Buyers Mart: From the Worldwide Food Expo Show Floor
As the next generation of Tri-Clover brand pumps, Solid C pumps improve on the technology of the C Series, which has been an industry standard for 35 years. This new design offers an improved seal, lower NPSHr and better performance for standard duties in the beverage, food, personal care, dairy and pharmaceutical industries. The Solid C is a cost-effective standard duty pump intended for use in non-critical, less demanding applications. All product-wetted parts are in AISI 316L stainless steel. It is a high-value standard pump which exceeds hygiene standards and complies with 3A and CE and has EHEDG certification.
Axon Corporation unveiled its new EZ-100HSX Tamper Evident Band Applicator. The Ez-100HSX is the company's fastest single-head applicator. The continuous motion machine is capable of speeds of up to 500 bottles per minute. The single-head design and small footprint Allows the machine to fit into the tightest of spaces. It can be easily integrated existing lines or it can be made part of turnkey system. Quick and easy changeover allows for banding of numerous SKUs. It bands caps up to 36 mm and layflat film width range from 15 to 60 mm.
Cargill's new Eridex brand erythritol is an all-natural, non-caloric, (maximum 0.2 cal/g) bulk-sweetener with a taste similar to sugar. Food developers can use erythritol to reduce calories and improve flavor, digestibility and texture of reduced-sugar products. Dairy applications include ice cream, sorbet and yogurt, where it supports fat replacement strategies and allows for lower caloric pro-files. In frozen desserts, it also functions as a freezing point depressant.
Cargill Food and Pharma Special-ties
AllerGiene™ is the latest in allergen indicator testing. Debuted by Charm Sciences, this real-time, ATP-based test, is as simple as swab, twist and count. Results are available in five minutes. There is no reagent preparation, and the assay is performed post-cleaning and pre/post sanitization, be-fore the next food process cycle. The AllerGiene system is an indicator for multiple allergenic residues.
Charm Sciences Inc.
Danisco and Danisco Sweeteners showcased its ingredient portfolio of specialty carbo-hydrates and reduced-calorie sweeteners. Ingredients such as Litesse® polydextrose, lactitol and xylitol all have low-glycemic indexes and are ideal for developing low-glycemic foods and beverages. Polydextrose and lactitol together help reduce sugar and fat in no-sugar-added ice cream. Other re-duced-sugar applications sampled included a vanilla-flavored milk beverage and nonfat whipped yo-gurt.
David Michael sampled an array of ethnic ice cream flavors, which were inspired by the company's international facilities. Offerings included French Pain d'epices, Mexican Café de Olla, Canadian Maple Syrup Pie and Chinese Vanilla Red Bean. The company also showcased its cost-saving solutions for vanilla-Category I and Category II vanilla flavor blends.
David Michael & Co.
The new Degussa Food Ingredients, exhibiting for the first time at Worldwide Food Expo as a single company with three business lines-Flavors & Fruit Systems, BioActives and Texturants-showcased how the business lines work together. For example, show attendees were able to sample a low-fat probiotic yogurt smoothie enhanced with choline. The drink was made with the company's sta-bilizer, culture, choline, fruit and smoothie base.
Degussa Food Ingredients
The BFAH-30 (Advanced Hygiene) bottle filler was introduced by Evergreen Packaging Equipment, a business of International Paper. Evergreen also exhibited a number of new products including traditional gable top equipment, and various levels of bottle filling, cup filling, and blow molding equipment. The BFAH-30 features a belt drive, externally demountable fill valves, auto sanitation, HEPA enclosures, and an optional automated CIP system. Filling up to 100 gal, 150 half-gal, and 180 quarts/pints/half-pints per minute, this machine offers the processor high filling efficiency of up to 95% or higher in a clean and safe environment. Evergreen's EMP-1 gable top packaging machine forms, fills and seals up to 8,400 Micro-Pak cartons per hour. The Micro-Pak carton, with a 1.810 inch cross-section, is a convenient single serve package with a straw hole available in 4, 6, 8, and 10oz sizes. ELL (Extended Long Life) features include HEPA, auto sanitize, self-contained CIP, self-contained chemical sterilization, and 35% H2O2 carton sanitization with a 4.0D kill or better. The ESL-60 with SPOUT-PAK forms, fills and seals up to 6,000 standard cross-sections cartons per hour in sizes ranging from 177ml to 1.15 liters (6 oz to 38 oz). ESL (Extended Shelf Life) features including enclosures, HEPA, auto sanitize, self-contained CIP, self-contained chemical sterilization, and low level H2O2 carton sanitization with UV light, help maintain product quality for HTST processed refrigerated products. Representatives from International Paper will also be on hand to discuss printing capabilities, barrier boards, SPOUT-PAK, marketing services, inventory tracking, and new development products.
Evergreen Packaging Equipment
The new MilkoScan Minor debuted at the show. It is a low-cost alternative to Foss' tradi-tional MilkoScan. The company also featured its FoodScan Lab (for the lab) and FoodScan Pro (for the production floor). Currently there are 83 units in the field. This unique testing machine is pre-calibrated to measure fat, moisture, protein, salt and fat-on-a-dry-basis in cheese, yogurt and butter. It does all this in less than a minute.
