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Clean compressed air system is green, too

The last thing a processor needs is oil-contaminated food. Oil-free air compressors fill the bill while conserving energy.
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Kolak Snack Foods Ltd. is a leading UK manufacturer of crisps (potato chips) and snacks. Its brands include Kolak Diamond Crisps and Snacks and Dylans Hand Cooked Crisps.


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Making ammonia safer and more efficient in refrigeration applications

Borne out of necessity, new ammonia refrigeration technology uses 1 percent of the refrigerant quantity of previous systems and increases efficiency.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Not all refrigerated food and beverage warehouses have the luxury of being located away from people in wide-open spaces next to an interstate and a railroad spur.


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Plant of the Year

Plant of the Year: Excellence and efficiency abound at Blue Diamond Growers

By Mikell Knights
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 Built from a foundation of emerging collaboration tools and a unique, cross-functional, interdisciplinary approach, Blue Diamond Growers achieves its manufacturing goals with its new “dream” plant. 


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Vilsack says funding cut won’t compromise meat safety

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 US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a cut to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal will not hamper the agency’s meat, poultry and egg inspection responsibilities.  


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Microbrewery puts a new face on its flooring

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Equipment and chemicals are tough on bare cement, but a layer of polyurethane gives the floor a new life.
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Equipment track record justifies placement in new facility

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After a conveyor proved itself in an existing facility, choosing a unit for a new plant was a no-brainer.


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On-demand steam meets pet food production requirements

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The new steam generator also satisfies California’s tough emission regulations.
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Craft brewer makes quick, safe connections

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Powering up or down equipment in a wet environment can be dangerous and tedious, without the right connection equipment.
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Food Packaging

Curve appeal

By Cindy Dubin
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Last year, some members of the dairy industry thought it hip to be in square packaging. But Dean Foods, Inc. is taking a more circuitous route. Its Land O’Lakes brand sour cream and cottage cheese products are appearing on retailer shelves throughout the upper Midwest in curved packaging.


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Food Packaging

Coffee stick makes a stir

By Cindy Dubin
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 Make a perfect cup of coffee—or tea—in about 30 seconds. Might sound too good to be true, but Australian inventor Dave Hopper may have enabled you to do just that with the development of Quikstix. 


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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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FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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