Multi million pound egg packing facility from Clegg Food Projects

Clegg Food Projects has completed work on a multi-million pound contract to build a new state-of-the-art facility for the UK’s leading supplier of fresh eggs.

The Nottingham-based supplier for major food operations all over the country is pleased with the end result of the project for client Noble Foods, the provider of the UK’s leading egg brand. The new facility, based in Witney near Oxford, will be used to receive and pack eggs incorporating specialist machinery before the products are delivered to retailers.

John Moxon, business development director at Clegg Food Projects, says. “We are delighted to have delivered this large-scale specialist construction project for our client Noble Foods. We are pleased with the outcome and believe our skills and vast experience of delivering schemes of this size has meant we were ideally placed to meet the requirements of this contract. We always ensure we work very closely with our clients and feel we have built an even stronger relationship with Noble Foods after working with them on their value engineering programme.”

Barry Callebaut inaugurates new flagship Chocolate Academy

The Barry Callebaut Group has opened its new flagship, state-of–the-art Cholcate Academy in Dubai - the first of its kind in the Middle East and the seventeenth in the company’s network worldwide.

The new centre will showcase the knowledge accumulated over more than 150 years by Barry Callebaut’s global Gourmet chocolate brands Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma. It is offering a diverse range of seminars, demonstrations, theoretical courses and practical workshops, designed to inspire artisans and culinary professionals, including chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakery and other chocolate experts as well as culinary professionals working in hotels, restaurants and the catering business. The centre will also serve as a meeting place for chocolate professionals encouraging the exchange of technical expertise among each other.

French chef Philippe Marand will share his experience in the art of chocolate as Head of the new Chocolate Academy. He says, “With our new centre we aim to empower all chocolate professionals in the region to create and express themselves beyond the technical barrier with this wonderful material which is chocolate.

“Chefs and confectioners hardly find an occasion or a place where they can further develop their skills, learn from experienced expert teachers and exchange new ideas among each other. Our new training centre for chocolate here in Dubai is such a place. It is a unique place where we are cultivating an atmosphere of curiosity, creativity and inspiration for both professionals and chocolate lovers."

Frederic Trombert, Vice President of Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet division in the EEMEA region, says the new centre is an important element in further strengthening the company’s footprint in Dubai as well as in the Middle East. “We believe this new Chocolate Academy will become the beating chocolate heart for chefs and foodies not only in Dubai but in the whole Middle East. This will bring us closer to our customers, helping them to reinforce their daily know how to become unique by using our products.

“We want to be here because we want to support the excellence at the highest level. To inspire craftsmen, to discover new technics, new tastes, new combinations and ultimately we also want to provide the knowledge platform for young talents."

Centrally located in Ontario Tower, the Business Bay region – one of the most booming area in Dubai next to the Burj Khalifa – the new centre features the most innovative equipment and utensils one would find in the world’s best schools, and will be integrated into the network of the Barry Callebaut Group’s sixteen other training centers around the world.

Data logger specifically for compressed air plants

With a data logger which was specifically developed for the employment in compressed air plants, BEKO Technologies extends its METPOINT measurement equipment family. The new device boasts a multitude of application-specific capabilities, stretching from the number of connectable transducers to software specifically for the analysis of compressed-air processing.

The METPOINT BDL data logger allows for the connection of up to eight or even twelve transducers or sensors, depending on the model. With this capacity the new device distances itself from standard data loggers which, in most cases, do not allow for such an option.

Sensors combined in a user-defined manner can be assigned to the numerous connections of the METPOINT BDL. With pressure transducers, for example, or with pressure dew point transmitters, volume-flow sensors, temperature sensors or clip-on ammeters. 32 limit values on the whole can be freely defined and assigned to four different alarm relays. An automatic early warning guarantees the utmost precision and process safety. At the device, the measured values are indicated on a 7" colour display with a zoomable touch panel.

It allows for tabular, graphic, and combined presentations. Saving potentials become transparent via daily, weekly and monthly reports. Any exceeded limits are highlighted in red. The number and moments of alarm messages are also indicated. The breakdown into minimum and maximum values completes the extensive reporting.

Although the METPOINT BDL already guarantees a considerable volume of information as a stand-alone unit, it really shows its entire functionality through networking with the other systems of the company. Equipped with all the common types of connections and a web server, the device ensures the utmost flexibility regarding the data transmission to a PC and the World Wide Web. Measured data can be read via the Internet, directly evaluated on the PC and further processed in the user's own systems, for example in a MySQL data base.

For this diversity of functions, BEKO Technologies provides two software variants that are specifically tailored to the METPOINT BDL. The METPOINT READER SW201 program addresses the comprehensive graphic and tabular data evaluation and analysis at the stationary PC workplace. The readout of the measured data from the data logger is implemented via USB or Ethernet.

