IFT and Process Expo: One Time, Two Shows

For the first and only time, IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo shared Chicago's McCormick Place.

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Despite a new corporate emphasis on applied innovation and custom development for clients, TIC Gums showed the less-then-year-old Ticapan Quick Crunch, a binder for sugar and sugar alcohol syrups that are used in confection coating and panning. Designed to replace gum arabic in those applications, it has comparable binding and viscosity properties, yet it dries faster than gum arabic. It also lends a crunchier texture to the finished shell. It is used as a drop in replacement for gum arabic at a usage level between 2-4 percent of the syrup recipe.

Treatt USA unveiled two 100% natural FTNF (from the named food) distillates, which impart a high impact, authentic area in a variety of food and beverage applications. Treattarome Spearmint 9764 offers clean, fresh "mojito"-like top notes, and as a water-white product, it provides an effective solution for clear beverages, as well as dairy, juices and juice –based drinks. Treattarome Ginger 9745 delivers a rooty back note while ensuring a strong ginger character. This is achieved without the ginger heat making it suitable for alcoholic beverages.

Trendy new flavors -- nectarine jasmine green tea and black currant raspberry black tea -- were on the ready-to-drink tea menu at Virginia Dare's Garden of Flavors. Made from leaves sourced from around the world, Virginia Dare tea concentrates are offered in black, green, Assam, oolong and white, as well as herbal fruit and true-to-fruit flavors. Green peach and maqui grapefruit beverages were refreshing options for attendees. Also enjoyable was a variety of delicious vanilla tea beverages, made with extracts, concentrates and oleoresins of vanilla beans from every commercially viable origin. To demonstrate Virginia Dare's masking capabilities, peach honey rooibos and berry black tea pectin candies made with sweetener/sugar alternatives were also on display.

And on the Process Expo side:
The Comitrol Processor Model 1700 from Urschel Laboratories offers overall cost-savings by delivering increased edible yields. Widely used in the soup, nutritional supplement, baby food and sauce industries, the precision cutting principle of the unit produces slices, flakes, shreds, viscous slurries, or purees from a myriad of fruit and vegetable products. Latest beverage industry uses include the reduction of mango pulp and fibrous fruits as tropical fruit juices gain popularity. Pre-crushed fresh, ripe mango is easily fed into the machine equipped with a microcut head. This process disperses black spots, so they are not detectable in the final output. This generates an attractive, smooth consistency while producing added yield and reducing processors' costs.

From Seydelmann grinders, cutters and emulsifiers to Vemag portioning stuffers and linking equipment, Reiser has a full line of machines for sausage-making, as well as other protein products. The Vemag Stuffer provides the highest levels of production and portioning accuracy while producing a superior looking sausage. Its modular construction allows it to be configured for virtually any processor and can be reconfigured as the application or requirements change.

Vicinity Manufacturing is the batch manufacturing solution for Microsoft Dynamics. Its ERP software coordinates raw materials, certificates of analysis and country of origin labeling, MSDS and hazardous bills of lading, formula management, shop-floor control and all points along the way to finished goods.

Gamajet  explained its patented "rotary impingement tank cleaning." This automated form of tank cleaning projects a concentrated jet stream of cleaning fluid on the interior of the tank with enough impingement to blast residue from the surface. The power of the streams, as they rotate around the tank in a 360-degree pattern, remove all residue.

Clean Water Technology offered a variety of solid/liquid separation technologies for cleansing plants' water and wastewater. The company mixes flocculation and flotation (especially in its lead Gas Energy Mixing, or GEM, system), biological reduction technologies and system peripherals (screen filtration units and automated chemical delivery systems).

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