in floorspace.
 

Taylor adds: “But we’ve also been around long enough to know that it’s not all about speed or being the fastest. Packaging technology needs to deliver a significant economic advantage, whether that’s a low reject rate or a small factory footprint; ultimately the system has to generate gains at the bottom line. With performance 5.0, we’re able to provide a fully integrated packaging solution that is not only fast, compact and intuitive, but that also delivers the industry’s lowest cost of ownership by enabling manufacturers to convert twin lines to single packaging lines. We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve taken the industry up until now and can’t wait to demonstrate the results to our customers.”
 

Launched at the beginning of last year, tna performance 5.0 is a revolutionary, fully integrated packaging solution, comprising of the tna robag 5 VFFS system and the tna ropac 5 case packer. Together, these ultra-high speed solutions deliver the industry’s fastest packaging speeds at the smallest factory footprint. To find out more about the new tna robag5 visit the tna website or see it live at Snaxpo, booth 417.

 

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