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Nov 20 2014

Ice Pigs in Food Processing?

Talking of pigs in a food processing plant brings to mind an abattoir or a plant in a really sad state of cleanliness. However, this pig is actually behind new operations in Food Processing that improve hygine while saving capacity, chemical, product and water. The principle is explained in this video

I remember first hearing of pipeline pigs when the petroleum pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg was installed. This was basically a rigid plug with the diameter of the pipeline that is pumped through the pipeline between two different fluids. The novelty here is a flexible plug which can even separate fluids in a heat exchanger. The second video demonstrates the process although the transition back to process flow is somewhat spoiled by a demo failure.

While both this videos feature the Food Process Engineering company GEA, this is not to imply they are the only or a preferred supplier. The links below are to other online starting points, but it would be wise to approach your suppliers for further information.

http://www.zap-icepigging.com

http://www.purecleanicepig.co.uk/pcip_002.htm

http://www.jhed.mk/filemanager/JHED%20Vol%202/01.%20HED/02.%20Full%20paper%20-%20Ian%20Sterritt.pdf

http://www.ice-pigging.com

 

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Oct 03 2013

Do Germans Spend 20 Times More Than Chadians on Food?

Hungry Planet, a recent book by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, presents the food consumption of households around the world. The results are presented in the form of a picture of the family and the food they ate in a week, just like this German family.

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In each case the total cost of the food is given (in this case $500) as well as demographics of the country and some information on favorite foods. Besides just being interesting and revealing eg this German Family drinks 4 bottles of wine in the week while the French family appears to drink only one, it gives a view of food culture an food processing.

Revealing and concerning is the difference between first and third world countries and in particular, Central African countries. The family from Chad spends only $2,50 on food, just a 20th of the German Family!

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This is quite startling, although the environmental impact is probably even more interesting given the almost complete lack of processed food, besides post harvest processing, and one way packaging in the food of the Chadian family. While the German family shows that in a week they used around sixty glass, plastic and board beverage containers.

Not much scope for a Food Processor in Chad!

The answer to the question in the title is that we can’t tell from these single images. However, we can be sure that the general differences highlighted are an indication of the food culture differences. We also know from the research on waste, that a significant fraction of the food (maybe a quarter) shown in the German home is probably wasted, while very little of that reaching the Chadian household is.

 

 

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May 25 2013

Novel Packaging for Free Distribution

This is a really impressive packaging innovation, which must surely open new opportunities.

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The Yamoyo kit provides all that is necessary for the treatment of dehydration resulting from diarrhea.

The novelty lies in the fact that the pack is designed to fit into unused space in crates of coca cola. This enables it to be widely distributed for free.

 

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Mar 31 2013

Revealable Beverage Can – Single Screenshot Series

 

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Mar 01 2013

Paper Taste Advertising – Single Screenshot Series

 

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Jan 22 2013

The Gizmo Closure – More Than Just A Lid,

This is combination of a lid, a doser and a processor. The Gizmo is seen in action in the large bottle in the scan of the company's website below. The orange colour has been introduced from the lid and is being mixed into the contents of the bottle.

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The apparently oversized lid on the bottle contains material and a gas, normally carbon dioxide as well as a concentrate. When the lid is twisted a seal is broken and the gas forces the concentrate into the bottle, mixing the concentrate into the contents.

As well as beverages, Gizmo believes there are opportunities in chemical, household liquids, cosmetics, agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Although there might be a fun value in mixing colour and flavour into your carbonated soft drink, I believe the cost and complexity of the Gizmo Closure is better suited to applications where keeping the additives and base separate until consumption has value. For instance an antioxidant added to a milk drink might be unstable during storage either reducing functionality or resulting in off flavours. This would be an ideal application where the antioxidant is stored in an air and light tight cap, reducing the chance of deterioration and extending the shelf life.

As an ex brewer, maybe this is the magic alcoholic beer concentrate package. The freeze evaporated concentrate could be stored in the cap of a cap on a bottle of soda water.

Possibly there is an opportunity to sell the caps separately for personalised modification of beverages or the simultaneous carbonation and flavoring of tap water which would reduce packaging, transport and storage costs for flavored bottled water.

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Dec 20 2012

Marmite Flavoured Nuts – Interesting Food

Marmite Nuts quite a novelty until you see both Safari Nuts and Marmite are manufactured by Bokomo Foods. Still an interesting combination, never tried so far as I know!

Fast Moving Webpage announcing Marmite flavoured nuts

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Dec 07 2012

Steve Jobs on Whats Holds Food Processors Back

Of course that about food processors is only to get you to have a look at this.

On the other hand this approach to life can be applied to everything, including food processing. 

By the way I am a great fan of Steve Jobs and Apple devices, but not of what his company has done to the world. That a company making fun gadgets should be the most valuable company in the world and bigger than many countries of the world, needs consideration. That it makes otherwise productive people inanely make repetitive tweets/comments is sad. Worse, that these mainly get lost in the billions of others and remain unread but stored for decades!

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Dec 07 2012

Cool Drinks For The Pub

It's interesting when you think about it that there are no non alcoholic drinks especially made for consumption in an environment where many people are drinking speciality alcoholic drinks. That's so long as you leave out alcohol free beer and sparkling wine.

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So Instead of having that cream soda or coke in the bar you can try Original, Fire, Ice and Thunder in these attractive metalcised bottles. The drinks are apple based with complex dry and bitter flavours giving a sophisticated premium alternative.

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Nov 06 2012

Royal Society Names Most Significant Inventions in Food and Drink

This as an interesting list that deserves thought.

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Too often the food technology lists are uninspiring coming up with the old faithfuls of convenience, ethnic and health or else looking at a weird niche like the trends in Timbuktu's fas food!

This one looks at the most significant inventions in the food industry, ever! It was executed by none other than the Fellows of the Royal Society assisted by leaders from the food industry.

The twenty inventions they came up with we're:

1. Refrigeration

2. Pasteurisation / sterilisation

3. Canning

4. The oven

5. Irrigation

6. Threshing machine/combine harvester

7. Baking

8. Selective breeding / strains

9. Grinding / milling

10. The plough

11. Fermentation

12. The fishing net

13. Crop rotation

14. The pot

15. The knife

16. Eating utensils

17. The cork

18. The barrel

19. The microwave oven

20. Frying

Of course it's the press who came up with the “you fridge” attention grabber. It's really refrigeration or more precisely the cold chain which is the significant invention.

What would you add or remove from the list? What about another list – The 10 Things That Most Degraded The Pleasure of Eating?

 

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