Food Executive

Characterized by a steady technological evolution, packaging is an effective communication and sales tool that directly involves the consumer.
Format, colours, design, size and materials are elements used to stand out from the competition and to convey the qualities a product possesses.

For this reason we talk about strategic packaging.

The MP 150 ERGON overlapping cardboard sleeve packer, that will be showcased at Brau Beviale international trade fair, taking place in Nuremberg – Germany from 12th to 14th November 2019, meets these needs.

Thanks to the production of machines with innovative design and IoT technology, SMI provides cutting-edge packaging solutions, that ensure production efficiencyoperational flexibility, energy saving, ease of use and bottling and packaging line monitoring.

The increase in craft beer consumption all over the world have led the operators of this sector to invest in automatic bottling and packaging plants, since a well-thought and a well-made packaging is an important trump card.

MP ERGON packers allow companies to compete, by leveraging on innovative packaging, without forgetting important elements, such as the practicality of the packaging and the protection of bottles. The machine that will be showcased at Brau packs in 1x3 in NT style 0.33 L bottles by Via Priula brewery in San Pellegrino Terme.

An original packaging, equipped with a handle that serves as gift box, that ensures an excellent visibility and gives an additional value to the product.


Compactness and cost-effectiveness
The continuous motion packaging cycle ensures a smooth production flow, without jerky movements, which protects containers from knocks, guaranteeing product integrity, high quality of the pack and reduced mechanical wear of the machine components.

Ergonomics and safety
The hot melt glue sealing of the pack bottom is precise and long-lasting, with the possibility of using different types of cardboard.
Possibility of packing products in several configurations, in order to effectively meet the changing needs of final consumers.

Flexibility and ease of use
Machines equipped with embedded IoT technology that have their own digital intelligence. The touch screen control panel is equipped with a user-friendly interface in order to manage the machine in an easy and intuitive way and with advanced diagnostic functions and technical support in real time.

If you want to discover further advantages related to MP ERGON packers, we will be waiting for you at Brau Beviale trade fair in Nuremberg at our booth 503 Hall 7A or we invite you to contact our sales department.

 SMI S.p.A.
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This issue illustrates some results obtained from the employment of Caco-2 cell line in the study of the antioxidant activity of a phenolic extract from durum wheat bread.

Not to be missed the report of the 12th IOBC/wprs international conference and the ISAA report on the worldwide distribution of 2018 biotech crops.

You will also find reports on the crop of French soft and national hard wheat.

As always, the summaries of international research on pasta, bread and feeds cannot be missed, as well as new machines, legislative update, news and upcoming events.

Clariant Masterbatches, along with PET Engineering, Husky and Aro Mida, announce the development of a water bottle conceived to be as sustainable as possible. Not only is the concept water bottle made of 100% post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET), it also includes other important design elements that address that objective.

The bottle project is part of Clariant’s “Symphony of Collaboration” initiative. The company is partnering with other market-leading organizations to develop and promote environmentally-compatible packaging solutions and design materials and  products that are easier to separate, recover, and reuse. “Sustainability is going to be one of the most important issues in packaging in the coming years,” says Alessandro Dulli, Clariant Masterbatches Global Head of Packaging, “so we wanted to collaborate on an ambitious project that would really explore what is possible when you make sustainability your primary objective.” 

Luca Baldessin, Head of R&D at PET Engineering, a company specializing in the design, engineering and prototyping of PET packaging, comments that the partners chose to develop a water bottle “because water is essential to life and sustainability is essential to the continued existence of life on earth.” The project bottle is labeled “ERIT Water.” Erit is the Latin word for “will be.” From the beginning, it was assumed that the ERIT bottle would be made entirely of recycled PET but the partners wanted to go further. PET Engineering designed a bottle with two rounded sides and two flat sides.  This unique shape includes ridges and hollows so that it can be easily collapsed flat instead of top-down the way conventional bottles are handled today. That broad, flat surface is more readily visible to the infrared scanners used to sort different materials in a recycling stream. The bottle also has cap that is designed to remain attached to the bottle even after opening. These “teathered” caps are expected to be mandated by sustainability legislation in the European Community and in California in the USA within the next few years. 

