TESTING AND LABORATORY
With an increasing dependence on global supply chains, food products can become contaminated at virtually any point in the production and distribution cycle, posing increased health risks to consumers. These and other factors are driving national regulators and key participants in the food industry to demand better and more effective monitoring of the safety of food products, as well as increased testing to help reduce health risks
FOOD LOSS AND WASTE
Did you know that more than a third of food produced globally is wasted? This not only has a significant financial cost, but a moral one too, as consumers continue to face high prices and critical food shortages. In this edition of FBR, we investigate preventative strategies and solutions that could offset food loss and waste in the supply and manufacturing chain, from improved forecasting and quality control to processing solutions that can minimise losses every step of the way.
SPICES AND SEASONINGS
This market is driven by the growing demand for convenience food products, clean label trends, and natural preservatives for the meat industry. In addition, some spices and seasonings have been associated with various health benefits such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The market is continually evolving, with new products and flavour combinations to meet changing consumer preferences and trends.
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South Africa has a unique culinary heritage – with 11 official languages how could we not?
In this edition, we bring you the backstory to some of our best known local foods and look at how ingredient innovation keeps pushing the bar when it comes to new product development for local tastes.
With the debate on aspartame sweetener still dominating news headlines, we go in search of natural sweetener and low sugar alternatives for use in the food and beverage industry. We explore how taste modulation can help replace added sugar and offer formulation benefits beyond simply masking off-flavours.
Inspection systems for food and beverage processing and packaging are critical to ensuring outgoing product quality and safety. Faulty or damaged packaging can adversely affect how distributors and consumers perceive product quality, safety, and value, or result in costly product recalls. Quality inspection is critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, as being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped is crucial.
Certain chemicals in food packaging and food handling equipment have potential health impacts if they migrate into food. These chemicals in virgin materials may contaminate the recycling stream and undermine their recyclability or biodegradability. Ensuring food packaging is free of these chemicals, companies can improve consumer trust and enable a clean circular economy while minimizing the impact of regulations on their bottom line.
Metal detection is a critical process in the FoodBev industry to ensure product safety and quality. Metal contaminants like stainless steel, ferrous, or non-ferrous materials can pose various risks, such as physical injury to consumers, damage to processing equipment, and negative impacts on product integrity.
BLISTERS AND CLAMSHELLS
In the world of fast-paced product packaging, blister pack machines or blister packaging equipment and clamshell sealer machines have emerged as game-changers. These innovative machines streamline the process of packaging, delivering accuracy, efficiency and improved product presentation.
FOOD LOSS AND WASTE
Food loss and waste carry a huge environmental burden. Using adequate packaging to avoid losses and waste of food products can benefit the environment more than not using packaging at all. A circular approach is key. Circular packaging solutions focus on a reduce-reuse-recycle approach, including minimising single-use plastic, encouraging the reuse and
recycling of materials and improving the economics and quality of
recycled plastic materials.