New lactase improves production of lactose-free dairy products
Novozymes launched Saphera, a lactase enzyme that enables new innovation in lactose-free and fermented dairy products, including yogurt. Originated from Bifidobacterium bifidum, Saphera differs considerably from traditional lactases made from yeast. With this enzyme, the desired lactose level can be more precisely measured and easily reached because less oligosaccharides (carbohydrates) are formed during the reaction compared to yeast lactases, particularly when producing 0.01% lactose-free milk, according to the company. Saphera converts lactose in dairy to galactose and glucose. This enables the dairy producer to reduce the amount of added sugars and still achieve the same degree of sweetness in lactose-free dairy products, said the company.

SPX Flow recently donated equipment to the University of Wisconsin – Madison dairy plant. The equipment, which includes a sanitary mixer and one of the company's latest innovative centrifugal pumps, will play a key role in helping the dairy produce a flavorful assortment of milk, cheese and ice cream, according to SPX.

Amelia Bay published its latest series of white papers, “Transform Your Tea: Balancing the Perfect Brew.”  The papers were written to give beverage manufacturers a thorough understanding of how brewed tea characteristics and label claims both factor into the success of their RTD iced tea products.

ADM opened its new, state-of-the-art flavor creation, application and customer service facility in Cranbury, N.J. The 15,700-square-foot space features a beverage bar dedicated to presentations, tastings and development; and state-of-the-art facilities, including a pilot plant, to enable the creative development of sweet and savory flavor creations for a wide range of applications.

CSP Technologies Inc. will acquire Maxwell Chase Technologies LLC., a producer of absorbent and non-absorbent packaging solutions for the food industry. 

Ecolab Inc. changed the name of Nalco, its water and process services business, to Nalco Water.

Adams Foods will be known as Ornua Foods and Adams Food Ingredients will become Ornua Nutrition Ingredients.

Overnight Labels Inc. has attained its Graphic Measures International (GMI) Certification for labels and film substrates. The company is one of the 250 certified printers across the Unites States.

Tetra Pak announced that the world’s largest capacity food processing homogenizer has gone into operation with its first customer. The Tetra Pak Homogenizer 500 can produce up to 63,600 liters per hour. The machine features Tetra Pak’s HD EnergyIQ, a homogenizing device that uses six gaps, rather than one, enabling it to operate at pressures around 20% lower than standard machines. The result is a significant reduction in energy consumption and considerably reduced costs, according to the company.

Aseptia sold its manufacturing operations Wright Foods and Carolina Dairy to a newly formed subsidiary of AmeriQual Group Holdings.

The food and beverage branch of Boccard Process Solutions partnered with Danone for the outfitting of the new plant for Danone’s Early Life Nutrition Division in the Netherlands. This large-scale project is intended to meet the growing demand for international early-life nutrition brands. Boccard will provide the equipment for all of Danone’s fluid preparations.

SpecPage, a global provider of integrated software solutions and online catalogs, launched a master data capturing service for food and beverage manufacturing companies to help increase their efficiency in product development and marketing. This Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) provides manufacturers and distributors with personalized online catalogs for the publication, distribution and marketing of product information through GDSN.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. celebrated 25 years of conveyor manufacturing. The company is a second-generation business owned by the daughters of founder Curtis Chambers.


Flexible Packaging Association President and CEO Marla Donahue will retire at the end of 2016. A search for Donahue’s replacement has been initiated.

Jeff Woroniecki was named president of Seizmic Inc.

Aseptia added John A. Hudson to its team as executive vice president and chief intellectual property officer.

Americold appointed Carl Fowler as senior vice president, Business Development – Regional Accounts.

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. hired Mark Turano as national sales manager of the Lumirror Polyester Film Division.

Flavor & Fragrance Specialties Inc. promoted Valerie Calilap to analytical chemist.