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Packaging

Prize-winning packs

Microwaveable bacon package wins Product of the Year Award.
April 9, 2013

A microwaveable, susceptor-equipped bacon package for Embotits Espina, a 102-year-old maker of cold cuts headquartered in Vic, Spain, earned the Product of the Year Award.


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Dry Processing

Organic grain packager fills it to the limit

Taking the load off the backs of operators, this automatic bag filler also has increased production rates by 40 percent.
April 9, 2013

Grain Millers, based in Eugene, OR has been packaging conventional organic whole grain products for more than 30 years.


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Food Defense Systems

Staff vigilance: The first line of food defense

Facing mandates to safeguard against deliberate contamination, food companies walk a fine line between implementing effective defenses and creating an uncomfortable workplace.
March 6, 2013

The joke in certain circles is that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which explicitly cites the need to guard against intentional adulteration, should more accurately be referred to as SCFEA: the Security Consultants Full Employment Act.


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Packaging Materials

Multifaceted empowerment

New packaging materials add functionality, improve sustainability, lengthen shelf life and enhance shelf impact of food products.
March 6, 2013

Innovative packaging materials and concepts give new and established products greater functionality, sustainability, shelf life and shelf impact.


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FSMA Update

The devil’s in the details

Looking for some light reading material before going to bed? The first proposed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act are not the place to start.
March 6, 2013

The second anniversary of the signing into law of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was celebrated January 4 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the long-delayed unveiling of the first proposed regulations affecting manufacturers and their upstream partners in the food chain.


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Tech Update: Wireless Applications

Eliminate wires and legwork with radio communications

Wireless systems help alleviate plant installation obstructions and provide cost efficiencies. With FSMA looming, it’s time to get moving to support electronic recordkeeping with wireless capabilities.
March 6, 2013

Look around you. You probably have operating parameters you’d like to measure and track to satisfy the requirements of regulators, especially with FDA getting serious about implementing parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Continuous improvement

Engaged staff equals better performance

Virtually every manufacturer with a business continuity plan wants to improve continuously, including in the way it approaches continuous improvement.
February 6, 2013

Like motherhood and love of country, continuous improvement is a concept that demands support. None dare speak against it; all are obliged to sing its praises.


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Food safety

Lessons learned from non-food industries

For those who can resist the not-invented-here mentality, pharmaceutical manufacturing is rife with methods and tools that can improve outcomes in food and beverage production.
February 6, 2013

Products like nutritionally enhanced water and probiotic yogurt help obscure the line that divides food and medicine.


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Flooring

Striking the right balance underfoot

Durable, safe, affordable and aesthetically pleasing flooring choices keep processes up and running.
February 6, 2013

Flooring is fundamental to every processing plant, but depending on the application, food and beverage manufacturers have unique needs related to hygiene, durability and compression and tensile strength.


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Dry Processing

Keep the mill wheels grinding

A new flour mill uses traditional milling techniques with a state-of-the-art screener.
February 6, 2013

Rebuilt as a replica of a 13th century mill, Walk Mill is a modern flour mill that uses water power to grind wheat with stone grinding wheels coupled with electrical augers and a modern centrifugal screener.


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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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TYSON FOODS

Tyson Foods made headlines announcing the company intends to acquire Hillshire Brands in a deal valued at $8.55 billion. Do you think the acquisition for will be beneficial for meat and poultry processors?
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The July 2014 issue of Food Engineering features the 12th Annual Replacement Parts Survey. Also covered: OEE improvement steps and increased filtration cycle.

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