Lab lobster is Shiok Meats’ hope for capitalizing on $92.6bn Asian fish and seafood sector, says GlobalData

Shiok Meats is banking on its new cell-based cultured lobster and shrimp meat to help commercialize cultured crustacean by 2022. Leading data and analytics company GlobalData notes that cultured lobster should appeal to Asian shellfish consumers and break into the profits of the Asian fish and seafood sector, which is expected to value $92.6bn in 2020.

Ryan Whittaker, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Luxury seafood such as lobster and shrimp can damage the environment as much as lamb and beef, so more options like this need to be explored. Seafood is a largely overlooked category when it comes to developing new meat.”

According to research by GlobalData, products that attend to environmental concerns may be more readily adopted by APAC consumers, when compared with two years ago. According to GlobalData’s consumer survey, 52%* of Asian consumers consider the reduction of environmental impact to be more important than before the pandemic. This shift in attitude may well be down to the pandemic itself, which has disrupted modern life and has often made people reconsider what is truly important.”

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Whittaker adds: “There are significant increases in environmental awareness across all age groups in APAC, which is impacting how they buy. New product development in Asia that focuses on delivering meat alternatives to the more environmentally damaging seafood almost certainly has a target audience in the region, especially among younger consumers.” 

As Asian consumers are becoming more affluent and discerning about environmental impact, companies such as Shiok Shrimp are working on the inefficiencies around global protein production. Lobster is a high-status food that is in high demand in Hong Kong and China. This prompts energy intensive imports from the US and Australia to meet demand. Developing ways to culture the meat locally may be part of several solutions at once, assuming the company can satisfy the taste test.

*COVID-19 recovery tracker consumer survey, published 7 December, combining answers “It is now my top priority”, “significantly more important than before” and “slightly more important than before”

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Valio’s researchers are the first to document the importance of ash-protein ratio in reduced sugar chocolate

Valio’s researchers discovered that '30% less sugar' chocolate made with milk-based protein is equal to regular chocolate in taste and texture. The optimal ash-protein ratio in the reduced sugar chocolate was linked to pleasant taste and texture. This solution allows manufacturers to make delicious ’30% less sugar’ chocolate without artificial sweeteners. 

The current wellness trend means that consumers are looking for foods that support an active and healthy lifestyle. Yet, they want to enjoy eating and are reluctant to compromise on the taste, texture, or naturality of food. To reduce sugar consumption and the ill-effects of sugar, many countries have implemented sugar taxes. 

“As a result of the wellness trend and sugar taxes, food and confectionery manufacturers are constantly looking for solutions to create tasty food products with reduced sugar content,” says Terhi Aaltonen, Development Manager and researcher at Valio. 

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The optimal ash-protein ratio gives '30% less sugar' chocolate the melt-in-your-mouth feel 

Consumer acceptance is key in creating desirable and successful reduced sugar products. Both the reformulation and sensory properties of the products need to be acceptable. Valio’s researchers were able to produce an acceptable '30% less sugar' chocolate by replacing sugar with a milk-based protein. 

“The control chocolate contained a standard sugar level and the trial chocolates had total sugar levels that were reduced by 30%. Consumers rated the chocolate samples according to their overall liking, liking of taste and texture and the attributes sweetness, saltiness and sandiness,” Aaltonen explains. 

The ash-protein ratio, or the amount of salt and protein, proved critical in achieving the best possible consistency in ‘30% less sugar’ chocolate. The ash-protein ratio had the strongest positive correlation with the overall liking as well as the liking of texture and taste. The ash-protein ratio had the strongest negative correlation with sandiness. 

Valio’s research findings were published in a peer reviewed article in the International Dairy Journal on February 7th, 2020. 

Gut-friendly* sugar reduction with lactose free milk powder 

Sugar in chocolate is commonly reduced by using either polyols, also known as sugar alcohols, or by adding fibre. Polyols can cause digestive discomfort if consumed in excess, and their use requires a warning label about laxative effects on product packaging.  

