Tech Flash Volume 4, No. 5
Seaboard Farms brings home the bacon
“We’re committed to sustainable business practices and the biodiesel plant represents this commitment well,” said Rod Brenneman, president of High Plains Bioenergy and Seaboard Farms. “High Plains Bioenergy demonstrates environmental sustainability by producing clean-burning, alternative energy; economic sustainability because it adds value to our integrated food system by using pork as the feedstock; and community sustainability by creating new business opportunities for Guymon and the state of
Wanzek Construction Inc. built the facility, which uses Desmet Ballestra technology to produce fuel meeting the ASTM D6751 specification for high-quality biodiesel. The plant will employ 30 people when it reaches full production and operate 24 hours a day.
High Plains selected
Sweet: China's sugar industry
Among the total output, cane sugar reached 11.37 million tons, up 21.3%. Beet sugar output decreased 7.7% to 1.15 million tons.Sugar output in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and
General Mills has partnered with the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) to further generate awareness for this chronic, inherited digestive disorder. It is estimated that as many as three million adults and children are living undiagnosed with this autoimmune disorder.Gluten, the common name for the natural proteins found in wheat, barley and rye, is harmful to persons with Celiac disease. Celiac disease attacks the small intestine, resulting in damage to the villi, which make up its lining.
Economic opportunity replaces conflict in Iraq
BCF, one of
BCF’s potential for food processing was shattered in October 2006 when the entire surrounding area erupted in sectarian violence. Farmers were unable to work their fields, and the factory no longer had access to the agricultural supplies needed to operate.
In 2007, efforts by Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces ended the violence in the area. Engagement with the community began by bringing the various sectarian factions to the table where they all recognized a common goal-economic development could ensure continued peace. Engineers from USAID’s Inma program undertook an extensive assessment of BCF’s 10-hectare facility and drew up plans to bring at least some of the plant’s operations back on line.Inma’s grant funding will ensure that power, water, waste treatment and steam will be restored to the plant. By mid-year, chips, bottled water and fruit-flavored drinks are expected to go on line, employing up to 200 workers at the plant.
Plant of the year has Italian flair
Essential guide to manufacturing software
Integration projects require a disciplined approach
Special Supplement: Conveyor systems control plant flow
Tech Update: Vision and x-ray Inspection
Electric pulses keep beating
People, Plant and Industry News
Grocery Manufacturers Association President and CEO Cal Dooley commended Senator Herb Kohl’s proposal to boost FDA’s FY 2009 budget by $275 million. Kohl’s proposal calls for earmarking $100 million of the above for food safety.
The Dannon Company, Inc. has announced the addition of four executives to its senior leadership team. They include Antoine Remy, vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO); Marc Jove, vice president of marketing; Philippe Domenge, vice president of industrial; and Tony Cicio, vice president of human resources.
Campbell Soup Company completed the sale of its Australian salty snack brands to a group of Australian investors. The senior management team of the The Real McCoy, an Australian owned snack foods company, was part of the sale.
Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc. announced two senior executive changes. Tony Sarsam was named executive vice president of sales and operations, and Rhonda Ramlo was named executive vice president of marketing, replacing Tyler Johnston who will be retiring this summer after 20 years with the company.
The Food Marketing Institute announced the following new board members: Lawrence Benjamin, COO of Ahold USA, Inc.; Art Potash, CEO of Potash Bros. Markets; Oscar Gonzalez, COO of Northgate Gonzalez Market; and Steven Goddard, president and CEO of WinCo Foods, LLC.
The Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club selected Peter Parthenis Sr. as its 2008 Hall of Fame Award recipient. Parthenis is the founder of Grecian Delight Foods located in
American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) CEO James Jefferson Page, died after a long battle with cancer. Page had a successful career in the dairy industry spanning more than 30 years. Prior to working for ADPI, he held positions with Dean Foods, Kraft Foods and PET Dairy.
The American Dairy Products Institute presented their annual Award of Merit to John D. Whetten, recently retired President and CEO of Challenge Dairy Products Inc., located in
Cognex Corporation promoted Justin Testa to executive vice president.
Revolution Tea, specializing in premium, whole-leaf tea and iced tea products, will partner with Kraft Foodservice for national distribution in the foodservice channel. Kraft Foodservice will distribute Revolution’s all-natural, premium iced tea and dispensing system, as well as single serving hot teas in boxes and foils.
TranSystems and Gross & Associates, consultants in material handling logistics focusing on operations design, management and distribution, have merged.