Clariant Masterbatches’ role in the project was to develop colors that would work with the sometimes-inconsistent tones that are typical of recycled PET and to formulate masterbatch concentrates using food-grade rPET as the case polymer. Designers in the Clariant ColorWorks® design and technology center identified three different colors – translucent shades of green, blue and black – that enhance the aesthetic of the bottle and bring timeless elegance to the table. 

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., the leading supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the PET bottle market, was responsible for developing the tooling for the preform from which the ERIT bottle is blown and optimizing the weight and properties of the finished container. Husky also developed the tethered closure, which includes a hinge feature. 

Finally, the bottle is decorated with a CleanFlake™ label from Mida SpA, part of the Aro Group. The CleanFlake label solution enables clean separation of the  label’s facestock and adhesive from the PET container in a conventional  recycling process, resulting in pure PET flakes that can be recycled more readily.

“This was never intended to be a purely academic exercise,” notes Alessandro Dulli. “Our solution is real and it is immediately available and ready for industrial scale-up by any qualified brand.”

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 06:28

The advantages and strengths of the paper bag

After a successful launch in 2018, the European Paper Bag Day entered the second round on 18 October 2019 with many different activities and celebrations throughout Europe. The annual action day was initiated by the platform “The Paper Bag”(1), to celebrate paper bags as sustainable and functional packaging.
Facing the challenges of our era, such as climate change and scarcity of raw materials, we believe it is essential to make an informed choice, also when it comes of packaging.
And so, at Saccarta, we take the opportunity of the European Paper Bag to bring your attention to the advantages and strengths of the paper bag, on which we continue to invest since our foundation in 1948, trusting that it is the packaging of the future (as well as the past!).

The fibres used to produce sack kraft paper are 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable:
- Paper sacks contain up to 100% natural fibres.
- Due to research into bio-barriers, the proportion of renewable materials in paper sacks will increase. This supports our approach towards a circular economy as well as the goals of the COP21 agreement, which focuses on minimising the use of all kinds of fossil materials.
- Paper is 100% biodegradable: it degrades within 2-5 months, with no harm to environment
- Paper is 100% recyclable: sack kraft paper is an excellent source of fibre for the recycling industry. Its long, strong fibres can be recycled several times. The recycling rate in Europe is 72,3%.

Sustainable management of forest areas is a central element of the value chain for paper sacks:
- The fibres are extracted from tree thinning and from process waste from the timber industry and originate from sustainably managed forests in Europe.
- Forest areas amount to 215 million hectares in Europe: more than a third of Europe is covered by forests. Forest cover in Europe is growing by 1.4% per year (2). This is thanks to the continuous replantation of trees during harvesting. For each tree harvested, two more are planted.
- Sustainable forest management protects water courses, increases research in new species, protects biodiversity and looks after the welfare of forest industry workers.

Forests play a key role in the mitigation of carbon emissions, and consequently in climate change mitigation:
- Forests act as a carbon sink: 1 m3 of wood captures 1 t of carbon dioxide while emitting 0.7 t of oxygen. The average annual sequestration of carbon in European forest biomass reaches 719 million tonnes of CO2.  This offsets the fossil CO2 emissions generated annually by Germany (3). 
- The carbon stored is not released when the tree is cut, but rather remains in the forest’s products, such as wooden products and paper bags. One kilo of paper stores 1.3kilos of CO2 equivalents and this carbon sequestration time is extended when we recycle the paper.
- According to a study by ETH Zurich, worldwide afforestation is the most effective measure against climate change (4).

According to a study by RISE, paper sacks are clearly the favourable option when it comes to climate change (5): 
- The carbon footprint of paper cement sacks is 2.5 times smaller than that of PE FFS cement sacks.
- Paper cement sacks are also more energy efficient: almost 5 paper sacks can be produced with the fossil energy consumed to produce 1 plastic sack.
- The production of paper sacks uses a high degree of renewable energy sources.
- 18 times less fossil resources are used as raw material in the paper sack.

These are just some of the strengths of the paper bag from an environmental point of view, and the entire industry is working to further improve each of these parameters.
Here at Saccarta, in the same way, we try every day to make decisions to reduce our environmental impact.


(1) The “The Paper Bag” platform was founded in 2017 by the leading European kraft paper manufacturers and producers of paper bags. They dedicate themselves to promoting the advantages of paper packaging. “The Paper Bag” is steered by the organisations CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC.

