Packaging

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Graphic redesign can be a bear trap for an iconic brand. Doubters need only consider the experience of PepsiCo’s Tropicana, which briefly dropped the orange-and-straw graphic two years ago. 
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Chefs embrace lightweight pouches

Mass merchandisers aren’t the only customers putting pressure on suppliers to cut material use and shipping weights.
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PLA cup sidelines big oil

Functionality issues dogged plant-based plastic resins when they debuted, but product development is gradually overcoming them.
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Wholesale egg distributor cries foul during recall

Food safety was the clear focus in August’s nationwide egg recall, but the incident also highlights the need for strict control of packaging materials.
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Lite beer for lightweights

Not too many beer drinkers approach 16 ozs. of malt in installments, though that’s certainly an option with the Silver Bullet aluminum pint bottle from MillerCoors.
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Get the micro-oxygen out

Locking out oxygen is one of the primary functions of food and beverage packaging, but ongoing research suggests oxygen levels for shelf-stable foods are so high, the likelihood of delivering a quality product is remote, regardless of the package used.
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Sealed bag helps extend shelf life

It ain’t easy being natural, at least when it comes to delivering baked goods without preservatives.
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Snack apps

For the beleaguered snack-and-soda vending business, help is on the way in the form of iPhone-inspired interactive machines.
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Less waste, more innovation saluted in DuPont awards

The single-serve market has eluded US winemakers, despite efforts by some of the largest producers.
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A slice of the eco pie

Everybody loves a winner, and a bakery’s cheesecake-shipping success is powering a bandwagon for its packaging suppliers.
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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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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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