Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Engineering R&D: Anaerobic collaboration

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The combination of membrane bioreactor filtration with a zoned anaerobic digester resulted in unprecedented COD reductions in a cheese plant’s high-strength effluent.


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Graphics herald new 149-year-old coffee

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Featuring a colorful new design, Gevalia goes toe to toe on the retail shelf with upscale brands


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Corrugated’s last stand

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Fiber by fiber, the flight from corrugated materials to less expensive shipping materials is continuing in food and beverage distribution.


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Pour like an Egyptian

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When a brand name refers to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, two assumptions could be made


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Plant Security: Thwarting the Intent to Harm

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Deliberate acts of sabotage can be more difficult to detect and prevent than bacterial threats to food. Food manufacturers now are bolstering their defenses against security threats.


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Industry braces for FSMA

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A year after passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, food companies await regulatory proposals for preventive controls and other requirements of the new law.


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Magnetic attraction

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The power of magnetic waves is evident to any Boy Scout with a compass. A Dutch firm is applying amplified magnetic force to the task of peeling an onion


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Fabulous Food Plant: Hormel's Progressive Processing plant is built for the long haul

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Hormel’s Progressive Processing plant is built for the long haul. A quarter century had passed since Hormel Foods had commissioned a new production facility. In designing its Dubuque plant, engineers aimed to create a facility that would be contemporary for the next 25 years.
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Scoop-and-store bag for nuts

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Convenience and freshness preservation are the drivers behind a new resealable pouch for baking nuts from Fisher Nuts, a division of John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc., Elgin, IL.
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Bag in bottle

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Green aesthetics meets bag-in-box functionality in the eco.bottle container.
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