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www.foodturkey.com.tr | MARCH <strong>2023</strong> ISSN 2149-2611<br />

broke its own<br />

record<br />

Fresh<br />

flavors<br />

and innovative<br />

products at<br />

Functional<br />

food market<br />

focuses<br />

on new product<br />



THIS<br />

MONTH<br />


4<br />

The biggest edition<br />

in Gulfood’s history<br />

brought together over<br />

5,000 leading food and<br />

beverage companies<br />

10<br />

Cargill enters alternatice fats<br />

partnership with Cubiq <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

18<br />

Nut industry leaders<br />

advance 2030 health,<br />

hunger and nutrition goals<br />

20<br />

How to increase yields,<br />

cut waste and improve<br />

sustainability in food and<br />

beverage production<br />

28<br />

A message to food and<br />

bakery ingredient distributors<br />

from Meron<br />

34<br />

PLMA announces:<br />

Private label thrives in Europe<br />

40<br />

ProSweets Cologne <strong>2023</strong> -<br />

Special Edition:<br />

The international sweets and<br />

snacks industry and their<br />

suppliers are meeting up in<br />

Cologne in April<br />

The next issue<br />

will be at

Ayça SARIOGLU<br />

Coordinator<br />

ayca.sarioglu@img.com.tr<br />

Crossing<br />

the Atlantic<br />

America is a big continent. The USA is<br />

a big country. Nevada State is a huge<br />

state in a hot area and Las Vegas city<br />

is where the world’s most shows are<br />

performed. This time our show will totally<br />

be about business. It is SIAL America to<br />

be held in LV, 28-30 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

There are big opportunities up there.<br />

It is a tough market though. It is a very<br />

difficult market to penetrate in but once<br />

you get in, you stay long and you earn<br />

more. It as a strange market. You should<br />

know the ways to get in and to take a<br />

slice from that huge pie.<br />

SIAL America is the United States’<br />

premier cross-category food and<br />

beverage tradeshow and conference.<br />

Energizing the $1.5 trillion food and<br />

beverage industry, SIAL America<br />

will host domestic and international<br />

exhibitors, key importers, food service<br />

companies, distributors, retailers,<br />

wholesalers and restaurateurs. SO Fuar<br />

is an internationally acknowledged fair<br />

organization. They will lead so many<br />

exhibitors to this important event. We<br />

will join them and distribute free copies<br />

of <strong>Food</strong> & Ingredients International<br />

magazine and its sister Plant-Based<br />

<strong>Food</strong>s magazine at this important show.<br />

We will be there to distribute our two<br />

magazines to promote our customers<br />

with the best way in that important<br />

venue, the Las Vegas Convention<br />

Center for three days of personalized<br />

networking, an expansive show floor<br />

featuring product categories that<br />

include meat, dairy and bakery, along<br />

with top-tier seminars delivered by<br />

industry visionaries. You can improve<br />

how you do business especially with<br />

that tough market and learn what<br />

trends are driving consumer decisions,<br />

so your business is ahead of the curve.<br />

With educational sessions touching on a<br />

variety of topics, SIAL America will have<br />

something for every type of business.<br />

See you there in Las Vegas.<br />

Publisher<br />

Hüseyin Ferruh IŞIK<br />

on behalf of<br />

ISTMAG<br />

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The biggest edition in Gulfood’s<br />

history brought together<br />

over 5,000 leading food and<br />

beverage companies<br />

Over 5,000 leading companies showcased<br />

100,000 new products from more than 125<br />

countries during 20-24 February. Filled with<br />

countless networking opportunities to develop<br />

new business relationships and strengthen<br />

existing ones, this year’s show offered a bigger<br />

platform to make new partnerships, deals,<br />

collaborations, signings and announcements.<br />

Over the past 28 years, Gulfood has cultivated<br />

the credibility, loyalty, recognition, and support<br />

of the global food and beverage sector, through<br />

an unwavering commitment to delivering real<br />

global business outcomes and valuable trade<br />

deals for participants. This edition welcomed a<br />

global lineup of returning and new exhibitors, all<br />

of whom have placed their trust in the Gulfood<br />


and and successfully reaped the commercial<br />

rewards that it continues to deliver.<br />

Gulfood <strong>2023</strong>’s record scale is due in part to<br />

the introduction of Gulfood Plus, a brandnew<br />

bespoke hall, where first-time exhibitors<br />

showcased product innovations across<br />

10,000 m2 of added floorspace.<br />

Leading global brands exhibiting include:<br />

Unilever, GMG, Americana, Agthia, Fonterra,<br />

McCain, Monin, USAPEEC, Hunter <strong>Food</strong>s,<br />

ASMAK, Minerva <strong>Food</strong>s, U.S. Dairy Export<br />

Council, Frinsa Group, Emirates Snacks<br />

<strong>Food</strong>s and Al Rabie to name a few; as well<br />

as newcomers including Brazilian food<br />

processing company: BRF Global and<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Agricultural, and Processed <strong>Food</strong> Products<br />

Export Development Authority (APEDA).<br />

With the UAE acting as the central hub of<br />

all these changes, Gulfood is at the heart of<br />

the business community, propelling sector<br />

conversations from agenda to action,<br />

brought the industry together to convene in<br />

the first key F&B industry event of the year,<br />

unveiling new products and innovations, and<br />

creating an international platform for business<br />

opportunities, including 125 country pavilions<br />

with first time participants, Armenia, Cambodia<br />

and Iraq, and welcoming back returning<br />

pavilions from South Africa and Australia.<br />


Gulfood Dubai: Saudi beverage giant signed<br />

$8.07mln deal with Tetra Pak Arabia<br />

technologies to reduce water and energy<br />

consumption, would be fully functional by the<br />

first quarter of 2024.<br />

This agreement was signed on the side lines of<br />

Gulfood in Dubai.<br />

Saudi’s Alesayi Beverage Corporation has<br />

signed a 7.6 million Euro ($8.07mln ) deal<br />

with Tetra Pak Arabia to procure and install<br />

processing equipment for its 200,000 litres per<br />

day beverage production facility in Jeddah.<br />

Tetra Pak said in a press statement that the<br />

new facility, which will use solar power and<br />

Sheikh Mohammed Ali Alesayi, CEO and<br />

Chairman of Alesayi Group said: “Our partnership<br />

with Tetra Pak will help us further diversify our<br />

offerings and provide us with sustainable<br />

beverages solutions that we can supply to local,<br />

regional, and international markets.”<br />

Niels Hougaard Managing Director, Tetra Pak<br />

Arabia Area, said: “At Tetra Pak, we commit to<br />

making food safe and available, everywhere.<br />

Our agreement with Alesayi Group is a<br />

testament of our commitment towards providing<br />

sustainable packaging and innovative<br />

processing solutions to all our customers.<br />

Landmark MoU signed between Indian<br />

government and Lulu Group for millets export<br />

of Indian products. India is promoting its<br />

range of wheat, rice, maize and many milletrelated<br />

products as it observes <strong>2023</strong> as the<br />

International Year of Millets.<br />

India’s millet exports to the UAE can expect<br />

a boost in numbers after retail giant Lulu<br />

Hypermarket LLC and the Indian government<br />

agency Agricultural and Processed <strong>Food</strong><br />

Products Export Development Authority (Apeda)<br />

signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the<br />

World Trade Centre in Dubai.<br />

The agreement is one of the highlights of the<br />

Gulfood <strong>2023</strong>, the world’s largest annual food<br />

exhibition. The UAE is third-biggest importer<br />

The MoU comes on the back of the CEPA<br />

agreement between the two countries, signed<br />

and improving by the day, to facilitate trade.<br />

Dr Tarun Bajaj, director at APEDA, and Saleem<br />

VI, chief operating officer of LuLu Group<br />

International (LLC) signed the MoU in the<br />

presence of the Ambassador of India Sunjay<br />

Sudhir, the APEDA chairman Dr M Angamuthu,<br />

Indian consul-general in Dubai Dr Aman Puri;<br />

and Lulu chairman MA Yusuff Ali.<br />

India has exported millets worth US$46.05<br />

million during April-November 2022. The new<br />

MoU will help Apeda reach the target of US$<br />

100 million for export of millets and its valueadded<br />

products by 2025. The LuLu Group<br />

International is a retail chain that operates 247<br />

Lulu stores and 24 shopping malls across the<br />

GCC, Egypt, India and Far East. LuLu Group<br />

serves 1.2 million customers daily.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Estonian F&B brands secure hat-trick of accolades<br />

at the Gulfood Innovation Awards <strong>2023</strong><br />

Competing against hundreds of food<br />

producers from around the world, the three<br />

brands, which all fall under Taste Estonia,<br />

the food and beverage sector of Enterprise<br />

Estonia, impressed the jury of industry<br />

professionals and culinary personalities with<br />

their new concepts of healthy and organic<br />

food solutions, which aim to drive both<br />

quality and sustainability in the market.<br />

Driving innovation in the clean, organic and<br />

sustainable F&B industry, leading Estonian<br />

brands Revala, Rosena DK and Must Umami<br />

have won an unprecedented three awards<br />

at the Gulfood Innovation Awards <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The Estonian food producers secured the<br />

