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Find the right tools to manage food safety and quality

Managing suppliers with differing methods of documenting food safety and quality is a breeze with the right software.
Headquartered in Cape Town, Woolworths is one of South Africa’s leading retailers, with annual revenues of $3.6 billion.


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New freezer technology creates quick-frozen produce

The system drops freezing time from 10 to 15 minutes down to a mere seven minutes and provides quick energy savings.
Established in 1919, Smith Frozen Foods processes private-label frozen vegetables including peas, corn, carrots, lima beans and garbanzo beans.


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Stretch/shrink wrapping without the twist

A German winery finds a better way to stabilize pallets for highway shipping.
Headquartered in Freyburg at the Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt, the Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH winery has a 50 percent market share of bottled sparkling wine in Germany.


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Dairy cuts downtime caused by power interruptions

Four power events per year cost the dairy $200,000, but power protection equipment has eliminated the interruptions.
Power interruptions and brownouts (sags) are costly, even if it’s just one per year.


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Stop the guesswork

Software helps a processor get weights and quality right the first time—from the plant floor to the corporate office.
Michael Foods, Inc. is a multinational producer and distributor of egg products and refrigerated potato products, as well as a distributor of cheese and other dairy-case products for the foodservice, retail and food-ingredient markets.


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Robots have just the right touch

These robots pack deli meats faster than humans—and they check packages for vacuum leaks before they’re boxed.
For people who grew up in the Philadelphia area in the last 50 years, Dietz & Watson is practically a household name.


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Beer brewing company brews steam in minutes

This craft brewer chose efficient state-of-the-art boilers that produce steam and hot water on demand, saving energy.
Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT makes an array of year-round and seasonal beers, including Road 2 Ruin, Workers Comp Saison, Igor’s Dream and No Limits Hefeweizen.


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Put a chill on flour, and waste

Using cryogenics to cool flour in the mixing process allows this bakery to cut waste and boost quality.
Founded as a neighborhood bakery in 1943, Coles Quality Foods, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI became synonymous with frozen garlic bread when it established the category in the 1970s.


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Brewery minimizes downtime with controls update

Two obsolete PLCs were replaced by a modern controller while the original I/O was kept, thanks to a new control network gateway.
Whether it’s football in the US or rugby in Great Britain, the two sports have one thing in common: Many of their spectators like beer.


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Taking the squeeze out of raw ingredient storage and flow

Consolidating rack systems increases storage capacity by 42 percent and frees up space, allowing the addition of 24 percent more inventory items.
General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, IA plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long usage time created the need for a storage system that would safely add capacity to its existing facility.


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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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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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