The METPOINT Connect software acts globally. With it, any number of METPOINT BDL data loggers can be evaluated from any location. For this purpose, the measured data are stored and procured on a server in predefined cycles. Upon request, an alarm is automatically sent via SMS or email in the event of exceeded limit values. The evaluation of the measured data of all the METPOINT data loggers that are integrated into the system can be realised from any workplace worldwide. For clear task assignment, however, the access of individual employees can also be restricted to certain devices.

The compact METPOINT BDL with a weight of slightly less than 7kg and a housing made of powder-coated aluminium can be integrated without great efforts into existing and new compressed-air systems. Due to the employment temperature of up to 50°C, installation points close to the production do not pose an obstacle to the BEKO data logger.

DSM’s Delvotest T official antibiotic residue test in the Netherlands

DSM Food Specialties’ Delvotest T has been chosen by QLIP, Dutch partner in quality assurance in the agrofood chain, as the national reference test to detect antibiotic residues in milk.

The broad spectrum test was selected because of its high sensitivity and reliability. The test is fully compliant with Dutch dairy regulations, promoting a high quality milk supply throughout the whole dairy chain, from farmer to dairy to consumer.

QLIP is commissioned by Dutch dairy companies to determine the composition and quality of farm milk samples. The analyses they perform meet the specific requirements of the official Dutch dairy regulations and detect the most relevant residues at or below the European Maximum Residue Levels.

Delvotest T is a broad spectrum test which identifies a variety of antibiotics at or below EU MRLs with higher sensitivity for tetracyclines than any other microbiological screening test. QLIP selected Delvotest T because the test is closest to the aimed detection level and because of its robust performance and consistent results.

Louw Beerstra, Head of the QLIP Routine Laboratory, says, “In our search to improve antibiotic residue testing, Delvotest T performed to our expectations. Last year, in July, we started using Delvotest T as a screening test for antibiotic residues in milk. The test has a high sensitivity on tetracyclines, an antibiotic which is increasingly becoming a concern for many health authorities worldwide. In the Netherlands, there is a successful program in place to reduce the usage of antibiotics in general. A test like Delvotest T is an important tool to safeguard the suitability of milk that forms the basis for the broad range of excellent quality Dutch dairy products.”

Through the implementation of Delvotest T by QLIP, it has become the industry benchmark in the Netherlands to detect antibiotic residues in milk in the whole dairy chain.

Crowcon certified to environmental standard ISO 14001

Crowcon, specialists in portable and fixed gas detection instruments, has achieved certification to the ISO 14001 standard, which provides a framework for establishing, implementing and maintaining an Environmental Management System.

Barry Swift, Crowcon’s Supply Chain Director, says, “Certification provides customers with the assurance that Crowcon’s environmental management system meets international, industry-specific environmental standards. In addition to helping to ensure best practice in environmental management, ISO 14001 accreditation is another element of the Crowcon supply chain team’s journey in helping deliver the highest levels of corporate social responsibility both within Crowcon and its supplier base.

"The ISO 14001 standard encompasses a number of factors which have enabled Crowcon to minimise the environmental impact of its business. These factors include identifying areas where greater emphasis can be placed on reducing the use of resources and energy, as well as increasing the efficiency with which Crowcon manages waste. The standard also requires legislative awareness and compliance, in addition to on-going monitoring and control of the company’s environmental impact, now and into the future.

“Crowcon’s focus is on supporting a safer working environment for our customers’ employees, so it is only natural to extend that level of commitment and care to the wider environment."

FDF sets out ingredients for a successful 2015

The food and drink manufacturing industry is committed to strengthening its industrial partnership with Government to deliver long-term, sustainable growth in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

At an industry reception, the Food and Drink Federation reaffirmed its ambition to grow sustainably by 20% by 2020 by continuing to grow UK exports and foster innovation, in partnership with government. The creation of a long-term, industry-led skills strategy and support for robust voluntary frameworks which incentivise industry action is also needed to deliver public health and environmental benefits.

The event builds on ‘Ingredients for Success: Delivering Sustainable Growth Beyond 2015’, FDF’s agenda for working in partnership with government post-election launched in the summer.

Fiona Kendrick, CEO and Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland, was formally appointed FDF President-elect at the event, successor to Richard Evans, President of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region. Fiona Kendrick says, “The food and drink industry has much to be proud of. We are determined to remain world-class with our products sought around the globe so our industry and the economy can enjoy continued export growth. Innovation, creativity and skills will unlock the next generation of product and process development that will help us improve employment, productivity and competitiveness.

“In my new role as FDF President I look forward to building on the sector’s many successes to date and strengthening our ability to grow sustainably by 20% by 2020 in partnership with Government and other players.”

