Daily Archives: November 13, 2014

  • Olive oil packaging innovation exhibition Hispack 2015

    Hispack is setting itself a double challenge at its next edition, on 21 to 24 April 2015 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition centre: ensuring its offering and activities feature the necessary innovations and trends that will define the development of new packaging, and helping companies in the sector to find the contacts and opportunities they need to export to both the EU and emerging markets, especially the Mediterranean region and Latin America.

    With some 620 direct exhibitors expected to take part, the leading packaging trade show in Spain will be shining a spotlight on technologies, processes, sustainability, new materials, smart packaging, customization, logistics and point of purchase advertising, amongst other areas.

    Hispack -which will cover the entire packaging value chain- is determined to bring in exhibitors who can provide innovative solutions for the manufacture of packaging in response to demands from visitors to the show from the sectors of food and beverages, perfumery and cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

    The president of Hispack’s organizing committee, Javier Riera Marsá, sees the show’s turnaround to involve visitors right from the outset and thus improve the show’s effectiveness and return on investment as a real success: “We’ve taken a step forward and asked the sectors that buy packaging exactly what they’re looking for so we can provide it.

    We’re very much aware that the demand for innovations in materials, processes and products to optimize costs, to be more sustainable and to sell more at the point of sale will define the forthcoming edition.”

    New areas
    In this respect, Hispack is including two new areas: the first of these is TrendPack, featuring companies with solutions for sustainable, smart, multi-channel, convenience and customizable packaging with an interest in making contact with packaging, business, R+D+I and marketing managers from companies in numerous sectors seeking to add value and make their products stand out through packaging.

    Another brand new section is PremiumPack, an area devoted to packaging for high-end cosmetics, perfumery, gourmet food and drink products and jewellery. This space comes in response to the anticipated growth in demand for packaging that adds exclusivity and glamour to luxury products. The British consultancy company Smithers Pira has estimated this growth at an annual rate of 4.4% over the next five years.

    Confirmed bookings as of November 2014
    With just five months to go before the event opens, Hispack has already received confirmation from 338 companies in 15 countries (Germany, Belgium, China, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK) with 80% of the planned exhibition space already booked.

    By sectors, machinery and accessories for packaging currently account for the most exhibitors, followed by raw materials, packaging materials, and labelling, coding and marking equipment. Growth has also been noted in the sectors of handling and logistics and PoP.

    Hispack will be held at the same time as the food technology fair Bta. By uniting the commercial offering of the two trade fairs, it is expected that more than 1,100 direct exhibitors and over 35,000 trade visitors will be hosted by the shows next April.

    Given that the food and beverage industry is the main user of packaging, Hispack & Bta combine synergies to demonstrate the different phases of food production, from ingredients through to the manufacturing process, embracing packing, packaging and final delivery to the point of sale. This alliance, as demonstrated at the last three editions of the event, is certainly no hindrance for all the other major packaging buying sectors to attend Hispack (cosmetics, perfumery, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, domestic electrical appliances, household goods, etc.) in search of processing and packaging solutions to make them more competitive.

    Access to new markets
    As well as being a benchmark for the packaging industry and galvanizing sales in Spain and Portugal, Hispack is also an excellent platform for making contacts with new buyers from Europe, the Mediterranean region and Latin America. The show’s current goal is to expand export opportunities for its exhibitors and in conjunction with Bta it is developing promotional programmes in ten countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Venezuela). At the same time, work is ongoing on the organization of reverse trade missions and business meetings between delegations of trade professionals and exhibitors based on the selection of around 50 buyers with purchasing power from Russia, India, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Angola, Ghana and South Africa.

    Finally, Hispack will also be a hub of knowledge, networking, debate, training and trendsetting in the world of packaging and PoP thanks to its different activities. The show organized by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with the Graphispack Association is strengthening the Pack & Logistic Corner, which will feature short conferences at which experts will present success stories, good practices and innovations. Subject will range from design and logistics to e-commerce, distribution, materials, processes, PoP and branding, amongst others.

    Hispack is also preparing a specific project to showcase applications and innovations associated with the technological phenomenon of the Internet of Things (IoT) which facilitates digital connectivity between the internet and everyday objects such as packaging. There will also be a series of technical talks, conferences and seminars, supported by sector organizations, plus the Liderpack Awards, an international benchmark thanks to its connection with the WorldStar Packaging Awards, which recognize the best packaging “made in Spain.”