following awards at the Gulfood Innovation<br />

Awards <strong>2023</strong>:<br />

• Revala - Best Dairy Product Category –<br />

Lactose-Free Dairy Soft Ice cream<br />

• Must Umami -– Best Organic Product<br />

Category - Black Garlic Flower<br />

• Rosena DK – Best Health and Wellness<br />

Product Category – Eternal Youth Beauty Bites<br />

DMK Group focused on high-quality brand<br />

power Oldenburger, Rose and Uniekaas present<br />

strong-selling product ideas at Gulfood<br />

At this year’s Gulfood, the DMK Group<br />

focused not only on attractive new products<br />

from the International business unit but also<br />

on country-specific communication of the<br />

Oldenburger brand.<br />

The traditional Oldenburger brand supplies<br />

high-quality dairy products all over the world<br />

and has always stood for German Dairy<br />

Excellence. Oldenburger products are made<br />

from 100 % pure cow’s milk. A philosophy that<br />

is well received, as the continuous growth of<br />

the brand shows. At this year’s Gulfood, visitors<br />

to the fair saw the quality for themselves:<br />

Oldenburger Professional is presenting the new<br />

Performance Whipping Cream especially for<br />

foodservice customers and chefs from all over<br />

the world. The product has been specifically<br />

developed to meet the high demands of<br />

the foodservice business. It is ideal for use in<br />

fancy cakes and beverages. The brand is also<br />

presented two international dessert classics:<br />

crème brûlée and panna cotta. The ready-touse<br />

desserts taste like homemade and can be<br />

refined in many ways. Oldenburger Professional<br />

also presented the new packaging design for<br />

the entire product range at Guldfood.<br />

Another focus was the brand’s new<br />

communication strategy for Oldenburger<br />

Retail. Although the dairy experts want to<br />

remain true to their origins under the umbrella<br />

“German Dairy Excellence”, the brand will<br />

be more strongly oriented towards regional<br />

needs in the future. China, the Middle East<br />

and South-East Asia will be brought more into<br />

focus. With new brand messages, the products<br />

in Oldenburger’s most important sales markets<br />

are to be even more closely to consumers.<br />


USDA brought the best of the USA to Dubai<br />

for Gulfood <strong>2023</strong><br />

USDA participates in Gulfood for more than 25<br />

years. This year’s USA Pavilion covered a total area<br />

of 1,592sqm and house 158 exhibitors, including<br />

more than 25 which are new to the market.<br />

International buyers and importers found a great<br />

variety of U.S. products throughout the five spaces<br />

in the USA Pavilion, covering the Worlds of <strong>Food</strong>,<br />

Meat, Poultry, Dairy, and Pulses and Grains.<br />

Brazilian superfruit company promotes taste,<br />

quality and sustainability of Brazilian foods<br />

Founded in 2019, Tropicool is a global superfood<br />

brand that delivers healthy and nutritious<br />

products. It is developed from sustainably grown<br />

<strong>ingredients</strong>, promoting health, well-being, joy for<br />

people, and protecting the planet. Products are<br />

packed with nutrients and health benefits, with<br />

no processed sugar or preservatives.<br />

At Gulfood, the company joined to Brazilian Beef<br />

initiative, a project leaded by the partnership<br />

between ApexBrasil and Abiec, two of the most<br />

important institutions in the promotion of the<br />

strength and image of the Brazilian food world<br />

abroad, with sorbets, mocktails and desserts. to<br />

reinforce the message of quality, diversity and<br />

sustainability of the Brazilian “superfruits” at the<br />

main food fair in the Middle East.<br />

Tropicool was born internationalized with its first<br />

operation in Dubai and in practice with the ESG<br />

concept, which is today a great differential in<br />

global markets”, “This union with the initiative of<br />

ApexBrasil and Abiec – Brazilian Beef, who have<br />

been working together for many years to bring<br />

the best beef from Brazil to the world, is extremely<br />

important to increase business possibilities, given<br />

the similar distribution channels and the positive<br />

image of the country. country. It is the strength<br />

of Brazilian foods encouraging commercial<br />

promotion along with other Brazilian products”,<br />

said Rafael Prado, CEO of Company.<br />

Without any geographical barriers, Tropicool<br />

intend to delivery all their tasty innovation around<br />

the globe, present in Brazil, Mexico, Qatar, UAE<br />

and Australia, the company is prospecting new<br />

countries and looking for new partners.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Cargill enters alternatice fats<br />

partnership with Cubiq <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

Cargill<br />

Answering the call for healthier, more sustainable<br />

and better-tasting solutions, Cargill and the young<br />

food-tech company CUBIQ FOODS have signed<br />

product co-development and commercial goto-market<br />

agreements aimed at developing and<br />

accelerating wide-scale commercialization of<br />

CUBIQ FOODS’ innovative fat technologies.<br />

With this strategic partnership, Cargill will<br />

now have access to CUBIQ’s innovative<br />

technologies to help customers develop<br />

plant-based alternative foods with benefits<br />

that surpass typical products made with<br />

animal fats or tropical oils, such as:<br />

• enhances flavor,<br />

• may improve total fats and saturated fats,<br />

• may improve caloric content, and<br />

• may incorporate essential fatty acids (omega 3).<br />

CUBIQ’s novel fats, including Go!Drop®, join<br />

Cargill’s existing portfolio of plant-based<br />

solutions, spanning plant proteins, texturizers<br />

and a full array of traditional fats and oils.<br />

“By embracing new technologies, harnessing<br />

our full ingredient toolbox and leveraging our<br />

global application knowledge, we’re poised<br />

to accelerate the development of the nextgeneration<br />

plant-based products. Ultimately, it<br />

will be a win for consumers, as we enable food<br />

manufacturers to create products and solutions<br />

with an eye toward both people and the planet,”<br />

said Vivek Cherian, Meat and Dairy Alternatives<br />

Category Leader for Edible Oils at Cargill.<br />

The new fat technologies can be used across<br />

multiple applications and are especially<br />

relevant in the plant-based meat and dairy<br />

alternative space, where fats and oils play<br />

pivotal roles in structure, taste, texture, and<br />

nutritional profile. Most current plant-based<br />

options fall short of consumers’ expectations,<br />

but CUBIQ FOODS’ line of “smarter” fats<br />

help close the gap, including advances<br />

that replicate animal fat in terms of visual<br />

appearance, mouthfeel, and bite.<br />

“Signing the joint development and commercial<br />

agreements represents the next phase in our<br />

partnership, as our groundbreaking technology<br />

is now ready for application development,<br />

production scale-up and widespread<br />

commercialization – roles that Cargill is uniquely<br />

equipped to help us advance,” said Andrés<br />

Montefeltro, chief executive officer at CUBIQ<br />

FOODS. “Together, we’ll help food manufacturers<br />

and consumers reimagine what’s possible in the<br />

quest for healthy and satisfying foods.”<br />

Cargill first invested in CUBIQ FOODS in May<br />

2022, as part of ongoing efforts to more<br />

rapidly advance promising food technology<br />

and support customers with novel solutions.<br />

The collaboration complements Cargill’s<br />

previous investments in alternative protein<br />

sources, including PURIS and Upside <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

(formerly known as Memphis Meats), and<br />

aligns with the company’s ambition to be a<br />

leader in innovative food <strong>ingredients</strong>.<br />


In food machinery,<br />

it is Lakidis...<br />

Founded in 1965 and headquartered in<br />

Greece, LAKIDIS SA company has a passion<br />

to offer the best and the most convenient<br />

machinery for the food manufacturers<br />

throughout its history of over a half century.<br />

Owing its success to this commitment, the<br />

company is constantly growing and building<br />

up a truly international brand. As a reliable<br />

producer of integrated solutions in the field<br />

of food machinery for over 57 years with a<br />

global network of around 30 agencies that<br />

distribute Lakidis <strong>Food</strong> Machinery and a great<br />

number of customers worldwide, Lakidis SA<br />

supports the processing of meat, poultry and<br />

fish products. The company also supports<br />

and provides solutions for industries such as<br />

petfood, snacks, puff pastry, sauce & dips,<br />

baby food, fruit and plant-based products.<br />

manufacturing of the company’s various<br />

codes starts with the selection of exclusive<br />

raw materials, runs through each stage with<br />

precision & consistency robot welding, CNC<br />

processing, glass blasting (surface treatment),<br />

and electric & electronic assembly. The<br />

production takes into account all known<br />

industry standards and goes far beyond that.<br />

Reliability, ease of use and compliance with<br />

the highest hygiene standards are the special<br />

features of the Lakidis products.<br />

R&D development, production and assembling<br />

take place in private owned facilities, thus<br />

enabling compliance with the highest quality<br />

standards. Its vertical production unit ensures<br />

that it has full control over the production<br />

processes, accurate timing and maintain<br />

quality standards throughout all stages. The<br />


The Greek company’s sales<br />

team works with customers’<br />

team from beginning to<br />

the end to understand their<br />

needs, define a budget and<br />

develop balance between<br />

quality - production<br />

and costs and the R&D<br />

department develops the<br />

solutions most suitable for<br />

the customers’ demand. This<br />

way the customer gets what<br />

they really require and what<br />

is the most ideal for them.<br />

Recommending the appropriate machine<br />

for each customer’s specific requirements is<br />

something Lakidis takes great value in. The<br />

company’s sales team works with customers’<br />

team, from start to finish, to understand their<br />

needs, define a budget and develop balance<br />

between quality - production and costs. As<br />

a professional approach and respect to the<br />

customer, the Lakidis team is always close by<br />

and ready to help with meetings, video calls<br />

and technicians training when required. From<br />

the first spark of inspiration to implementing a<br />

solution, Lakidis is committed to excellence in<br />

everything they do. Because this is what they<br />

say: #welovewhatwedo.<br />

More information about the company<br />

and their products can be attained at:<br />

www.lakidis.gr, 14th Old National Rd.,<br />

Thessaloniki-Veria, Greece<br />

+30 2310 722772, +30 2310 722367,<br />

sales02@lakidis.gr.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


SIAL America<br />

welcomes<br />

new exhibitors<br />

for <strong>2023</strong><br />

trade show<br />

SIAL, the world’s premier cross-category food<br />

and beverage industry network announced<br />

a lineup of new, highly anticipated exhibitors<br />

and buyers showing at their second-annual<br />

SIAL America trade show being held from<br />

<strong>March</strong> 28-<strong>March</strong> 30 in Las Vegas. With over<br />

250 exhibitors showcasing their latest and most<br />

innovative products and participation from<br />

more than 60 countries, the expo is a must<br />

attend event for industry professionals.<br />

• PreGel America: Gelato, sorbetto and soft<br />

serve mixes for professional chefs<br />

• Supreme Crab & Seafood: A leading<br />

resource for Indonesian Blue Swimming Crab,<br />

Red Swimming Crab, and healthy seafood<br />

“We’re thrilled to bring together the best and<br />

brightest in the food and beverage industry at<br />

SIAL America <strong>2023</strong>,” said Colleen Truman Vice<br />

President of Global <strong>Food</strong> Group at Emerald,<br />

organizer of SIAL America. “Our exhibitors are<br />

the heartbeat of the show, and we’re excited<br />

to introduce cutting-edge new flavors and<br />

innovations to our attendees.”<br />

In addition to the exhibitors, SIAL America<br />

attracts a diverse group of top-tier buyers<br />

from around the world, including retailers,<br />

wholesalers, distributors and foodservice<br />

providers. The show’s exclusive hosted buyer<br />

This year’s show promises to be a feast for the<br />

senses, featuring some of the most forwardthinking<br />

food and beverage industry innovators.<br />

From artisan cheese and sugar-free condiments<br />

to fresh seafood and nutritional snacks,<br />

attendees can expect to discover exciting<br />

new flavors, products and techniques that are<br />

shaping the future of food and beverage.<br />

Here are a few of the eagerly awaited<br />

exhibitors to look out for:<br />

• American Beverage Marketers: A line of<br />

cocktail mixes and <strong>ingredients</strong> made with the<br />

finest <strong>ingredients</strong> and freshest fruit varieties<br />

• Carr Valley Cheese: Award-winning artisan<br />

cheeses made from the freshest <strong>ingredients</strong><br />

using old-fashioned techniques<br />

• Desert Creek Honey: High-quality, raw,<br />

unfiltered honey and honey-based products<br />

made from natural <strong>ingredients</strong><br />

• G Hughes Sugar Free: Delicious<br />

condiments including ketchup, BBQ sauce<br />

and salad dressing made with no added<br />

sugar and no gluten<br />

• Godshall’s Quality Meat, Inc.: High-quality<br />

turkey and beef jerky, bacon, and deli meats<br />

• Ivar’s Soup Company: Hearty soups made<br />

with locally sourced, fresh <strong>ingredients</strong> and no<br />

preservatives<br />


program only accepts individual buyers with<br />

annual revenue of at least $10 million, ensuring<br />

a high level of buying power. Attendees include<br />

CTS <strong>Food</strong>s, Innovative <strong>Food</strong> Holdings, Omega<br />

