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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

i-Vision: Keeping an eye on your product

 

Food and beverage manufacturers make sure their products are attractive to their target consumers, and do so by choosing unique and extraordinary packaging designs. For this, shrink labels are definitely an indispensable tool and carrier. Label designs and bottle shape designs are also becoming more and more diversified – and all these demand advanced equipment standards, accuracy in application, and other technical capabilities.

In response to these packaging requirements, Dase-Sing developed i-Vision, a peripheral device that works with the company’s automatic shrink sleeve labeling machine. An orientation system, i-Vision guides bottles or containers – even special bottle types – move in the right direction on the conveying system. When a bottle goes off track, i-Vision will help re-orient it as it goes to the next process for follow-up work.

An orientation system, i-Vision guides bottles in the right direction on the conveying system

i-Vision allows diversion – or change of direction – before or after filling. There is no need to stop the mechanical device during the operation. After simply switching the settings, the bottle will automatically be diverted to another direction.

i-Vision has streamlined look and has a small footprint. Depending on a customer’s requirements, the system can be set up as an independent operation or integrated to an existing production line.

With professional knowledge in packaging accumulated over the years, Dase-Sing understands the types of products and their functions as required by customers. The company can provide accurate analysis based on their customers’ needs, and use these to develop products for customers.

If you are interested in Dase-Sing's products and services, you may contact them at: 


Email: dasesing@dasesong.com

Phone: +86-21-33658333

Website: www.dasesing.com



Other reports on Dase-Sing:

Dase-Sing single-head sleeve labeler

Exclusive interview with Dase-Sing Packaging




Monday, April 5, 2021

Feature on Gold Great Good - manufacturer of OPP labeling machines in Taiwan

 





Gold Great Good Machinery Co., Ltd has been in the packaging business since 1993, providing manufacturers in different industries with labelling machines designed and produced in Taiwan.

 According to general manager, Cai Linhui, participating in the Japan Packaging Exhibition Group was a turning point for the company. Their focus shifted to developing innovative labellers with speed, accuracy, and cutting specifications that meet the needs of manufacturers in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and other sectors.

 Back in 2013, Gold Great Good set up a factory and introduced high end technology for labelling, despite the then ongoing industrial migration in Taiwan which impacted local demand for packaging. But it proved to be the right decision because the company became a model for the country’s industrial development. Over the years, it has also entered several markets including mainland China, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 


Sophisticated equipment and environmentally friendly label materials

According to Mr. Linhui, they face competition from makers in Italy, the United States, and Germany, which understandably produce among the best packaging machines. “But our main advantage is high quality and reasonable price,” he said. 

Having its own R&D and Design Center is surely an advantage for Gold Great Good, and this has been key to the high performance of its machinery, and continuing innovation. The company adheres to the principles of "fast, durable, easy to operate, and versatile," and has developed many advanced models.  READ MORE


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Checkweighers: Aiming for 100% accuracy

 

WEIGHT is one of the physical aspects by which products can be easily scrutinised. Any inaccuracy could be taken as a sign that a production line is having quality control issues. For one, it could be a problem with checkweighing.

Mettler-Toledo defines a checkweigher as “a system that weighs items as they pass through a production line, classifies the items by preset weight zones, and ejects or sorts the items based on their classification*.” These machines are designed with various user considerations in mind. 

There are so many checkweigher models out there today, so how do you choose the right one for your own business? Whether your company is small, large, or expanding, there's always a machine or solution that will fit your needs, according to  Nigel Wong, Head of Market Support Center, Asia Pacific, Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection. 


*Principles of checkweighing.  https://www.packagingstrategies.com/ext/resources/FDP/Home/Files/PDF/PrinciplesofCheckweighing.pdf

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Seizing opportunities in the food and beverage market

Still in this dismal environment dominated by COVID-19, we'd all like to say that life in general is getting better. Some days the glass seems half full, on others, it's terribly half empty. As the months drag on, more brands are temporarily shutting down, filing for bankruptcy, reducing the number of their workforce, or reducing their man hours. Every company is still struggling as a result of the pandemic's domino effect on industries. But there will always be a way to make up for losses. Will technology save the day?   

