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Equipment track record justifies placement in new facility

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

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

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

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

 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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Food Packaging

‘Bone’ appétit!: New advances for pet food industry

 A pet peeve for some dog owners is not being able to feed their pets a warm meal. But that problem is being addressed with a heated, moist supplement for dry food in a package familiar to the world of single-serve soups, pastas and snacks. 


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Manufacturing News

Nutrition facts label overhauled

 First Lady Michelle Obama introduced major proposed changes to the nutrition facts label on behalf of FDA at an event held at the White House on February 27, 2014. The updates are designed to reflect the latest scientific information on the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. The announcement focused on changes in label requirements that highlight new information such as calories and serving sizes. 


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Dry Processing Technology

The right blend of automation

  Increased production capacity demands lead dry seasoning processor to more efficient and flexible product transfer system.


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Dry Processing

A good egg requires gentle handling

Powdered egg manufacturer saves more than $150,000 annually by implementing pneumatic conveying system.
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Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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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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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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