<strong>Food</strong> Importers, AB Gourmet, 7-Eleven, Aldi and<br />

Grupo, CMR, can we add more hosted buyer<br />

companies here among others. Through its<br />

hosted buyer program, SIAL America facilitates<br />

connections between exhibitors and buyers,<br />

creating a valuable platform for food industry<br />

professionals to discover new products and<br />

expand their network,<br />

SIAL America will also host international<br />

pavilions showcasing the most progressive<br />

food products from around the world. This year’<br />

show will feature pavilions from Italy, Turkey,<br />

Canada, Greece, Poland, Brazil and Argentina,<br />

as well as The National Association of State<br />

Departments of Agriculture’s (NASDA) trade<br />

pavilion, A Taste of the States: Las Vegas. These<br />

pavilions are a testament to SIAL America’s<br />

commitment to promoting and celebrating<br />

diversity and innovation in the food industry.<br />

The trade show will also feature educational<br />

sessions, networking opportunities and<br />

special events like the SIAL Innovation<br />

competition. The show will take place from<br />

<strong>March</strong> 28-<strong>March</strong> 30, <strong>2023</strong>, at the Las Vegas<br />

Convention Center (LLVC).<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Bach Snacks<br />

innovates<br />

the world<br />

of snacks<br />

The industry’s ultimate<br />

pellet partner offers a wide<br />

range of pellets to answer<br />

every needs of snack<br />

manufacturers. Bach Snacks<br />

produces pellet snacks in all<br />

possible sizes and types.<br />

Since 1999, Bach Snacks has been one<br />

of the leaders in the production of semifinished<br />

dry pellet, with an extensive<br />

assortment of high-quality products made<br />

from potatoes, corn, and Cereals.<br />

Today, Bach Snacks is positioned<br />

as a major supplier of snack pellets,<br />

covering the Middle East, North Africa,<br />

Europe and Asia. Currently, the company’s<br />

production capacity exceeds 2000 Metric<br />

tons with more than 30 shapes,<br />

across more than 25 countries.<br />

Bach Snacks differentiates itself in the market by<br />

the close partnership it creates with customers,<br />

in order to provide the best services with the<br />

highest quality of products.<br />

With a diversified portfolio of pellets, Bach<br />

Snacks continually enhances its production<br />

lines, through the integration of the latest<br />

technologies and innovative techniques. By<br />

utilizing high-quality raw materials, developing<br />

various textures, flavors and shapes, Bach Snacks<br />

empowers leading brands, manufacturers and<br />

retailers to innovate in the world of snacks.<br />

To know more information about<br />

the company and range of product<br />

categories, please check the website<br />

www.bachsnacks.com<br />

or contact Bach Snacks Team on:<br />


Kfarchima Industrial Zone<br />


Tel : +961 5 431 555 | +961 5 431720<br />

Fax : +961 (5) 431721<br />

e-mail : bachsnacks@bachsnacks.com<br />


BRIEF<br />

Bartek completes first phase of capacity expansion<br />

Bartek Ingredients, the world’s largest producer of malic and food-grade fumaric acid, announces<br />

the completion of the first phase of its $160 million malic and fumaric acid capacity expansion.<br />

The commissioning and start-up of the company’s new Maleic<br />

Anhydride Reactor system, supplied by MAN Energy at a cost of<br />

$20 million, will add 22,000 metric tons of capacity to Bartek’s<br />

existing three maleic anhydride reactors.<br />

“The completion of this milestone is the first major step in Bartek delivering on our malic and fumaric<br />

acid capacity expansion project on time,” Bartek CEO John Burrows said. “It reaffirms our global<br />

leadership and commitment to deliver these critical food <strong>ingredients</strong> reliably, consistently, and at the<br />

highest quality for years to come.”<br />

Burrows added: “This new facility not only gives us capacity to grow our global acid business, but<br />

also additional capabilities to produce our new products like Pecmate sodium malate and other<br />

specialty products made with malic and fumaric acid.”<br />

Nut industry leaders advance 2030 health,<br />

hunger and nutrition goals<br />

The Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA) is focusing on how the multifaceted nut<br />

industry aligns with the 2030 nutrition and food safety goals recently proposed at the White House<br />

Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. PTNPA includes executive owners and operators<br />

of companies that shell, process, salt and/or roast peanuts and tree nuts, and those that supply<br />

equipment and services to the industry for the original plant-based protein commodities.<br />

“Our member companies exhibit unwavering support to accelerate improved access to nutritious<br />

nut-based products, along with innovative approaches in advancing public health,” shares Jeannie<br />

Shaughnessy, executive director and CEO of PTNPA. “We’re thrilled to see a sense of unity across<br />

sectors when it comes to ensuring the nutritional needs of all households and consumers are met.”<br />

The nut industry’s alignment with the 2030 hunger and nutrition goals also stems from its work to<br />

pioneer food safety-conscious businesses.<br />


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production to maximize<br />

food safety and minimize<br />

food loss by making sure<br />

Every Resource Counts.<br />

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TOMRA 5B<br />


How to increase yields, cut waste<br />

and improve sustainability<br />

in food and beverage production<br />

(HPS) In the food and beverage industry,<br />

competition is increasing. Margins are<br />

getting tighter. Raw material prices are<br />

surging. Manufacturers are also facing rising<br />

freight, transportation, and packaging costs<br />

along with pandemic-related expenses.<br />

On top of that, sustainability targets are<br />

becoming ever-more demanding.<br />

As a result, waste reduction and efficiency<br />

gains have become a necessity for many food<br />

and beverage companies.<br />

That’s why liquid product recovery (“pigging”)<br />

technology is becoming an essential part of<br />

the food and beverage production process.<br />

From sauces, nut butters, dips, ready meals<br />

and yogurts to sodas, juices, fine wines, and<br />

spirits, pigging systems are already in wide use<br />

in food and beverage production.<br />

Pigging is a cost-effective, reliable, and<br />

importantly, safe technology, which delivers<br />

major cost savings and tangible benefits. The<br />

return on investment from a pigging system is<br />

high and payback is extremely quick (usually<br />

just a few months).<br />

A pigging system works by propelling a<br />

specialist projectile (the ‘pig’) through process<br />

pipelines to recover residual liquid that would<br />

otherwise go to waste.<br />


includes varieties of the same products as well<br />

as completely different ones. So, changeovers<br />

are a critical part of normal daily operations.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> and beverage companies need a<br />

quality solution to make sure changeovers are<br />

as quick and efficient as possible.<br />

Pigging systems can significantly speed up<br />

the changeover process. By removing nearly<br />

all the product from a pipeline before the<br />

cleaning, the cleaning process itself is a lot<br />

quicker and less resource intensive. Because<br />

there’s hardly any product left to remove,<br />

the requirement for flushing and CIP is<br />

significantly reduced, as are cycle times.<br />

In food and beverage production, pigging<br />

uses sanitary (hygienic) pigs, usually<br />

manufactured from materials that meets<br />

the requirements of FDA regulations. The<br />

pigging process itself is extremely quick, highly<br />

effective, and easy to implement on both new<br />

and existing lines.<br />

Increased yields and reduced waste<br />

Because pigging recovers residual liquid from<br />

the inside of process pipelines rather than<br />

wasting it, it’s an extremely effective way to<br />

increased yields.<br />

The highest quality pigging systems reclaim<br />

upwards of 99.5% of residual product from a<br />

full pipeline. The recovered product is perfectly<br />

good, saleable product which can continue to<br />

be processed, bottled, canned, or stored.<br />

In food and beverage processing plants,<br />

there’s often a lot of product left in the line<br />

before a changeover. So, by recovering this<br />

product, the yield increases from pigging<br />

are significant. For example, a soft drinks<br />

manufacturer implemented an HPS pigging<br />

system and is estimated to be saving $31,500<br />

U.S. dollars’ worth of product per day. This is an<br />

extreme example but goes to show the level of<br />

savings that can be achieved.<br />

And while pigging technology will not<br />

completely eliminate the CIP process, some<br />

stages can often be removed or considerably<br />

shortened. So, pigging speeds up changeover<br />

times, lowers water and CIP chemicals usage,<br />

and unlocks more productive (value-added)<br />

time for running production.<br />

Improved environmental sustainability<br />

Because pigging saves so much waste, water,<br />

energy, and CIP chemicals, it’s an effective<br />

way for food and beverage manufacturers<br />

to reduce their carbon footprint and improve<br />

environmental sustainability.<br />

The financial benefits are also significant<br />

as pigging saves on the direct cost of<br />

these products, along with their associated<br />

transportation and disposal costs. And these<br />

savings can again be considerable.<br />

For example, an HPS pigging system is saving<br />

a wine manufacturer approximately 40<br />

million liters of water a year and wine savings<br />

of 40,000 liters.<br />

And by increasing yields by pigging, there<br />

is less waste, more efficiency, increased<br />

capacity, improved flexibility, better<br />

productivity, and ultimately higher profits.<br />

Faster changeovers and increased<br />

equipment uptime<br />

Most food and beverage processing plants are<br />

running multiple products per line per day. This<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


28th Azerbaijan International <strong>Food</strong> Industry “Inter<strong>Food</strong> Azerbaijan”<br />

exhibition will be held from 17 to 19 May in Baku.<br />

Inter<strong>Food</strong> Azerbaijan will start in May<br />

Last year one of the largest exhibition events in<br />

region, occupying three pavilions and outdoor<br />

space at Baku Expo Center, broke the record<br />

for the number of national and regional stands.<br />

The main meeting place for the food industry<br />

players of the Caspian region “Inter<strong>Food</strong><br />

Azerbaijan” aims to promote quality<br />

goods to the market and establish direct<br />

contacts between exhibitors and visitors. The<br />

exposition of the “Inter<strong>Food</strong> Azerbaijan <strong>2023</strong>”<br />

will present a range of equipment for various<br />

types of food industry.<br />

Interest in this event is quite large from all<br />

over the world. Companies from Azerbaijan,<br />

Belarus, Lithuania, Russian Federation,<br />

Slovenia, Türkiye, and other countries will<br />

participate in the exhibition.<br />

At the Inter<strong>Food</strong> Azerbaijan, all presented<br />

products are divided into the following sections:<br />

• Inter<strong>Food</strong><br />

• InterDrink<br />

• Inter<strong>Food</strong>Tech<br />

• Halal<strong>Food</strong><br />

• Ipack<br />

Simultaneously with the “Inter<strong>Food</strong><br />

Azerbaijan”, “Caspian Agro” exhibition will<br />

be held, which is the largest international<br />

event in the field of agriculture. Among the<br />

main sections of the exhibition: agricultural<br />

machinery, agricultural landscape,<br />

innovative technology in agriculture,<br />

livestock and poultry, feed, flower-growing,<br />

veterinary, horticulture, greenhouses,<br />

growing fruits and vegetables, recycling,<br />

cotton, textiles and so on.<br />


Traditionally, the exhibitions will host<br />

bilateral business meetings (B2B), where<br />

representatives of local and foreign<br />

companies will be able to meet each other<br />

to discuss ways of cooperation and further<br />

ways of partnership face–to–face as well<br />

as bilateral business meetings (B2G), where<br />

representatives of private companies will<br />

be able to meet with representatives of<br />

government agencies.<br />

An extended business program will be<br />

presented to participants and visitors at the<br />

exhibitions. Thus, within the framework of the<br />

“Inter<strong>Food</strong> Azerbaijan <strong>2023</strong>”, 3rd National<br />