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  • IFMeD - International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet

    The Mediterranean Diet has a new pole of multi-disciplinary knowledge and expertise, internationally recognized, it is IFMeD – International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet.
    Within the complex contemporary reality of increased unsustainable and unhealthy dietary patterns in the world, the Foundation is born in response to the need to have a trans-national scientific guarantor, above local and national interests.

    Lluis Serra-Majem, chairman of IFMeD, declared that: “Despite the recognition by the UNESCO of the Mediterranean Diet as an intangible cultural heritage, the adherence to this dietary pattern has been falling down in some Mediterranean countries as a consequence of the economic constraints Europe is facing since 2008”. He affirms that “is therefore essential to enhance the Mediterranean Diet as a healthy and sustainable life style model, adapting it to current socio-economic and cultural changes, as well as preserving and reaffirming it as an intangible cultural heritage of humankind”.

    “There is a need for a new interdisciplinary and intercultural rethinking for the revitalization of the Mediterranean Diet – says Sandro Dernini, general secretary of IFMeD -. Therefore, IFMeD can be the ideal international place for promoting this change by acting to reconstruct a sustainable food cultural context for the Med Diet, more suitable to the current times and for all people”.

    IFMeD works for the encouragement of international cooperation agreements with other entities, private and public, all over the world, interested in supporting and pursuing the values and benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.

    “As integral part of the Mediterranean global world, we firmly believe in the creation of IFMeD and in its opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the scientific community and the private sector – asserts Emmanuel Pauze, Executive Director of IFMeD -. Only the coordination and the collaboration between these two poles, always more interconnected, will be able to guarantee to the Mediterranean Diet a primary role for people’s and the environment health, as well as a true international recognition”.

    Actually, IFMeD would be also the main actor to organize meeting and synergies dedicated to the Mediterranean food culture. It is active to promote and develop events, research projects, policies, training and initiatives of scientific divulgation and technical cooperation, both on a national and global scale.

    Defend the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
    The International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet is managed by a Board of Directors, chaired by Lluis Serra-Majem, professor of Public Health at University of Las Palmas and president of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition, Sandro Dernini, coordinator of the Forum on Mediterranean Food Cultures, as general secretary and Emmanuel Pauze, managing partner of SPRIM, as executive director.

    The Foundation will operate through:

    The International Council: the operational core dealing with the organization of events at a local, regional and international level as a great opportunity for the whole community to exchange information and values.
    The International Scientific Committee: together with the International Council, it gathers the interest and commitment of different academic excellences belonging to different countries. The members of this Committee validate and mark relevant scientific news, inserting them into context of possible innovative applications.
    The Executive Committee: created to monitor and discover social trends, scientific researches and markets, the committee works in order to develop innovational activities/contents and to increase the value of the Mediterranean Diet.

    IFMeD is strongly proactive to the participation at the main important events dedicated to health and nutrition all over the world.
    The Foundation, with its mission, is present today at the 3rd World Congress on Public Health Nutrition at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (www.nutrition2014.org).

    The Foundation will play a key role in Expo 2015 attending the International Conference MedDietExpo2015 on 14th may at Milan, Italian Pavillon.

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  • Mediterranean diets with olive oil improve blood flow

    The health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a year after stopping the regime, a new study has shown.

    The research by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Lincoln in the UK revealed that the diet and exercise combination leads to improved blood flow in cells in the inner lining of the blood vessels – called the endothelial cells – a full 12 months after completing participation in the intervention programme.

    Endothelial cells line the interior of the entire vascular system of the human body – from the large arteries to the smallest capillaries – and improvements in their function could reduce the risk of people developing cardiovascular disease, the study said.

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  • Italy lost the leadership in olive oil market in Japan

    At the close of the 2013/14 crop year, Japanese imports of olive oil and olive pomace oil totalled 56218 tonns, recording 4% growth on the previous season.

    Imports show that 92% of the aggregate tonnage came from European Union countries. For the first time, Spain stepped into the lead, accounting for 47 pc of the total tonnage. Next in line came Italy with 44% and Greece with 1%.

    Among the EU countries, Spain has seen its market share in Japan widen by 7 points from 40% in 2008/09 to 47 pc in 2013/14 contrasting with Italy whose share has narrowed by 8 points from 52% to 44% in the same period.
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    The remaining 7% of imports came from non-EU countries, notably Turkey, which expanded its market share from 6 to 7%.

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