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Global Manufacturing Management: Extending your worldwide reach

If you’re thinking about setting up a plant in a foreign country, take it a step at a time and look for a partner that shares your goals.

Whether you’re a small, medium or large food and beverage manufacturer, taking the plunge and opening a new plant in a foreign country is a huge decision, often fraught with risks you may have never envisioned. But there are alternatives, and finding the one that makes sense for your operation can help propel your products into the global marketplace.


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Dry Processing

New centrifugal screener helps bakery stay on schedule

An older screener was a food safety hazard.
For Gourmet Baker, a Canadian producer of baked desserts, it is the power of fine flour that separates its strudel, Danish pastries, puff pastries, croissants and cinnamon rolls from competing brands. The company consumes about 80,000 lb. of flour per week at its plant in Winnipeg, MB.
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Manufacturing News

Out for comment: FSMA on food defense

The Proposed Rule on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration is out for comment until the end of March.
While FSMA sections on the Produce Safety Rule and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule have garnered the lion’s share of the news in the last few months, the Proposed Rule on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration is out for comment until the end of March. Though no large-scale events have occurred, a few small ones have affected small groups of people for various, unrelated reasons.
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Integrated Pest Management

Pest Control: The best defense? A good offense

Integrated pest management protects profits by relying on maintenance and sanitation for pest control, rather than chemical treatments that may require plant downtime.
Stringent hygiene requirements at food and beverage facilities make an effective pest control program imperative.
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Food Safety

Automated cleaning and sanitation saves time, produces better results

CIP and COP systems benefit from automated washing systems that make use of spraying equipment matched to the right chemical media.
With FSMA in place and many processors seeking GFSI certifications, effective cleaning and sanitation are more important than ever.
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Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing Intelligence: Using the right tools to make the right decisions

You may have an ERP system and industrial controls in place, but are you getting the key performance indicators needed to stay ahead of the competition?
Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence software is a crucial tool.
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Tech Update

Tech Update: Meat and poultry processing

Equipment advances help minimize product contamination while raising production efficiency.
From freezing and frying to cleanliness and coding, new technologies make tasks easier.
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Food Safety

FSMA Update: Staying ahead of the curve

Comments are in for proposed Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls, but final rules have not been issued, leaving processors time to explore audit and certification alternatives.
FSMA is still a work in progress, and the final comment period could affect your operation.
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Water usage and treatment

Take a load off

Food and beverage plants under pressure to reduce contaminants in their discharge water are finding a wider range of solutions.
Water recovery and productivity goals are aided by new systems.
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Fabulous Food Plants

Automation keeps fruit fresh at Paramount Citrus

This 640,000-sq.-ft. citrus fruit processing/packaging facility is almost completely automated and has a roof of solar cells and a fuel cell system to supply energy to the plant and the grid.

The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.


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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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FSMA Audit

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Food Engineering

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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