Entering the new year with re-evaluated plans to buffer their businesses from all sorts of disruptions, manufacturers are making certain their products and services reach customers at the shortest possible time. Supply chain issues were among the most difficult for several producers, manufacturers, and retailers to handle in the past several months, and as such its management is a priority. Many companies were able to manage this with more ease than others. Some of the executives we interviewed for the 2021 outlook reports can tell you how they did it.

Read: Tapping the growth of foodservice delivery

Along with a stronger supply chain, companies stress their compliance to safe processing, packaging and distribution of food and beverage products as their customers demand nothing less, and consumers are now extremely guarded about their health. Hygiene protocols and stricter sanitation measures are in place to help eliminate food safety breaches. Thanks to new technologies like those for inspection, remote video assistance, and packaging, etc, production becomes even smoother and faster.

Read: Positive outlook for PET packaging

As market research reports have been saying many, many times before, there is a deeper focus on health and nutrition, and for the past months, health products, vitamins, and nutraceuticals have been flying off the shelves. The demand for such products has been trending pre-COVID-19, and we know it will stay on long after the pandemic is gone. This screams opportunity to develop much better convenience and snack foods, and healthy drinks. It’s an opportunity to look at trends in nutrition for all age groups. 

At the start of the global health crisis, Ringier Events already conducted a webinar focusing on the applications of probiotics for immune health. Because of the demand for such events, the company also held the Virtual ASEAN Nutritious Food and Functional Beverage Technology Summit on February 5, 2021, with presentations from the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association, the Hong Kong Food Professionals Association, the Indonesian Nutrition Association, Big Idea Ventures, and an exclusive partnership and participation of Siemens Digital Industries Software. Watch for our review of this conference soon. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Plant-based trend heading mainstream in Asia Pacific

The success of plant-based food and beverage is built on taste. True enough several new product releases containing plant-based protein ingredients are getting better organoleptically. In the coming years, the number of NPDs will soar even more in Asia Pacific as the food and feed sectors contribute to the growth in a major way. 

In our interview with Michelle Lee, Regional Marketing Director, Food and Beverage, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, she said: “There is a global shift from animal protein to plant-based proteins for a variety of reasons including lifestyle, health, nutrition, and environment – all driven by the evolving consumer landscape and lifestyles.

“Research shows that consumers of all ages want to include more plants in what they eat and drink. These consumers are gravitating towards a plant-based diet and in turn, forming a consumer group sometimes referred to as flexitarians.

“Asia Pacific shows a huge potential, for example, plant-based meat alternative is predicted to account for more than 10% meat products in the next decade. This translates into a USD140 billion market potential for the plant-based meat alternative segment.

“Furthermore, besides an increase in disposable income amongst Asian Millennials, by 2025, it is predicted that 50% of flexitarians will come from Asia Pacific. This presents an opportunity to further innovate in plant-based food and beverage to meet consumer demand and needs.”


Photo © Magdalena Żurawska-Dreamstime.com
DuPont addresses needs of mass market consumer

In the later part of 2020, DuPont launched Danisco PlanitTM, which well equips the company to support and co-create with manufacturers of plant-based food and beverage.  PlanitTM comprises the company’s services, expertise, and ingredient portfolio that includes plant proteins, hydrocolloids, cultures, probiotics, fibres, food protection, antioxidants, natural extracts, emulsifiers, and enzymes, as well as tailor-made systems.

Birgitte Borch, VP of Marketing, Food & Beverage, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, said: “The market innovation for products that allow consumers to eat a burger without eating meat, drink a milkshake without drinking milk, have been impressive. For the mass market consumer however, we want to do more. Mainstream consumers are not only looking to avoid meat or dairy, they are looking for a great eating experience. In order to take plant-based mainstream, we need to expand innovation beyond imitation. We want to support the shift to a more plant-based diet by creating multiple options, thereby enabling nutritious, plant-based food and beverages in every meal, every day—from early-bird breakfast to the midnight snack.”

