New Products – November 2007
By Brooke Shaw
Antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, No more silicone with spray-on wax, Laser eliminates need for solvents on packaging line, Equipment components wash and wear, Slim and small, this metal detector does it all, SpongeBob cake decorations
Antioxidant-rich cocoa powder
Barry Callebaut has launched a unique new cocoa powder: Acticoa™ cocoa powder is a special cocoa powder that contains a guaranteed minimum percentage of cocoa flavanols, making it a rich source of antioxidants. In addition to the health benefits, the cocoa powder guarantees a delicious, full-flavoured chocolate drink. Scientific research indicates that cocoa flavanols are one of the most powerful antioxidants yet discovered. Though found in abundance in the raw cocoa bean, these flavanols are often mostly destroyed during the conventional chocolate-making process. The outcome of years of research, Acticoa™ succeeds in preserving around 80 per cent of the natural flavanol content of raw cocoa. Just two grams of Acticoa™ cocoa powder a day contain enough flavanols to have an antioxidant effect.
No more silicone with spray-on wax
Inteflon claims its Slide Wax can replace silicone sprays on conveyors to provide a cleaner and much longer lasting lubrication film in food processing plants. “It sets up a clean, non-greasy lubrication film that offers much longer lasting lubrication and enables goods to be conveyed with less resistance and force,” says the company.
Laser eliminates need for solvents on packaging line
A new laser marking chemical and application system eliminates the need for ink and solvents on the packaging line, according to Ciba. The Pergamark line is the first, non-pigmented chemical for the laser market, results in no ink or grime at the point of printing and offers solvent-free packaging. Ink and solvents can lead to contamination of food and drink products, so laser marking not only is speedier, but increases food safety.
Equipment components wash and wear
Slideways Process Equipment Components develop custom-machined friction and wear parts for food and other related process equipment that must be sanitized using detergents, bleach and steam. Machined from various types of plastic or aluminum to achieve specific performance requirements in machinery and conveyors, they are wear-resistant and withstand frequent washdowns, as well as continuous operation. For more information, visit www.slideways.com.
Slim and small, this metal detector does it all
Lock Inspection Systems’ new MET30+ V3 Waferthin metal detector, designed for high-speed packaging systems, is thin enough to fit into small spaces. At three inches thick (7.6 centimetres), it can be used for snack, confectionery and pharmaceutical products. The system is small enough to be mounted after the filler spout, just prior to foil pouch or metal can packaging, unlike other detectors, and can easily be moved for product or package changeovers.
SpongeBob cake decorations
Everyone’s favourite yellow sea sponge takes the plunge in this latest SpongeBob™ offering from DecoPac. The SpongeBob™ Bendy DecoSet® features a larger-than-life SpongeBob SquarePants™ with his trademark toothy grin and arms and legs that really bend. Besides this product, DecoPac has a number of other SpongeBob™ cake decorations and cupcake pics.