Culinary Championship “Qızıl Şah – Qızıl<br />

Yüzlük” dedicated to the 100th anniversary<br />

of national leader Heydar Aliyev will be held,<br />

which gives the teams and individuals an<br />

opportunity to demonstrate a high level of<br />

professionalism in their field, talent, and a<br />

desire to meet the requirements of the hotel<br />

and restaurant business on a global scale.<br />

The exhibitions are organised by Caspian Event<br />

Organisers and its international partners.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Sayhun, a sought-after name<br />

in water and beverages<br />

Producing a wide variety<br />

of beverages and selling<br />

professionally in domestic and<br />

foreign markets with “Sayhun”<br />

brand, the company has its<br />

strict rules and principles for<br />

guaranteed success and<br />

customer satisfaction.<br />

“Sayhun Group Bottlers” LLC is considered<br />

one of the most advanced company in the<br />

field of drinking water and beverages. As<br />

the concentrate of the water is an a high<br />

quality and modern production line meets<br />

international standards International company<br />

Pepsi Co concluded contract in production its<br />

products. Nowadays “Sayhun Group Bottlers”<br />

LLC obtained international certificate SGS for<br />

its drinking water and beverages. As a matter of<br />


fact beverages are produced from European <strong>ingredients</strong><br />

and controlled every step of production. The capacity of<br />

the factory is considered about 12 million bottlers<br />

per month. The Factory produces drinking<br />

water Trade Mark “Sayhun” with mineralization<br />

149 mg in 0.5, 1.5, 1, 5 and 10 bottle liter and<br />

beverages in 5 kinds of taste Trade Mark<br />

“WF”. `Production of carbonated and<br />

non-carbonated soft drinks, carbonated<br />

and non-carbonated treated with ozone)<br />

drinking water in PET packaging. The<br />

volume begins from 0.5 l, 1l, 1.5l, 5l and 10l.<br />

Three modern production lines TM “KHS”<br />

(Germany) are activated at this factory.<br />

Nowadays, “Sayhun Group Botllers” LLC<br />

exports its products to the countries CIS. One<br />

of these days, it is going to export to the countries of<br />

Asia, Middle East, Europe and Turkey.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


The goals for the short period:<br />

1. Establish new additional<br />

water hole<br />

2. Take part in all international<br />

exhibitions<br />

3. Establish Trade Houses<br />

in 50 countries<br />

The goals for the long period:<br />

1. Produces mineral water<br />

in a high mineralization<br />

2. Full modernization of production<br />

line in producing juice beverages<br />

3. Establish factories<br />

at neighbored countries<br />

“Sayhun Group Botllers” LLC invites<br />

all buyers - companies of the world<br />

who is strongly needs in purchasing<br />

drinking water and beverages. We<br />

are ready to export at any amount<br />

without delay and with proper prices.<br />

Our logo: “Purity of Pleasure”<br />

Sayhun with Pepsi Co<br />


A message to food and bakery<br />

ingredient distributors from Meron<br />

South America, Europe, CIS & Russia, Africa,<br />

Middle East, Southeast Asia, USA, Far East, and<br />

Australia. It supplies Agar to numerous MNC<br />

and commercial tissue culture laboratories in<br />

different parts of the world, including India.<br />

The products of the company cater not<br />

only to the manufacturing sector but also<br />

to direct consumers through their specially<br />

designed Retail packaging available in<br />

stores and in popular e-commerce sites in<br />

India, Middle east, UK & USA.<br />

Marine hydrocolloids, Meron<br />

biopolymers and Meron <strong>ingredients</strong> are<br />

the best sources for healthiest products.<br />

Below details will impress you.<br />

The journey of Meron started in 1982 when<br />

Mr. Kurian Jose Sr. launched a company<br />

specializing in the manufacturing of food<br />

grade Agar Agar (China grass) for the local<br />

market. Since then, they have focused on<br />

developing high quality products, and in<br />

1989, their dedicated R&D team developed<br />

Bacteriological, Pharmaceutical and Plant<br />

Tissue Culture grade Agar Agar. They also<br />

added Spreadable type Agar Agar Wondergel<br />

& all grades of Carrageenan to serve a wider<br />

client base. They have further expanded their<br />

portfolio to include Plant Gel (Gellan Gum),<br />

Chitin Chitosan, Sodium Alginate in various<br />

grades, Xanthan Gum & Guar Gum.<br />

Gradually, Meron increased its production<br />

capabilities to over 500 M.T per annum. Marine<br />

Hydrocolloids is now one of the market leaders<br />

in India in Agar Agar and other hydrocolloids<br />

such as Spreadable type Agar Wondergel,<br />

Plant gel (Gellan Gum), Agarose, etc.<br />

Meron’s attention to detail and<br />

perseverance to make innovative natural<br />

Agar products for various applications has<br />

earned them loyal customers in the four<br />

decades of their successful history.<br />

Being the largest manufacturer and exporter of<br />

Agar Agar in India, Meron ensures the quality is<br />

never compromised in any of its products.<br />

The company has 40 years of expertise<br />

in manufacturing top- notch, industryspecific,<br />

Agar-Agar products of various<br />

grades and forms, Spreadable type Agar<br />

Agar, Carrageenan, Agarose, Gums such<br />

as Gellan gum, Xanthan gum & Guar gum,<br />

and Sodium Alginate in various grades. It<br />

specializes in the production of red seaweed<br />

extracts for applications in the food,<br />

bacteriological, pharma, tissue culture,<br />

and technical industries. Its four-decadelong<br />

legacy is a proof of its consistent<br />

efforts to meet the changing dynamics of<br />

consumption. All Meron products adhere<br />

to USP/BP/IP standards with ISO 22000: 2018<br />

& ISO 9001- 2015 CERTIFICATION & FSSAI<br />

License., Kosher and Halal Certification.<br />

Meron not only serves the local markets but<br />

has also developed a global footprint. Marine<br />

Hydrocolloids is India’s leading exporter<br />

of industry-specific Agar Agar products to<br />


Solaris Biotech and Wildtype<br />

announce agreement for<br />

large-scale bioreactors for<br />

cultivated seafood production<br />

Donaldson brand Solaris Biotech, a<br />

leading innovator and manufacturer of<br />

bioreactors, fermenters and tangential<br />

flow filtration systems has entered<br />

an agreement with Wildtype, a San<br />

Francisco-based company focused<br />

on creating cultivated seafood. The<br />

two companies will engage in a<br />

collaborative development program<br />

to design a next generation family of<br />

bioreactor systems to help meet the<br />

growing demand for seafood.<br />

Solaris and Wildtype signed an<br />

agreement to collaboratively<br />

develop a new generation of<br />

bioreactors to foster large-scale<br />

production of cultivated seafood.<br />

Bioreactors are one of the most<br />

important pieces of equipment<br />

in the productive infrastructure of<br />

cell-cultured food proteins and<br />

new cultivated food technologies.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> is fundamental to our existence,<br />

and food demand is increasing with<br />

rising income levels and a multiplying<br />

global population. Alternative proteins<br />

are experiencing rapid growth as a<br />

result of these trends, and cell cultivated<br />

proteins are at the forefront of these<br />

innovations. “Solaris, with our specialized<br />

bioprocessing equipment, is uniquely<br />

positioned to play a significant role<br />

in the advancement of new cultured<br />

food technologies,” said Matteo<br />

Brognoli, Managing Director of Solaris.<br />

“Alternative proteins have become the<br />

fastest growing segment for bioreactor<br />

systems and we are proud that our<br />

cultivators are the enabling technology<br />

for this leap in the food industry.”<br />

“Wildtype is on a mission to produce<br />

the cleanest, most delicious seafood<br />

on the planet,” said Justin Kolbeck,<br />

Wildtype CEO. “Annual global seafood<br />

consumption is expected to increase<br />

an additional 23 million tons by 2030<br />

and one of the most important pieces<br />

in the productive infrastructure are<br />

the cultivators used to grow cells. With<br />

Solaris’ technologically advanced<br />

solutions we have found the right partner<br />

to help us scale and make our products<br />

more affordable and accessible.”<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


KAOUN International and dmg events, organisers of THE SAUDI<br />

FOOD SHOW announced that the <strong>2023</strong> launch edition has sold<br />

out during GULFOOD, four months before its launch opening<br />

in Riyadh Exhibition Centre from 20-22 June <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The Saudi <strong>Food</strong> Show to be<br />

