Amazon plants fake packages


According to a report from the Business Insider,

(, Amazon had planted fake packages to the integrity of its drivers.

Apparently the test involved drivers being sent out with a delivery to make, but at some point an error message is sent to the driver. At this point, a driver has multiple options: report the item and return it, or since the error message now deems the package undeliverable, steal the package.

Without stating if it has a theft problem with its delivery drivers, the retail giant is taking a stance to ensure there is not one.

Fizzy Drinks Make You Hungry?

According to research done at Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Birzeit University in the West Bank, carbonation in one’s fizzy drinks may be causing us to get fat.

Yup… carbonation… not sugars or artificial sweeteners. Bubbles.

A recent study on the effects of carbonated drinks on human weight by Biology and Biochemistry professor Johnny Stiban indicates that carbonated beverages lead to increased food consumption in mammals, resulting in excessive weight gain in comparison to flat drinks.

Stiban, who heads the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Birzeit University and is the director of the MA program in Environmental Biology, said that the research was carried out with students Dureen Samandar Eweis and Fida’ Abed. The study was carried out on male rats in the university laboratories.

The experiment, published in Obesity Research and Clinical Practice Journal, looked at the effects of carbon dioxide on the secretion of the hormone ghrelin in male rats and humans. Male rats were fed different categories of drinks and evaluated for over a year. Experiments were undertaken to evaluate the amount of ghrelin secreted with different beverage treatments.

Rats that consumed carbonated beverages over a period of approximately one year gain weight at a faster rate than control rats given flat beverages or tap water, due to elevated levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin and a resulting greater food intake. The study showed an increase in liver lipid accumulation among rats treated with carbonated drinks as opposed to control rats treated with flat beverages or tap water.

After doing the experiment on rats, 20 male students were tested for their ghrelin levels after ingesting different beverages, thereby proving the study’s results. “The result of the study implicates carbon dioxide gas in soft drinks as playing a major role in inducing weight gain and the onset of obesity via ghrelin release and stimulation of the hunger response in male mammals,” found the research.

Silver And Cloves – A Biodegradable Food Package

Researchers at KTU (Kaunas University of Technology) in Lithuania, are tackling the concept of new biodegradable food packaging utilizing hitherto strange mixtures of materials, in an effort to create relief for landfills, while at the same time keeping food fresher longer.

In Europe, the average citizen produces 160 kilograms of packaging waste per year, with some 19 per cent of that derived from plastic.

“Food packaging is mainly made from various plastics, which are being produced from non-renewable sources and are non-biodegradable. Also, it is not always possible to recycle them as leftovers from food amount to almost 50 per cent of the packaging waste,” says Paulius Pavelas Danilovas, a researcher at KTU’s Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology.

Headed by Danilovas, his team of researchers are looking to create the ultimate package derived from cellulose composites, and by adding active components, can help the package provide a longer shelf life.

Ethereal Oil Increases Food Shelf Life

According to World Health Organisation, more than 350 thousand of people die from food borne illnesses every year: 52,000 deaths by salmonella, and 37,000 via e. coli bacteria; and that 40 per cent of food poisoning cases afflict children under the age of five.

“Our goal was to create a biodegradable package, which could help to keep food fresh for longer, which could have anti-oxidizing or antimicrobial properties,” notes Danilovas.

Vesta Navikaitė-Snipaitienė, a chemical engineering PhD student at KTU on the research team found that adding various ethereal oils when added to the cellulose-based film had some interesting qualities.

“Active components of clove ethereal oil are very effective in tying free radicals; this oil proved efficient in enriching packaging with anti-oxidizing qualities. This effect helps to keep food fresh for longer, but such a package is not antimicrobial,” explains Navikaitė-Snipaitienė.

Silver Creates Antimicrobial Effect

“To achieve antimicrobial effect, we added ionic silver particles to the cellulose based packaging. The results we achieved were quite unexpected – the silver particles made the packaging film more elastic and stronger,” relates Danilovas.

The silver-enriched film inhibits the growth of microorganisms, while achieving a long antimicrobial property.

One of the challenges, notes Danilovas, is that cellulose food packaging does not maintain thermoplastic properties, but the new composite from KTU does.

“We are excited to have found composites, which not only allow cellulose to turn into fluid condition, but also are non-toxic, which is very important in all products related to food handling,” says Danilovas.

The modified cellulose packaging degrades in nature at around the two-year mark, says KYU, noting it had tested it had tested with help from a Lithuanian food processor company.

