Nitrogen is the secret of La Colombe’s Draft Latte

A frothy ‘draft latte’ coffee has been launched in ready-to-drink cans following a collaborative project between coffee specialist La Colombe and canmaking firm Crown Holdings. The blend of espresso, milk and sugar is injected with nitrous oxide gas which, when the can is opened, replicates the same “frothy drinking experience of draft lattes” that La Colombe serves in its cafes...

Profits compensate for lower milk prices at FrieslandCampina

Dutch-based dairy products giant FrieslandCampina says that although the prices paid for its milk to co-op member farmers fell last year by almost 19 percent, its stronger financial performance in 2015 will improve the value of their bonds. Volume of milk supplied to the cooperative by member farmers grew by 6.4 percent to 10.1 million kilogrammes but with the milk...

Canning plant workers win ‘donning and doffing’ case

A US court has ruled that canning plant workers should be paid for the time taken in putting on and taking off the clothing necessary for their factory activities. The decision, made by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, means that Hormel Foods owes back pay to hundreds of workers at its Beloit cannery, reports Associated Press. The plant in Wisconsin packs...

Tangerine flavour for latest Red Bull energy drink

A new version of Red Bull’s energy drink has been launched in the US. Flavoured with tangerine, Red Bull Orange Edition augments the Editions product line and is said to demonstrate the brand’s commitment to offering consumers more flavour and variety.The Red Bull Editions flavoured line includes Red (cranberry), Blue (blueberry), Yellow (tropical fruits), and now Orange (tangerine).They are retailed...

SABMiller’s share of CR Snow in China to be sold

SABMiller’s share of the brewer in China behind the market-leading Snow beer brand is being sold to its owner in a multi-billion deal. The agreement is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB Inbev) commitment to meet the regulatory requirements of its US$104 billion acquisition of SABMiller.SABMiller currently owns 49 percent of China Resources Snow Breweries, the remaining 51 percent being owned...

150th anniversary celebrations for Nestlé

Nestlé this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a number of events at its global headquarters in Switzerland. What grew to be one of the world’s largest food and drinks manufacturers was founded in 1866 at Vevey where Henri Nestlé invented the canned infant formula Farine Lactée.From 3 March, Swiss Post is selling throughout Switzerland a commemorative stamp that...

Top Italian tomato canners dumped exports in Australia

Australia’s canned tomato industry is celebrating after the Anti-Dumping Commission and Federal Government ruled that Italian packers La Doria and Feger were guilty of dumping product in the domestic market.Duties of 8.4 percent will be applied to Feger and 4.5 percent to La Doria tomato products.Dumping is when an exporter sells produce in Australia at margins lower than in...

Record profits for Thai canned seafood giant

Strong sales of its canned seafood products in Europe helped the world-leading packaged fish producer Thai Union Group (TU) to record sales in 2015 of THB125.2 billion (US$3.5 billion), up 3.1 percent year-on-year.TU is behind such leading brands such as John West, Petit Navire, Mareblu, Chicken of the Sea and Hyancinthe Parmentier.Acquisitions in the year also added to the...

Scientists give food a protective shell

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE). The NUS says that the material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food such as bread.Chitosan, a natural and biodegradable polymer derived from...