“When the sugar reduction is achieved with Valio’s solution, that is lactose free milk powder, no such warning is necessary. It is possible to use the claim ‘reduced sugar’ as well as claim ‘protein source’ on these chocolates,” says Aaltonen. 

Active research fuels Valio’s innovations  

Active research is at the core of Valio’s innovativeness and has been throughout the company’s history. The strong R&D heritage has resulted in a Nobel prize as well as hundreds of published research papers. Thanks to active research, Valio can bring new ingredients and ways of implementing them to help food manufacturers gain new business and to support consumers in making healthy food choices. 

*Contains calcium, which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes as a part of a healthy diet 

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Valio - The world’s most innovative dairy and food company

Valio’s mission is to create wellbeing and taste sensations in a responsible way. We make tasty products from milk and many other ingredients; we bring delightful tastes, variety and joy to the food table. We also carry out important roles in society: ensuring food security, enhancing public health and improving animal welfare are some examples of our impacts. In line with our mission, we are making life better. This is also the conclusion of the Finns who have chosen Valio as Finland’s most sustainable brand for seven consecutive years.

4,700 Finnish dairy farmers own Valio through cooperatives. We pay out all the profits to our milk producers through the milk price. We employ a total of 25,000 people at dairy farms. Valio has 4,000 professionals at work from different sectors and we listen to consumers with our more than 100 years of experience.

Nobel Laureate A.I. Virtanen’s legacy continues to live on with us. When he headed Valio’s laboratories, the concept of improving the wellbeing of people took root as our guiding principle. We turn science into products that make life better. Consumers in more than 60 countries enjoy Valio products, and we have 350 patents for our innovations around the world. We are Finland’s biggest food exporter and a trailblazer for the whole food industry. Valio’s sales in 2019 were EUR 1,787 million.


Servo drive system improves productivity during hard times

~ Beckhoff’s latest innovation in automation without cabinets for food manufacturing ~

Beckhoff Automation UK has launched the AMP8000 servo system, the latest product in the company’s automation without cabinets range. The AMP8000 features a servomotor with a rear-mounted servo drive for a reduced size and can provide complex motion control with minimal cabling requirements.

Because many factories across the globe have temporarily closed, and many workers have been furloughed, industry is struggling to meet demand. As a result, manufacturers need compact, uncomplicated systems to help maximise productivity. The AMP8000 will find a home on food production lines, where its core technological advantages can help improve profits.

The AMP8000 comprises a servo drive directly mounted onto a servomotor, making the design compact and easier to integrate into complex automation machine designs. The rear-mounted drive means that the AMP8000 occupies a similar footprint to a standard servomotor, making it easy to fit into existing machines without modification. The design also improves heat dissipation and reduces motor derating compared to conventional, top-mounted designs.

By relocating the power electronics directly onto the servomotor, the control cabinet only needs to house a single coupling module to supply power to several servo systems. The AMP8000 also makes use of Beckhoff’s EtherCAT P cable technology, combining 24V power and EtherCAT communication into a single standard Ethernet cable.

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“As food production lines become more densely packed with complex automated machinery, many businesses are encountering a problem in terms of available space,” explains Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK. “Most complex automation requires a vast amount of cabling, which in turn increases the size of control cabinets. These, alongside the growing footprint of automated machinery, occupies space and impacts on output per square metre.

“Now more than ever, the ability to maximise output is vital for industrial businesses. The AMP8000 is designed to help achieve this. In plants, it can significantly reduce cabling requirements due to its EtherCAT P technology and the use of coupling modules. For machine builders, it allows for the development of more complex machinery with smaller footprints and faster site installation time.”

Beckhoff has designed two types of coupling module to accompany the AMP8000. The AMP8620 is a power supply module that allows for safe and direct connection to the mains supply for the servo systems, reducing the footprint and cabling complexity of machinery. This module contains all required circuitry for safe connection and include two EtherCAT P outputs to connect to other modules.

The other module is the AMP8805 distribution module, which provides power and communication to up to five AMP8000 systems using a single EtherCAT P cable each. This allows even complex machines and lines to be connected with minimal cabling and a simple topology.

