Processing & Packaging

Dairy and whisky firms test novel technology to clean pipes

Dairy and whisky firms test novel technology to clean pipes

By Elaine Watson

A novel technology that uses air instead of gallons of water and cleaning agents to clean process pipe work is being installed at a UK whisky manufacturer this week and will shortly be tested by a UK dairy manufacturer.

Robots still a nascent technology in confectionery processing

Special edition: Robotics

Robots still a nascent technology in confectionery processing

By Jane Byrne

Robot-based product packaging and palletizing remain the areas for quick wins in the confectionery sector but robots, albeit in the leading EU based confectioners, are gradually taking on more tasks a step earlier at the processing stage.

Dairy leading processing innovation at IPA 2010

Dairy leading processing innovation at IPA 2010

By Jane Byrne

Investments in European food processing machinery R&D are up on 2008 levels, with considerable innovation noted among exhibiting companies, reports the organisers of a trade event in Paris next month.

Intelligent shelf life indicator could slash food waste

Intelligent shelf life indicator could slash food waste

By Rory Harrington

A new intelligent technology that gives a running countdown of a product’s shelf life by analysing time and temperature data could replace traditional ‘use by’ dates on food labels, said the Norwegian company spearheading the development.