the focus of attention<br />

in the industry<br />

The SAUDI FOOD SHOW is the first to be launched<br />

under the joint venture between KAOUN<br />

International, the global events organising<br />

company of the Dubai World Trade Centre<br />

(DWTC) and organiser of the world’s largest and<br />

most influential food trade event GULFOOD, and<br />

dmg events, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the<br />

Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT).<br />


Over the past 28 years, GULFOOD has<br />

cultivated the credibility, loyalty, recognition,<br />

and support of the global food and beverage<br />

sector, through an unwavering commitment to<br />

delivering real global business outcomes and<br />

valuable trade deals for participants. For the<br />

global food trade, the biggest orders of the<br />

year are transacted at GULFOOD annually. The<br />

GULFOOD portfolio caters to the entire value<br />

chain and is the single most trusted event<br />

brand amongst the world’s F&B community.<br />

With huge demand seen for this first<br />

collaborative edition, KAOUN International and<br />

dmg events are announcing the immediate<br />

expansion of the inaugural format, with<br />

additional hall structures to accommodate<br />

F&B showcases from many more countries. This<br />

provides the KSA industry an uncompromised<br />

diversity of suppliers and products.<br />

THE SAUDI FOOD SHOW 2024 has now become<br />

the largest and most significant sourcing event<br />

in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.<br />

Trixie LohMirmand, CEO KAOUN International,<br />

commented: “With such huge growth<br />

opportunities, now is the time to be a part of<br />

Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage market,<br />

and we are incredibly proud to be developing<br />

into new markets and providing further access<br />

for our loyal global F&B community. The<br />

early sell-out success of the inaugural Saudi<br />

<strong>Food</strong> Show is a manifestation of this trust,<br />

unlocking significant business opportunities<br />

in international markets for those participants<br />

who have followed the Gulfood brand. We<br />

are excited by the unreserved support in, and<br />

success of, our new event and as demanded<br />

by our clients internationally, we are excited<br />

to be launching new products into the<br />

expanding Saudi market soon.”<br />

“Our customers have come to rely on us as<br />

committed and dependable, which puts<br />

tangible commercial outcomes front and<br />

centre for them,” continued LohMirmand.<br />

Matt Denton, President of dmg events,<br />

commented: “Having operated in the<br />

Kingdom for over a decade, dmg has<br />

established the leading portfolio of trade<br />

exhibitions by matching quality audiences<br />

with local, regional & international vendors<br />

to create real trade opportunities. Our joint<br />

venture with KAOUN International and the<br />

first sell-out edition of The Saudi <strong>Food</strong> Show<br />

builds on this legacy and is hugely exciting. By<br />

combining our efforts and focusing on these<br />

key principles of quality and trade we are<br />

offering unrivalled access to this burgeoning<br />

market and the uptake has been fantastic.<br />

These are just the first steps for our partnership<br />

and we expect many more exciting<br />

announcements and developments to come.”<br />

The joint venture agreement will see the partners<br />

develop an international portfolio of events<br />

in the food and hospitality sectors. THE SAUDI<br />

FOOD SHOW is set to be the first of many. These<br />

new events offer novel solutions to connect the<br />

global food and beverage industry, providing<br />

platforms to unveil new products, services and<br />

technologies, address key challenges and<br />

create new business opportunities.<br />

“We have had the pleasure of calling Saudi<br />

Arabia home for more than 65 years now, and<br />

in the past decade we’ve witnessed Saudi<br />

undergo a massive transformation that has<br />

solidified its position in the world’s economy.<br />

Today, Saudi Arabia represents the largest<br />

market in the GCC in many sectors, among them<br />

is the <strong>Food</strong> and Beverage sector” commented<br />

Aamer Sheikh, CEO Middle East, Pepsico.<br />

“With that fact in mind, we are happy to<br />

announce that PepsiCo will participate in the<br />

inaugural edition of the ‘Saudi <strong>Food</strong> Show’<br />

taking place this coming June. Being a part<br />

of such a platform will provide us the chance<br />

to engage largely with the F&B sector and<br />

learn about current and future opportunities<br />

taking place in one of the world’s fastest<br />

growing markets. We look forward to being on<br />

ground with our peers from the industry and<br />

exploring the various ways we can collaborate<br />

to contribute to the growth of this nation’s<br />

ambitious vision” he continued.<br />

“The launch of The Saudi <strong>Food</strong> Show has been<br />

extremely well received by our UK food and<br />

beverage client base. The interest shown from<br />

small exporters to larger conglomerates reflects<br />

the excitement building around this new<br />

event. There is a real focus on the emerging<br />

Saudi market, and The Saudi <strong>Food</strong> Show will<br />

help connect our exporters with important<br />

contacts in this lucrative market” said organiser<br />

representative Ross Marsh of Tradefairs UK.<br />

The Saudi food market continues to grow at an<br />

exponential rate, providing huge opportunities<br />

for businesses across the sector to flourish. As<br />

the largest in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s<br />

food and beverage market is expected to grow<br />

at a rate of 4.78% by 2027, and it has set a target<br />

of localising 85% of its food processing by 2030.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Qitaf offers healthy and delicious<br />

Medjool dates to world markets<br />

Originating from the lucrative soils of Palestine, Qitaf dates are admired by consumers.<br />

Qitaf Company, will be present at the Gulfood<br />

exhibition and display their current product,<br />

which are all types and sizes of Medjool dates.<br />

They are currently present in the markets of<br />

24 countries and aspire to be present in the<br />

markets of all countries around the world.<br />

As for the exhibitions that they intend to attend,<br />

they present themselves at the Sial, Anuga and<br />

Qatar. If any exhibition is available, they are<br />

willing to be there. They are keen to be present in<br />

such exhibitions to keep in touch with the world.<br />

Qitaf has great expertise in dealing with<br />

foreign markets and their logistics, searching<br />

for loyalty in their partners to provide safe<br />

delivery to its customers based on the agreed<br />

shipment policy (whether FOB CIF or doorto-door<br />

shipment) using Refeer containers<br />

or cars (-18°C). Qitaf Company exports its<br />

products to 24 Arab countries including<br />

Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq in<br />

addition to is exports to European countries<br />

including Germany, Austria, The Netherlands,<br />

France, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Spain<br />

while also exporting globally to countries<br />

including Turkey, the UK, Australia, the USA,<br />

Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil and<br />

Kazakhstan. Medjool Dates were the first ever<br />

to enter many of these countries including<br />

South Africa and Kazakhstan. Qitaf’s vision is<br />

to reach as many countries as possible with its<br />

high-quality Medjool dates.<br />

Qitaf for Investment and Agricultural Marketing<br />

was founded and registered under the<br />

Palestinian Law of Companies of 1964, as a<br />

private shareholding company, under the<br />

No. (562525717) back on 18th/6/2013. It is<br />

committed to filling and packaging the finest<br />

types of Palestinian Medjool Dates. Qitaf<br />

Company prides itself on the quality it serves<br />

and its staff who work hard to effectively get<br />

into local and international markets. While<br />

still keeping up with local competitors with<br />

new technological advancements, Qitaf has<br />

built one of the biggest storage houses for the<br />

date industry in the Middle East with highly<br />

advanced sorting and production lines fulfilling<br />

international quality standards. This also<br />

includes a refrigeration system with a capacity<br />

of 1600 tons. In Qitaf, they value the gender<br />

system in less fortunate Palestinian families<br />

and work hard to provide them with job<br />

opportunities. Almost 40% of the staff working<br />

in the storage house is comprised of female<br />

workers, which represents 150 heads. They work<br />

hard to keep their civil and social responsibility<br />

towards Palestinian women’s empowerment in<br />

both their community and their families.<br />


PLMA announces:<br />

Private label thrives in Europe<br />

PLMA International Council reports an overall<br />

growth of private label shares in Europe<br />

across 17 countries including Scandinavia<br />

and CEE countries, according to the data of<br />

NielsenIQ. Compared to 2021, the value share<br />

in 2022 grew +1.2% to an impressive 37% of<br />

the grocery market in Europe which represent<br />

302bln euros. Consumers in Europe clearly<br />

turned to private label acknowledging the<br />

quality and price value.<br />

NielsenIQ surveyed 17 markets for PLMA’s<br />

International Private Label Yearbook and<br />

observed an increase for retail brands in 16<br />

out of the 17 countries, the only exception is<br />

Switzerland that reported a decrease in the<br />

overall grocery purchase, including a slight<br />

decline in private label (- 0.4% vs last year).<br />


European markets remain however some of<br />

the biggest Private Label markets globally, 11<br />

markets sustained their market share position<br />

well above 30%, and 4 markets remained<br />

above 40%.<br />

The highest growth countries in private label<br />

share are the Czech Republic (+3.5%), Portugal<br />

(+2.9%), Spain (+2.2%) and Hungary (+2.2%).<br />

Switzerland remains the country with the<br />

highest share across the 17 countries tracked.<br />

The share of Switzerland in 2022 is 51.6%, the<br />

only country with a share higher than 50%.<br />

Europe’s largest markets, Germany, United<br />

Kingdom and France, have a collective<br />

Private Label share of 38.5% in 2022, this share<br />

grew 1.1% vs last year. The highest share<br />

growth for the largest markets is visible in<br />

ambient food, pet food and paper products,<br />

all categories grew over 1% in share.<br />

Spain with a market share of 43.3% and<br />

Portugal with 39% combined reported after<br />

the Czech Republic the highest share growth,<br />

which grew with +2.6% driven by perishable<br />

food and homecare. Italy with a market share<br />

of 28.2% maintains the steady growth that is<br />

seen in the past years supported by the highest<br />

category growth in frozen and ambient food.<br />

Germany and Portugal are the two<br />

markets that reported growth in all product<br />

departments, food and non-food.<br />

In Belgium and the Netherlands, the private<br />

label share combined grew with +0.9%, the<br />

highest growth for the 2 countries is visible in<br />

ambient food and paper products. A couple<br />

of categories show a decline in private label<br />

share with the biggest decline visible in<br />

Belgium in health care - 4.3%, however in the<br />

Netherlands healthcare shows a slight growth<br />

in Private label share.<br />

label share is visible in perishable food with an<br />

impressive 7.2% growth in CZ and +4.5% in pet<br />

food in Hungary. A decline is visible in alcoholic<br />

beverages. In Austria the private label value<br />

market share rises +1.2% to 35.4%. The two<br />

categories that stand out with the highest<br />

growth are perishables and paper products.<br />

In Greece the market share reaches nearly<br />

23%, a growth of 1.3% vs 2021. The growth was<br />

registered in all categories, with the highest<br />

growth in confectionery and snacks, with<br />

the exception of alcoholic beverages which<br />

slightly declined with -0.4%.<br />

According to NielsenIQ’s data, perishable and<br />

frozen food, paper products, and ambient<br />

food are the top 3 categories of Private<br />

Label value share with an average of 50%<br />

representing in total 212.8 billion in Euros across<br />

the 17 European countries tracked.<br />

The private label sales grew with 25 billion<br />

euros across the 17 European countries<br />

tracked. Perishables and ambient food have<br />

the highest contribution to this growth.<br />

Also the Scandinavian countries show growth<br />

in Private label share, together the countries<br />

grew +1.1% in share with the highest growth<br />

reported in Denmark of +1.8%. Growth of<br />

private label share is visible in all categories.<br />

The highest share growth is visible in homecare<br />

with an average growth of +2.4%.<br />

In Eastern Europe the private label share is<br />

growing as well, highest growth in private<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


BRIEF<br />

PepsiCo, ADM announce groundbreaking<br />

agreement aiming to reduce carbon intensity<br />

Revolutionary strategic partnership between two global companies,<br />

with footprints extending from the farm gate to iconic foods and beverages,<br />

provides unprecedented and unique opportunity to expand regen ag at scale.<br />

ADM and PepsiCo announced a groundbreaking 7.5-year strategic commercial agreement to<br />

closely collaborate on projects that aim to significantly expand regenerative agriculture across their<br />

shared North American supply chains. This strategic partnership is expected to reach up to 2 million<br />

acres by 2030, and represents a trailblazing effort by two global companies that share ambitious<br />

carbon reduction goals. The companies’ capabilities span the food and agriculture value chains,<br />

creating a unique, large-scale platform to support farmers’ transition to regenerative agriculture,<br />

while building their resilience to climate change.<br />

Plenty builds world’s largest indoor vertical farm campus<br />

$300 million, 120-acre Virginia campus will feature<br />

world’s first farm to grow indoor, vertically farmed<br />

berries at scale, in partnership with Driscoll’s.<br />

Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced it has secured up<br />

to 120 acres of land near Richmond, Virginia, to build<br />

the largest, most advanced indoor vertical farm<br />

campus in the world. The centrally located Plenty<br />

Richmond Farm Campus marks Plenty’s expansion<br />

beyond the U.S. West Coast and will bring fresh,<br />

healthy produce to the East Coast year-round. Plenty<br />

plans to deploy several large-scale vertical farms<br />

on the campus in the coming years, with a potential<br />

annual production capacity exceeding 20 million<br />

pounds across multiple crops including strawberries, leafy greens and tomatoes.<br />

“Through more than a decade of investment in research and development Plenty has cracked<br />

the code on a scalable platform that makes indoor farming increasingly economical,” said Arama<br />

