Today, having a barbecue is much more than just preparing your meat on a grill. Barbecuing is a lifestyle and a great way of eating outside to have a good time together with your friends or family. Yet, to ensure that your food tastes good, you need the right equipment, ideas for recipes and good instructions for the preparation process. Weber-Stephen Deutschland GmbH, based in Ingelheim, Germany, is one of the top names in the European grill market. Following a holistic business approach, the company offers a whole world of barbecue trends and ideas.
“Space – the final frontier” – everyone knows the voiceover that introduces every episode of “Star Trek”. What was once science fiction has now come another step closer to reality: The conquering of the final frontier by humankind, starting with the mission to Mars. Astronauts can enjoy a varied diet even in space, says Anjan Contractor, who has developed a 3D food printer for NASA. His interview with European Food Journal is also an exciting story about a childhood dream that is about to come true.
The world of packaged food and drink is worth billions around the globe. According to figures published by Euromonitor, the total amount spent on these products in 2017 will be just under four billion. In our special edition “FoodTec: Food Meets Technology”, we show how suppliers in the food industry are already meeting the huge challenges presented by automation, robotics and the need to use resources efficiently.
When will the meat industry start using automated robots to butcher pork sides? Not just yet, but automation and robotics are nevertheless one of the key themes of this year’s Anuga FoodTec trade fair running from 24 to 27 March 2015 – and not just in relation to meat products. The main attraction is the Robotik-Pack-Line, says Dietmar Eiden, Division Manager of Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse GmbH, in an interview with European Food Journal.
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Highly accurate cold chain monitoring solutions made in Switzerland - It was Winston Churchill who once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” A successful company in Ganterschwil, Switzerland, completely agrees with this quote. For Berlinger & Co. AG, progress has been a tradition for 150 years. The family-owned company has always carried the values and traditions of the past into the future. Today, it is an internationally leading supplier of reliable doping control and temperature monitoring solutions that are synonymous with outstanding quality made in Switzerland. Berlinger products simply guarantee a feeling of safety.
Bucher Vaslin SA
More than 7.000 years ago, people started producing wine. Today winemakers around the world produce a broad variety of different wines, using centuries-old knowledge. Bucher Vaslin SA with headquarters in Chalonnes sur Loire, France, provides the machines required for the production of high quality wines from the grape to the bottle. The company has been active in the market for more than a century, developing products according to the needs of the winemakers.
The top-selling American whiskey in the world is Jack Daniel’s. Distilled in Tennessee and exported worldwide, it is the flagship brand of the Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest American-owned companies in the alcoholic spirits business. Brown-Forman’s portfolio also includes a number of other well-known brands covering whiskey, tequila, vodka, wine and liqueurs. Having focused largely on the US market, internationalization started in earnest in the 1990s with a rash of sales offices established in major European cities. In 2014, the decision was taken to consolidate its European operations under a single European head office in the Netherlands. Today, European distribution comes under the aegis of Brown-Forman Netherlands.
Bières de Chimay SA
It is common knowledge that wine and cheese go well together. What is not so well known is that beer and cheese make for a delicious match, too. In the Belgian village of Chimay, the Trappist monks of Scourmont Abbey have been celebrating this combination for 150 years. Their company Bières de Chimay produces traditional artisanal beers, and it also has the perfect cheese to complement each beer. For all those who enjoy the quality and taste of traditional artisanal products, Bières de Chimay provides a range of delicious products in a heavenly combination.
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