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The State of Food Manufacturing

Man & Machine Reach for Operational Excellence
Production improvement is always a driver in manufacturing, but there are other areas of concern in food and beverage, as survey participants make clear.
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Toward zero liquid discharge

Animal feed recovery used to constitute best practice in food plant wastewater treatment. Technology and sustainability efforts are pushing manufacturers far beyond that.
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Trust, but verify

You can never be too cautious when you buy ingredients from around the world.
Whether it’s your suppliers or process, analytical instrumentation can confirm the quality of your ingredients and assure your process is efficient, safe and under control.
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Tech Update: Preventing dust explosions

While understanding the physics of dust explosions can require college math, using the old eyeballs and some simple cleaning tools can go a long way in preventing a catastrophe.
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Don’t it turn my white can blue

Credit Todd Berardi for finding a way to be different while bending to convention.
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Less filling, same price

With ingredient prices trending up and shoppers unwilling to pay more, food packagers are shifting to downsized containers.
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Take me to your showroom

If anyone appreciates automation, it’s a veteran of the automotive industry.
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Microbial risk guideline

The Food Safety and Inspection Service and EPA have published a guideline for regulatory agencies.
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Plant Openings & Expansions: September 2012

McCall Farms, Inc. announced expansion plans for its manufacturing facility in Florence County, SC.
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Farm Bill still not approved

The Farm Bill remains bogged down in the House of Representatives, despite the House Agriculture Committee’s approval in July.
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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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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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