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Food Packaging

Microwaveable popcorn pops in ‘bowl’

A gusseted bowl design with a tear-strip opening moves to Canada to replace the traditional bag for Orville Redenbacher’s microwaveable popcorn.
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The Pop Up Bowl’s wider mouth, sturdier sides and transparent top and bottom provide a stable serving “dish.”


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Food Packaging

Mobile portion control

Flexible packaging delivers on-the-go convenience and single-serving calorie counts.
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As more consumers snack more often, brand owners provide products in portable, single-serving packs to appeal to these grab-and-go consumers and the retail outlets they frequent.


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Engineering R&D

Moving dry food sterilization ahead full-steam

A new pasteurization and sterilization approach for dry goods relies on saturated steam to purge pathogenic germs
By Mikell Knights
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In the process, it widens the window of product types treatable by the same unit.


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Manufacturing News

Energy management improves business performance

Ever-increasing energy costs have processors looking for tools to cut wasteful energy usage.
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One useful tool is industrial energy management software, but determining which software to use can be daunting.


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Plant of the Year

Plant of the Year: Chobani

Chobani's brand-new Twin Falls facility continues to evolve while keeping up with the American public's insatiable demand for Greek yogurt.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Chobani time might be defined as the time it takes a new company, which started in 2005, to rise to the top in US Greek yogurt sales in 2012, claiming 47.3 percent of the US market, according to AdAge, June 6, 2012.


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Plant Sanitation

Top five ways to get your plant sanitation FSMA-ready

Although the final FSMA preventive controls and cGMP provisions may be more than a year away, now is the time to develop and apply requisite science-based food safety plans.
By Julie Larson Bricher, Contributing Editor
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On January 4, 2013, two years after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, FDA issued its proposed Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) regulations.


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Tech Update - Pumps

Look before you leap into pump selection

While there may be more than one pump solution for a specific application, it pays to do some homework first to find the most efficient solution.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Increase efficiency. Improve product handling characteristics. Meter ingredients or cleaning chemicals more accurately. Cut maintenance time and downtime. Decrease energy usage.


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Engineering R&D

Energy savings flow from pasta dryer’s exhaust air

Process temperature and relative humidity are managed in a new dryer design that improves the quality of long goods pasta production while generating energy savings.
By Mikell Knights
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Bühler was investigating how to improve the conditioning of pasta through enhanced dryer control.


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Packaging

Prize-winning packs

Microwaveable bacon package wins Product of the Year Award.
By Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor
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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.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Grain Millers, based in Eugene, OR has been packaging conventional organic whole grain products for more than 30 years.


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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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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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