Kukutai, CEO of Plenty. “That innovation makes it possible for us to grow a wide variety of crops with<br />

a fraction of the land and up to 350x more yield per acre than conventional farms. Channeling<br />

that into the largest vertical farm complex in the world propels us to the level indoor farming has to<br />

operate at to truly transform our food system.”<br />

Inspiring innovation for sustainable energy:<br />

The World Green Economy Summit<br />

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) was<br />

organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority<br />

(DEWA), the World Green Economy Organization<br />

(WGEO) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,<br />

in collaboration with international organisations.<br />

WGES brings together prominent speakers, experts,<br />

thought leaders and decision-makers. It will focus<br />

on four main themes: Energy, Finance, <strong>Food</strong> Security,<br />

and Youth. It also features a Ministerial Roundtable<br />

with about 25 ministers from around the world.<br />


Cornellis<br />

1888,<br />

the favorite<br />

brand in<br />

sweets and<br />

snacks<br />

industry<br />

Offering chocolates,<br />

truffles, pralines and<br />

hazelnut creams,<br />

RC <strong>Food</strong>s Polska’s<br />

products have<br />

already gained<br />

a respectful place<br />

in the global market.<br />

Cornellis brand<br />

of the company<br />

is something blending<br />

innovation, novelty<br />

and satisfaction<br />

with passion.<br />

The company produces and distributes<br />

sweets and snacks under the brand called<br />

Cornellis 1888. From the very beginning, the<br />

company has focused on quality, innovation<br />

and customer satisfaction.<br />

Cornellis 1888 products are sold in more than<br />

sixteen countries around the world.<br />

natural <strong>ingredients</strong>, without the addition of<br />

preservatives or sugar.<br />

One of the latest products is the Tostados<br />

snack – toasted bread in two flavor variants.<br />

Tostados products have a Clean Label - they<br />

do not contain artificial colors, preservatives<br />

or flavor enhancers.<br />

RC <strong>Food</strong>s Polska product range includes<br />

chocolate products such as Belgian<br />

chocolates, truffles, pralines and hazelnut<br />

cream. In addition, the company offers<br />

butter cookies in metal tins, stuffed biscuits,<br />

Italian cookies, Grissini sticks with olive oil,<br />

garlic or sesame, and Marshmallows in<br />

various shapes and sizes.<br />

The RC <strong>Food</strong>s catalog also includes fit<br />

cookies, made of nuts, honey and other<br />

Another novelty is the UFO Stars snack – colorful<br />

wafers filled with sweet and sour sparkling filling.<br />

RC <strong>Food</strong>s firm aims to meet the expectations<br />

of its customers, develop its sales, but also<br />

provide its customers with high-quality<br />

products and services.<br />

For more details you may visit the website of<br />

the company, check its catalog, and contact<br />

them for a lucrative business.<br />


Made with love<br />

RC <strong>Food</strong>s Polska Sp. z o.o.<br />

Płocka 5a, 01-231, Warsaw/Poland<br />

www.rcfoods.eu<br />


ProSweets Cologne <strong>2023</strong> - Special Edition:<br />

The international sweets and<br />

snacks industry and their suppliers<br />

are meeting up in Cologne in April<br />

The list of exhibitors of ProSweets Cologne,<br />

which is being co-staged this year for the first<br />

time as a “Special Edition” in April together<br />

with ISM, already provides a foretaste of the<br />

forthcoming inspiring event. Due to the oneoff<br />

postponement of the venue date, this year<br />

ProSweets Cologne – Special Edition is located<br />

on a central area in the heart of ISM, the leading<br />

international trade fair for sweets and snacks.<br />

The strong demand to participate in this oneoff<br />

special format has led to the originally<br />

planned area being expanded several times.<br />

In this way, in April <strong>2023</strong> around 115 companies<br />

from 22 countries will be present at the most<br />

important trading and communication<br />

platform for the supplier sector of the<br />

sweets and snacks industry, including<br />

both international market leaders and the<br />

equally important smaller and medium-sized<br />

specialised suppliers. Interested parties will<br />

thus once again this year find a diversified and<br />

competent spectrum of offers comprising of<br />

solutions and equipment for a wide range of<br />

themes across the entire value chain at the<br />

Special Edition of ProSweets Cologne.<br />


The offer<br />

The visitors await a broad spectrum of topics<br />

at ProSweets Cologne - Special Edition, which<br />

will among others be competently covered by<br />

companies like Boettger <strong>Food</strong> Ingredients GmbH,<br />

Capol GmbH, Coppenrath Feingebäck GmbH,<br />

Baker Perkins, Prefamac Chocolate Machines,<br />

Live-Tech s.r.l., Fuji Packaging, GNT Group<br />

B.V., Hacos NV, Handtmann, Maschinenfabrik<br />

Seydelmann KG, Stearinerie Dubois Fils, Tomra<br />

Sorting NV and Dolciaria Gadeschi SpA. The<br />

majority of the exhibitors come from European<br />

countries like Belgium, Germany, France, Great<br />

Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and<br />

Poland. But countries such as the USA, Lebanon<br />

and Turkey are also represented among the<br />

exhibitors. The high level of internationality of the<br />

Special Edition is furthermore underlined by the<br />

two group stands of China.<br />

All of the main exhibition sections are covered<br />

from packaging materials and machines, to<br />

plants and automation, through to food safety<br />

and operating and auxiliary equipment.<br />

The significant increase in the participations<br />

from the sweet & snackable <strong>ingredients</strong> segment<br />

is particularly pleasing. In comparison to the<br />

previous event more than double the amount<br />

of exhibitors from the raw materials/<strong>ingredients</strong>/<br />

semi-finished goods are represented. Against<br />

the backdrop of a stronger consumer demand<br />

for sustainable and at the same technologically<br />

convincing products this segment is expanding<br />

constantly. This also applies for the coming years<br />

and the further development of ProSweets<br />

Cologne as the central supplier fair for the<br />

sweets and snacks industry.<br />

The event programme<br />

The event programme which enhances<br />

ProSweets Cologne - Special Edition also<br />

picks up on the focal themes of the trade<br />

fair Raw Materials & Ingredients and Sweet &<br />

Snackable Ingredients.<br />

On the one hand, a series of impulse lectures<br />

on the “Expert Stage” covering themes such<br />

as sustainability, supply chains and packaging<br />

will be a further source of information.<br />

On the other hand, “Guided Tours” of the<br />

DLG entitled “Raw Materials for the Sensory<br />

Wow Effect” will take place daily. They<br />

highlight the opportunities that arise by<br />

implementing special raw materials, but also<br />

technological solutions for the production of<br />

demanding sensory products.<br />

Further lectures on the “Expert Stage” address<br />

issues such as energy efficiency or chocolate<br />

technology. The “Expert Stage” additionally<br />

encompasses themes from the ISM world.<br />

ProSweets Cologne – Special Edition is inviting<br />

guests to join them for a “Matchmaking<br />

Breakfast” for the first time on the Tuesday of<br />

the trade fair. The aim is to allow producers<br />

of sweets and snacks to network with the<br />

supplier industry in a relaxed atmosphere and<br />

further promote the internal industry dialogue<br />

(upon special invitation only).<br />

The “ProSweets Cologne – Special Edition –<br />

Lounge” offers the ideal setting for this. It is<br />

open on all days of the trade fair and offers<br />

seating options and a comprehensive food<br />

service selection.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


How citrus packhouses<br />

can improve profitability<br />

with the latest sorting<br />

and grading solutions<br />

Clinton Jeffries,<br />

Global Category<br />

Director<br />

Citrus TFF<br />

Citrus packhouses are<br />

striving to meet evermore<br />

demanding quality<br />

expectations, yet must<br />

also increase quantities<br />

and improve yields. This is<br />

a tricky balancing act, but<br />

it can be done, as Clinton<br />

Jeffries, Global Category<br />

Director Citrus at TOMRA<br />

<strong>Food</strong>, explains.<br />

The fact that consumers are getting choosier<br />

about citrus fruits is having consequences<br />

for packhouses. Whatever the citrus variety,<br />

the risk is the same: if the fruit disappoints the<br />

buyer, the food brand or retailer that sold it<br />

could lose future sales. This means that retailers<br />

increasingly expect their suppliers to provide<br />

perfection – not easy for packhouses because<br />

incoming fruit is variable and outgoing fruit has<br />

to satisfy so many requirements.<br />

To start with, the fruit’s skin condition, color,<br />

shape, and size all affect shelf appeal. Then<br />

the eating experience can depend on the<br />

fruit’s firmness, texture, and sugar content. And<br />

to complicate things even further, consumer<br />

preferences about fruit color and sweetness<br />

differ from one export market to another.<br />

Packhouses have traditionally kept their<br />

customers happy by packing only the fruit<br />

they are sure will meet quality requirements<br />

and by rejecting fruit of borderline quality. But<br />

this too often leads to fruit ‘giveaway’ which<br />

hurts packhouse profits. More money could be<br />

made if the packhouse finds a way to deliver<br />

the required product quality and quantity<br />

while simultaneously maximizing yields: a<br />

balancing act that demands precision.<br />

As packers tread this tightrope, the stakes are<br />

dizzyingly high. Global exports alone are worth<br />

more than $7 billion annually – and rising. In<br />

established markets, more consumers turn to<br />

healthy, natural, vitamin-rich foods, making<br />

citrus fruits more popular. In emerging markets,<br />

growing numbers of people are earning middleclass<br />

incomes and spending more on food.<br />

And greater use is being made of citrus fruits<br />

for flavoring and coloring in bakery products<br />

and fruit beverages. For these reasons, citrus<br />

sales are expected to keep rising in value at a<br />

compound annual growth rate of 4% so that by<br />

2030 exports will be worth about $10 billion.<br />

This does not mean, however, that increasing<br />

packhouse profitability will be plain sailing. In<br />

fact, the industry faces headwinds.<br />


Facing up to future challenges<br />

For growers, perhaps the strongest headwind<br />

is climate change, causing greater seasonal<br />

variations in crop yields and quality. In many<br />

regions, there’s also the threat of citrus<br />

greening (also known as HLB or Yellow Dragon<br />

Disease), which turns the fruit bitter and kills<br />

infected trees within a few years. In the early<br />

2000s, HLB famously devastated many citrus<br />

farms in Florida, and the disease wiped out<br />

millions of acres of citrus trees throughout the<br />

world. Proactive countermeasures can be<br />

effective, but these require constant vigilance,<br />

reduce yields, and increase costs.<br />

For packers and re-packers, the headwinds<br />

are also coming from different directions.<br />

While quality expectations are rising, the<br />

increasing variability of crops is pulling in the<br />

opposite direction. Sorting and grading the<br />

fruit well is vital, yet every year it is getting<br />

harder to recruit and retain people to do this.<br />

And the costs of labor, energy, and other<br />

essential resources are climbing, intensifying<br />

the need to maximize yields and profits. It’s<br />

now more important than ever to put the right<br />

fruit into the right package at the right time.<br />

For retailers, there’s an increasing need to<br />

differentiate through product quality. With<br />

consumers getting pickier, export markets will<br />

only pay top dollar for top quality. Retailers are<br />

also under increasing pressure from consumers<br />

to take sustainability seriously. This requires,<br />

among other things, an active approach to<br />

reducing food waste – another obligation that<br />

gets passed on to packhouses.<br />

The good news is that packhouses can power<br />

through these headwinds. Answers to many of<br />

today’s packing challenges are provided by<br />

state-of-the-art optical sorting and grading<br />

machines. These automated solutions are<br />

far more accurate and consistent than<br />

manual sorting and grading. They enable<br />

packhouses to meet required standards,<br />

regardless of incoming fruit quality. They<br />

open doors to new customers with highquality<br />

requirements. And they bring an end<br />

to the costly habit of fruit giveaway.<br />

The best available solutions<br />

The leading manufacturer of optical sorting<br />

and grading machines for the food industry is<br />

TOMRA <strong>Food</strong>. The unmatched effectiveness of<br />

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lemishes, insect damage, misshapen fruit,<br />

