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Sorma Group Launches Hypervision The New High-Tech Platform For Sormatech Optical Sorting Machines

SormaTech, the Sorma Group’s proprietary optical sorting machine designed to sort fruit with extreme precision, now features a further technological advancement: the research and development centre run by the Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Sorma Iberica, has developed the HyperVision platform, a cutting-edge, multi-wavelength lighting solution that offers superior fruit sorting and a high level of efficiency: it can analyse up to 15 pieces of fruit per second, compared to an average of 12 for other solutions on the market. Thanks to the exclusive SormaTech Hyper-Map system, up to 2160 images are processed for every analysed piece of fruit. The result is a 360-degree view of the surface of the fruit, which makes it possible to detect, classify and counteract the smallest imperfection:

The History of Farming

Farming is an element of everyday life that we probably all take for granted. Prior to plant cultivation humans were hunters and gatherers. Agriculture takes its origins back thousands of years, with evidence pointing to early farming as far back as 100,000 years ago. Wild grains were among the first items to be gathered, with the planting of them believed to have started around 11,000 years ago. The 20th century brought about rapid change in the agricultural sector with industrial agriculture becoming the most common area of farming. Through the years it is not only the type of farming that has changed, but how we do it. Here, we take a look at some of the major changes in farming and how its landscape has transformed over the last 100 years. 100 Years Ago The National Farmer’s Union was

6 Ways to Improve Product Quality in Food Manufacturing

The food industry is evolving rapidly, with consumers demanding quality, authenticity, and transparency from food manufacturers. And they’re not just demanding it, they’re “voting with their dollars,” supporting companies that align with their personal beliefs. To keep up with consumer demand—and to keep up your bottom
Interviews & Profiles

Sealing Technology: The Overlooked Backbone of a Successful Production Line

From product quality to output speed, uptime and design, sealing affects vital aspects of brand image and, ultimately, business success. However, the outcome depends on just how well the sealing technology is suited to the individual product, environment, production parameters and materials. The importance of the sealing process as part of the overall production process is generally rather underestimated. foodHQ Magazine spoke with Norbert Höchst, expert for packaging materials at Bosch Packaging Technology, to gain an expert view on just what it is that makes sealing so crucial and how manufacturers can ensure they get the best solution for their product.

Food Retail Worldwide Is in the Throes of a Revolution

Food retail is changing…and quickly. More quickly than ever in fact! Structures, organizations, market positioning, offerings, partnerships: no facet of this sector is exempt from the ongoing revolution. "Not only is food retail completely overhauling its models, across the board, but it is also buzzing with
Industry Experts

The Consistency Strategy

Chris Gibson is an author, a franchise veteran and a F&B specialist with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After heading up some well-known brands that have restaurants all over the World, he is now based in the Middle East and is developing some exciting new food concepts with a vision to take these to new markets. Gibson talked to foodHQ about the brand consistency strategy.

Social Media Predicts Food Trends

New food trends are hard to predict. Food trends are strongly connected to different cultural aspects and are highly influenced by social media. Some big influencers in today’s society are the bloggers who have thousands and millions of followers. Bloggers use their platforms to promote different brands and lifestyles,
Ingredients & Additives

Ingredion Introduces Cold Swelling Starches for Indulgent Instant Bakery Fillings

Ingredion EMEA has added three new cold swelling modified potato starches to its highly functional starch portfolio. Helping to meet rising demand for sweet baked goods, the SWELY™ GEL starch range provides manufacturers with a cost effective, texturizing solution for instant bakery cream fillings and custard creams. Bakery manufacturers can choose from three different cold swelling modified potato starches, with differing grades depending on their processing and functionality requirements. Each potato starch is purposefully designed to provide high firmness, process and freeze-thaw stability, to deliver the perfect thick creamy mouthfeel in every bite. Derived from sustainably farmed ingredients, the potato base gives a neutral flavour and colour profile to the three SWELY™ GEL starches

Toolkit System Provides Optimum Protection From Undesired Microorganisms

Freshness is one of the most important quality criteria in meat products. Growth of bacteria such as Listeria or Campylobacter in products can have devastating financial consequences for meat producers. With the Hydrolon range, Hydrosol provides a modular toolkit of highly effective preservatives, ranging from acetate

Successfully Mastering Highly Complex Production Sequences With The House Of Krones

The Störtebeker Braumanufaktur is showing pioneering spirit – not only in regard to new types of beer and an extremely stringent marketing concept but also when it comes to expanding its production capacities: in its filling / packaging operation, and its IT and intralogistics, the brewery has now opted completely for the House of Krones, thus coping successfully with even highly complex production sequences. Krones’ scope of supply included not only a new energy-efficient bottling line rated at 40,000 returnable glass bottles an hour but also a high-bay warehouse with just under 30,000 pallet slots from System Logistics, plus full-coverage networking of the production operation with solutions from Syskron and Triacos. The existing bottling line, the new one, a kegging line and the

