Meat, Fish & Eggs

Sealpac’s new FlatSkin “hanging” pack achieves 75 percent plastic reduction

13 Aug 2018 --- Sealpac’s FlatSkin pack combines extended shelf-life and enhanced design appeal with a plastic reduction of up to 75 percent. Danish seafood processor Vega Salmon A/S is one of the early adopters of the FlatSkin packaging system for its hot-smoked salmon products. The products are manufactured on a Sealpac A10 traysealer with 8-impression tooling for cardboard carriers measuring 260 x 130 mm. Each carrier has a double-sided print and hanger hole, which, combined with Sealpac’s unique OnTrayCut system, allow for an attractive vertical presentation at retail.

Kepak Group acquires 2 Sisters Red Meat business for an undisclosed sum

31 Jul 2018 --- Kepak Group has acquired the Red Meat business of 2 Sisters Food Group (trading as 2 Sisters Red Meat Limited) from Boparan Holdings for an undisclosed fee, as 2 Sisters aims to restructure its operations following a tumultuous year. Kepak Group is set to acquire the business and assets of 2 Sisters Red Meat including four UK-based production facilities and a storage facility in Truro, Cornwall.

Mosa Meat secures US$8.8m investment to bring lab-grown meat to market by 2021

18 Jul 2018 --- Mosa Meat, a spin-off company from Maastricht University which was behind the world’s first hamburger made directly from cow cells back in 2013, has raised €7.5 million (US$8.8 million) to bring cultured meat to market by 2021. The Dutch food start-up first inspired the emergence of an entirely new industry through pioneering work and proving the concept of cultured meat five years ago and now Mosa Meat is currently developing its first commercial products. This marks the first investment in a European cultured meat company, putting Europe on the map for the next generation of meat production.

Australian foodservice labeling: Seafood sector calls for expansion of Country of Origin Labeling

06 Jul 2018 --- All food sold in retail stores in Australia has to be marked with the product’s country of origin, since new regulation came into force last week (July 1). But the Country of Origin Labeling changes do not cover the foodservice sector, which has led to calls for a widening of the regulation by trade bodies. For example, The Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) is now urging consumers to demand the same for foodservice sales.

Crispy bacon success: Sirane develops new microwaveable packaging solution

06 Jul 2018 --- Food packaging innovators Sirane has launched a new microwavable pack which is capable of crisping bacon precisely to the preference of the individual consumer. The consumer need only adjust the cooking times to adjust the levels of crispiness. An absorbent board within the pack absorbs the hot fat released by the bacon during microwaving, ensuring ideal taste and texture every time.

The CO2 crisis: Food safety authorities warn of contamination risk

03 Jul 2018 --- Food safety regulators are highlighting potential contamination issues as food business operators try to manage their carbon dioxide supply amid a shortage in the gas. The possible food safety issues can relate to the quality of “food grade” carbon dioxide, as CO2 can be a potential source of contamination in food. Therefore, carbon dioxide used in food or in contact with food must be fit for purpose, says both the Food Standards Agency of the UK and Ireland.

UK: Morrisons launches “bring-your-own-packaging” scheme

26 Jun 2018 --- UK supermarket chain, Morrisons, will encourage shoppers to bring their own plastic containers to the meat and fish counter in exchange for 100 loyalty card points, the equivalent of 10 pence. The move comes as part of a series of pledges to reduce plastic pollution, including guarantees that all own-brand plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Quorn eliminates “unrecyclable” black plastic packaging in innovative UK move

12 Jun 2018 ---  Meat-free food producer, Quorn, plans to remove 297 tons of non-recyclable black plastic from its supply chain. The move comes as part of the brand’s ambitions to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025. Quorn claims that their elimination of black plastics is a UK first from a major food brand and one that will help reinforce their identity as a leader in sustainable nutrition.

Nano-plastics that accumulate in marine life may end up on dinner plates, study suggests

06 Jun 2018 ---  Plastic nanoparticles – which are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1 micrometer in size – could potentially contaminate food chains, ultimately affecting human health, a study conducted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found. The study found that such nanoplastics are easily ingested by marine life and accumulate over time. This creates a risk of transference to the human food chain. They suggest this could threaten food safety and pose health risks.

