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Dean Foods, Land O'Lakes to joint venture

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Dean Foods Co. and Land O'Lakes Inc. have announced that Dean Foods will purchase Land O'Lakes Upper Midwest fluid milk operations.
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ZAP! Better-tasting UHT milks!

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Research under way at the Western Dairy Center at Utah State University suggests that the use of electrical current may be more effective in producing good tasting, ultra-high temperature milk than more conventional methods.
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Eye on Washington

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President Clinton has announced an aggressive new strategy to significantly reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses caused by listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and lunch meats.
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Automated batching the recipe for product consistency

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In an effort to promote recipe consistency and speed production of its products, ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries recently employed automation software from National Instruments to control the batching system in its Brenham, Texas, plant.
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Food processors to purchase less packaging equipment

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Although spending for packaging machinery by U.S. domestic companies is expected to rise by 2 to 3 percent this year -- to approximately $4.9 billion in sales -- spending by the food industry is expected to decline by 1 to 3 percent during the same period, according to a study by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
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Kosher vs. Halal

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Oftentimes Kosher is considered the equivalent of Halal, but there are distinct differences between the two.
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Keeping ingredients in line

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Effectively and efficiently managing information - from supplier inventory to projected sales - is essential to flexible manufacturing. That's where integrated software comes into play.
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Eye on Washington

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Meat and poultry inspections not tough enough, auditors say.
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Portable pasteurization on the way

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The Titan Corporation -- manufacturer of the nation's first electronic pasteurization for food -- has been awarded a U.S. patent for a transporting and self-shielding system that miniaturizes its SureBeam technology, allowin
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Recipe Management Software Provides Flexibility

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Sequencia Corp. (Phoenix, AZ) has a multi-site agreement with Morinaga Milk Industry Co. (Tokyo) to implement Sequencia’s OpenBatch recipe-management software.
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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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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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