Tech Flash Vol 7, No. 3 -- Food Engineering's E-Newsletter
Campbell Soup plans 9.8 megawatt solar generation in Ohio
The 9.8-megawatt facility will be constructed on 60 acres of ground near the
ConAgra Foods plant earns LEED Platinum certification
The state-of-the-art equipment in the plant was designed to process sweet potatoes in the most efficient and environmentally responsible way-key for long-term, economic sustainability. When in complete operation, the plant will convert fresh sweet potatoes into consumer and restaurant products prepared from frozen product.
“We had an opportunity to build something from scratch and set out to build a great sustainable plant because it was right for the business and who we are as a company,” says Rick Martin, vice president for manufacturing at Lamb Weston. “We’ve been producing quality sweet potato products for the past 10 years, which allowed us to bring the best of what we’ve learned during this time to the design and construction of the
Notable features of the new plant that helped it earn the platinum certification include:
- The entire plant is climate controlled to increase worker productivity, safety and comfort. Climate control in such a hot, humid environment reduces condensation build up and water on the floors, reducing slip and fall and hazards. Materials, such as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpeting, cleaning products and paints, are used in the interior of the plant to reduce occupant exposure to airborne pollutants.
- Energy-saving equipment is projected to save 40 percent of the annual energy consumed at a comparable plant. By identifying and recovering potential wasted energy within the building systems and processes, energy demand is greatly reduced.
- Biogas, produced by treating process waste water, is piped back to the plant boilers to produce steam. This process is expected to offset approximately 20 percent of the annual natural gas demand of the plant, and prevents methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere.
- More than 100 acres of the property will be maintained as open space, including protected wetland areas, ponds and restored native vegetation. Water is conserved outside the building by landscaping with native plant species that require no irrigation once established.
- Priority parking is given to low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles.
“LEED was used as a back check to validate the sustainable strategies implemented during design and construction” says Patrick Leonard, green building consultant, LEED AP, Paladino and Company. “The platinum rating is the positive outcome of our team’s focus on balancing the project’s impacts to the planet, employees and the community, and Lamb Weston’s bottom line.”According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the Lamb Weston facility is the first “large-scale frozen food manufacturing plant” to earn its Platinum certificate. Last year, Shearer’s Foods was the first snack-food manufacturing plant in the
NBC's David Gregory to keynote Food Safety Summit
Gregory has moderated several discussions about food safety issues, and since being named moderator of Meet the Press in 2008, has covered the Obama administration from all angles, reporting extensively on the economy, health care reform and the ongoing wars.
The Food Safety Summit offers an educational program that starts on Tuesday, April 19 with three half-day workshops. Speakers will provide in-depth analyses and give attendees the opportunity to discover how key food safety issues are implemented at other organizations. These include “Training for Results;” “Effective Risk Communication in Order to Secure Food Safety Resources;” and “The Three Pillars of a Successful Liability Program: Prevention, Response and Resolution.”
Other conference sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will feature important government and public health issues including:
- “Food Regulations: What New Mandates Face the Food Industry in 2011 and Beyond?”
- “The FDA Food Code: Content, Adoption and Implementation”
- “Traceability, Managing Allergens and Food Defense”
- “Food Safety Media Training: How to Be Smart”
- “Working with Public Health Officials”
- “Preparing for a GFSI Audit: Teachings from Those Who Have Been Audited.”
The program also features supplier exhibits and education sessions held in Vendor Theaters. Vendor-produced lectures will operate on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and be led by Bureau Veritas, Romer Labs, Alchemy Systems, Eurofins Scientific and Ingersoll Rand.For more information, visit the Food Safety Summit website.
To Russia with love
Approval of Cargill’s
“This was no different than any of our valued markets; it took some heavy lifting to regain access post-BSE,” says Matt Gibney, Cargill general manager. “We remained optimistic that with all the collaborative work being done by CFIA, the Canadian Beef Export Federation and the Canadian Embassy in
Lower foodborne illness rate no accident
Asset Management: Aligning man and machine
The case for high benefit lighting
Keep the gears running
Engineering R&D: Membranes and milk
People, Plant and Industry News
SKF appointed Poul Jeppesen as president, North America with overall responsibility for
Paolo Barilla, president of AIDEPI (the Association of the Italian Pastry and Pasta Industries), was named to lead the upcoming IPACK-IMA trade show.
Texas-based food service distributor Ben E. Keith Foods acquired Oklahoma-based Dan’s Foodservice.
ABB Ltd completed its acquisition of Baldor Electric Company, a North American manufacturer of industrial motors. The transaction was valued at $4.2 billion.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) welcomed H. L. “Leo” Staples as its 2011 president.
Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms,
Buffalo Rock Company named Matthew Dent as president and chief operating officer.
Clifton, NJ-based Newark Wire Cloth Company celebrated its 100th birthday. It works with stainless steel, titanium, molybdenum, tantalum and tungsten and produces screens from 130 mesh to 510 x 3600 per inch. From these screens, it produces a sanitary product line of strainers and wire mesh overscreens.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions named Cezary Mroz as its new director of engineering and development.
Edwin (J.R.) Reeser was named area sales manager for Piab USA, Inc.’s newly formed