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New Plant of the Year: The Age of Specialization

The buying and selling of food companies is always noteworthy, particularly when billion-dollar assets change hands.
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Plant Profile: Compassionate Capitalists

The owners of Just Desserts hope to leverage a new $12 million bakery into a major share of the super-premium cake business.
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ENGINEERING R&D: A thermal bullet for deli meats

Packaging exposes ready-to-eat products to contamination risk, but an Oklahoma inventor is devising a variety of pasteurization options.
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Automatic cap feed elevators

CAP-L Company introduced an expanded line of automatic container cap feeding elevators.
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Automated powder unloading system speeds blending

Bulk bag discharger hits the sweet spot for chocolate powder producer.
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Tech Update: ERP now ready for prime time

The latest applications allow food manufacturers to leverage their business processes across enterprises.
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New Plant of the Year: Self-compacting Concrete Speeds Project

Pre-cast concrete construction is widely used for food plants, but the technique leaves pock marks that serve as excellent nesting places for insect larvae.
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Regulatory Watch: Failure to communicate

In an appearance before Congress, USDA’s Office of Inspector General has rapped the agency for not effectively communicating.
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Food Packaging: Retortable carton awaits American debut

As if metal cans and flexible pouches weren’t options enough, now food processors can use cartons in retort processing.
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Information Technology:

Each year, publications like Information Week, eWeek, and InfoWorld publish lists of who they consider to be the best Information Technology (IT) innovators. Again in 2001, the food industry was not well represented.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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