Technical

New oven innovations were on display at Host Milan

Milan plays host to oven innovation

By Ellie Woollven

Host Milan (18–22 October) provided an opportunity for several firms to introduce new cooking and baking equipment and technology.

RFID tags could see a major rollout across the food sector soon, according to PragmatIC

Lower-cost RFID rollout on horizon

By Paul Gander

A future role for lower-cost, item-level tags in areas as diverse as materials recognition for reverse vending, odour detection for in-pack freshness indicators and wider consumer engagement, is being predicted by radio frequency identification (RFID)...

The edible code can be used to tell consumers allergen information, ingredients and the point of origin for food products

Edible code reduces need for packaging

By James Ridler

A new edible, scannable code has been developed for food applications, reducing the need for packaging and allowing consumers to track products from farm to fork.

Made Smarter offers fully-funded strategic advice, access to leadership development, technical student placements and grant funding to enable food manufacturers

Food firms eye boost from digital initiative

By Dan Colombini

A number of food manufacturers have set out new proposals to embrace digital technologies to improve delivery methods for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

3D printing could be used to make plant-based meat easier to produce and contain healthier ingredients

3D printing to boost plant-based meat production

By James Ridler

Producers of plant-based ‘meat’ are increasingly turning to 3D printing firms to help speed up the manufacturing process and create products that more closely resemble real meat.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

From industry speakers, packaging innovations and awards, this year's PPMA will have something for everyone

PPMA Total Show 2019

Enthusiasm high in run-up to PPMA Total Show 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

Despite many challenges facing the processing and packaging industry, enthusiasm for this year’s PPMA Total Show remains high and organisers are upbeat.