CDF Corp., a manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag-in-box liners, and flexible packaging, was granted a utility patent for the EZ-Flo liner. The EZ-Flo liner is part of the EZ-Flo packaging/dispensing system. This system is said to be an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles.

Ecolab received a 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo Innovation Award for the development of DrySan Duo, an innovative EPA-registered technology providing the first no-rinse cleaner and sanitizer for dry- or low-moisture processing environments. DrySan Duo is an effective two-step, ready-to-use cleaner and sanitizer that reduces or eliminates the need to introduce water to clean moisture-sensitive environments.

Aseptia also was honored with an IFT Innovation Award for its patented AseptiWave preservation technology. The technology utilizes advanced microwave-assisted thermal processing to deliver quality flavor, nutrient, color and aroma retention as well as shelf life of 12 months or more, for aseptically packaged foods and beverages. Also, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory named Aseptia CEO David Clark to the newly created North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force with the goal to accelerate food processing and manufacturing development in the state.

Foran Spice Co. unveiled its name change to Asenzya at the IFT Expo in Chicago in July.

Gamay Foods, a supplier of dairy flavor systems, opened a new Innovation Center in New Berlin, Wis. Housing new labs and offices, the 10,000-square-foot site enables the company to offer its full-range of technical services, including dairy flavor creation and application and more, in one location.

ICL Food Specialties opened a new Regional Application Center in Mexico, featuring a state-of-the-art test kitchen and lab. Customer and product development teams will use this resource to create and optimize formulations for dairy, beverage applications and more, bringing new products to market faster, according to the company.

I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A. (Italy) completed its purchase of the Oystar Group, including the brand names Hassia India, Benhil, Erca, Gasti, Hamba and Hassia.

Ingredion Inc. will acquire Kerr Concentrates Inc., a privately held producer of natural fruit and vegetable concentrates, purees and essences.

Klüber Lubrication introduced a new content hub — — that provides insights for a variety of markets into how lubricant solutions from Klüber can save energy, protect equipment and enhance processes. This content-oriented website gives users in-depth resources about trends and best practices, as well as product information for markets including food and beverage, as well as general industry.

 Sensus America partnered with Ganeden to create Frutalose Pro, a liquid prebiotic chicory root fiber syrup blended with the highly stable probiotic GanedenBC30.