Buyers Mart: Ingredients, R&D
TIC GumsTIC Gums of Belcamp, Md. now offers Pretested® Inulin LV-110 to help food and beverage manufacturers create high-fiber products with the right thickness, mouthfeel and nutrition profile. A highly purified grade of inulin, the TIC product is known for its low-viscosity, making it versatile for a range of applications-from dairy products to sauces and gravies to nutrition bars. TIC Pretested® Inulin LV-110 is cold-water soluble and is deemed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for food use. Inulin has emerged as a popular ingredient in recent years as an effective fiber source and its purported benefit in aiding in the body's retention of calcium.
Kerry SweetKerry Ingredients' newest frozen dessert flavor concept, Chocolate Cream Pie, features whipped cream-flavored ice cream swirled with a chocolate pudding ribbon and graham pie crust pieces.
Flexicon CorporationFlexicon Corp.'s new bulk filling system with high-lift drum dumper automatically transfers bulk solid materials from drums to the machine's fill head dust-free, fills pails by weight and verifies fill weight accuracy. Drums are loaded at floor level onto a platen that lifts hydraulically to form a dust-tight seal between the drum lip and gasketted discharge cone. The entire drum carriage elevates hydraulically, then tips, causing the discharge cone to mate with a gasketted receiving ring on the filling machine's surge hopper lid. A slide gate valve at the cone spout is then actuated, allowing material to fill the hopper with no dusting. Pails are indexed by a roller conveyor, filled by a rotary valve under gain-in-weight-control, and conveyed to a second scale for check weighing.
Zebra Technologies Corp.Zebra Technologies is bringing increased accuracy, speed, and cash flow to route accounting and DSD applications within the beverage, bakery, and snack industries. The company's new RW 420 mobile thermal printer was specifically developed for DSD and route accounting applications, so delivery personnel can conduct real-time invoicing and credit verification, shaving days off account receivables. RW 420 combines small size, portability, and secure, wireless credit card processing with ruggedness to stand up to life on the road. In addition, the RW 420 processes invoices, receipts, and sales orders. On-demand thermal printing technology ensures fast, consistent, and highly legible printing, at the point of transaction. A charging cradle with one-handed release push button and large, angled display printer are features. Wireless communications options such as Bluetooth and 802.11b, and a smart card and magnetic stripe reader module that is EMV certified for use in Europe are included.
Zebra Technologies Corp.
BurkertBurkert of Irvine, Calif. announces the Type 8041 Electromagnetic Flow Transmitter, designed to operate as a transmitter and/or ON/OFF control. Able to function at high temperatures/ pressures and compatible with pipe diameters from 1/2 inch to 16 inches, the solid-state sensor Type 8041 finds use in applications that include food processing cleaning cycle monitoring (FDA approved) and irrigation. Accommodating liquids with a conductivity > 20 µS/cm, the Type 8041 features a -4°F to 302°F medium temperature range and 233 psi maximum fluid pressure capability (with a brass or stainless steel fitting). Measuring range is 0.33 fps to 33 fps. Accuracy (for a measured value of 3.3 fps to 33 fps/-4°F to 266°F) is ±2% of measured value using Burkert's Teach-In automatic calibration mode, ±4% of measured value using standard K-factor. Linearity is ±(1% of measured value + 0.1% of FS), while repeatability is 0.25% of measured value. Materials for the Type 8041's wetted parts are 316L stainless steel for the sensor finger and electrodes, EPDM for the unit's seal, and PEEK for the armature.
Kolinahr Systems, Inc.Kolinahr Systems' PS520 Pallet Load Stacker patented design stacks pallet loads quickly and accurately. The PS520 mounts on both sides of the pallet conveyor and holds the stretch wrapped loads with a positive stop gate. A pneumatic alignment system locates the pallets in a consistent position. The Pallet Load Stacker uses pneumatic slide arms to grab and lift the pallet with an electric motor. The machine is controlled by a PLC, which can communicate with the conveyor, stretch wrapper, and palletizer. By tracking pallets via a data stream provided from the palletizer, non-matching or partial pallets are allowed to pass. The PS520 features a heavy-duty, two-post steel frame for maximum stability and quick installation.
