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Fight Spoilage With Better Packaging & Process Technology

February 3, 2014 2:42 am | by interpack | Articles | Comments

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.

The Right Tools For The Job: Implementing FEL

January 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Last week an industry expert examined Front-End-Loading - the project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success, and broke down the first implementation steps. This week moves on to a discussion of the next two phases of the FEL process and breaks down the cost-benefit analysis for the process.  

Fatal Accident Shuts Down Beet Processing Plant

January 15, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell, WY while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident.

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X-Ray Inspection System

January 15, 2014 9:52 am | Mettler Toledo | Product Releases | Comments

The new Mettler-Toledo Safeline PipeChek X-ray inspection system was designed specifically to meet the high-speed inspection needs of processors of liquid, slurry and solid products. 

Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Read on for an expert's views on what considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

Chemical Analysis With Monolithic Columns

December 23, 2013 12:19 pm | by Dr. Egidijus Machtejevas, Product Management Analytical Chromatography and Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Research and Development Analytical Chromatography, Merck Millipore | Articles | Comments

Measures for ensuring food safety and the provision of wholesome food require reliable data obtained by chemical analysis. Reliable analytical results are also essential to facilitate international food trade. In an attempt to provide a safer food supply, the FDA recently unveiled new, more stringent rules on imported foods.

Tyson Slapped With OSHA Fine

December 18, 2013 5:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal workplace safety agency has recommended that Tyson Foods pay a $147,000 fine because of several serious workplace violations, including one that led to a worker's hand being severed at the company's Hutchinson plant.                                     

Look Inside A Candy-Cane Factory

December 16, 2013 4:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Check out how Hammond's Candies makes candy-canes, marshmallows and caramels all by hand.                                                                          

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Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 16, 2013 3:54 pm | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

Chinese CEO Caught Stealing Monsanto And Pioneer Seed

December 13, 2013 11:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation's leading seed developers, prosecutors said Thursday.                  

Body Recovered After Silo Collapse

December 5, 2013 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency crews have recovered the body of a feed mill worker who was buried Monday under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo, a fire chief said late Wednesday night.                        

Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Articles | Comments

Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.

Color-Coded Contamination Control

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Daniel Peterson, Product Manager, Industrial Vacuum Division, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety hinges on identifying and reducing contamination risks at critical exchange points. Many food processors have found color-coded accessories practical and effective because color is easily communicated to crew members regardless of native language, and color schemes are more easily memorized than other systems. 

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Sanitation By Isolation

December 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Dr. Elis Owens, Senior Microbiologist & Chemist, Birko | Articles | Comments

Most processors are well aware of the need to thoroughly clean and sanitize their production spaces between each day’s production. However, it’s easy to overlook procedures that can be implemented to limit the entry of pathogens into the processing area during the production day.

MFA Oil Buys Failed Sweetner Factory

December 4, 2013 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

MFA Oil Co. plans to buy the 33-acre site in Moberly where Mamtek U.S. had planned to build an artificial sweetener plant before that company collapsed, MFA officials said.                                                  

Could Plastic Quick Connects Expand Your Design Options?

December 3, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ken Davis, Value Plastics, Inc., a Nordson Company | Articles | Comments

No longer just for medical equipment, plastic quick connectors have been integrated into laboratory instrumentation and industrial equipment, where the need for reliable, critical connections is paramount and ease of servicing vital to maintain production uptime and throughput.

Recycling Snack Food Waste Into Energy & Fertilizer

December 3, 2013 11:31 am | by Heather Clancy, GreenBiz.Com | Blogs | Comments

As part of the zero-waste commitment for its manufacturing operation, PepsiCo's agriculture team in Turkey invested in anaerobic digestion technology several years ago to handle the organic waste created there.                        

Airlock Slide Rail System

December 3, 2013 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bush & Wilton Easi-Clean Tapered Rotary Airlock is now offered with a Slide Rail System. 

Staying Ahead Of The Regulatory Game

December 2, 2013 1:31 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

As federal agencies keep an eye on consumer health, food and beverage manufacturers are working independently to make their products healthier, often well ahead of regulatory mandates. The FDA recently announced that it will require the food industry to phase out the use of trans fats. 

9 Dead After Factory Roof Collapse

November 26, 2013 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A roof collapse probably caused by a blizzard has killed nine people at a food processing factory in northeast China, state media and an official said Tuesday.                                       

Inline Solenoid Valve

November 26, 2013 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation has introduced a new low-cost inline solenoid valve, the Viking Lite Valve Series. 

Heavy-Duty Grinder

November 25, 2013 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provisur Technologies Weiler introduces a line of heavy-duty grinders for meat grinding applications.

IN Food Plant Reopening Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A food-processing company has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana where it plans to eventually have 400 workers.                                             

Wireless Vibration Sensors

November 21, 2013 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation is now offering wireless vibration sensors for paper and metal manufacturing, power plants, waste treatment plants, pumping stations, food and beverage packing facilities and many other industries that rely upon motor-driven equipment. 

Custom Dial Faces

November 21, 2013 10:17 am | Palmer Wahl | Product Releases | Comments

Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group announces its new custom dial face design and manufacturing service.

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