Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

Packaging with a future
Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) has delivered its first to market packaging for the food service and food-to-go sector. The kp Infinity™ range is fully recyclable, keeps food hotter for longer, is microwaveable, lightweight, durable, water resistant and resistant to acids, alkalis and hot oils. A truly unique solution, kp Infinity™ creates opportunity for the food service sector to meet their sustainability commitments as well as providing a premium solution for the market and consumer convenience. kp Infinity™ has been proven via an independently run Life Cycle Analysis, to be the most sustainable packaging solution that outperforms other material solutions with significantly reduced energy and water consumption and has a much lower carbon footprint. Made in the UK, it is fully recyclable, meeting the packaging needs of food-to-go outlets, and most importantly consumers.

New superfood in town
Health food brand Aduna is introducing consumers to fonio, the ancient African Super-Grain described as the ‘new quinoa’ by foodies. Launching into WholeFoods and Planet Organic (the birthplace of all new health trends) in January, it is set to be the hottest health food of 2020.

The smallest in the millet family, fonio has been grown in Africa for 5000 years. Prized for its delicious nutty flavour and light, fluffy couscous-like texture, fonio cooks in just three minutes and can be used as an alternative to quinoa, rice or couscous in salads, soups, stir-fries or as a side dish. It also makes a delicious, creamy porridge.

One hundred per cent natural, organic and vegan, fonio is packed with natural goodness and is naturally gluten-free, suitable for coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance. It is low GI, rich in iron and amino acids, often lacking in today’s cereals, and a source of zinc, vitamin B1 & B3 and phosphorus.

Fonio is fast-growing, drought-resistant and fights soil erosion, helping reverse the effects of climate change. It has a crucial role to play in supporting food security and income generation for rural communities. Aduna Fonio is grown by 320 women smallholders in Tiebe, Southern Mali. These women have over 1000 dependents whose basic needs are now taken care of. To avoid the ‘quinoa effect’ where demand from overseas outstripped supply, pricing local consumers out of the market, Aduna and its partners are committed to only buying 80 per cent of fonio produced by the communities it works with, leaving 20 per cent for local consumption.

Get the dough
Cookie dough is becoming so popular among consumers that it is fast becoming a stand-alone, mainstream dessert – a move up from being a versatile and universal product most commonly used as an ice cream and frozen inclusion, according to Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe).

Pecan Deluxe is responding to the new demands with its own cookie dough which, unusually, can be eaten raw thanks to highly rigorous production standards and controls. For the same reasons, it can be blended into milkshakes and sprinkled on desserts, amongst many other imaginative applications. The size of the dough pieces makes them easy to both handle and process, such as when baking into skillet cookie and hot cookie dough desserts. Pecan Deluxe is also helping to fuel demand in niche outlets such as dessert parlours and artisan bakers, by supplying cookie dough pieces in smaller quantities.

Another advantage for restaurants is that the dough doesn’t need to be defrosted beforehand – it’s a simple matter of scooping the frozen chunks into a dish and baking, rather than having to plan ahead and defrosting the right quantity of dough overnight.

The versatility of cookie dough is also gaining momentum in an increasing number of other indulgent food items. It is available in bakery, snacking and confectionery products, including chocolate bars, biscuits and bite-size pieces, and as a baked, skillet dessert in many restaurants and fast food chains worldwide.

Pecan Deluxe’s range of cookie dough flavours include chocolate chip, plain and double chocolate, but the company can create bespoke flavours and products for customers. The R&D department anticipates market trends and develops new ingredients to suit, frequently working alongside manufacturers to develop inventive products tailor-made to meet their requirements and consumer demand.

Flavour exploration
English Spirit Ltd has teamed up with legendary British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ to launch a new premium rum into the UK market.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum is created using small batch production techniques allowing much closer attention to detail. Triple distilled from 100 per cent pure sugar cane molasses, the end result is a truly unique golden rum with a distinctly British character. The flavour journeys through deep orange, caramel and spiced Christmas cake on the nose, with a hint of tobacco and vanilla, followed by a mix of milk and dark chocolate, then a final lick of golden liquorice.

Master Distiller Dr John Walters has developed a brand-new way of making rum for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum. Instead of the rum sitting in the barrel for five years, the barrel is put in the still – that is, exotic woods from some of Sir Ranulph’s most iconic adventures (Sequoia from Canada, Pine from Norway and Date Palm from Oman) are placed within the still during the process to deliver the flavour profile of multiple adventures in one bottle without aging.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes says: “Rum has always been associated with exploration and adventure, but I only wanted to work with a distillery that was daring and determined. When Dr John told me of the world’s doubt that Britain could make a truly great rum, well, that sealed the deal. From that moment, we aimed to tread new ground.”

Simulating success
Nine commercial fishery companies have donated a total of DKK 3.2 million to the Danish training institute, the Greenland Maritime Center, for investment in a state-of-the-art K-Sim Fishery simulator from Kongsberg Digital.

A first of its kind in the Kingdom of Denmark, the K-Sim Fishery simulator will enable students to gain vital competence in diverse fishery situations, including aft deck operations, and is scheduled for installation in 2020.

Introduced by Kongsberg Digital in 2018, K-Sim Fishery is based on sophisticated K-Sim Navigation simulator technology, with added functionality and instruments specific to commercial fishing, including Kongsberg Maritime (Simrad) echo sounders, sonars and trawl monitoring systems.

Reflecting Kongsberg Digital’s ability to adapt to customer requirements, the new K-Sim Fishery simulator will be built upon one of Greenland Maritime Center’s existing K-Sim Navigation bridge simulators. The upgrade will include a highly-detailed fishing vessel model with advanced hydrodynamic modelling for ultimate realism in behaviour and a new customised sailing area to accommodate exercises in Greenland waters.

Additionally, the extension will feature new consoles and instruments for training on manoeuvring, fish finding and fish catching. Included are also instruments for aft-deck operations, to address the risk elements associated with working outside on the stern of the vessel.

The companies donating and enabling Greenland Maritime Centre to augment its Commercial Fisheries Maritime Safety and Maritime Safety for Skilled Commercial Fishermen courses are: Royal Greenland, Polar Seafood, Arctic Prime Fisheries, Ice Trawl Greenland, Niisa Trawl, Qajaq Trawl, Qaleralik, Sigguk A/S and Sikuaq Trawl.

Encapsulating taste
There is now a new way to enjoy the experience of an illy coffee, with the launch of a new line of capsules compatible with Nespresso® coffee machines. “With this new line of aluminium capsules, we are committed to guaranteeing consumers the same quality and the unmistakable illy experience that are recognised and enjoyed by coffee lovers all around the globe,” said Massimiliano Pogliani, illycaffè CEO.

The new capsules offer the unique illy blend, which has been perfected over 80 years of history. Made of nine carefully selected Arabica varieties, the new capsules are available in three intensities of taste, thanks to three different roasting profiles: Classico, with a smooth and mild taste, available in espresso and espresso lungo; the full-bodied taste of Intenso espresso; and Forte espresso, with its rich and strong character.

The new illy-branded aluminium capsules are the fruit of the trademark licensing agreement between illycaffè and JAB. Through its platform, JDE will be responsible for production and distribution in retail channels outside Italy (large-scale retail, supermarkets and food retail stores), while illycaffè will handle the distribution in all other sales channels, as well as all sales channels in Italy, enhancing its omni-channel presence and reinforcing synergies.