Kolinahr Systems, Inc.
EPIEPI's Corner Labeling System has been designed to apply labels to the corner of a package so that batch and product data can be seen on two sides of the carton. The labeling system can be integrated with most cartoner lines. The labeler is easy to set up and operate and has been engineered to operate 24/7 with low maintenance requirements. The unit has a rigid mounting structure to minimize vibration with a gentle tamp application. A programmable printer can be added to the system to print bar code, date or batch data.
Videojet TechnologiesWood Dale, Ill.-based Videojet Technologies Inc. has developed the EXCEL® 170i ink jet printer for applications that require coding at high speeds on a variety of materials. The printer can print up to three lines of alphanumerics, bar codes and custom graphics on virtually any substrate at nearly any production speed. Using a single printhead, the EXCEL 170i offers single-, twin-, triple-line or large-size printing. The unit can serialize, automatically advance expiration dates and print numbers and messages on any surface-porous, non-porous, smooth, curved, textured or ribbed. A back-lit display screen with simple prompts and an instantaneous LCD readout makes operation easy. To protect against tough environments, the EXCEL 170i has a stainless steel, drip- and rust-resistant cabinet.
Sidebar: A Magical Tour of the SensesOn March 8, 2005, Chr. Hansen, a leading suppliers of food ingredients, will set out on a Magical Sensory Tour through Eastern Europe. This new campaign will start in Prague on March 10 and end in Poland on April 19. On the tour, Chr. Hansen will make more than 19 stops at universities, food producers and other food-related hotspots in these markets. Customers will be invited to a Chr. Hansen universe filled with ingredient solutions and product presentations by Chr. Hansen experts.
"This imaginative method of promoting Chr. Hansen is a new and unique way of demonstrating how Chr. Hansen can assist clients in the creation of innovative solutions," explains Jan Boeg Hansen, Group v.p. of Chr. Hansen. "The showroom on wheels will contain the ingredients necessary to create an experience for all the senses. Here, one can see, hear, feel, smell and taste everything related to the food and beverage industries. It is a sensory explosion, fireworks on the tongue, and an added touch of magic."
The main focus of the food industry has shifted from product development to concept development. New and innovative solutions are essential in order to stand out from one's competitors. "We could have chosen to attend a trade show as we have done so often in the past," says Hansen. "By going on a tour, however, we will be able to learn a lot about specific niche markets. It will also give us the opportunity to get in contact with more people from within our customer organization."
Sidebar: Foods Containing Fish Oil Gain PopularityOcean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC), the Canadian supplier of MEG-3™ Brand Omega-3 EPA/DHA food and dietary supplement ingredients, announced a major U.S. expansion in production capacity for its heart healthy food ingredient made from fish oil. ONC has purchased an existing facility in Arcadia, Wisc. and is currently upgrading the plant. The expansion is in response to a rapidly growing demand in the U.S. for food products containing Omega-3 from fish oil. Americans are aware that they are not eating enough fish and that they have a major dietary deficiency regarding essential fatty acids.
Consumer awareness of the health benefits of fish oil is driving the U.S. market growth. Fish oil is the primary source of the functionally essential fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). In September 2004, the Food and Drug Administration announced a qualified heart health claim for EPA and DHA, enabling food manufacturers to label food products that contain Omega-3 EPA and DHA as being heart healthy. In January 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines for Americans and recommended consumption of at least two meals of oily fish per week.
ONC has developed a patented, microencapsulated and FDA-notified GRAS ingredient, which allows food manufacturers to enrich foods people eat every day with the health benefits of fish oil. Food companies can now deliver the goodness of fish without the taste or smell of fish. Since people are slow to change their eating habits, adding EPA and DHA to food offers consumers great convenience while enabling them to contribute to their daily needs for the important Omega-3's EPA and DHA. "Consumers are embracing foods that are fortified with Omega-3," says Michael Hodgett, v.p. of business development at ONC. " The response has been tremendous."
ONC currently produces MEG-3™ food ingredient in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and plans to produce MEG-3 in Arcadia to serve the U.S. market.