While still early, KTU believes its research will allow for the commercialization of its biodegradable active food packaging products—a step in replacing non-recyclable plastics in the near-future.


Photo Caption: Vesta Navikaitė-Snipaitienė, a chemical engineering PhD student at KTU holds up examples of the cellulose packaging made with clove oil and silver nanoparticle additives. (Credit: KUT)

VR safety training reduced worker injuries at Tyson Foods

In the fast-paced food processing industry, training employees to work safely and efficiently is a must. But that training can be hard to get right — and employee health often rides on its effectiveness.

To that end, Tyson Foods has turned to VR (virtual reality) technology to train staff to use equipment and handle foods in a safe manner.

Tyson is working with STRIVR, piloting the use of VR with general safety/hazard awareness training.

Tyson Foods associate director, safety analytics, health and safety Amy Vinson said the company’s goal was to reduce injuries by 15 per cent from fiscal year 2017, noting that overall it had achieved a reduction of 20 per cent fewer injuries and illnesses.

A great use of AR (augmented reality) is in manufacturing environments and repair technicians. By using this technology, employee training time is reduced, as is the amount of time required for them to look up information in a manual.

Other example of technology being used by other businesses include smart glasses, smart scanners and other wearables – all resulting in faster maintenance repairs, fewer line mistakes, and less rework.

The technology can also help improve technology in other ways, such data that can improve productivity, which ultimately will help a processor determine hoew to best utilize its own technology.

Predictions on global sour sugar market

Predictions on global sour sugar market

With a prime focus on Sour Sugar Market, research analysts of FactMR have published a comprehensive study to its online repository – “Sour Sugar Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking – Global Review 2018 to 2027”.

The report discusses the historic and current scenario of the global market, along with the future prospects it holds for a nine-year assessment period, 2018-2027. It focuses on the drivers and restraints anticipated to impact the demand for Sour Sugar Market in the coming years. Along with these insights, the report provides the readers crucial insights on the strategies implemented by leading companies to remain in the lead of this competitive market.

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Novel Flavors Have Intensified Consumer Demand For Food Manufacturers

A rapid shift in the preferences and tastes of individuals is becoming the “new normal” in the cosmetic, personal care, and food and beverage industry. Fragmented tastes and preferences of the customers have led forward-looking retailers and leading cosmetic and food manufacturers to broaden their product line and introduce products flavors and products that align well with the growing requirements of customers. As customers today are willing to experience novel and health-benefitting products, major companies are focusing on narrowing their investments towards developing unusual flavors such as sweet and sour, and chewy confectioneries that differentiates the brand from the crowded market.

Popularity of sour-flavored candies among confectionery consumers will continue to intensify demand for sour sugar, which is likely to equate well with the end product demand globally. The global Sour Sugar Market in 2018 is estimated to account for over US$45-billion with a year on year growth of over three per cent year on year, equating to significant potential and opportunity for sour sugar manufacturers.

Flavor Retention, Slow Moisture Migration, and Long-Shelf Life: Focus on Production of Enhanced Texture and Quality of Confectioneries to Boost Demand

To ensure stable and dry surface appearance of the candies and gums and retain the surface flavor of confectioneries, leading manufacturers in the confectionery industry are concentrating on utilizing sour sanding sugar. Major manufacturers are also utilizing sour sanding sugar products such as Galacid Powder 60 on a range of confectioneries to incorporate and maintain the mild softness in their surface.

Consumption of the sour sanding sugar has further intensified in the production of confectionery products as a flavor enhancer. Leading confectionery manufacturers such as Nestle, Lindt & Sprugli, and Haribo are utilizing sour sanding sugar to extend the shelf-life of the confectioneries. Peppering the soft sanding sugar on a range of soft confectioneries offers slow moisture migration properties and retains the quality, as well as the flavor of the candies for a prolonged time period.

Increased Confectionery Consumption in Switzerland to Unleash Growth Prospects

As consumption of the confectionery products is mainly impulse-driven, leading brands across countries are focusing on retaining customer loyalty for their brands and flavors through enticing their curiosity in new flavors. Of various regions, demand for confectioneries has continued to remain high in Europe. With the increasing preference to spend on indulgence products, individuals in various countries of Europe including Norway, Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland are spending on various confectioneries.

According to a recent research conducted, consumption of confectioneries has been witnessed to remain high in Switzerland. Citizens in Switzerland consume nearly 19.8 pounds of confectioneries per capita. This country leads the world in terms of chocolate consumption. In addition, major confectionery companies such as Nestle and Lindt are based in Switzerland, due to which the consumption of confectioneries has remained high as compared to the other countries.  Besides Switzerland, consumption of confectioneries is also expected to remain high in Germany. The country accounts for one-fourth of the western European market for confectioneries.

