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Sustainability

Energy management: crunching the numbers

Reducing energy usage is an ongoing practice, requiring education and continuing efforts by everyone in the organization.

There are many paths toward reducing energy and utility usage at plants—some are obvious, but some are not and require the help of consultants and suppliers.


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Food Safety

Inline monitoring aids in food safety and quality

What you don’t measure could kill your brand.

While it may be said that food safety and food quality are not necessarily interrelated, get lax about either, and you probably won’t have a brand for long.


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Lift Trucks

Making all the right moves

An integral part of the food and beverage industry supply chain, state-of-the-art lift trucks provide efficiency, economy and ergonomics.

Lift trucks have taken their own special direction in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.


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Tech Update: X-ray & Optical Inspection

New types of foreign material and product flaws detected

X-ray, camera and laser sorting technologies are coming of age in new configurations and applications that improve productivity and reduce false rejects while detecting harder-to-find flaws.

A new range of contaminants, product defects and packaging imperfections are being spotted by the latest styles of multi-beam X-ray systems and optical inspection technologies.


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Tech Update: Meat & Poultry Processing

Employing energy savings as a competitive edge

Known for their heavy use of energy, the meat and poultry industries need to cut usage wherever they can.


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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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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Food Engineering

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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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