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Brewery’s pump doesn't need valves

Combined with a flow meter, the positive-displacement pump accurately meters yeast flow.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 It can reverse directions as well, making the CIP/SIP process a piece of cake.  


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Raisin processor gets double duty from rinse water

Not only does the processor avoid high charges from the public treatment facility, it also sells concentrated sugar water to distilleries.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 The company generates between 60,000 and 80,000 gallons of wastewater a day, primarily from the raisin washing process.  


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Case history: Animal crackers get chocolate-covered makeover

When Stauffer’s needed baggers and scales for chocolate enrobing, they travelled to PACK EXPO Las Vegas.
By Shane O'Halloran
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New chocolate-enrobed crackers have been so popular, the baggers and scales run 24 hours a day.


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Steam boilers keep on steaming

Long-running steam generators give a gourmet confectioner the impetus to purchase another to expand plant output.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 To ensure the highest-quality products and meet the growing demand, the chocolatier needs equipment that is reliable, efficient and guarantees a consistent result. 


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Conveying system helps quadruple output for chip maker

Production no longer has to be halted when diverting product—just one of the many examples of improved efficiency.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 The most significant efficiencies have come from the installation of a new conveyor system by Walker Custom Sheet Metal. 


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Putting the freeze on nitrogen usage

Eliminating liquid nitrogen from the IQF process helps maintain raspberries at peak quality while saving money on consumable liquid nitrogen.
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Enfield Farms, a Lynden, WA-based family-owned and operated business for more than 30 years, produces high-quality blueberries and raspberries, maintaining complete control over every aspect of its berry products.


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Processor grows out of accounting software

A simple accounting software package may serve initial needs, but company growth calls for more diversity and functionality—spell it ERP.
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RM Foods has grown from a supplier to restaurants, El Torito and Acapulco, to a much larger customer base that now includes retailers and bigbox stores such as Trader Joe’s, Costco, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods.


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Honey processor coordinates bottle and package printing

New networked system eliminates manual keyboard entries, mistakes, rework and waste while improving throughput.
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Dutch Gold Honey has grown into the largest family-owned honey company in the US. Located in Lancaster, PA, its products include 11 honey varietals, an organic honey and three varieties of maple syrup.


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Freezer ceiling fans keep the stalactites away

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Ice forming on freezer ceilings is a food safety regulatory issue and a sign of energy waste.


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Organic mushroom producer automates track and trace

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Producer meets PTI and FSMA objectives while elevating quality with a paperless electronic system.


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