Foss North America
MicroThermics' Direct/Indirect Processor (DIP) system combines direct and indirect heating with vacuum cooling into one machine. The capabilities of this system include HTST and UHT pasteurization, along with aseptic and extended shelflife processing. The system can process a variety of liquid and viscous products including milk, flavored dairy drinks, nutritional supplements, ice cream mix, juice concentrates, fruits juices and drinks, tea, coffee, pudding, cheese sauce and more.
Norse Dairy Systems
Orafti showed a variety of healthful products made with Raftiline® and Raftilose® fiber ingredients, including Stonyfield Farms' Smoothie. A recent study at Baylor College of Medicine has demonstrated that 8g a day of the enriched inulin ingredient Raftilose® Synergy 1 increased calcium absorption by 20%.
Orafti Active Food Ingredients
SPI Polyols discussed how Maltisweet™ Maltitol Solution can directly replace sucrose in no-sugar-added premium ice cream. Maltitol is 90% as sweet as sucrose and functions similarly to sucrose. It can be used as the sole sweetening agent without adjusting the formulation or manufacturing parameters used for a sucrose formulation.
SPI Polyols Inc.
Safeline Metal Detection
Sensient promoted its eggnog bases by giving the drinks a little ethnic spin with the sampling of Dulce de Leche eggnog. The company also promoted its portfolio of smoothie formulations.
Spraying Systems Co.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Virginia Dare featured quite the spread. Beverages sampled included Mango Guava Pink Lemonade, Wildberry Milk and Lime Green Tea. From the freezer, the company featured Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream, Gingerbread ice cream and Cantaloupe sorbet.
Weber Scientific introduced the LactiCheck, a milk analyzer that tests for fat, solids, protein, density and added water in just 85 seconds. Based upon established ultrasound technology, the instrument does not require costly chemicals or reagents to run it.
Side bar: Danisco Announces 2004 Knowledge AwardsDanisco USA Inc., New Century, Kan., is living up to its company tag line "First you add knowledge," with the inauguration of the 2004 Knowledge Award, a new product contest for academic institutions. The goal of the competition is in line with Danisco's company mission: To accommodate consumer demand for healthy, safe and tasty food.
"Danisco sees this contest as a way to support innovation, help us to promote strong links between universities and encourage innovative approaches to some of the challenges faced by the food industry," says Mike Parsons, sales and marketing dir.
To kick off the event, Danisco sponsored a cocktail reception during Worldwide Food Expo on October 30th. Tjerk de Ruiter, Danisco's president of the Americas explained contest details to 72 people in attendance, including representatives from Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan State, Florida, The University of Manitoba, Penn State, Louisiana State and Mississippi State.
The contest, open to junior, senior or graduate students at four-year accredited colleges with declared majors in food science or related disciplines, encourages the development of innovative new food and beverage products using at least one Danisco ingredient.
"It's a unique concept," says Parsons. "Students get to test their ideas in a commercial environment, while gaining exposure to companies within the food industry."
Danisco has made several resources available to interested participants, including a special Website: www.danisco.com/knowledgeaward/us.
Entries will be judged on a variety of criteria by a five- to 10-member panel consisting of food industry professionals. Awards are $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second and $2,000 for third. Winners will be presented at the 2004 New Products Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on October 10-13. Entries must be received no later than Jan. 15.
The 2004 Knowledge Award is presented in conjunction with Prepared Foods and Dairy Foods Magazines. For more information, contact JoAnn Rupp at 800/255-6837 x1301.
Side Bar: Portola Packaging Unveils Innovative Products at WWFEPortola Packaging Inc., Batavia, Ill., introduced not one, but three of its most innovative products to date at this year's Worldwide Food Expo.
The Fusion cap is designed to give consumers an opportunity to enhance drinks by adding flavor or vitamin components with the twist of a cap. Smart Flow is a revolutionary new closure technology that represents a breakthrough in no-spill and no-leak packaging. Finally, a new two-piece, snap-on screw cap for bottles features an easy-to-open pull ring, and a resealable screw top, similar to what is used for top-line gable top fitments.
With the Fusion cap, consumers are able mix a powder, tablet or liquid additive into the drink at the point of use. The design could extend the life of beverages and the potency of the additives by keeping them separate until ready for consumption.
"This is a revolutionary cap destined to change the way people perceive bottled drinks," said Jim Taylor, president and COO of Portola Packaging. "The possibilities are endless and that, in addition to the fact that we've made it easy for bottlers to use will prove positive for the future of this closure."
A two-piece resealable closure, Fusion caps are easy to use. With a twist of the cap, the closure will release the additive into the drink. The caps can be designed to standard neck finished for PET and HDPE bottle systems.
The Smart Flow, which is designed for pouch and drink box applications, will not spill or drip because it incorporates a one-way valve activated by the consumer. When one stops drinking, the liquid flow shuts off, so there is no mess and no need for an overcap to reseal the product. Further, pressure from being dropped or squeezed, under normal circumstances, will not cause leaks.
The introduction of the new snap cap follows increasing market demand for a reliable, one-step bottle closure that does not require the use of special capping equipment. The closure is an attractive solution for packages containing pourable liquids because of its cleanliness, as well as its marked ability to clearly show evidence of tampering-a concern that research shows is very forward in the minds of consumers. Independent research clearly shows a strong preference for the plastic ring pull system, which is commonly seen on orange juice cartons.