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, pictured, who delivered the event’s keynote address, said, “The UK’s food chain is an economic powerhouse worth a record £103 billion and employing one in eight people. Our food and farming industry is exciting, dynamic and at the forefront of technology and innovation - I want to ensure we support it to remain world beating.

“The Food and Drink Federation plays a crucial role as the voice of UK food and drink manufacturers and I thank them for the continued work which is helping drive this industry’s ongoing success.”

Puratos confirms commitment to sustainable cocoa industry

Puratos, the specialist in bakery, patisserie and chocolate products, has inaugurated a Cocoa collection and fermentation plant in San Pedro province in Ivory Coast. Created in partnership with the French chocolate maker Cémoi, this confirms Puratos’ strong commitment to long-term sustainability of Ivorian cocoa.

The official opening ceremony of the cocoa collection and fermentation plant took place on the site near Adjamené village. The ceremony was attended by around 400 farmers from the cooperative, Puratos, Cémoi teams and local dignitaries.

Patrick Poirrier, President of the CEMOI Group, says, "Through this partnership of two family-owned companies, CEMOI and PURATOS team up to reinforce the cocoa network in Ivory Coast. This commitment is in line with the CEMOI sustainability vision to promote a traceable aromatic cocoa with respect for the people who grow it and the environment where they live."

The first Puratos cocoa collection and fermentation plant was opened in November 2013 in Vietnam. Ivory Coast is the logical location for a second plant - the country, the world's largest grower, will produce 1.55 million tons of cocoa in 2014/2015 according to ICCO. In doing so, Puratos will help accelerate the development of the sustainable cocoa supply chain, encouraging direct contacts with farmers communities to ensure full traceability for better livelihoods.

Eddy Van Belle, Chairman of the Board of Puratos Group, says, “Puratos believes sustainability is a win-win relationship for every actor in the cocoa supply chain, from the farmers to the consumers. Through better productivity, quality and returns to farmers, community development is improved, farmers are empowered and continue to grow cocoa, and chocolate can be enjoyed for many years to come. As a medium-sized user of cocoa beans and cocoa products from all over the world, Puratos Group is keen on securing future supplies of high-quality cocoa beans processed as part of a sustainable system.”

The CCFP is a community centre and post-harvest centre. Farmers from the cooperative can bring their wet beans for fermentation, drying and bagging for export. By handling the post-harvest process, Puratos gains full control over the quality of the cocoa products, to guarantee a constant taste profile of its chocolates solutions. In return, the farmers get a better income, as well as find support services offered by Puratos such as training.

Eddy Van Belle says, “Through our work with Cémoi, we believe Ivory Coast can produce great quality cocoa. That is why we provide training focused on quality management, as a good chocolate cannot be made without the best cocoa beans."

This initiative is part of Puratos’ Cacao-Trace initiative, its unique sustainable certification dedicated to partnering directly with farmers and working closely with them. Already active in Vietnam and Ivory Coast, the goal of Cacao-Trace is to secure long-term cocoa production and sustainable development in the whole supply chain.

It not only covers the three pillars of sustainable development – social, environmental and economic – but also quality and traceability requirements. Cacao-Trace aims to upscale the livelihoods of the farmers by improving their income with quality premiums and providing them agricultural training. This allows them to increase yields and to develop an entrepreneurial spirit for future generations. Investments in cocoa collection and fermentation plants are one of the ways Puratos is able to implement its Cacao-Trace in producing countries.

Quest for digestibility drives yogurt consumption in China

DSM have published a paper investigating the reasons behind rising yogurt consumption in China and provides new insights in how health-conscious, lactose-intolerant Chinese consumers are embracing this dairy food. Based on a survey carried out in countries as varied as China, US, Brazil, and Turkey, the results reveal that perceived gut health benefits and added probiotics are driving significantly higher yogurt demand in China than the other countries surveyed. Moreover, improving digestibility would result in even further increases in Chinese yogurt consumption.

Part of the DSM Global Insight Series, the paper focuses on the main drivers of yogurt consumption in China – a significant emerging market for dairy manufacturers. It reveals the importance of probiotics as the driver of purchase, as 8 out of 10 Chinese consumers actively seek a product containing this added ingredient. The survey also shows that the rising yogurt consumption is heavily influenced by Chinese consumers embracing a healthy lifestyle and their belief that yogurt is good for their overall gut health. 76% of Chinese consumers choose yogurt for its gut health benefits compared to an average of 48% in the other markets surveyed including US, Brazil, Turkey, Poland and France.

Digestibility is also cited by our Chinese consumers as the key reason to further increase their consumption of yogurt. If it was ‘easier-to-digest’, Chinese consumers that have not increased their consumption of this dairy food over the last three years, report that they would eat more yogurt. Digestibility, as a barrier to increased consumption, is more pronounced in China – where up to 95% of the population may be lactose intolerant – than in other countries surveyed.

