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Fabulous Food Plants

Automation keeps fruit fresh at Paramount Citrus

This 640,000-sq.-ft. citrus fruit processing/packaging facility is almost completely automated and has a roof of solar cells and a fuel cell system to supply energy to the plant and the grid.
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The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.


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Fabulous Food Plant: Cultures Converge at Commonwealth Dairy

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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A partnership between US entrepreneurs and German investors is helping retailers meet demand for Greek yogurt with store-brand options.


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

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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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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Fabulous Food Plant: Breakfast, Courtesy of Malt-O-Meal

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Malt-O-Meal doubled the number of built-this-century US cereal plants when it started production last year in Asheboro, NC, site of its second new facility in six years.
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Fabulous Food Plant: FAGE Yogurt

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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This brand-new, nearly lights-out plant employs state-of-the-art process control technology to produce and package a high-quality, consistent product.
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Fabulous Food Plant: West Liberty Foods Westward, ho

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Logistics demanded a fourth plant west of the Rockies, but West Liberty Foods seized the opportunity to upgrade its production flow and material-handling safeguards.
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Fabulous Food Plant: October 2008

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Market conditions pushed Fresherized Foods to get back to basics this year, but the innovator in high pressure processing expects to emerge even stronger in global guacamole production.
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Fabulous Food Plant: Synonymous with Quality

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Poultry supplier counts on biosecurity, automation and worker safety to produce quality meats.
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Fabulous Food Plant: December 2007

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Key design criteria for Fieldale Farms’ RTE facility were bio-security and food safety.
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Fabulous Food Plant--Gatorade: Sustainability with Attitude

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Corporate environmentalism has a squishy, public relations feel. When sustainable practices shaped a Gatorade plant, there was actual meat on the bones.
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Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

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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 August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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