Garden Gourmet makes UK debut: Nestlé targets flexitarians

28 May 2018 --- Nestlé is bringing the Garden Gourmet food brand to the UK, "offering delicious and healthy meat-free products for food lovers looking to cut down on meat but not wanting to compromise on taste." Answering the popular consumer lifestyle trend; flexitarianism, or eating less meat and more plant-based protein, Garden Gourmet is claimed to offer an exciting variety of “scrumptious meat alternatives” made with the highest quality ingredients.

Grill flavors banned in EU: Red Arrow and Symrise respond with alternatives as clock runs out

23 Apr 2018 --- Two commonly used grill flavors [Grillin’ 5078 and Grillin’ CB-200SF] are no longer allowed in the EU as of yesterday [April 22, 2018]. Despite efforts from the supplier Red Arrow Products [a Kerry business since the end of 2015] for a last minute reprieve for the flavorings, this has not been successful. 

Sainsbury’s to introduce touch-free meat packaging

16 Apr 2018 --- UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, has announced plans to sell raw meat in touch-free packaging to meet the growing demand of the millennial consumer. The straight-to-pan plastic pouches – commonly known as “doypacks” within the industry – allow customers to cook raw meats without directly touching the product.

Goat’s meat is starting to make culinary waves in UK

12 Apr 2018 --- Goat’s meat is being tipped as an ethical and sustainable alternative to lamb as celebrity chefs and the foodservice industry tap into the health benefits of this full-flavored meat. Goat’s meat has long been served by many ethnic restaurants and is central to cooking elsewhere in the world, but has never seemed to make it mainstream in Britain – but that could be about to change, according to a recent article in The Guardian.

Supervac pushes the boundaries of packaging automation

04 Apr 2018 --- Vacuum packaging innovators, Supervac, presented a new automated packaging machine at Anuga FoodTec 2018 in Cologne, capable of combining flexible packaging sizes in a continuous and fully automatic filling and loading process. Alexander Aigner, Managing Partner of Supervac, speaks to FoodIngredientsFirst at the show about the performance potential of the new machine.

Lab-grown meat: One in three consumers ready to try, US shows greater willingness than UK

02 Mar 2018 --- Lab-grown meat is making waves among some of the world’s biggest investors tipping the innovation to be the future of protein-packed food – and now new research reveals nearly one in three consumers are willing to eat it.

World first: Plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam

01 Mar 2018 --- Organic supermarket chain, Ekoplaza, has opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in its Amsterdam store in what is seen as a major victory for the international A Plastic Planet campaign. Plans are ahead to roll-out further plastic-free aisles across all of Ekoplaza’s 74 branches by the end of 2018, including a new store in The Hague, which is set to open later this year.

Meat in a new light: Addressing today's “mindful” demands

27 Feb 2018 --- Meat remains a central protein element in the food industry as a whole, but challenges are impacting consumption and production globally. Poultry is the world’s fastest-growing meat category. The category itself overlaps into many food sectors, such as convenience foods, frozen foods and the snacking category. But what image does the meat industry have as a whole? What is changing in terms of to consumer preference and regulation? Are consumers looking for alternative proteins? And is the “mindful” consumer making good choices when it comes to the consumption of meat products? FoodIngredientsFirst investigates.

Cultured meat: Tyson Foods buys stake in startup, CEO insists it’s not “counterintuitive”

02 Feb 2018 --- Clean meat innovators Memphis Meats has been getting a lot of attention from investors recently with billionaire businessmen Richard Branson and Bill Gates staking their claim in the pioneering company last year – and now the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods has invested in the food tech startup which lab-grows meat directly from animal cells.

Food distributors sue US chicken processors over price conspiracy

01 Feb 2018 --- Sysco Corp and US Foods Holding Corp have joined retailer Winn-Dixie Stores and other poultry buyers in suing some of America's biggest chicken processors for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices.

US researchers boost aquaculture production by reducing high mortality rates

24 Jan 2018 --- Researchers at Oregon State University are developing a new technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to aquaculture-raised fish, oysters, clams and shrimp that will boost their growth rates and reduce the high rates of mortality that plague the industry.

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