Engineers or plant managers interested in the AMP8000 or wanting to learn more about the technology can speak to the Beckhoff Automation UK team at 01491 410539

About Beckhoff: Beckhoff Automation implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software, and all products can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. Its New Automation Technology philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.

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Schenck Process to acquire Baker Perkins

Schenck Process Group (SPG) has reached an agreement to acquire Baker Perkins, a leading global supplier of food processing equipment and aftermarket services for the bakery, confectionery, biscuit, cookie and cracker, breakfast cereal and pet food end-markets. Headquartered in Peterborough, United Kingdom, Baker Perkins serves a diverse & growing mix of customers across the food industry globally.

2021 01 21 101846This acquisition is a continuation of SPG’s strategic focus to further extend its global offering for the food end-markets. It will significantly strengthen European capabilities in the food processing and equipment sector, broaden our product offering in the Americas and provide opportunities for growth across the Asia Pacific region. We will build upon the knowledge, experience and customer relationships of the Baker Perkins team to support future growth, whilst remaining fully committed to existing facilities in Peterborough and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Upon completion, the business will continue to be run by the existing managing directors as part of the SPG regional business structure.

The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2020.

Keith Cochrane, CEO of SPG, said:
I am delighted to see Baker Perkins join us. This is a long-established business with a reputation for excellent products and customer service, with a similar business model to our own. It will complement and extend our existing product offering to the food end-market, which is a key strategic focus, providing good opportunities for future growth, operating efficiency and further value creation for all stakeholders.

Mr Dan Bassett, MD Baker Perkins UK, commented:
We have been looking for a long-term partner prepared to invest in the company and continue its development for many years to come. We can relate to the SPG culture that encourages local autonomy and entrepreneurship, which fits well with our independent mind-set. Already we can see significant opportunities for growth, and I am excited at the prospect of working together.

Mr Dan Smith, MD Baker Perkins US, added:
Schenck Process already has a significant footprint in the US market, and we can see major opportunities in the combination of our expertise and product range.


Stora Enso and Tingstad launch unique formed fiber food service bowls to replace plastics

Stora Enso is introducing its new eco-friendly take-away bowls for food service packaging, PureFiber™ by Stora Enso. The products are free from plastic and PFAS and are designed to help customers replace plastic on-the-go food packaging. The bowls are being brought to market together with the wholesale company Tingstad. The PureFiber™ product range will expand to other food and consumer goods applications.

Stora Enso’s formed fiber products are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. The PureFiber™ product line enables a carbon footprint that is approximately 75% lower compared to alternative product materials such as plastic or bagasse. The unique formed fiber technology allows the products to be produced without plastic and PFAS, bringing a sustainable alternative with strong user-qualities to the market.

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“Consumers are looking for products designed for more eco-friendly lives,” says Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Senior Vice President, Formed Fiber at Stora Enso. “They want to minimise waste and their carbon footprint and reduce their use of plastic. The formed fiber products we are bringing to market are game changing in the sense that they help strong brands achieve their ambitions in sustainability and the circular economy.”

Stora Enso sells its formed fiber products directly to brand owners and wholesalers. In the Nordic countries Stora Enso cooperates with wholesaler Tingstad, which sells PureFiber™ food bowls directly to customers in the fast-food industry. Tingstad is a family-owned company and the market-leading distributor of disposables and food service products to the HORECA sector in the Nordic countries.

“We strongly believe that PureFiber™ will play an important role in the market conversion from plastic to non-plastic food packaging. We are excited to bring a truly sustainable solution to the market together with Stora Enso,” says Johan Larsson, Purchasing Manager at Tingstad.

PureFiber™ products are produced in Stora Ensos Hylte Mill in Sweden and made of natural wood fibres from sustainably managed forests. Potential applications also include non-food items to replace plastic consumables in agriculture, electronics and consumer and industrial goods packaging.

For further information, please contact:
Eeva Taimisto
Head of Communications, Stora Enso Packaging Solutions
tel. +358401723832

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 25 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2019 were EUR 10.1 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY).