Food Executive

In this issue you can find a practical assessment and objectives in a vending sector company.

We publish the reports of Cibus Tec in Parma and Propak Asia, and a special contribution on Environmental Product Declaration in the agrifood sector.

Our focus is dedicated to the new directions in the packaging sector: without a doubt, the sustainability. This means less material and more advantages and green as a design principle, featuring biodegradable, recyclable and aluminum-based paper, innovative multilayers, and even egg white films. We also report the recent analysis of Packaged Facts, which reveals how the innovation also is made of electronic commerce.

We review packaging solutions, machines and equipment, new technologies, such as multi-touch HMI and RFD systems, downstream and analysis solutions, packaging, products, laws, and marketing surveys.

Finally, the recent applied researches, news from the world and upcoming events in the agenda.

For more than 30 years, COVAL has developed ranges of vacuum pumps and suction cups which enable you to grip and move products, as well as, primary and secondary packaging of all shapes, weights and materials, on production and packing lines.

To respond to your challenges COVAL relies on:
• A strong capacity for development and innovation
• A team 100% dedicated to Packaging
• A full product range dedicated to handling, packaging and packing
• Experience and solid expertise acquired from world leaders

COVAL uniqueness is the capacity, via their products, service and expertise, to not limit their customers or their project needs. The company is always able to analyze, offer, develop, produce and accompany the perfectly adapted solution to their requirements.

COVAL vacuum pumps and suction cups are present wherever raw or finished products are packaged, put in boxes and palletized. The expertise is to accompany the customer in the choice of the most efficient solution, in terms of quality, productivity and energy efficiency.

Coval can equips as wide range of machines, like pick-and-place, box forming, bagging, case packers and palletizers that are utilized in food processing, health and beauty, household equipment, and technological equipment in order to handle products like cardboard, flowpack, paper, aluminium, plastic and tin.

COVAL Italia Srl
Via Ferrero 112 – 10098 Rivoli (TO)
Tel: +39 0119588660
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Monday, 21 October 2019 07:00

BrauBeviale 2019: ready to start!

Everything is ready for a successful BrauBeviale. From 12 to 14 November 2019, Nuremberg will once again be the hub for the international beverage industry. Breweries and malt houses, companies producing and bottling alcohol-free drinks, wine and sparkling wine cellars, distilleries, dairies, beverage retailers and wholesalers, hotels and restaurants will gather for this year’s most important capital goods fair for beverage production and marketing. 
The products and solutions on display by the around 1,100 exhibitors (half of them international) cover the entire process chain for beverage production, from raw materials, technology and components to packaging, accessories and marketing ideas. 

Organize your visit
Organize your visit by using the exhibition and product database on the website Arrange a meeting with the exhibitors and have a look at the innovations they will display. Download the floor plan to plan your visit even more efficiently. Contact the exhibitors to get a voucher code to enter BrauBeviale for free. 

Supporting program
The product display is rounded out by an attractive supporting programme that explores and discusses the trending issues in the industry. The main topic is the future viability of the beverage sector. Other highlights include the BrauBeviale Forum with panel discussions and presentations, the Craft Drinks Area, which will host tastings of beer and other beverage specialities led by independent experts, the themed pavilion Artisan and Craft Beer Equipment and the special display area brau@home

Beviale Family: International expertise in the beverage industry
BrauBeviale is also the right place to get first-hand information about the Beviale Family, a network of international exhibitions in the beverage sector organized by NürnbergMesse Group in growing markets wordwide. Beviale Moscow, for example, is the first and only trade fair for the entire beverage industry in Eastern Europe. CRAFT BEER CHINA in Shanghai is becoming established as the gathering place for the Chinese craft beer community, while CRAFT BEER ITALY in Milan is the B2B platform for the Italian sector. In Bangalore, CRAFT DRINKS INDIA is designed to meet the needs and interests of the fast-growing drinks market in India. In 2020 a new event, Beviale Mexico, will join the Beviale Family. Other projects are in the planning phase.