(2) “State of Europe’s Forests 2015” – FOREST EUROPE, 2015

(3) According to Clean Energy Wire’s fact sheet “Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets, 2016”, Germany produces 9.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions per person per year. With 80 million inhabitants, the annual CO2 emissions amount to 736 million tonnes..

(4) The global tree restoration potential, Bastin JF, Finegold Y, Garcia C, Mollicone D, Rezende M, Routh D, Zohner CM, Crowther TW, pubblicato in Science, 5 luglio 2019

(5) ESG LCI Study, RISE, October 2017


A plant recently installed for one of the most important meat producer in Europe demonstrates as it is possible to optimize availability and productivity of a system, with a contemporary reduction of the errors in the pallettization of the finished product (3 errors each 40000 items). A result that allows the customer to obtain a real return of investment in a short time. 
The customer produces and distributes meats, salami and confectioned products for retailers. The scope of the new installation is to realise a logistic platform able to receive the flows of 5 different production units, located at hundreds of kilometres each other.

The turn-key solution provided by Fives Syleps includes the supply of conveyor and 10 high throughput sorter, with speed between 2 and 100 metres/minute. The automation of the system includes “pick to light” positions with display, in order to realize the picking using the warehouse management software Sydel Universe (SU). The software allows to control the automated warehouse, the receiving of goods and the preparation of orders.
The last part of the system is the robotized palletization platform OPR, that allows to increase the productivity of the system and reduces the errors to the value of 3 each 40000 items, replacing the operator in one of the most delicate operation: preparation of pallets with final products.
The system is able to work 9000 items/hour with an availability of 24h/day. 

Ugo Vivone – +39.331.626.82.73 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 06:45

Increase your productivity

Vibration monitoring should be an integral part of a food and beverage production facility’s predictive maintenance program. The use of vibration sensors for early identification of developing equipment faults provides numerous benefits: 
1. Increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
2. Reduce unanticipated equipment downtime and/or failure 
3. Reduce spare parts inventory costs 
4. Make more effective use of maintenance staff time

For decades PCB Piezotronics has been offering vibration sensors specifically designed for the food industry.
IMI Sensors offers vibration sensors specifically designed to remain installed during the daily washdown/sterilization cycle. Eliminating the need for daily removal and re-installation of sensors saves sanitation staff’s time and ensures more consistent data.
The sensor stainless steel housing is smooth and corrosion-resistant. It resists degradation by wash-down cycle chemical solutions or acidic food products. IMI Sensors solutions minimize vulnerability to scrapes dents, and eliminates areas for water and/or particulate build-up. Moreover the watertight, hermetically-sealed casing with welded seams prevents liquid infiltration. 

Small ICP® accelerometer kits
models 602D91 & 603C91 
• Small dimensions – ideal for limited spaces
• Sensitivity: (±10%) 100 mV/g (10.2 mV/(m/s²)) 
• Measurement Range: ±50 g (±490 m/s²)

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An erosion of traditional beverage segments has resulted in migrating flavors and new packaging methods to reignite consumer interest in the non-alcoholic beverage sector across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
Shagun Sachdeva, Consumer Insights Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, highlights major innovation trends and opportunities that are going to impact the production, marketing and sales of non-alcoholic beverages in 2019.

Migrating flavor influences
GlobalData’s 2018 Q4 Consumer Survey reveals that more than half (60%) of 18-24 year olds in APAC are willing to experiment and try new flavors and different varieties in soft drinks out of all other age brackets. Asian ingredients are growing in popularity owing to the claims of natural health benefits and an exotic perception. With Asia becoming home to both rapidly developing countries as well as to a number of unique drinks and ingredients, brands tend to emphasize some combination of unique flavors and healthy ingredients to sell non-alcoholic beverages. For instance, Applelachia launched a sparkling apple cider drinks range in 2018, featuring the flavors of Ginger Turmeric Yuzu, and Raspberry & Native Lime, for consumers in Australia looking to experiment with new and unique tastes.

Alternative energy ingredients
The rise of Asian-inspired infused beverages featuring natural ingredients such as matcha, ginseng and guarana with energy qualities are at the forefront of consumers’ product purchase decision-making, as they look to lead a healthy lifestyle.  In line with this trend of offering alternative energy ingredients in non-alcoholic beverages, manufacturers are creating a variety of healthier options with natural and exotic ingredients. For instance, Nature's Way Sparkling Natural Energy Tea is available in Hibiscus & Pomegranate flavor in Australia. The green tea, which features ginseng and B vitamins, comes with ‘natural energy hit’ claim with 99% sugar free.