Strategic Partnerships among Leading Participants to Create Lucrative Growth Opportunities

With the changing tastes and preferences of the customers and individuals, leading confectionery manufacturers are diverting their focus towards producing confectioneries with innovative and novel flavors. For instance, Nestle SA has recently entered into partnership with Barry Callebaut AG, which is a leading supplier of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products. Through this partnership, the companies have developed a new range of chocolates – Ruby, which offers sour and sweet flavors to the consumers.

In addition, leading snacks company, Mondelez International has recently partnered with J&J Snack Foods Corp. to offer a range of sour flavored Ice Pops. The companies will concentrate on developing Ice Pops with a sweet frozen base along with a sour swirl in various flavors including red berry, blue raspberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Through developing innovative and novel flavored candies, major confectionery companies are focusing on sustaining their lead and strengthening their position in the competitive market.

Key manufacturing participants identified in the global sour sugar market include Lindt & Sprugli, DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd., Haribo, ZPC Otmuchow SA, Nestle, and Grupo Arcor.

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Coca-Cola signs Ocean Plastics Charter at G7 Meeting

Recognizing the threat of marine plastic litter, The Coca-Cola Company has joined with Canadian government representatives and industry leaders from around the world to sign onto the Ocean Plastics Charter in Halifax.

Originally adopted by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the EU at the 2018 G7 Summit, the Ocean Plastics Charter calls on governments, industry and the public to rethink their relationship with plastics.

Unfortunately, many treat plastics as a single-use product, improperly disposing of it in ways that are harmful to the environment. By advocating a lifecycle management approach to this valuable resource, the Ocean Plastics Charter aims to prevent waste and ensure plastics are designed to be recovered so they can be reused or recycled.

“Global challenges like finding solutions to beat plastic pollution and marine litter require bold action ‎from governments, industries and businesses,” said The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “By supporting the Ocean Plastics Charter, The Coca-Cola Company is showing the kind of leadership Canada is encouraging at home and around the world to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”

As an early proponent of recycling, The Coca-Cola Company has worked with partners for decades to build more sustainable packaging and develop more effective recycling programs around the world. Today’s endorsement of the Ocean Plastics Charter signals the Company’s continued commitment to tackling the issue of plastic waste through it’s World Without Waste initiative.

“The Ocean Plastics Charter is an important step in addressing the world’s packaging problem,” said Coca-Cola North America vice-president of sustainability Bruce Karas. “Everyday thousands of metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. This charter gives us a framework for future collaboration and sustainable development, two critical pieces if we’re going to succeed in dealing with this important issue.”

World Without Waste

Introduced in 2018 by Coca-Cola chief executive officer James Quincey before the World Economic Forum, its World Without Waste is a bold strategy that would see the company collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030. Additionally, it aims to offer 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025 and create packaging with at least 50 per ecnt recycled material by 2030.

To achieve these ambitious goals, Coca-Cola has broken World Without Waste into three primary pillars: design, collect and partner.


Design means investing in innovation to build better packaging and exploring packaging-free alternatives for delivering Coca-Cola’s beverages.

In the spirit of this innovative approach, The Coca-Cola Company piloted several programs this year looking at packing-free solutions. One example of this is the DASANI PureFill station installed on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in 2017. Offering free, ultra-filtered water with the option of adding flavours or carbonation for a small fee, students and staff have been able to use refillable personal water bottles and cut back on waste.


To-date The Coca-Cola Company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in state-of-the-art recycling facilities and partnered to create more effective recovery systems around the world.

In Canada, Coca-Cola and other members of the beverage industry formed the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) to provide a convenient and efficient way to recycle beverage containers in Manitoba. Since the CBCRA’s founding in 2010, the province’s recovery rate for beverage containers increased from 42 to 70 per cent in just six years. This dramatic increase resulted in Manitoba becoming the most improved jurisdiction in that period for beverage container recovery.


Though there is still a lot of work to be done, no one organization can fix this plastic waste problem on their own. That’s why The Coca-Cola Company partners with organizations in countries around the world to help educate and inform consumers as well as promote and encourage the growth of marine litter prevention programs.

Since 2010, Coca-Cola Canada has supported the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup hosted by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada. This annual event sees Canadians go out into their communities to collect litter. Since Coca-Cola Canada’s participation began, associates from coast-to-coast have collected over 40 tons of waste and cleaned over 200 kilometers of shoreline.

