Author Archives: Ferre Consulting Group

Unifiller unveils its newest piping bag station

Unifiller Systems unveiled its newest portioning system, the Piping Bag Station, at this year’s IBA event. Using the Piping Bag Station, decorators can easily and hygienically trigger the filling of a piping bag. By connecting the pastry bag directly to the outlet of the machine and pushing down on the switch, operators can fill pastry bags in seconds with minimal… Read more »


Learning More About Ancient Grains

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Ancient grains continue to gain strong headway in the retail marketplace, as consumers seek out unique flavors of breads. To learn more, bake reached out to Tess Brensing, food scientist and technical product manager at Archer Daniels Midland. Ancient grains are gaining significant traction in the artisan bread baking sector, as retail bread bakers seek to create unique flavor profiles…. Read more »


Revolutionary materials: alternative packaging

While materials like plastic have revolutionised how we package and store food products, they are doing significant damage to our environment. Miguel Campos, export sales manager at Advanta investigates the concerns about food packaging and the benefits of alternative packaging materials.


The FAO Food Price Index remains steady

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 167.6 points in August 2018, virtually unchanged from its revised estimate for July but down 9.6 points (5.4 percent) from its level in the corresponding period last year. While cereals and, to a lesser extent, meat values were firmer in August, the values of the other sub-indices, namely sugar, vegetable oils and… Read more »


Lallemand Announce Yeast Price Increases

Lallemand announces a price increase to be effective October 1, 2018, or as current contracts expire, across all price zones, of 3.6 cents (US) a liquid pound (6 cents a pound compressed basis) on full tanker trucks of fresh cream yeast, 6 cents per pound on pallet quantities or greater of bag and block fresh compressed yeast and dry yeast… Read more »


Zero-calorie sweetener to launch in December

Amyris, Inc. will launch a sugarcane-derived, zero-calorie sweetener Dec. 3 at an invitation-only tasting event in New York. An independent panel has determined the sweetener is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). “We’re pleased to bring a product to market that lets people enjoy all the goodness of the sweet taste without the calories and without the bitter aftertaste we’ve all… Read more »


ADM, Bunge Talks Advancing Quickly

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Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. is in advanced talks to acquire commodity trader Bunge Ltd., accelerating the pace of consolidation in the global grain-trading industry, according to people familiar with the matter. ADM and Bunge, which has a market value of about $11.5 billion, could reach an agreement as early as this week, the people said, asking not to be identified because the… Read more »


Final countdown for iba international trade event in Munich

With more than 1,300 exhibitors expected to visit Munich, Germany, for iba, this year’s event is attracting a huge level of interest. Neill Barston speaks exclusively to project manager Claudia Weidner As project manager for iba, Claudia Weidner is well aware of the major logistical, technical and practical challenges arising from staging a major global industry trade fair. The executive… Read more »


Two nutrients invigorating bakery products

Consumers are turning to functional foods to support their health and wellness, and digestive and immune health support are among the top fortified benefits they seek. For example, global food and beverage launches with digestive health-related claims grew 25% annually between 2012 and 2016, according to Innova Market Insights. Research by Global Data in 2015 also shows that improving immune… Read more »


Hydrosol develops texturing systems to compensate

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Hydrosol technologists and scientists have developed a new line of sugar reduction solutions based on stabilizing and texturing systems. Innovation has determined the optimum interplay of individual components in various food products. The result is individual ingredient combinations for foods like yogurt, drinking yogurt, mixed milk drinks and pudding, as well as for fruity refreshing drinks, energy drinks, ketchup and… Read more »