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Friday, 18 October 2019 07:00

New possibilities with digital twins

B&R MapleSim Connector simplifies model-based machine development


B&R simplifies model-based machine development with the new B&R MapleSim Connector. It considerably reduces the time spent modeling machine components. Machine functions are easy to program and deploy. B&R MapleSim Connector is seamlessly integrated in the B&R Automation Studio environment. 


B&R MapleSim Connector makes it efficient for B&R customers to integrate the MapleSim tool from Maplesoft. MapleSim creates a highly accurate, dynamic model of the machine based on CAD data in STEP format. All forces and torques are modeled with great precision, allowing the model to be used as a digital twin for component sizing. The physical model is also available as a functional mock up unit for virtual commissioning of the machine software in Automation Studio. This helps avoid the risk of costly design errors. 

Efficient use of digital twins
B&R MapleSim Connector offers two export functions for efficient use of digital twins in the development process. On the one hand, it is possible to export simulation data to optimize the sizing of servo drives, motors and gearboxes using tools like ServoSoft. Alternatively, the model built in MapleSim can be exported as an FMI file, including the CAD data.

Transfer models to hardware quickly
The model built in MapleSim can be used as a simulation model in Automation Studio and transferred directly to the B&R control hardware. The result is hardware-in-the-loop simulation, where the machine's behavior is emulated in real time to create a controlled environment where the machine software can be tested safely. In this environment, all control parameters can be manipulated and the temperature behavior of the drive can be simulated. The behavior of the digital twin is visualized live in B&R Scene Viewer. 

About B&R
B&R is an innovative automation company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world. On July 6, 2017, B&R became a business unit of the ABB Group. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With Industrial IoT communication standards like OPC UA, POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering. The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.
For more information, visit 

B &R Automation
Via Ruggero Leoncavallo 1 - 20020 Cesate (MI)
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Powders dissolution is a process that requires depth knowledge and specific process technologies. Fristam has developed several mixing systems, applicable to all productions, from a few kg up to 10.000 kg/hour.

- Fristam Powder Mixer. Used to mix high quantities of xanthan gum, guar, pectin, CMC, carob seed flour, etc. in a very short time up to very high concentrations and viscosity > 100.000 cP.

- Fristam Powder Dissolver. Ideal and economical solution to dissolve powders that require high "shear rates", or to emulsify liquids, creating particles <2 µm. Used in the mixing of hydrocolloids, stabilizers, proteins, starches, etc. in the production of flavored juices and drinks.

- Fristam Powder Incorporator. Ideal and economical solution to dissolve and hydrate easily soluble powders, like: sugar, fructose, citric acid, etc.

Fristam Powder Mixing Systems guarantee fast and efficient dissolution, perfect production batches repeatability and avoid the formation of gelled powdered lumps.

Quality, Flexibility and Innovation are the basis of the success of Fristam Pumpen KG products for over 100 years, a world leader in the production of sanitary pumps and mixing systems completely in stainless steel.

Fristam Pumpen KG  GmbH
Kurt-A-Korber-Chausse, 55
D-21033 Hamburg - Germania

Contatti in italia
Sig. Paolo Micheletta
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Mob. +39 3385270866

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 06:40

The role of PET bottles in the circular economy


Packaging sustainability is a key issue, in particular for the beverage industry, in which more and more questions have been raised about the material to be used for packing safely and with limited impact on the environment. At K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf, which will be held from October, 16-23, SMI will showcase an EBS 4 K ERGON stretch-blow moulder, a compact, efficient and eco-friendly plant for manufacturing PETand r-PET containers.

Recent studies have shown the benefits arising from the use of plastic bottles, since this solution is unbreakable, safe, with great barrier properties, lightweight and above all recyclable! In comparison with other packaging materials, such as glass or aluminium, PET has a good environmental profile, mainly thanks to its lightness that translates into less material to produce,less material to dispose ofless energy used to manufacture it and less fuel used for transporting packed products. Thanks to its recyclability and its great weight-capacity ratio, many producers of mineral waters and soft drinks promote and re-evaluate PET and r-PET as convenient and win-win solutions from the environmental sustainability point of view.

