Sustainability

Editor's Note: There’s no stopping the growing force and rewards of sustainability

About 10 years ago, someone from a major food industry supplier called me to discuss his company’s commitment to sustainability. 


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Tertiary water reuse is a popular idea

Agricultural and industrial use account for 90 percent of the world's freshwater resources
Not for drinking, recycled water for farming and some industrial applications holds promise in decreasing water shortages.
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Coca-Cola to set sustainable packaging goals in Europe

A joint-venture with a PET recycler will make it possible
The goals include achieving zero waste in its own operations and recycling more packaging than it uses.
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Packaging Trends Survey: Greener Containers, Faster Speeds

Whether they acknowledge it or not, food packaging professionals are operating lines where the goals of sustainable manufacturing are playing out.


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Renewable energy processes 20 percent of beef at Cargill facility

Cargill’s Fort Morgan, CO beef processing plant invested $1.8 million in energy-efficiency improvements and is seeing tangible results.
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Global water issues need research to avoid crisis situations

With 70 percent of all fresh water use by irrigation, drought is the number-one threat to the food supply in high-population, developing countries.
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Toward zero liquid discharge

Animal feed recovery used to constitute best practice in food plant wastewater treatment. Technology and sustainability efforts are pushing manufacturers far beyond that.
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Ensuring the sustainability of sustainability efforts

Making a product “green” often calls for manufacturing changes—sometimes with unexpected results that must be factored into the equation.
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Odor eater for large manufacturing plants

A processing plant may be a sustainable operation, but if it stinks, neighbors will not consider it a good member of the community.
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Coca-Cola earns No. 3 spot on EPA’s onsite green power generators

Landfill gas-to-energy system powers an Atlanta facility.
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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.

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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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Food Engineering

FE September 2014

2014 September

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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