Barry Callebaut appoints new heads for procurement and human resource divisions

SWITZERLAND – Zurich-based cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has made new executive appointments in its procurement and human resource departments as it seeks to ensure a smooth transition following exit of former CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. According to a statement from the company, Massimo Selmo, currently, head of global sourcing, will become the first-ever chief procurement officer of the chocolate company.   Selmo who has worked at Barry Callebaut for 25 years, including 23 as head of global sourcing will also become a member of the executive committee.   During…

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Endress +Hauser introduces new interface components for reliable and power supply

SWITZERLAND – Switzerland-headquartered instrumentation and automation company Endress +Hauser has introduced new interface components for reliable power supply, switching and signal doubling in safety systems.   The new RN Series are comprised of RN22: (RN42): Active/passive barrier; signal doubler, RLN22: (RLN42): NAMUR isolating amplifier, RNO22: Output isolating amplifier, RNB22: System power supply (single or redundant), and RNF22: Feed-in and error message module.  Endress notes that the RN Series interface modules power the foundation of measurement instrument loops and safety instrumented systems built on the widely used analog process control infrastructure.   Additionally, the interface components are equipped with intrinsically safe signal processing and…

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Bühler pursues highest quality flour production with launch of new data-driven milling technology

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology group Bühler has unveiled its most recent innovation yet: a high-tech data-driven mill with the potential to produce the highest quality flour possible. Dubbed Mill E3, the new technologically advanced mill was unveiled at Whitworth Bros. Ltd’s Whitley Bridge plant in Yorkshire, the UK. At the heart of the Mill E3 lies more than 15,000 data points collecting information on all aspects of the production process. According to Bühler, the volume of data being analyzed, along with the cutting-edge application of blockchain technology, will enable the…

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SIG filling lines to be equipped with digital recipe management, SEALPAC launches new FlatMap packaging

SWITZERLAND –  All new SIG filling line systems and downstream units will from now onwards be equipped with built-in bidirectional digital recipe management, the company has revealed.   The Swiss-based equipment supplier noted that the new development is part of its digital transformation drive for food and beverage manufacturers.  Digital recipe management enables automatic recipe synchronization across all relevant parts of the filling line including the downstream.   Its incorporation into production lines has a number of benefits to manufacturers including a faster change to the next lot or product,…

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Nestlé to support 40,000 young farmers adopt regenerative farming practices as part of net zero ambitions

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé is aiming to help at least 40,000 young farmers adopt regenerative farming practices as part of its efforts to create a sustainable food system.  To support young people who are passionate about farming, Nestlé said it is launching a new training platform in November to attract and train the next generation of farmers.   The training will focus on regenerative agriculture practices and improving the resilience of farms to climate change for young farmers participating in one of Nestlé’s agripreneurship programs.  Nestlé renewed focus on regeneration efforts…

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Leading Swiss companies join forces to establish Cultured Food Innovation Hub

SWITZERLAND – A new facility aimed to accelerate the development and market penetration of cellular agriculture products is set to be established in The Valley in Kemptthal, a hotbed of innovation and technology just outside of Zurich. The Cultured Food Innovation Hub is the brainchild of three companies; flavor and fragrance manufacturer Givaudan, food processing technology group Bühler, and retail company Migros. Going live in 2022, the pilot plant will be a self-sustained, standalone company wholly owned by the three leading Swiss companies, aimed to provide facilities and knowledge to…

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Givaudan unveils new alternative protein hub to accelerate new product developments

SWITZERLAND – Swiss multinational flavor and fragrance manufacturer  Givaudan has expanded its flagship Zurich Innovation Centre (ZIC) in Switzerland with a brand-new protein hub.   The new hub will help Givaudan accelerate the development of alternative proteins, leveraging its knowledge in tastes, textures, colors, proteins, and ingredients.  According to a statement from the company, the new extension is equipped with a state-of-the-art development kitchen and a pilot plant that contains a high-moisture extrusion machine.   The protein hub will provide customers with the ability to work on all types of applications,…

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Swiss milling technology supplier Swisca wins IAOM Best of Show Award for unique dampening system

USA – Swiss milling and technology start-up Swisca has won the coveted and prestigious Best of Show Award at the IAOM (International Association of Operative Millers) international milling trade fair in the United States.   Swisca emerged victorious for its unique dampening system that uses nozzles to spray the grain with fog of water at the very beginning of the processing chain in the mill.  Dampening is an important production process in a flour mill as the moisture it imparts to the grain ensures uniform grinding and high yield.   Industry experts acknowledge that…

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Tetra Pak makes progress on sustainability, achieves 70% greenhouse gas reductions in last decade

SWITZERLAND – Multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has released its 22nd annual sustainability report highlighting the company progress in creating a better world than it found it.   In the report, Tetra Pak noted that it had managed to achieve 70 percent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction in its own operations from 2010 to 2020, Scope 1 and 2.   The company, currently working on achieving net-zero GHG emissions in it own operations by 2030, also reported to have reduced total emissions by 19 percent within the same time frame.  “While the COVID-19 pandemic threw up…

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Nestlé inaugurates largest R+D Accelerator yet to bring highly differentiated innovations to the market quickly

SWITZERLAND –  Swiss food manufacturing giant, Nestlé has inaugurated its largest R+D Accelerator yet in a bid to accelerate “the translation of fundamental science into cross-category innovations” with rapid speed to market.   The new center is embedded at Nestlé’s research facilities in Lausanne, Switzerland and covers 4,000 sq m with a variety of co-working stations, prototyping kitchens and mini-production facilities.   “The Accelerator here in Lausanne is the mothership of our Accelerator network, since we work across all categories and often our innovation is based on new scientific discoveries,” a Nestlé spokesperson said.  According to Nestlé, the new center…

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