Ideal system for producing PET and r-PET bottles
The use of r-PET (recycled PET) for manufacturing new bottles is the core of the concept of circular economy, that consists of collecting materials after they have been used and processing them, so that they can be reused or recycled. Every time a PET container is recycled, its oil reserve is recovered and reused, eliminating the waste and reducing the packaging environmental impact, provided that efficient systems for managing waste and recycling exist.

Producing even lighter bottles
Another strategy that contributes to the environmental protection is based on the study of even lighter PET containers, that allow to save on plastics and that, indeed, fully comply with the environmental policy of most of the manufacturers of beverages.

SMI solution for the “green factory”
Available with 2, 3 or 4 cavities, the rotary, compact, efficient and ergonomic stretch-blow moulders from the EBS K ERGON range are perfectly suited to these eco-friendly strategies and to the new manufacturing paradigms of “smart & green factory”.
The EBS K ERGON range is the best solution to produce PET and r-PET containers up to 9,200 bottles/hour.
Thanks to its compact and ergonomic design, it can be installed even on bottling plants with reduced size and it ensures advantages in terms of ease of use and control by the line operator.

If you want to find out further advantages of the EBS ERGON stretch-blow moulders or ECOBLOC® ERGON blowing, filling and capping integrated systems, we will be waiting for you at K exhibition in Düsseldorf, at our booth B69, hall 14, or we invite you to contact our sales department.

SMI S.p.A.
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In this issue you will learn about the effects of microwawe treatment of durum wheat kernels on wheat flour and pasta.

The Victam International 2019 report is back with the second and last part and, as always, the summaries of international research on pasta, bread and grinding cannot be missed, accompanied by the results of the Italian and European feed sector. 

Following machines, legislative update, news and upcoming events.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 06:54

Why brown fat is good for people's health

Researchers have discovered how brown fat, also known as brown adipose tissue, may help protect against obesity and diabetes. Their study in the journal Nature adds to our knowledge about the role of brown fat in human health and could lead to new medications for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Brown fat is considered a heat organ. People have a few grams of it in areas including the neck, collarbone, kidneys and spinal cord. When activated by cool temperatures, brown fat uses sugar and fat from the blood to generate heat in the body.

The study found that brown fat could also help the body filter and remove branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) from the blood. BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are found in foods like eggs, meat, fish, chicken and milk, but also in supplements used by some athletes and people who want to build muscle mass.

In normal concentrations in the blood, these amino acids are essential for good health. In excessive amounts, they're linked to diabetes and obesity. The researchers found that people with little or no brown fat have reduced ability to clear BCAAs from their blood, and that may lead to the development of obesity and diabetes.

The study also solved a 20-plus year mystery about brown fat: how BCAAs enter the mitochondria that generate energy and heat in cells. The scientists discovered that a novel protein (called SLC25A44) controls the rate at which brown fat clears the amino acids from the blood and uses them to produce energy and heat.

"Our study explains the paradox that BCAA supplements can potentially benefit those with active brown fat, such as healthy people, but can be detrimental to others, including the elderly, obese and people with diabetes," said co-author Labros S. Sidossis, a Distinguished Professor who chairs the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Usa).

Researchers next need to determine whether uptake of BCAAs by brown fat can be controlled by environmental factors – such as exposure to mildly cold temperatures (65 degrees Fahrenheit) or consumption of spicy foods – or by drugs. This could improve blood sugar levels that are linked to diabetes and obesity, Sidossis said.

Friday, 11 October 2019 06:30

In-Vitality is the event not to be missed!

In-Vitality is the only event in Italy dedicated to ingredients and raw materials catered towards the functional food market, supplements as well the nutritional sector.

Aiming to enhance the Italian market as well as providing networking opportunities for professionals alike, its rich scientific content and format are aimed at food scientists, food development technologists and all other professionals directly involved in nutritional field, supplements and nutraceuticals, many of which they do not have the possibility to attend events outside of Italy.

In-Vitality is co-located with Making Cosmetics (, a consolidated event with over 3,000 square meters of exhibition space and over 200 companies participating in the 7th edition of the event.

In-Vitality together with Making Cosmetics represents our current trends: a synergy between looking good and feeling good!

Over 400 industry experts are waiting for you in Milan from 20th to the 21th of November.


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