Ingredion’s capability reinforced by Verdient acquisition

Poised to meet growth in the Asia Pacific, Ingredion has strengthened its capability in plant-based after fully acquiring Verdient Foods in late 2020. From its Canada-based facilities, Ingredion will soon produce specialty pulse-based concentrates and flours from peas, lentils and faba beans, for global markets.

During the announcement, Ingredion’s senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific, Valdirene Licht, said: “In Asia-Pacific, we are seeing the plant-based trend starting to go from niche to mainstream. Our recent proprietary consumer research indicates that one-third of the population in the region is already adopting a meat minimising diet. From this strategic investment in Verdient, our region will benefit from large-scale plant-based protein supply and continued innovation to accelerate our presence in the region.”

Eric Weisser, Ingredion’s senior director, growth platforms and marketing, Asia-Pacific said, “With more and more food and beverage segments now keen on plant-based alternatives, having a breadth of plant-based protein ingredients bolsters our formulation capabilities to resolve the challenges our customers face when replicating the functionality of the proteins.”

Firmenich: Grilled beef flavour created using artificial intelligence

A light grilled beef taste for use in plant-based meat alternatives has been developed by Firmenich with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI). A key milestone in the company’s digital transformation across its value chain, this breakthrough in collaboration with Microsoft, provides customers with uniquely tailored taste and nutrition solutions, with speed-to-market.

“The COVID-19 crisis has changed the food innovation landscape as well as the consumer marketplace. We must understand and respond to these rapidly-evolving needs with more creativity at an even faster pace. Whether through offering moments of comfort and delight or addressing the larger shift towards healthier food & beverages,” says Emmanuel Butstraen, president, Firmenich Flavors. “The exciting addition of AI allows us to better leverage different raw materials and explore new creative leads. Taking into account specific product parameters such as 100% natural ingredients and regulatory requirements, the technology enhances our flavourists’ capability to create superior taste solutions and accelerate our product development.”

BENEO ingredient for meaty texture

The mass take-up of meat substitutes is still hindered by consumer perceptions surrounding the bland taste and the growing cost of meat alternatives, according to BENEO. The company’s high quality plant protein ingredient tends to change address this. BeneoPro W-Tex is a textured wheat protein with a neutral taste, that in combination with other technical benefits, enables the creation of meat-free products with a stable texture and fibrous structure.

BeneoPro W-Tex is made from wheat gluten and flour, and has a protein content amounts to a minimum of 65% on a dry matter basis. This ingredient has an alveolar structure that allows the development of meat-like juicy texture. It takes only 15 minutes to obtain maximum hydration capacity, eradicating the need for long soaking and making it convenient for production. In combination with its good compaction ability, BeneoPro W-Tex can achieve excellent shaping in products, without the need for additional other ingredients.

*  “Plant-based Protein Market by Source (Soy, Wheat, and Pea), Type (Isolates, Concentrates, and Textured), Form (Dry and Liquid), Application (Food and Feed), and Region (North America, Europe, APAC, South America, RoW) - Global Forecast to 2025”

Monday, December 14, 2020

Top articles from FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal 2020

Although the coming year is still riddled with uncertainty, like every new year, it brings hope of better things to come. Several trade shows are still postponed including ProPak Philippines and FHA.  In general, the outlook for the food and beverage industry is optimistic. In the January issue of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal, we will share the perspective of manufacturers and market researchers on what they expect for 2021 for the packaging, processing, and ingredients segments.  And while we are preparing that special issue for you, allow us to share some of the reports in the earlier issues of the magazine:


Winkler und Dünnebier grows its OTC sweets line

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS), a leading global manufacturer of confectionery machines, draws upon its expertise in moulding plants, to offer OTC variants across its main product and machine categories, from hard candies to jellies and even chocolates. The company has the capability to handle the entire range of deposited sweets with different applications and throughputs, with complete development of individual OTC sweets with exact dosage of active ingredients. The Germany-based firm can also tailor production processes and ensures GMP-compliant design. (Photo: Dreamstime.com)