Plastics are a vital part of the modern world, but maintaining the status quo in our approach to them is unsustainable.

The Ocean Plastics Charter suggests a renewed approach to this resource, viewing it in terms of a continuous lifecycle. Only through commitment and collaboration, can governments and companies like Coca-Cola hope to address the issue of marine plastic litter.

“At Coca-Cola, we care about the world’s oceans and waterways and the natural resources we all share,” adds Bruce. “It is unacceptable that packages end up in the wrong place, littering the communities where we live and work and the Ocean Plastics Charter is a great step forward to making the world’s packaging problem a thing of the past.”

To read more about how The Coca-Cola Company is taking action to achieve its World Without Waste goals, visit the Company’s 2017 Sustainability Report.

PMMI one of Top 10 Manufacturing Associations to work for

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO Portfolio of Tradeshows, was recognized in the summer of 2018 with a Best Manufacturing Associations to Work For Award.

This survey-and-awards program by the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) in partnership with Best Companies Group was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers among manufacturing associations, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Ten manufacturing associations in total were presented with the honor.

“The NAM is proud to recognize and congratulate these outstanding associations for building exemplary work environments,” says NAM president and chief executive officer Jay Timmons. “Manufacturing is about people, and that is just as true on the shop floor as it is in our associations and advocacy work. We’re dedicated to helping all of our CMA members identify best practices and learn from each other. Celebrating the best of the best helps all of us succeed.”

PMMI, a Reston, Virginia-based professional/trade show association (that connects the makers of goods with packaging and processing suppliers), boasts a comprehensive benefits package for their employees that includes generous savings programs, first-rate health insurance, flexible work schedules, ample personal time-off, substantial learning and development opportunities, multiple wellness initiatives and more.

Everyone on the PMMI team stands by the company’s cultural core values – commitment to service, pursuit of excellence, camaraderie, dependability and initiative.

“PMMI Staff are critical to the success of PMMI and without them, we would not be able to do what we do. Everyone on the PMMI team should be proud of this achievement. It’s truly a group effort,” said PMMI president and chief executive officer Jim Pittas. “I think it is very important that PMMI continually finds innovative ways to move forward. While we always find ways to help the industry progress through our business drivers, media group offerings and trade shows, we are also always working to cultivate an innovative and progressive place to work by taking care of our employees and exemplifying our core values every day.”

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Festo sponsors Clemson University at Pack Expo International

Thanks to the efforts of Festo Corporation, Clemson University was able to showcase its Data-Driven Packaging Design at the PACK EXPO International held October 14-17, 2018 in Chicago.

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Innovation Award winners at IFT

CHICAGO—At the 2018 IFT Food Expo, the IFT awarded three companies with its Innovation Award: Handary S.A., Kancor Ingredients Ltd., and Novolyze, each providing solutions to current food issues and trends involving safety, product quality and extended shelf-life.

“Now in its 12th year, the Food Expo Innovation awards program is a showcase for amazing advancements in our profession,” stated IFT president-Elect Designate Pam Coleman. “Exclusive to companies exhibiting at the IFT18 Food Expo here in Chicago, these awards honor outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, technologies, instrumentation, equipment, and services that were commercially introduced since January 1 of 2017.”

Eleven jurors selected the three companies and its innovations from 42 qualified entries. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.

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  • Handary S.A. won the 2018 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for its Antipack Active Antifungal Biodegradable Film. The film prevents the growth of mold with the gradual release of fermented sugars from the film to the surface of solid foods such as semi and hard cheeses and dried sausages during its shelf-life. The film is biodegradable and recyclable, and uses an advanced controlled-released technology to combine poly lactic acid, fermented sugars, food cultures and fungal chitosan.
  • Kancor Ingredients Ltd. won for its OxiKan CL – Natural Antioxidant Solution, a rosemary-based ingredient that extends the shelf-life of products without imparting color, flavor or aroma—even at dosages up to 400 ppm. Available in water-soluble and oil-soluble versions, the natural liquid extract can be best used for products sensitive to aroma, color and flavor, including specialty fats, omega-3 fortified products, popcorn, and beverages.
  • Novolyze was awarded an award for its SurroNov Dried, Ready-to-Use Surrogate Bacteria, a harmless microorganism that mimics the inactivation of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and coli under different kinds of stress. Due to its safe-to-use format, it can be used at the processing plant or pilot scale to test the efficacy of microbial kill steps and intervention steps such as extrusion, pasteurization, drying and roasting.

About IFT

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of 17,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. For more information, visit