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A Food And Beverage News Special
July 1-15, 2011

All set to pack in the best of packaging
India attracted $178 billion investments during 2000 to 2010, and out of this, the southern region saw investments of about $75 billion. Southern states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, today lead the country in a number of indices.

India’s packaging industry likely to reach $5 billion this year
The current wave of economic development in India is on an upward curve. As infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture, and services grow at high rates, the packaging industry is also showing great variety and depth in its growth.

Stress on 2nd green revolution, development of processing
Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma has emphasised on requirement of investment in bringing about the second green revolution in India and developing the agro-processing and food processing sectors.

On The Safe Side
The global food & pharmaceutical packaging industries are set to ride the growth with rapid expansion. Out of these, the pharma market was valued at $42 billion in 2008. Further, it was expected to grow at CAGR of 6.9% between 2008 and 2015, reaching a value of $68 billion by 2015.

“ProAseptic technology addresses the typically Indian need for extended shelf life”
Sealed Air India is a global company dealing in packaging. Specific to food packaging, it provides technologies that help retain freshness and taste of products. Currently the company’s India arm is gearing up to introduce novel retail aseptic solution – ProAseptic

New technologies can slash bakers’ energy usage
A novel combination of microwave and infrared heating technologies can drastically cut energy usage and cooking times during bread production, according to the results of a new Swedish-based project.

Wrapping machine that can be used in stand-alone or integrated format
Bosch Packaging Technology India offers Pack 201 for the horizontal flow wrapping machines segment, according to a release by the company.

CIPHET offers new technologies for commercialisation
The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) will soon be commercialising its latest technology on stabilisation of rice bran by ohmic heating and microencapsulation.

“Galvanised silos for grains would offer zero wastage”
The decade-old, agricultural processing equipment major Fowler Westrup India Pvt. Ltd, which is a joint venture of John Fowler, India, and Westrup, Denmark, is now looking to expand its manufacturing capacity and setting up a new unit to produce the latest post-harvest and packaging innovations.

Bry-Air’s breakthrough in honeycomb technology
Bry-Air has announced yet another breakthrough in its ‘in-situ’ synthesised macro porous honeycomb technology research by extending it to gas phase filtration.

Moisture control & packaging confectionery
And all sweet things come to a sticky end, ideally, in the mouth. Moisture, however, plays spoilsport midway ruining the texture and making confectionery items soggy and visually unappealing to the consumer.

ITC Infotech keen to expand presence in F&B and dairy with range of software solutions
ITC Infotech is now gearing up to increase its presence in the food, beverage and dairy space with its range of software solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) practice.

Indian delegation packs a punch at Interpack 2011
Messe Dusseldorf Germany, the organisors of Interpack 2011, accorded a warm welcome to one of the largest delegation of 175 members of Indian packaging industry organised by Inorbit Tours Pvt. Ltd and led by Om Prakash, director and the ambassador in India of Messe Düsseldorf.

Save 98 per cent water from Filter Backwash Recovery
In today’s times, the demand for water is much more than actual supply. This water scarcity underscores the need for better water management.

Alfa Laval to develop vegetable oil plant worth SEK 65 million
Alfa Laval, a global leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has received an order for a complete solution to a vegetable oil plant in India. The order value is about SEK (Swedish Krona) 65 million (around Rs 46 crore) and delivery is scheduled for 2012.

Dutch mission: IICPT likely to sign MoU with Wageningen varsity
“In a bid to transfer knowledge, innovation and technology in food processing under the Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Netherlands,” Dr Alagusundram, director, IICPT, informed FnB News in a chat over telephone.

ERP solution that helps increase efficiency and productivity
Tectura is a worldwide provider of business consulting services, delivering exceptional services and sustainable value through consulting, software and IT implementation.

Exposure to radiation: UN panel doubts efficacy of Japanese food testing
Three months after an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant, Japan does not appear to have a comprehensive food-testing regime, said Peter Burns, the former chairman of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.

Use of Light-weight Plastics in Packaging
Packaging is one of the most important aspects of customer experience today. Packaging defines the personality of a product and a good pack attracts customer attention and screams for customer trial. The exclusivity and ordinariness of a product today is appraised as much by the package it comes in, as by the product.

President for use of tech., wants more food processing units
President Pratibha Patil has stressed on increasing agricultural production in the country by using modern technology.

Stress on building awareness on FP sector
The PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI) along with Industries Associations of Uttarakhand organised an Awareness Programme on Enhancing Value Addition in Food Processing and Agro Export Opportunities from Uttarakhand at Haridwar recently.

Vikaash introduces rotary fill and seal machine
Vikaash Packaging has introduced the latest version of rotary fill and seal machine suitable for cups, trays & pet jars. The filling systems can de designed to suit the products to be packed, like piston fillers, timer-based fillers, weigh fillers, count and fill systems, cup fillers, auger fillers and so on.

IICPT meet looks at manpower shortage in food processing
In order to motivate students to opt for a career in the food processing industry and create awareness among farmers and entrepreneurs, the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) recently organised in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, a two-day national seminar on Career and Research Trends in Food Processing.

Usher Agro MoU with NBHC for handling food grains
Usher Agro Ltd, leading rice miller in India, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Bulk Handling Corporation Limited (NBHC) Ltd for providing storage and handling of food grains across India for the company on a long-term basis.

New devices in UAE to detect meat adulteration
Food safety inspectors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have started using new devices that can detect meat adulteration.

Luvata storms India with expansion plans in food refrigeration
Taking note of the infrastructure status being granted to post-harvest storages and cold chains in this year's Budget plan, global major Luvata, the international copper product- maker, is planning an expansion in India to help meet rapid growth in the food refrigeration market.

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