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This year's 25th Anniversary Canadian Grand Prix Awards Gala awarded shelf-stable snacks and beverages which featured an exotic twist; more snacks were grain free or organic that previous years’ winners.
Two Canadian snack companies won international 2018 SIAL Innovation Awards for its all-natural snacks. The SIAL Innovation contest rewards innovators in food and non-food related products, such as packaging and containers.
Left Field Foods won the Grand Prix New Product Award for Spokes, its better-for-you, air-puffed potato snacks.
Pepsico Foods Canada issued a recall for Ruffles “regular” brand potato chips, citing possible milk ingredients that were not declared on the label.   
NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) had formed a coalition with Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA); American Beverage Association (ABA); National Confectioners Association (NCA); and SNAC International to submit a request to Scott Gottlieb, FDA’s Commissioner of Food and Drugs requesting enforcement discretion on Front of Pack labelling for vending machine snacks until the ruling is made.
Organized by Messe Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf India and the Indian Institute of Packaging, online registration for the interpack alliance trade fairs, Pacprocess India, Food Pex India and Indiapack 2018, is now open.The events will be held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Mumbai from October 24 – 26, 2018, concurrently with drink technology India, organized by Messe München. Traditionally held in Mumbai, the trade fair quartet had its successful debut last year in New Delhi and now alternates annually between New Delhi and Mumbai.The four trade fairs cover the entire range of food, beverage, baked goods, confectionery and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics as well as non-food and industrial goods. At the 2017 staging in New Delhi, 212 exhibitors occupied around 119,000 square feet of exhibition space and attracted around 10,000 visitors.  Germany and Italy will have a strong presence at the trade fairs. Renowned companies such as SMC, Multivac and Bizerba, Cama, Ronchi, Clevertech and Makro Labelling have already signed up. The four events are also attracting companies from the Far East and exhibitors in 2018 will include the Chinese market leader Hangzhou Youngsun Intelligent Equipment Co. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at Pacprocess India, Food Pex India or Indiapack 2018, you can register online at interpack alliance comprises events of Messe Düsseldorf that form part of the Processing & Packaging portfolio. Exhibitors and visitors will recognize these trade fairs by the new “interpack alliance” brand which has been modelled after the interpack brand - an international event in the packaging industry and related process industries.The interpack alliance also includes the trade fairs Upakovka (Moscow), Swop (Shanghai World of Packaging), pacprocess India/indiapack and food pex India (Mumbai, New Delhi), pacprocess Tehran (Tehran), components (Düsseldorf), food processing & packaging exposyum Kenya (Nairobi), indopack (Jakarta) and process expo (Chicago). The interpack alliance targets the segments food, beverage, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods as well as capital goods on important growth markets – with focal themes differing by event. The trade fairs in China, India, Iran and Russia are exclusively supported by the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, UCIMA.
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) recognized candy and snack innovators at Chicago’s Sweets and Snacks Expo, and announced their winners on the 22nd of May, this year.
NAMA announced that Ushma J. Suvarnakar, MTA, CMP has been named director, meetings and events.
Researchers from the Quadram Institute have developed a technique involving a benchtop spectrometer to distinguish between superior Arabica coffee and cheaper, lower quality Robusta beans.
Tetra Pak hopes to have a paper straw suitable for single-portion sized cartons before the end of 2018.
Paytronix Systems, Inc. announced that American fast-food chain Captain D’s is the winner of its 2018 Paytronix Loyaltees Award for Early Adoption.
Starbucks Corporation announced it will form a global coffee alliance with Nestlé S.A. to accelerate and grow the global reach of Starbucks brands in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Foodservice.
Citing cashless payment as an instigator, Swedish market research firm Berg Insight predicts that by the year 2022, 5.4 billion vending machines will be online.
“This is Convenience Services,” The National Automatic Merchandising Association’s (NAMA) signature video that debuted at the General Session in Las Vegas, is undergoing a roll out to the industry.
Finlays Extracts & Ingredients USA Inc. is investing U.S.$17 million to develop a new facility intended to expand their production capacity and product innovation capabilities for tea and coffee products.

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