bruising, and abrasions, and can identify<br />

hard-to-find product defects, including clear<br />

rot. Sorting parameters can be configured<br />

to grade for differing levels of defects, giving<br />

line operators the control to match product<br />

grades to different markets.<br />

TOMRA’s solutions results from the company’s<br />

significant ongoing investment in research<br />

and development, a deep-rooted culture of<br />

innovation, and decades of working closely<br />

with food processors and packers, which<br />

has led to a deep understanding of their<br />

unique operational challenges. TOMRA sees<br />

customer relationships as a collaborative<br />

process involving processors and packers in<br />

designing new solutions.<br />

In the citrus industry, TOMRA’s solutions are<br />

in action in the USA, Europe, Australia, South<br />

Africa, North Africa, South America, and Asia. In<br />

California alone, the company typically installs<br />

up to 200 new lanes at citrus packhouses yearly.<br />

Yet despite being active globally, the company<br />

focuses on providing best-in-class customer<br />

support at the regional level. And though<br />

TOMRA provides solutions to the industry’s<br />

biggest players – including the world’s largest<br />

citrus packhouse operation, which has more<br />

than 200 lanes – it also works with many small<br />

businesses with just one or two lanes.<br />

Three TOMRA solutions are well-suited to citrus<br />

fruits: the Spectrim sorter and grader, long<br />

recognized as the standard-setter in blemishgrading<br />

vision systems; Inspectra 2 , a noninvasive<br />

solution for internal grading; and the<br />

fruit industry’s most advanced sorting platform,<br />

the TOMRA 5S Advanced.<br />

Sorters and graders tailored to citrus<br />

The Spectrim sorter and grader is the world’s<br />

most powerful fresh produce grading<br />

platform, with consistent lighting, powerful<br />

imaging, two infrared wavelengths, and<br />

machine learning. Spectrim sorts and grades<br />

minor and major defects, including surface<br />

Many packhouses around the world benefit<br />

every day from using Spectrim. One of these<br />

is Agricola Cerro Prieto, which exports fruit<br />

globally from Peru. The company’s Operations<br />

Manager, Ricardo Acha, said: “Technology is<br />

of the utmost importance to us, and thanks to<br />

the constant advances [made by TOMRA], we<br />

can process bigger volumes. With Spectrim,<br />

our volumes have almost doubled.”<br />

The Inspectra 2 platform for internal defect<br />

grading utilizes a near-infrared spectrometer,<br />

mainly to to detect brix, but also to provide<br />

valuable information about other properties<br />

important to citrus growers and packers. These<br />

detection capabilities keep bad fruit out of<br />

a good box, ensure fruit with the preferred<br />

taste profile goes to the right market, and help<br />

growers adjust their practices in the field to<br />

optimize internal fruit quality.<br />

“Spectrim and Inspectra 2 have opened up<br />

new opportunities, especially the brix grading<br />

with Inspectra 2 ,” says Pieter Nortje, owner of<br />

the Sitrusrand citrus farm, which stretches 60<br />

kilometers along the Sundays River Valley in<br />

Eastern Cape, South Africa. “With Spectrim,<br />

you get very good quality sorting and there is<br />

very little machine downtime, so you also get<br />

consistency on delivery. The TOMRA machines<br />

are critical in putting the right fruit in the right<br />

carton with the right traceability system.”<br />

The TOMRA 5S Advanced, launched in 2021,<br />

builds on the class-leading performance of the<br />

Compac Multi-Lane Sorter (TOMRA acquired<br />

Compac in 2016), but was redesigned from<br />

the ground up. In addition to inspecting<br />

with unrivaled accuracy, this is the industry’s<br />

gentlest-handling fruit sorter, and exceptionally<br />

easy to clean and maintain. This machine’s<br />

specialized software – with programs for<br />

element mixing, exact packout optimization,<br />

and throughput control – provides optimization<br />

and efficiency across the line. All these features<br />

can be controlled easily via the sorter’s intuitive<br />

graphic user interface.<br />


The TOMRA 5S Advanced also features a<br />

Dynamic Lane Balancer which ensures equal<br />

fruit distribution across all lanes of the sorter.<br />

Requiring no operator input, this constantly<br />

makes automatic adjustments informed by<br />

data from its interface with the Sizer software.<br />

Without a Dynamic Lane Balancer, almost<br />

every machine will have lower cup fill on the<br />

outside lanes; with it, there are significant<br />

throughput increases on the same number of<br />

lanes when compared to other systems.<br />

One of the many processors that has seen the<br />

TOMRA 5S Advanced improve productivity, as<br />

well as product quality, is leading Turkish citrus<br />

exporter Özler Tarim. The company’s General<br />

Manager, Özbek Özler, said: “We predicted<br />

that we could invest in our second [TOMRA 5S]<br />

machine after two or three years, depending<br />

on the results achieved by the first machine.<br />

But we were so satisfied that we ordered<br />

our second machine just three months later.<br />

Thanks to investing in TOMRA’s technologies,<br />

we doubled the capacity of Özler Tarim, which<br />

has a 35-year history, in just one year.”<br />

Combining two machines can have the<br />

effect of “one plus one adding up to more<br />

than two”, in the experience of Chinese<br />

citrus fruit producer Xiangjia Juyou. Hunanbased<br />

business installed two TOMRA six-lane<br />

sorting and packing lines in 2021 in pursuit of<br />

raising productivity to 100,000 tons of citrus<br />

annually and targeting products to markets<br />

with differing quality expectations. Jia Kaijun,<br />

Director of the fruit Department at Xiangjia<br />

Juyo, affirmed: “Externally, the fruit is assessed<br />

according to color, defects, and peel blemish<br />

caused by diseases and insects. Internally, the<br />

fruit is sorted by brix and acidity. This precise<br />

sorting enables targeted sales strategies.”<br />

The future looks bright<br />

Another state-of-the-art technical solution<br />

that unlocks efficiency improvements is the<br />

cloud-based data platform TOMRA Insight.<br />

First introduced to processing and packing<br />

lines in other food categories, this is expected<br />

to be rolled out to citrus packhouses within the<br />

next couple of seasons and has the potential<br />

to make sorting machines the digital heart of<br />

processing and packing operations.<br />

One advantage of the machine data<br />

accessed by TOMRA Insight is that it opens<br />

a pathway to traceability from bin to pack.<br />

Another is that machine operators can<br />

respond easily and instantly to live data to<br />

improve line efficiencies. And another is that<br />

analysis of historical data can lead to yet more<br />

efficiency gains on the line and in the supply<br />

of raw materials. Packhouses which rely on<br />

hard data, rather than merely experience and<br />

instinct, make better-informed operational<br />

and strategic decisions. This, like the best<br />

sorting and grading solutions, strengthens the<br />

packhouse’s competitiveness – and powers<br />

progress even when there are headwinds.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


A trade fair for everyone:<br />

An overview<br />

of the interpack <strong>2023</strong><br />

Lost in the exhibition halls? Not at interpack. In order<br />

to help our visitors find everything they are looking for,<br />

the fully booked interpack <strong>2023</strong> features a concept for the<br />

halls that is based on clear focal points for each industry.<br />

No other industry trade fair can compare<br />

when it comes to representing the global<br />

market in its entire variety and scope.<br />

Next year, interpack will again offer the<br />

packaging and related process industry the<br />

biggest international overview of the market,<br />

thereby more than earning its motto “simply<br />

unique”. To help visitors not to get lost in 18<br />

trade fair halls, the halls feature a custom<br />


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concept based on the core target groups<br />

food, beverages, confectionery and baked<br />

goods, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics,<br />

non-food and industrial goods.<br />

Around 2,700 companies from around the<br />

world will meet in Düsseldorf from 4 -10 May,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, to present cutting edge technologies<br />

and packaging trends from along the entire<br />

value chain, demonstrate chances for growth<br />

and respond to the challenges of the industry.<br />

Confectionery and baked goods<br />

Visitors will find processes and machines for<br />

packaging confectionery and baked goods<br />

especially in the halls 1, 3 and 4 of interpack.<br />

If you need packaging for something sweet,<br />

ask consultants from companies like Sollich,<br />

Aasted, Theegarten-Pactec, Chocotech,<br />

Bühler or Winkler and Dünnebier, and many<br />

others. The baking sector will meet with<br />

exhibitors like Hebenstreit, Rheon Automatic<br />

Machinery, Colussi Ermes, Tonelli, TT Italy or<br />

Reading Bakery System.<br />

As in many other sectors, concerning the<br />

packaging of confectionery, baked goods,<br />

snacks and cereals, much has changed<br />

over the recent years. One important issue<br />

are sustainable solutions. Mechanical<br />

engineering companies, for example,<br />

are adapting their portfolio to include<br />

packaging made from mono material or<br />

novel materials. Digital technology is another<br />

focus – as it is for the entire industry.<br />

<strong>Food</strong>, beverages, non-food and industrial goods<br />

The food sector is among the most favoured<br />

target groups of visitors to interpack, and this<br />

shows in the breadth of their presentation.<br />

The global demand for packaged foods<br />

is increasing. In saturated markets with<br />

strong incomes, conscious consumption<br />

and consumer behaviour also shifts towards<br />

sustainability, regional produce, organic food<br />

or fair trade, and this includes packaging.<br />

Like the current challenges posed by energy<br />

management and conservation of resources,<br />

this causes a process of transformation within<br />

the sector. A similar observation can be made<br />

for beverages and non-food products, which<br />

are presented together with the food sector in<br />

halls 5 and 6, as well as in 11 and 14. Around 20<br />

percent of visitors to interpack are especially<br />

interested in solutions for industrial goods.<br />

These, too, are to be found in the same halls.<br />


Starting in hall 5, there is a focus on the food<br />

sector and big names like Multivac Sepp<br />

Haggenmüller, Ulma Packaging, Weber<br />

Maschinenbau and Fuji Machinery. In hall<br />

6, for example, Fawema, Coesia, Syntegon<br />

Technology or Duravant present their<br />

innovations in many areas of application for<br />

processing & packaging.<br />

The halls 11 and 14, which are ideally suitable<br />

for a round walk, will host exhibitors like<br />

Omori Machinery, Mettler-Toledo (hall 11),<br />

Extend Great International, Rovema and<br />

Haver & Boecker (hall 12), KHS, Krones, Aetna<br />

Group, Sidel and ProMach (hall 13), as well as<br />

Gerhard Schubert Verpackungsmaschinen,<br />

Ishida Europe Limited, Loesch-Hastamat<br />

and tna solutions (hall 14). In hall 13, there is<br />

a special focus on bottling and packaging<br />

solutions for the beverages sector.<br />

Packaging materials and packaging<br />

The halls 7 and 7a, 8a, 9 and 10 of interpack<br />

are of the highest importance for the sector.<br />

This is where visitors can view at least a<br />

third of all exhibitors with all their materials<br />

and their finished packaging products.<br />

This presentation, which is not only for<br />

users, of packaging, packaging materials<br />

and packaging aids is already the largest<br />

packaging trade fair in the world. This also<br />

makes the interpack unique. Here is where<br />

all packaging materials are represented<br />

and there is an especially high number of<br />

innovations in the field of sustainability and<br />

conservation of resources, for example<br />

in using new materials, sustainable raw<br />

materials, or increasing the amount of<br />

recyclates used in packaging.<br />

Exhibitors in this area are numerous and<br />

international – among others, you can<br />

visit Sappi Europe, Sonoco, Mayr Melnhof<br />

Packaging, Berry Global, Schütz GmbH, the<br />

S.I.T. Group or Seda International Packaging.<br />

Labelling, marking, finishing<br />

Inform, decorate, customise – packaging<br />

carries information. How to implement this<br />

for different products and requirements, is<br />

presented by the exhibitors in halls 8a and<br />

8b. Here, there are machines for labelling<br />

and marking technology, for example at<br />

Bluhm Systeme, Langguth, Domino Printing<br />

Sciences, Videojet Technologies, Herma or<br />

Possehl. This offer is completed by solutions<br />

from packaging production and integrated<br />

packaging printing. Here you can visit<br />

companies like Starlinger, Totani, Fujifilm<br />

Europe, the Brückner Group or HP Germany.<br />

components<br />

“Every part counts” is the motto of the<br />

components trade fair, which takes place<br />

in parallel to the interpack as its own event.<br />

This is where you find companies offering<br />

technology for drives, control units and<br />

sensors, products for industrial imaging,<br />

handling technology, industrial software and<br />

communication as well as comprehensive<br />

automation systems for the packaging<br />

industry. There are also machine parts,<br />

components and equipment, peripheral<br />

devices as well as components and aids for<br />

packaging. Among the exhibitors are, e.g.,<br />

Pilz, Gimatic, Igus, Voestalpine Edelstahl<br />

and Mädler. The temporal hall 18, situated<br />

between halls 10 and 16, makes the trade<br />

fair accessible from a central location, and<br />

visitors to interpack have direct access to the<br />

components fair and vice-versa.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


