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Case history: Animal crackers get chocolate-covered makeover

When Stauffer’s needed baggers and scales for chocolate enrobing, they travelled to PACK EXPO Las Vegas.
By Shane O'Halloran
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New chocolate-enrobed crackers have been so popular, the baggers and scales run 24 hours a day.


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UK committee says horse meat contamination likely fraud; food testing facility decline a concern

A new report blames elements of the food industry seeking to make a profit despite traceability requirements for last year’s scandal.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee also calls for increased authenticity testing for meat.


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Calculating the ROI of pneumatic conveyers

Pneumatic conveyers can help operations engineer hazards and ergonomic inefficiencies out of process manufacturing.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Could your operation’s bottom line benefit from pneumatic conveyers by reducing workplace injuries and increasing line speed?
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Raw milk rankles governors in Maine, Wisconsin

Bills relaxing regulations on raw milk sales in Maine and Wisconsin are being blocked by the governors of each state.
By Shane O'Halloran
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A bill was vetoed in Maine, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is noncommittal about raw milk’s future in his state.


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Heinz, Kellogg and Kraft named top TRUE brands for food and beverage

Each is trusted, remarkable, unmistakable and essential for consumers.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Research suggests newer brands have trouble gaining consumer trust, the basis for a successful brand.


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Give SPC a role in your plant

While SPC isn’t a panacea for all process ills, it can help you fine-tune your process to assure greater product consistency.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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SPC can also be used in controlling HACCP parameters.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2014 dates announced

The premier food and beverage manufacturing event will return to Florida in 2014.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Attendees will gain valuable information on the latest manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety trends.


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FDA proposes new “action level” for arsenic in apple juice

The new regulations require the arsenic level to be no higher than that of drinking water.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Previous FDA investigation has shown low levels of harmful inorganic arsenic in apple juice.


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Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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US canned foods market declines

With the US recession ending, many consumers are trading back up to more expensive foods.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Sales were flat in 2012 and are predicted to decline.
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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.

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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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