Food design & research

Rebrand makes self-heating can sizzle on the outside

24 February, 2012

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.

Salt may be linked to gastric cancer risk

21 February, 2012

Food processors could experience increased pressure to reduce salt in food products, following the publication of a study linking salt intake with gastric cancer.

SMART Pack receives LCA validation from RMIT

16 February, 2012

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.

IFT comments on sodium reduction in US

11 February, 2012

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.

Self-chilling beverage can launched in US

08 February, 2012

Californian beverage group Joseph Company International is launching its self-chilling beverage can in the US in March 2012.

Method for detection and numeration of Listeria monocytogenes

05 February, 2012 | Supplied by: Dutec Diagnostics Pty Ltd

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.

Progel fortifying dairy and juice market

30 January, 2012 | Supplied by: Uniquest Limited

Progel is developing technology to fortify milk and juice products with probiotics and omega-3.

Ocean Spray and Complete Phytochemical Solutions collaborate for improved of PAC testing

30 January, 2012 | Supplied by: Ocean Spray ITG

Ocean Spray Cranberries and Complete Phytochemical Solutions have joined forces on a project to develop a cranberry-specific PAC standard.

Pill to prevent listeriosis may be on the horizon

20 January, 2012

Modified probiotics, the beneficial bacteria touted for their role in digestive health, could one day decrease the risk of Listeria infection in people with susceptible immune systems, according to Purdue University research.

Probiotic lengthens lifespan of mice

20 January, 2012

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 products

18 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.

Tasting fat

17 January, 2012

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 Method Package Ver. 2 for testing residual pesticides in foods

22 December, 2011 | Supplied by: Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Oceania) Pty Ltd

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.

Food pairing and shared flavour compounds

20 December, 2011

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.

Hanna Instruments HI 96801 digital sucrose refractometer

13 December, 2011 | Supplied by: Hanna Instruments Pty Ltd

The Hanna Instruments HI 96801 digital sucrose refractometer offers a specific analysis to determine accurate sugar concentration.

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