The promise of human milk oligosaccharides

Constituting the third largest component of breast milk after lactose and fats, human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are unique to humans in concentration and structural diversity. Being anti-pathogenic, they are an ideal ingredient to add in infant formula, adult nutrition such as dairy products, cereals and beverages. Their benefits extend to pharmaceutical and dermatological applications as well.  (Photo: Dreamstime.com)



Flavourful nutrition 

Achieving the balance between flavour and good nutrition has always been a challenge for formulators. But there are many taste solutions for every kind of nutritional product, and the process of choosing the right one is not as difficult as before when manufacturers understand what they need and have a reliable partner to help them develop their products. (Photo: Kerry)



Cama Group embraces digitalisation, invests more in new technologies

Global leader in high-technology secondary packaging systems Cama Group is keeping digitalisation at the centre of R&D and product development. In addition to staying ahead of current trends and raising market edge, this focus enables the Italy-based company to meet industry requirements and better serve clients. (Photo: Cama)


Reliable operator guidance for size changeover

When companies need packaging machines for their products – whether it’s for coffee capsules, cough sweets, batteries or plasters – the most important aspect of the investment is to find the most flexible solution that can handle a wide range of package sizes and formats. However, this requires intelligent size changeover in order to be able to provide such flexibility. Electronic position indicators from SIKO simplify the changeover process on SOMIC packaging machines and ensure simple operator guidance and greater process reliability. (Photo: SIKO)


For more news and features, visit the site of Ringier Trade Media Ltd: http://www.industrysourcing.com 




      

Friday, November 20, 2020

Just say the magic words - healthy, sustainable, good for environment

The November-December 2020 edition of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal (FPMJ) brings you the most recent news for food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers. In the past few months, major companies have been reiterating how the pandemic has abruptly changed consumer behaviour -- and how the industry has had to adjust to the entire situation. As end-consumers ourselves, you and I know the focus has been on staying healthy and maintaining a robust immunity, so you guessed it there will be hundreds of new food and beverages incorporating the  ingredients we crave for - from vitamins to probiotics to ingredient solutions that support heart, bones, gut and mental health. While many of these good ingredients have always been around, we can expect them to come alive in convenience foods, snacks, and RTD beverages, and some of which we might be taking for granted. FPMJ has reported on so many of these ingredients and solutions, and a growing number of these products are marketed as natural, organic, made from sustainable sources, healthy alternatives to fat or sugar, innovative, efficient, and so on. For today's consumers, these are all good to hear. In fact these product descriptions are like magic words especially to Millennial consumers who are said to be a more choosey type when it comes to food and drinks. 


One of the reports we have in the November issue comes from the Australian Macadamia group who characterises the Generation Z as born in a time of flux, fluidity and mass disruption”, are totally different from past generations when it comes to their food and beverages choices. The group quotes  Jim Richards, CEO of plant-based milk specialists milkadamia who says: “Today’s consumers are looking for wellness, but the lens through which wellness is viewed has changed. It used to just mean good nutrition, but now, especially to younger generations, it’s so much bigger than that. Consumers want to be vital, energetic and well. But they also recognise that they can’t be well if everything around them isn’t well.”

I quote BENEO in one of their  their reports: Environmental concerns have been heightened as a result of COVID-19. This is in part due to some consumers questioning whether issues such as air pollution have increased respiratory issues, making people more vulnerable to the disease. This concern is being translated into altered buying patterns, with 60% of consumers now being more attentive to the impact that their food and drink has on the environment.

The "magic words" extend to packaging and processing, of course. A good product has to come in a safe packaging that is green and sustainable. There is no compromising on that proposition. With their R&D working day and night to meet circular economy goals, the packaging industry is getting there. Big food and beverage companies are living their pledges to fight for the environment, while food startups are impressing consumers with their innovative options such as edible packaging, and more plant-based.    

Check out all latest reports in FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - November 2020