Design Futures has given a self-heating canned food product a complete rebrand, bringing it into the 21st century and making it more appealing to consumers.
Food processors could experience increased pressure to reduce salt in food products, following the publication of a study linking salt intake with gastric cancer.
A new type of packaging for instant coffee could be a greener way for consumers to buy their morning brew. According to a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the Nescafé Gold SMART Pack laminate pouch is a more environmentally friendly way to package coffee than the traditional glass jar format.
The US Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has submitted its thoughts on reducing sodium consumption in the United States to several official bodies: the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). The IFT offered scientific perspectives and practical insights on reducing sodium intake in the US.
Californian beverage group Joseph Company International is launching its self-chilling beverage can in the US in March 2012.
Dutec Diagnostics has announced its rapid method for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food, the CHROMagar Listeria method, using CHROMagar Listeria, then CHROMagar Identification Listeria.
Ocean Spray Cranberries and Complete Phytochemical Solutions have joined forces on a project to develop a cranberry-specific PAC standard.
The mammalian gut is home to hundreds of bacterial species that contribute to food digestion and, in some cases, inflammatory gut diseases. Probiotics, beneficial bacterial species, can enhance gut health by keeping the resident bacteria in check. Now, a team of researchers at the Riken Innovation Center in Wako, Japan, including Mitsuharu Matsumoto, report that administration of the probiotic bacterial strain Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis LKM512 to mice can lengthen their lifespan.
Thermo Scientific Acclaim RSLC 120 C18 column for testing bilberry anthocyanins in nutraceutical products18 January, 2012 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific has available a high-resolution, silica-based Thermo Scientific Acclaim RSLC 120 C18 column. The column is designed to provide a simple, sensitive, fast and accurate method to separate and quantify anthocyanins using UHPLC in different commercially available nutraceutical products with minimal sample preparation.
Human tongues apparently recognise and have an affinity for fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. They have found that variations in a gene can make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat.
Shimadzu has released its GC-MS Method Package Ver. 2 to address the increasing demand for reliable testing of residual pesticides in foods, feed additives and veterinary drugs.
In a search to uncover the patterns and principles people use in choosing ingredient combinations beyond individual taste and recipes, a team looked at the key ingredients of 56,498 online recipes and then analysed those ingredients for shared flavour compounds. The results showed differences between Eastern and Western dietary preferences.
The Hanna Instruments HI 96801 digital sucrose refractometer offers a specific analysis to determine accurate sugar concentration.