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Kategori: 2017-03

Innovation: fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface

A European team of researchers led by the University of Parma, together with a network of partner companies, including the company of Vicenza Ecor Research, is developing the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface in the world, bringing us one step closer to production of appliances and machinery for the food industry self-cleaning.

The innovation aroused within the TresClean project (High throughput laser texturing of self-cleaning and antibacterial surfaces) promoted in the framework of the community program Horizon 2020. The team was inspired by the mechanisms with which some plants, such as Lotus, make their leaves fluid-repellent.

TresClean team uses high-average power ultrashort-pulsed lasers to create on metal sheets a surface topography conceived to duplicate the Lotus leaf surface and to prevent liquid adhesion.

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Arla brand grows most in UK

Arla branded products recorded the largest growth of any of the 100 UK grocery brands listed, achieving growth of £37m in 2016. The Arla brand portfolio grew almost four times that of the next closest brand (Pepsi, £8.5m), reflecting a strong sales performance of volume driven growth of 7.6 per cent last year.

The Arla brand is the 21st most valuable grocery brand in the UK as it debuts in The Grocer’s prestigious Britain’s Biggest Brands index, an annual report of the UK’s 100 most popular names in food and drink. The achievement is in line with Arla’s UK Strategy 2020, the organisation’s most ambitious business strategy, aiming to create the Arla brand into a top household name by 2020 and establishing itself as the champion of British dairy.

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Påskekrim på 15 millioner melkekartonger

PaskekrimÅrets påskekrim pryder hele 15 millioner melkekartonger. For syvende år på rad er det krimforfatter Gunnar Staalesen og Donald-tegner Arild Midthun som skaper krimgåten hele Norge bryner seg på i påsken. Den kjente og kjære Ulf Ulvheim, en snartenkt privatdetektiv med oppklaringsprosent på lik linje med Harry Hole, har hovedrollen.

Om lag 200.000 forbrukere sender inn svar på krimgåten hvert år og engasjementet øker fra år til år.

Two dead in listeriosis

The CDC reports that 6 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont. Illnesses started on dates ranging from September 1, 2016, to January 22, 2017. All six people were hospitalized and two people died. Ill people ranged in age from less than one year to 89, with a median age of 55.

Information gathered from interviews asking about foods eaten by individuals taken ill, along with testing of cheeses collected from an individual linked to the outbreak, from a retail location, and from Vulto Creamery, indicates that Ouleout soft cheese is the likely source of illnesses associated with this outbreak.

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Study: 3D printing of processed cheese

A recent study in the Journal of Food Engineering explores how 3D printing affects the structure of processed cheese. How gross would 3D-printed Velveeta nachos be? A bevy of researchers from University College Cork in Ireland decided to find out.

They melted a commercially available processed cheese (think American cheese, not cheddar) and put it through a modified 3D printer that printed the cheese out at either a fast or a slow speed. The cheese was printed out into cylinders that were then cooled for 30 minutes and put in the refrigerator for a day. After that 24-hour refrigeration period, the researchers took the cheese out of the fridge to check its texture and chemical structure.

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Mjölkrapporten från LRF Mjölk

Trots fortsatt minskad global produktion och stabil efterfrågan sjunker världs- marknadspriserna. I Sverige fortsätter mjölkpriserna uppåt. Rapporten handlar om konsumtions- och produktionsutvecklingen inom mjölk- och mejerisektorn samt effekterna för de svenska mjölkföretagen. I fördjupningsdelen beskrivs hur prissvängningar påverkar mjölkföretagen.

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Arla lanserar mjölk från Jämtland

Intresset för lokalproducerade mejeriprodukter ökar. För att möta den ökade efterfrågan lanserar Arla nu Arla Ko® Jämtlandsmjölk. Den nya förpackningen ska göra det tydligt att mjölken kommer enbart från Jämtlands lokala Arlagårdar.

Lanseringen av den nya förpackningen är en del av en större satsning för Arla att öka sin närvaro i länet. Nyligen meddelade Arla att företaget kommer börja producera hushållsost gjord på mjölk från lokala Arlagårdar i Jämtland på mejeriet i Östersund. 

Research: Lactobacillus reverses depression

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health.

Based on their findings, the researchers are optimistic that their discovery will hold true in people and are planning to confirm their findings in patients with depression.

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Sverige tappar 5 platser i Arlas representantskap

Platserna i representantskapet och i sty­relsen fördelas baserat på områdets andel av Arlas eget kapital. Danmark och Sverige betraktas som ett område, och mandaten fördelas mellan de två länderna baserat på mjölkinvägning och antal medlemmar. Sverige får då 51 platser. Det totala antalet platser sjunker från 191 till 187.

Danskt förpackningsföretag sätter fokus på Sverige

Förpackningsföretaget EHRNO FLEXIBLE från Herning i Danmark har beslutat sig för att expandera verksamheten med en ny kampanj i Sverige. Det familjeägda företaget har öppnat ett säljkontor i Köpenhamn, där en ny representant kommer att till en början rikta sig mot hela den södra delen av Sverige.

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