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Vegan food products should be healthy

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As veganism becomes increasingly available in mainstream retail, consumers’ attention inevitably shifts towards how healthy a vegan product is. Brands should address this by reducing sugar and salt levels in processed vegan food, removing allergens and adding ingredients beneficial for the vegan diet, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s 2018 Q3 survey found that 3% of consumers in the UK were describing their daily diet as vegan, a moderate figure, but still bigger than the global 2%.

“Growth in the vegan food sector comes mostly from the rise of the number of flexitarian consumers willing to stick to a vegan diet for a period of time or a few days each week. This has led to more vegan products being released with a number of major brands and private labels launching vegan options to their line-ups. While these products are better for the animal welfare, not all vegan foods are healthier than the standard options and this is noticed by consumers.”

Aleksandrina Yotova, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData

M&S’s new Plant Kitchen vegan range has been reported to feature allergy related warnings, which not only contradict the vegan nature of the range but also suggest a risk for allergy sufferers. Greggs’ newly popular vegan sausage roll has been reported to have more salt than the original and nearly a gram of sugar, which makes its health benefits debatable.

Yotova concludes: “As consumers want vegan products to be healthier alternatives to meat and dairy, the lack of clarity will be off putting for some. Future trends in vegan food will follow the same philosophy that consumers apply to eating in general: eat whole, real foods with as little processing as possible. Vegan food products will need to keep this philosophy central to their product formulations, as many have been doing for decades.”

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New compostable double wall cup

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Huhtamaki has launched its new compostable Bioware Impresso double walled hot cup. Adding to Huhtamaki’s existing Bioware compostable range, this new cup in a mixed sleeve of white and green designs utilizes the unique Impresso bubble emboss which provides enhanced insulation and a tactile touch for the holder.

The cup utilizes sustainable 100% PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified paperboard with a plant-based coating on the inside. As with all of Huhtamaki’s Impresso double wall cups, the innovative design means that the cup uses up to 25% less material than most other double and triple wall cups on the market. This reduces the weight of packaging without compromising on performance. These new cups are manufactured in the UK and are available for customers across Europe.

“We are experts in both cup design and manufacture, and our latest innovation, feel good, adds a compostable double wall cup to the Bioware range with our unique Impresso outer wrap that feels good to hold and provides enhanced insulation. The compostable Impresso has EN13432 certification which means that it is compostable at approved composting facilities”, says Becci Eplett, Marketing Manager, Huhtamaki Foodservice UK.

“The hot drinks market is extremely competitive and customers are looking for environmentally sound choices. For those with access to industrial composting Huhtamaki’s feel good Impresso cup is the ideal solution. Our new feel good Impresso cup offers the perfect solution for an operator to deliver an excellent drinking experience as well as a product that is made from PEFC paperboard, with a plant-based lining that is certified compostable”, Eplett continues.

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Digital sorters for wet-end vegetable processing

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Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, presents their most versatile Veryx belt-fed digital sorters, with specific design elements that benefit vegetable processors producing multiple products. Veryx is a belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors in order to detect and eliminate all foreign material (FM) and the right amount of product defects to make grade. Featuring Key’s unique recipe-driven operation, along with the ideal hardware and software to sort any number of different products, Veryx can be changed over to handle a new product in seconds. With sort recipes saved to memory for quick recall, Veryx eases use and ensures repeatable results to optimize product quality and maximize yield.

“Worldwide, many vegetable processors typically handle three or more seasonal products throughout the year to fully utilize their factories. In Europe, they might handle as many as 30 seasonal products. In these high changeover environments, processors need more production flexibility. With a multitude of successful Veryx installations, our recipe-driven operation is field proven to help customers achieve consistent sort performance so product quality is guaranteed day in and day out, regardless of personnel changes and across multiple lines and locations,” said Karel Van Velthoven, Advanced Inspection Systems Product Marketing Manager at Key. “Our expertise in vegetable sorting enables us to develop the most effective recipes. With a couple of taps on the touchscreen, an operator can retrieve a recipe saved to memory and accurately set Veryx to handle the next product.”

