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Palletizing solution encourages flexibility

When a large gum manufacturer recently decided to automate its manufacturing and distribution center, it called on Alvey Systems, Inc.
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Flexible Manufacturing

More than just an equipment change, flexible manufacturing also requires a change in thinking.
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Quicker finish for starter cultures

If cheesemaking is an art, then starter cultures can be likened to the temperamen tal artist, says Dan Pelgrin of Madison, Wis.-based Rhodia, Inc., a manufacturer of microbiological starter cultures for the food, dairy and agriculture industries.
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Plant Openings/Expansions

Hershey Foods recently opened its 1.2 million-sq.-ft. Eastern Distribution Center.
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Food Safety

Strong sales of the nation's first irradiated hamburger meat, which debuted in Minneapolis and St. Paul stores last month, should help alleviate concern about consumer acceptance of irradiated products.
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Dean Foods, Land O'Lakes to joint venture

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!

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

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

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

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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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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