For the full report as well as inforgraphics, click here

Barry Callebaut inaugurates first chocolate factory in Chile

The Barry Callebaut Group, the leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has officially inaugurated its first chocolate factory in Chile. The state-of-the-art facility in Paine, located approximately 40km from the capital city of Santiago de Chile, has an initial annual production capacity of around 25,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate and compound.

Paine was chosen as the site of the new factory due to its proximity to Santiago’s central economic district and geographic accessibility to existing and potential customers in Chile and adjacent countries. The factory will serve as a regional base for Barry Callebaut to tap into the rapidly-growing Chilean chocolate market while capturing new opportunities in the broader Andean region.

Juergen Steinemann, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, says, “The inauguration of our new factory in Chile further confirms our commitment to serving customers throughout Latin America. As the global popularity of chocolate continues to grow, our focus remains on expanding into emerging markets to better serve our customer being food manufacturers and confectionery companies. Chile is an attractive market for growth, as do neighboring countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru.”

Gerardo Elizondo, the Barry Callebaut Group’s General Manager for the Andean Region, says, “There is a significant growth momentum of the Chilean chocolate market compared to other Latin American markets. The growth potential includes a fast-growing demand for high-quality chocolate, technical services and innovations. That’s where we can offer added-value to our customers.”

With a yearly chocolate consumption of 2.2kg per capita, Chile is among the top markets in Latin America. Currently, the total annual volume of chocolate confectionery products consumed in the Chilean market sums up to 40,000 tonnes. The market is expected to grow by nearly 3.5% per annum in volume until 2019 – much higher than the long-term average annual volume growth rate of the global chocolate market of 2.0%.

Since 2008, the Barry Callebaut Group has accelerated its expansion efforts in Latin America by opening seven factories in three countries. In addition to the new Chile factory, the company operates two cocoa factories and one chocolate factory in Brazil, as well as one cocoa factory and two chocolate factories in Mexico.

The new factory in Paine, Santiago de Chile, is Barry Callebaut’s first chocolate factory in the Andean Region. It will also serve as a regional sales and management headquarters.

Bytronic achieve Cognex Platinum Partner System Integrator status

Midlands-based Bytronic Automation Ltd are celebrating being named as the UK’s first Cognex Platinum Partner System Integrator. The award was achieved in October 2014 and Bytronic are one of handful of companies worldwide to attain this status.

The award, for partner involvement and performance, is based on the commercial actions taken by Bytronic to reach their goals and turnover target and recognises the company’s advanced knowledge of Cognex hardware and software offerings. Bytronic’s innovative vision system project planning and singular approach, together with great results and high standards, has enabled them to expand and contribute to Cognex’s global success. To date, Bytronic have sold hundreds of Cognex systems.

Cognex is the leading machine vision systems manufacturer, offering complete turnkey solutions from feasibility studies, design and implementation of vision systems through to documentation, training and support. The Cognex Platinum Partner System Integrator (PSI) Programme aims to provide customers with superior service standards, as both Cognex and Bytronic are 100% committed to responding efficiently to queries, with both teams dedicated to satisfying customer needs throughout the life of a project.

Cognex Barcode Readers ensure accurate product labelling
At the manufacturing plant and distribution centre of a global consumer product manufacturer, boxes of powder products are produced and packaged ready for distribution. As part of the vital pre-shipment labelling process, approximately 150 boxes are stacked on each pallet which is then stretch wrapped before a label is printed and affixed. This ensures complete product traceability and accurate delivery of goods to their destination.

Previously, information on the pallets’ contents was stored on a PLC. However, this was not 100% accurate and occasionally led to mislabelling. To overcome this and ensure products were shipped accurately, a new system was required to identify all the products within one pallet. Bytronic, experts in test and measurement, automation and process control solutions, developed a system that could cope with these challenges. Responsible for the complete design and installation, Bytronic undertook extensive testing using a Cognex DataMan barcode reader with enhanced Field of View (FOV) capabilities. This high performance camera delivered significantly improved results at a lower cost option than a laser scanner system.

Stewart Jackson of Bytronic commented, “Cognex products consistently deliver unrivalled read rates across a wide range of applications. A laser scanner would not be able to handle the challenges of this application, which is vital for maintaining accurate product distribution.”

The system uses a DataMan 303 camera permanently installed on the line. Only one camera is required per line due to the expanded field of view technology. The pallets leave the stretch wrapper on a conveyor and move past the camera, which reads the barcode on each box contained within the pallet. The barcodes can appear anywhere within a 500mm tall x 1m wide FOV with the 1-D barcode code being only 60x30mm. The camera is integrated to the pallet labeller via Ethernet to send the scanned codes and set up the appropriate pallet label, which is then affixed automatically to the pallet ready for shipment. With line speeds of approx. 0.5m/s processing around three pallets per minute, the system has provided a 100% read rate.

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