For processors of both canned and frozen vegetables that are sorting a variety of wet products prior to blanching, Key tailors each belt-fed Veryx with the ideal sensors, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling and software dedicated to the processor’s products and objectives. Capable of detecting color, size, shape and structural properties of every object, including the presence or absence of chlorophyll, Veryx removes insects, animal parts, paperboard, wood, rocks, plastics, glass and extraneous vegetative matter (EVM) such as weeds and other plant materials, as well as product defects. Veryx comes in different sizes to satisfy a range of production capacity requirements.

The next-generation 4-channel cameras and laser scanners available on Veryx offer twice the resolution of previous sensor technology. Optional Pixel Fusion combines pixel-level input from multiple cameras and laser sensors to produce higher contrasts and enable the most-difficult-to-detect FM and defects to be removed without false rejects. When configured with top- and bottom-mounted sensors, Veryx achieves all-sided surface inspection to maximize FM and defect detection. By positioning bottom-mounted sensors, along with light sources and backgrounds, away from product splatter, Veryx sustains full-surface inspection throughout the longest production cycles in the most demanding environments.

Essential for all processors, especially those handling a variety of different products, Key’s expertise in both sorting and product handling enables them to design the ideal integrated system for each application. Every system is customized to effectively present product to the sorter’s inspection zone, maximizing sort accuracy, with minimal mechanical changes. Application-specific infeeds and collection shakers can serve additional functions, like dewatering and mechanically screening out FM. Optional three-way sorting enables Veryx to optically separate good product into two grades while removing FM and defective product into a reject stream.

As the most advanced sorter on the market for data collection, Veryx can leverage Key’s powerful Information Analytics software, which allows users to analyze and share big data across their enterprise via an Opcua-compliant infrastructure at the same time they sort. Data about the sort process and about each and every object flowing through the sorter, whether the data is used to make sort decisions or not, is available to reveal patterns, trends and associations. This data can help a processor better manage incoming raw materials and optimize processes upstream and downstream of the sorter to achieve the next level in operational efficiency.

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First market launch in Belgium
Aseptic cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil

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The latest sustainable innovation from SIG hits the market: Aseptic cartons with ASI-certified foil will be available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform.
The latest sustainable innovation from SIG hits the market: Aseptic cartons with ASI-certified foil will be available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform. (Picture: SIG)

SIG is making aseptic cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil available to consumers for the first time in partnership with B-Better, a start-up brand from Unilever’s Future Platform.

Martin Herrenbrück, SIG’s President & General Manager, Europe: “SIG was the first in the industry to achieve certification to the ASI standard and we are delighted that the first cartons with ASI-certified aluminium foil will soon be hitting the supermarket shelves. ASI certification adds to the extensive portfolio of solutions we offer to help customers meet growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging.”

 Responsible aluminium sourcing

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard is designed to enhance traceability and responsibility in the aluminium supply chain. The company is promoting responsible sourcing throughout the value chain by using aluminium from ASI-certified sources for the ultra-thin layer of foil in its packs.

ASI certification adds value for customers by further enhancing the sustainability credentials of their packaging in the eyes of consumers. Customers can now choose to include the ASI logo on their packs alongside the FSC logo for responsibly-sourced paper board which has been available on any pack since 2016. The first market launch for SIG’s ASI-certified cartons will be in Belgium by the B-Better brand.

Hélène Esser, Brand Manager Future Platforms and Co-founder B-Better: “SIG’s ASI certification demonstrates that the aluminium in its packs comes from responsible sources. Referring to ASI on our packs, we’re showing consumers that we are making a responsible choice on packaging.”

SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing is part of the company’s bold ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into the environment and society than it takes out.

Fiona Solomon, CEO of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative: “It is exciting to see SIG promoting responsible sourcing of aluminium through to a consumer market for the first time, in partnership with B-Better. ASI’s vision is to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society, and increased understanding of the importance of responsible supply chains benefits all stakeholders.”

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