SNACKS AND CONFECTIONARY

When formulating gluten-free snacks and confectionery, it’s essential to source ingredients from reputable suppliers to ensure the gluten-free integrity of a product. This is also necessary within the legal framework and to provide reassurance to consumers with dietary restrictions. But this is not without its challenges. In this feature, we will unpack some of the latest ingredients and processing, measuring and testing technology to ensure that when a brand’s label says ‘gluten-free’ it means exactly that.

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COLOURS & FLAVOURS

This sector is buzzing with innovations, products and technology as consumers move away from synthetic products and embrace natural colourants and flavours derived from natural sources that combine a
functional benefit beyond pure visual and taste appeal.
Think charcoal infused products for detoxifying purposes, or purple food rich in anthocyanins for a great antioxidant effect, or sour and fermented flavours that brings a sense of wellness to your NPD!

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MEASURING & MONITORING

In the food and beverage industry, one of the greatest challenges companies face is preventing product contamination. Whether producing beverages, soup, ready to eat meals or snacks and confectionery, products must be safe for consumption. This makes measuring and monitoring technology that can track temperature, pressure, and flow instruments a critical component in the supply chain – from processing, transportation, distribution operations to the final product.

BEVERAGE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY

The sector is a hotbed of innovation that must keep ahead of evolving consumers preferences, technological advancements, and sustainability imperatives that will continue to drive the industry forward. Staying abreast of these trends and adapting production strategies accordingly is crucial for companies to remain competitive in the marketplace. In this feature we unpack some of the latest technologies in bottling and filling. Share your latest news with us!

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BIO-BASED MATERIALS

IBio-based materials are gaining traction in food and beverage packaging due to their sustainability and biodegradability. Materials like cornstarch-based plastics, bamboo, and sugarcane fibres offer eco-friendly alternatives to traditional petroleum-based plastics. Their use reduces dependency on fossil fuels and helps mitigate environmental pollution from packaging waste.
 

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PACKAGING INNOVATIONS

Recent packaging innovations focus on sustainability, convenience, and food safety. Advancements include biodegradable and compostable materials like PLA and PHA, reducing environmental impact. Smart packaging with QR codes and NFC tags enables consumers to access product information and track freshness. Edible packaging made from seaweed or starch offers eco-friendly alternatives. Antimicrobial coatings and oxygen scavengers enhance food preservation and safety. Minimalist designs and lightweight materials reduce waste and shipping costs. Collaborations with technology companies facilitate developments such as temperature-sensitive labels for real-time quality monitoring. These innovations reflect the industry’s commitment to meeting consumer demands while promoting sustainability and safety.

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING

Flexible packaging offers numerous advantages, including lightweight, cost-effectiveness, and versatility. Materials like polyethylene, polypropylene, and aluminium foil provide excellent barrier properties, preserving freshness and extending shelf life. This packaging format accommodates various product shapes and sizes, enhancing consumer convenience and portion control. Additionally, innovations such as resealable closures, spouts, and easy-tear features improve usability. Overall, flexible packaging continues to be a preferred choice for its functionality, efficiency, and environmental benefits.

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Wendy Breakey – Sales

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