Printing inks and PTFE:<br />

are you ahead of the evolving<br />

regulatory environment?<br />

Valued at almost 20-billion USD annually in 2020,<br />

traditionally, printing inks were used for the most<br />

part in newspaper and magazine production,<br />

but this has expanded exponentially into the<br />

packaging industry in a bid to powerfully brand<br />

and market products, making them attractive<br />

to customers. As the flexible and customized<br />

packaging landscape evolves the printing ink<br />

market will need to change with it.<br />

Part of this evolution is already underway and<br />

it’s in response to more stringent regulatory<br />

frameworks on the use of various chemicals,<br />

inorganic solvents and heavy metals. Many in<br />

the printing industry know that PTFE historically<br />

was used as an additive at times by certain<br />

market sectors, for example, to protect<br />

packaging labels as products move through<br />

supply chains and onto shelves.<br />

Yet, PTFE’s reported relationship with PFAS<br />

related compounds, in particular PFOA,<br />

classified by some as Persistent Organic<br />

Pollutants, means that PTFE is coming under<br />

scrutiny and is increasingly subject to regulations<br />

across the globe. PFOA-related compounds<br />

have been regulated in the European Union<br />

since July 2020. Since July 5th, 2022, there has<br />

been a 25 parts per billion limit of PFOA in place<br />

while in February <strong>2023</strong> a 25 parts per billion<br />

limit of C9-C14 of PFCAs will come into force. As<br />

well, the European Commission has released a<br />

Restrictions Roadmap as part of the Chemicals<br />

Strategy for Sustainability. This is a key part of the<br />

EU’s zero pollution ambition under the European<br />

Green Deal. The Restrictions Roadmap lists PFAS;<br />

of which PTFE can be a source as being in the<br />

current pipeline for further restriction.<br />

This year Japan’s environment agency<br />

approved a ban on the manufacture, import<br />

and use of 56 PFOA- related compounds<br />

under the country’s Chemical Substance and<br />

Control Law while just this September, the U.S.<br />

EPA released a proposed rule seeking, for the<br />

first time, to designate PFOAs and PFOS as<br />

New and stricter<br />

regulations on the use<br />

of certain chemicals<br />

can pose significant<br />

operational challenges<br />

for industry. In printing<br />

inks, the use of PTFE<br />

is being impacted by<br />

new PFOA regulations in<br />

Europe as well as Japan<br />

and the United States.<br />

“hazardous substances” under the federal<br />

Superfund law. This comes as multiple states<br />

petition for federal bans on other chemicals.<br />

Companies should consider replacing<br />

traditional PTFE with PTFE-free alternatives.<br />

At Clariant, we know that modern printing<br />

demands flexible, high-quality solutions<br />

which is why we have developed PTFE-free<br />

alternatives that play a crucial role for surface<br />

variations within inks and coatings, such<br />

as scratch resistance, modification of slip<br />

properties, matting effects and more.<br />

In addition to Polyethylene wax-based<br />

additives like Ceridust ® 3610 and Ceridust<br />

3030 which have shown success in replacing<br />


PE/PTFE blends, Clariant also offers additives<br />

based on renewable and sustainable<br />

raw materials, with a continued focus on<br />

performance and cost optimization.<br />

Made from a renewable resource, our Ceridust<br />

8330 renewable polymer/wax compound is<br />

one of these alternatives and can replace PE/<br />

PTFE additives in printing inks. It achieves more<br />

with less additive, is sustainable and compliant<br />

to upcoming legislation requirements.<br />

It’s a revolutionary, predominantly bio-based<br />

additive for all kind of printing inks with a<br />

mean particle size diameter of approximately<br />

5.5 μm. Its mix of flexible, yet tough polymeric<br />

characteristics makes it a powerful rub<br />

resistance additive for all types of ink systems.<br />

With superior rub resistance properties<br />

versus PTFE containing material, even higher<br />

mechanical resistance can be achieved.<br />

This lengthens the durability of finished goods<br />

which look more beautiful.<br />

The uncertainty around the details of regulatory<br />

changes that are to come, at the same<br />

time as knowing they will come, can make it<br />

challenging for businesses to address these<br />

issues. With an advanced, forward-looking<br />

portfolio of bio-based, sustainable additives for<br />

printing inks, paints and coatings, Clariant takes<br />

a proactive, pro-safety and pro-environment<br />

approach to help customers navigate this<br />

uncertain and fast-changing landscape.<br />

MARCH <strong>2023</strong> FOOD & INGREDIENTS INTERNATIONAL<br />


The sauce market is experiencing<br />

the fastest growth in recent years<br />

The sauces, which meet the consumers in the kitchens with their various types<br />

and flavors, make the food industry more lively by adding flavor to the dishes.<br />

Sauces served alongside or in snacks and side<br />

dishes have dominated the food industry for<br />

a long time. Sauces are the accompaniment<br />

of restaurants, big fast food chains and home<br />

cooking with their flavor enhancing aspect. The<br />

sauce industry, which is preferred with many<br />

different varieties, is now also available in readymade<br />

mixes. Large food companies produce<br />

various sauces for pasta, pizza and many<br />

other dishes. Sauces, which are sold in glass<br />

jars, bottles and some plastic packages, also<br />

enlarge the market thanks to their packaging.<br />

The sauce market, which doubles the taste<br />

of meals with its ease of availability and<br />

practicality, is expected to expand thanks<br />

to the fast food sector, which is expected to<br />

grow rapidly in five years.<br />

The global sauce market is taking place in<br />

various types of cuisines such as mustard<br />

sauce, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, soy sauce,<br />

ketchup and mayonnaise.<br />

The growing popularity of home cooking is<br />

also contributing to the growth of the global<br />


sauce market. One of the results of the<br />

increase in the demand for the sauce market<br />

is that it is less costly and more preferable than<br />

other food substitute products.<br />

According to research by Data Bridge Market<br />

Research, the global sauce market is projected<br />

to grow at a CAGR of 5.05% for the 2021-2028<br />

forecast period. Increasing personal disposable<br />

income, manufacturers’ focus on product<br />

innovations, consumers’ ever-evolving tastes<br />

and preferences are the most important factors<br />

attributable to the growth of the sauce market.<br />

Sauces are derived from vegetables and<br />

fruits, and then preservatives are added to<br />

extend their shelf life. They are also liquid or<br />

semi-solid spreads available in a wide variety<br />

of flavors on the market.<br />

Increasing consumption with the popularization<br />

of ethnic and traditional cuisines is one of the<br />

main factors supporting the growth of the<br />

sauce market. It is observed that the market is<br />

expanding rapidly, thanks to products that are<br />

frequently consumed among the population,<br />

such as pizza, burgers, pasta and snacks. It<br />

is expected to offer more lucrative growth<br />

opportunities for the sauce market, thanks to<br />

increased product content and innovations in<br />

packaging by manufacturers. The increase in<br />

the number of offline stores, the growth of the<br />

e-commerce sector, especially in emerging<br />

economies, and increasing westernization will<br />

trigger further growth in the sauce market value.<br />

The increasing shift towards the consumption<br />

of spicy food products is also supporting the<br />

growth of the market value of sauces.<br />

The sauce market, which is also indispensable<br />

for professional kitchens, is expected to grow<br />

in 10 years by increasing its sphere of influence<br />

thanks to the flavor it adds to the food without<br />

being processed in the coming years.<br />

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BRIEF<br />

The Hershey Company<br />

signs second solar PPA<br />

with National Grid<br />

Confectionery giant The Hershey<br />

Company has signed a 140MW<br />

power purchase agreement (PPA)<br />

with National Grid Renewables for<br />

Copperhead Solar & Storage Project.<br />

The deal marks the second PPA between the two companies, following an agreement regarding the<br />

Noble Project in Texas, announced last year.<br />

Global sustainability and energy advisory firm, Edison Energy, worked with Hershey on the selection<br />

of National Grid Renewables’ Copperhead – a 150MW solar and 100MWh storage project under<br />

construction in Falls County, Texas.<br />

“Projects like Copperhead promote sustainability and economic vitality at both global and local<br />

levels. Communities like those in the Falls County, Texas area can anticipate economic benefits for<br />

years to come as a result of welcoming renewable energy projects,” said Blake Nixon, president of<br />

National Grid Renewables.<br />

Using the US Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) equivalencies calculator,<br />

Copperhead is projected to offset CO2 emissions by 250,000 metric tons annually.<br />

“We have ambitious goals to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50% and Scope<br />

3 emissions by 25% by 2030, as part of our science-based targets,” said Mark Kline, director of<br />

commodities and speciality procurement at The Hershey Company. “We’re making great progress<br />

toward achieving those goals thanks to projects like Copperhead and the great work of National<br />

Grid Renewables.”<br />

Gatorade partners with impacX to launch smart,<br />

digital water bottle<br />

ImpacX, a smart packaging platform company, has<br />

partnered with Gatorade to launch a new smart water<br />

bottle.<br />

ImpacX’s patented smart cap technology turns reusable<br />

bottles into a smart, digital device that tracks and<br />

collects hydration data for the user while calculating<br />

beverage intake based on the user’s profile and sport<br />

activity when paired with the accompanying Gx app.<br />

This innovation encourages hydration with reminders that<br />

are triggered by sensors located within the bottle’s cap<br />

that detect the level of liquid inside the bottle.<br />

“We’re excited to partner with an international brand such as Gatorade,” said Yoav Hoshen, cofounder<br />

and senior vice president of impacX.<br />

Hoshen continued: “We strive to be leaders of the smart hydration space and are dedicated to<br />

technology that brings a robust and well-rounded product for our customers and partners.”<br />


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