Reusable packaging 
Growing awareness of environmental issues and demand for more convenient packaging has put reusable packaging in the spotlight. GlobalData found that 52% of APAC consumers’ product choices are often influenced by how ethical/environmentally-friendly/socially-responsible the product is. With increasing scrutiny on single use plastics, several beverage brands are turning to reusable packaging. For instance, in 2019, Australian beverage giant Coca Cola Amatil launched 100% recyclable carbonated pressure proof soft drink bottle to overcome the challenge of using eco-friendly container through unique design and innovation.

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 Here some topics discussed in this issue:

Ohmic heating, a novel approach for gluten-free bread baking.
Gut bacteria from breastfeeding linked to improved infant response to vaccine.
Whole grain can contribute to health by changing intestinal serotonin production.

Matrix: 15 years at the forefront.
SMI solutions for Badem Pinari. From stretch-blow moulding to conveying.
Single-source solution for packing frozen products by Gerhard Schubert GmbH.
Schneider Electric presents a digital transformation to improve sustainability, efficiency and traceability.
Say “hello” to the fresh green gold of Bronte. In Marullo, the pistachio takes on different forms
and consistencies.

Eating with a conscience: Millennials going organic.
Consumer trends drive coffee flows.
Thinner is more sustainable. Foodstuff packaging gets lighter and lighter.

and more…
Food and Beverage Processing, Confectionery & Chocolate, Bottling, Labelling & Coding, Packaging Equipment, Consumer, Product and Packaging Trends, News

Very large amounts of brewer's spent grains (BSG) are produced in the world which is usually considered as a waste, or animal feed, rather than food for humans. 

Researchers from Denmark have report on European Food Research and Technology 245, (3): 545-558, 2019 a new process at pilot scale for the separation of brewer's spent grain and trub to solid and liquid streams that can be used in foods. A new type of continuous rotary drum press was used to process hot BSG to produce a liquid filtrate and a filter cake stream. Analysis showed that of the starting mass of BSG (ca. 120 kg), the liquid filtrate composed 50% of the mass, and the filter cake fraction composed 50% of the mass. The dry weight (DW) content of the BSG increased from 23 to over 35%. This led to concentration of insoluble dietary fibre (from 38 to 54%) and phenolics in the filter cake (from 102 to 150 mg/100 g DW as gallic acid equivalents). No fractionation of soluble species such as proteins occurred. Centrifugation of the filtrate from the rotary drum press led to a clarified supernatant stream and a paste. Concentration of insoluble dietary fibre and phenolics occurred in the paste (from 5 to 14% of DW and 61 to 114 mg/100 g DW as gallic acid equivalents), whereas soluble fibre and protein did not selectively partition. Given that the unit operations used here are scalable and approved for food production, an industrially feasible route now exists to process brewers spent grains to ingredients

Researchers from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) tested a new active packaging for meat containing green tea extract and the result were published in Food Chemistry 300, 125242, 2019.

New antioxidant polyamide was prepared by total immersion in active extract for 48h. Its antioxidant performance was tested using DPPH (IC50=270 ±21 µg/g) and ORAC (1.52 µmol Trolox/g). In vivo study was done using fresh minced meat stored at 4°C and analysed after 0, 6, 13, 19, 23 days. After 23 days metmyoglobin (MetMbBK=31.3 ±2.9% and MetMbAOX=25.9 ±0.8%), CIE L*a*b* (a*BK=15.0 ±0.4 and a*AOX=16.6 ±0.3) and TBARS (MDABK=0.0060 ±0.0003 µg/g and MDAAOX=0.0044 ±0.0002 µg/g) showed an improvement of meat shelf life. The results showed that this active film protected meat during 23 days. Migration study to food simulants was done by UPLC-QqQ-MS and UPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MSE. A decrease of oligomers migration (for caprolactam n=3: BK=0.050 ±0.004mg/kg; AOX=0.019 ±0.001mg/kg) was found. Industrial relevance Nowadays, food industry is focused on improving shelf life of products by controlling its lipid oxidation using natural antioxidants. The obtained results let us design a new active packaging based on natural antioxidants for extending the shelf life of fresh minced meat at industrial scale. 

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