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Record exports for the agri-food sector, but be wary of frauds!

Posted by on Thursday April 24th, 2014 in Food | 0 comments

From an analysis by Coldiretti, based on Istat data on foreign trade in 2013, it is clear that exports of agricultural and food products increased by 5 per cent, with a historical record set by the value of exports of around 33 billion euro. 2/3 of the turnover abroad is obtained from the export of agri-food products to countries of the European Union, but the Made in Italy brand is also strong in the Americas and in emerging markets such as those Asian. The most exported Italian product is wine, which sets a historical record in sales, reaching a value of around 5 billion euro for the first time, followed by the export of fruit and vegetables, pasta and olive oil, confirming the agri-food sector as a crucial competitive stimulus for Italy to overcome the crisis. The only problem,...

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Waste can be reduced, with packaging and labelling.

Posted by on Wednesday April 16th, 2014 in Food | 0 comments

Recent studies on food habits revealed that food worth several billion euros is not used and thrown away before its best-before date. This finding caused such outrage in the UK that the authorities were forced into action. WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) suggests changing the habits of packaging use at home to reduce waste: there are many who, out of habit, do not use the appropriate stay-fresh seals attached to packaging, or take the food out of the package after purchase, thus storing it incorrectly. The expiration date and instructions for proper product storage reported on the label do not seem to be considered. An in-depth study is therefore needed on consumer habits and their preferences, to better understand their needs, offering packaging and labelling systems which are smarter and more useful in reducing food waste. Consumers most...

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Food Traceability: made easier thanks to technology

Posted by on Tuesday November 5th, 2013 in Food | 0 comments

Food crises in recent years have highlighted how important it is for consumers to trust a product, consider it to be 100% safe, before putting it on the table. Based on this need for safety and reliability, technological solutions have been sought: the European Commission has made the wider use of technologically advanced solutions such as radio frequency, Wi-Fi, UMTS and GPS mandatory in a new regulatory framework, to ensure traceability of food. RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is emerging as a key technology in Food Traceability: this system transfers information about products and processes using radio waves; food products, thanks to the use of this technology, can “tell their story” to consumers. The barcode, an alphanumeric code that defines the identity of a product, is evolving to overcome three main limitations: the ability to carry only a limited amount of...

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Converted flexible packaging, an ever-growing segment.

Posted by on Tuesday June 18th, 2013 in Food, News | 0 comments

Converted flexible packaging represents one of the few packaging sectors to show a constantly growing positive trend. In 2011, thanks to rising domestic demand and exports, production of this type of packaging grew by 6.7%. The food sector makes the most use of converted flexible packaging, mainly for baked goods and pasta, but also for frozen foods and pre-packaged and weighed fruit and vegetables. As for the non-food sector, the household detergents industry makes the most use of converted flexible packaging: there are many companies that are replacing cardboard packaging with polylaminate bags. In general, the continuous development of this type of packaging is mainly due to the efficiency of the product. It proves to be more palatable to the consumer both in terms of space and the ability of producers to interpret the needs of clients by selling...

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Algeria: import-export in the food sector

Posted by on Tuesday April 9th, 2013 in Food | 0 comments

Only 3% of Algerian land can be cultivated: the agricultural sector cannot meet the domestic food demand and Algeria is therefore forced to import about 45% of its food, with a 62% increase since 2010. Products mostly imported are milk and dairy products, cereals and flour, oil and sugar. Algeria’s biggest business partners are European: the first two food suppliers are France and Italy, followed by China and Spain. Since 2000, a modernisation plan for the agricultural sector was implemented in Algeria. It is currently able to account for 8% of the Algerian GDP, employing about 1/7th of the population: the main products cultivated are barley, wheat, potatoes, palm trees, oil and tobacco, but good quality wine and spirits are also produced. Exported products mostly concern fruit: lemons, dates and figs are the main Algerian agricultural products marketed abroad....

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Plastic from eggshells: saving on waste disposal costs and respecting the environment

Posted by on Wednesday February 27th, 2013 in Food | 0 comments

Eggshells discarded by the food industry used to make plastic for packaging and much more. Recycling eggshells, both from the food industry and from our own domestic waste and converting them into plastic for packaging, medical devices and building materials. This is what’s happening in Great Britain with Food and Drink iNet working on a project to recycle the proteins available in eggshells, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs); an ingredient which is already in use in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries (e.g. hyaluronic acid) for the formulation of bio-plastic. Eggshells are made of a sophisticated biological composite material that has a great potential as it can be combined with different biodegradable plastics and polymers for all sorts of applications, from packaging for the food industry to any product containing plastic. Companies interested in reducing eggshell disposal costs by using a method with...

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