Articles by Mikell Knights

Plant of the Year

Plant of the Year: Excellence and efficiency abound at Blue Diamond Growers

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 Built from a foundation of emerging collaboration tools and a unique, cross-functional, interdisciplinary approach, Blue Diamond Growers achieves its manufacturing goals with its new “dream” plant. 


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Audits

Plant audits: Minimizing food safety risk

A global food maker, a developer of certified audit programs and consultants discuss non-regulatory onsite plant audits and how they improve food safety, customer compliance and food quality.
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A global food maker, a developer of certified audit programs and consultants discuss non-regulatory onsite plant audits and how they improve food safety, customer compliance and food quality.


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Food Packaging

Pallet wrap reduces contamination threat

The wrap offers greater resiliency and is less likely to tear.
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Detectamet, a UK-based manufacturer of food-safe detectable products, developed its new detectable pallet wrap to reduce the contamination of finished food products.
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Food Packaging

Lightweight hot-fill bottle a design winner

Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle.
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Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle, an extremely lightweight, eco-friendly hot-fill bottle featuring a 38ml-wide neck closure.
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Food Packaging

Making renewable and recyclable cartons sustainable

Taking down the barriers to carton recycling helps to make cartons more recycle friendly for consumers.
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 Sustainability is a consumer trend that is transforming the packaging industry. The top three concerns in relation to beverage packaging include recycling or landfilling, renewable resources and energy, said Erin Reynolds, marketing director at Evergreen Packaging, at last year’s Sustainable Packaging Forum in St. Petersburg, FL. 


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Engineering R&D

Surface appeal: Novel antimicrobial for direct food contact

Novel antimicrobial quickly neutralizes broad range of pathogens on food contact surfaces; now takes aim at direct food contact.
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 Chlorine- and ammonia-based disinfectants and sanitizers are typically used as interventions or rinses to eliminate dangerous bacteria, fungi, viruses and foodborne pathogens on food preparation and food processing areas. 


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Tech Update

Aseptic applications: Redefining freshness

Through machinery developments, aseptic treatment of products and packages has notched gains against more entrenched technologies.
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 Over the last 10 to 15 years, more low- and high-acid products have been processed in ways designed to kill bacteria and extend the life of foods and liquids. Retort-style thermal processing, chilling and refrigeration steps and the use of preservatives remain the most common routes to produce shelf-stable foods and beverages in the US. 


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TECH FLASH

Make it easy to do business with your company, and track the proof

Though most distributors pride themselves on their customer service, few can back it up with data.
By Mikell Knights and Shane O'Halloran
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Confusion over who in the company owns the customer relationship is a major obstacle.


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Dry Processing

New centrifugal screener helps bakery stay on schedule

An older screener was a food safety hazard.
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For Gourmet Baker, a Canadian producer of baked desserts, it is the power of fine flour that separates its strudel, Danish pastries, puff pastries, croissants and cinnamon rolls from competing brands. The company consumes about 80,000 lb. of flour per week at its plant in Winnipeg, MB.
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Engineering R&D

X-ray's double take on inspection detection

Dual energy X-ray systems bring value added detection features to identify missing product, damaged product, dented or altered packaging and presence of a premium item.
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Conventional single-energy X-ray inspection technology has been established as a reliable tool in detecting contaminants like stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastics and rubber.
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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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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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