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Food Industry Update

Processing's Food Industry Update provides a mix of updates, news features, case studies, technology backgrounders and guest columns. It’s to keep up to date on what’s happening in the production sector of what is undoubtedly the world’s largest industry.


Consumer demand, equipment innovation driving processing market for fruits & vegetables

The global market for processed fruits & vegetables was valued at around $188 billion in 2013 and will be worth $240 billion by 2019.
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Meat processor JBS Australia to acquire Primo Group for $1.25 billion

JBS Australia, the largest meat processing company in Australia, has agreed to acquire Primo Group, the largest ham, bacon and small meat products producer in Australia and New Zealand.
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Electronic 'tongue' tests quality of food, water, pharmaceuticals

Researchers in Ukraine have developed an electronic tongue with a silicon surface that they say could be used to quality-check food and drinks and might also have applications in medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical testing and environmental monitoring.
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New process improves taste of alcohol-free beer

A new process developed by researchers in Spain helps improve the smell and the taste of alcohol-free beer by adding aromas from regular beer.
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New facility in Australia aims to boost food processing industry

The University of Sydney has opened a new training center for the food processing industry.
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Cargill partners with ConAgra to bring Hunt's, ACT II brands to Brazil

Under the partnership, Cargill will distribute Hunt’s products produced at ConAgra Foods plants in the United States, specifically tomato ketchup, yellow mustard and barbecue sauce.
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Fish processing plant given 30 days to stop bad smell

A fish processing plant has been given 30 days to stop rotten odors or face having to close down until the problem can be solved.
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Mysterious illness strikes workers at turkey processing plant

Employees at a Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Willmar, Minnesota, were taken to a local hospital on Friday evening after a mystery illness caused about 30 workers to show symptoms such as vomiting and coughing.
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Meat processing equipment market driven by growing demand for processed foods

The market for meat processing equipment is growing, driven by rising demand for processed foods as a result of the increasing global population and consumer preference for protein-rich processed food products.
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WhiteWave Foods to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free

The WhiteWave Foods Company, maker of Silk brand plant-based foods and beverages, has agreed to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free from its existing shareholders for $195 million.
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