Investment In Sustainable Packaging Sternmaid Commissions A Filling Line

The contract manufacturer SternMaid has modernized one of its packaging lines by adding flexible filling equipment for spiral-wound cardboard cans. Besides the classic tinplate bottoms, the cans can now be closed with a cardboard base to make them over 95 percent recyclable. According to the new EU packaging directive
Food Processing

Innovative Brine Filtration for Successful Marinating with Technology From GEA

The new GEA ScreenFilter passively filters brine using gravitation force and avoids protein activation which can clog injection needles. It is ideal for lighter brines which enhance flavor and extend the shelf life of high-quality food products such as ham, poultry and bacon. The filter promotes high process uptime, efficient brine use and a stable injection process which contributes to optimal food quality and food safety. Its design complements that of the GEA MultiJector and comes with either 2mm or 3-4mm needles. With this technology process, control and repeatability for high quality marinated products is ensured. Marinated injected poultry, meat or fish offer more than just increased shelf life, this process also enhances flavor, color, juiciness and bite – and moreover, is essential

COVID-19 Impact on the Dairy Market in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The dairy sector in any country operates as a nerve center of the Food & Beverage (F&B) ecosystem with a majority of the categories serving it as a good source of protein and calcium to the local consumers. The GCC market is no different. They operate through a thriving dairy sector that comprises processed dairy
Catering & Hospitality

High Luxury but Low Touch: Changing Priorities for Hospitality Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

The hospitality industry is no stranger to turbulent times and global crises. As one of the world’s oldest business models, the industry has been through World Wars, epidemics, Gulf tensions, recessions and now the COVID-19 pandemic. While the whole world is talking about the unprecedented nature of this crisis and how there is a need for a new normal in the hospitality industry, we at Frost & Sullivan are taking a step back and analyzing the situation to look at the bigger picture. Yes, things are bleak at the moment. The global hospitality market has hit rock bottom, and the once-growing beacon of hope, the GCC hospitality market, has seemingly lost its brightness. In the pre-COVID period, the growth in the tourism and travel sector in the Gulf region was about 10% during the past five

Envirol to Upgrade Food Waste Recycling Plant in Dubai

Envirol, a joint venture initiative between Dubai Municipality and BLUE (a member of Alserkal Group), has revealed its plans to expand and upgrade its current recycling facilities in Dubai. The announcement was made during a ground breaking ceremony for the expansion at the Envirol Recycling Plant in Al Aweer. The
Country Reports

Top 4 Growth Opportunities In The GCC Food & Beverages Retail Industry For 2021 – What You Need To Know Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in terms of how people conduct their lifestyles and how businesses operate their day-to-day operations. The Food & Beverages (F&B) industry has been no different. We have seen the retail segment playing a critical role in driving household consumption and compensating for the loss in F&B revenue by the otherwise dominant Hotels / Restaurant / Café / Catering (HORECA) segment. For the purpose of this document the processed F&B market includes bakery, cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, beverages, snacks and condiments. On an overall basis, processed F&B segment sales is estimated to have increased by more than 5%-6% driven by retail sales after the lockdown forced Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents to stay or work from home.

Middle East Hotels Ready To Capitalize On Workation Trend, Says ATM

Hotels throughout the Middle East region are preparing to capitalise on the pent-up global demand for workations, driven in the main by the social restrictions imposed by governments across the world over the past ten months. According to research conducted as well as commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, the

The Future Of Foodservice In Saudi Arabia

At the time of data collection and analysis, our region had not yet experienced the social and economic consequences of the outbreak of COVID-19. While the F&B landscape is expected to change, with restaurants facing cash-flow and operational restrictions, we remain positive in our outlook for the industry’s growth and
Logistics & Supply Chain


Industrial Automation can be defined as the use of computer aided control devices to operate different industrial processes by replacing human involvement. Industrial automation helps to operate multiple processes in controlled manner. It helps for mass production by reducing time and increasing production quality. Industrial Automation consists of different levels such as sensor level, automation control level automation, supervision level and enterprise level.

MEAT-TECH: A Fair In Person That Looks At The Future With Confidence

MEAT-TECH is a fair in person that promises to be the great return of the event dedicated to processing and packaging solutions for meat, cold cuts and ready meals industries which will take place at Fiera Milano from May 17th to 20th, 2021. The co-location with TuttoFOOD in May 2021 consolidates the image of a fair that combine supply chains, creates relationships, intercepts different audiences by offering an all-around overview of the market. The unique event scheduled in 2021 for the sector, MEAT-TECH will take place in accordance with the strictest anti-Covid security protocols established by Fiera Milano as guarantee to exhibitors and visitors, as already experienced with trade shows helded in the second half of 2020. Supply chain, food safety and sustainability are only some of the


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