Sustainability

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TECH FLASH

Resources scarce for consumer packaged goods companies

A recent survey from Tetra Pak indicates professionals in the packaging industry know natural resources are scarce, but fail to understand the impact.

The top three impacts to companies include greater price volatility around supply/raw materials; long-term shortage of supply resources; and decreased ability to manage costs. 


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Fabulous Food Plant

Fabulous food plant: Chelten House heads west to meet market demand

Locating a new facility in Las Vegas had excellent odds, including cutting transportation costs and finding a committed workforce.
Chelten House Products is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has provided great-tasting, high-end pasta sauce and salsa products for food retailers for more than 40 years.


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Sustainable Processor of the Year

Sustainable processor of the year: Smithfield foods embraces environmental stewardship

In the past, Food Engineering’s Sustainable Plant of the Year story has focused on a single plant at one geographic location that has made significant strides in sustainability.


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Plant Renovations

Renovate for the right reasons

You’ve received a less-than-stellar audit as you’re preparing for GFSI accreditation—not a good sign that your facility will also pass FSMA muster


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TECH FLASH

Refrigeration industry leaders organize Global Food Cold Chain Council

The new council will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emission in the processing, transportation, storage and retail display of cold food

A climate-friendly cold chain could also reduce the estimated 3.3 billion metric tons of CO2-equivalent in food waste every year.


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Editor's Note

Food manufacturers go forward, evolve and innovate

There is rarely a dull day in the global food and beverage manufacturing business.


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TECH FLASH

Sustainable food packaging: waste can be an underutilized resource

Georgia-Pacific’s John Mulahy discusses waste reduction and solutions to implement sustainable measures in the food industry

Manufacturers should view waste as an underutilized resource, address over or under design in packaging and get to know their consumers’ values.


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Editor's Note

Are you going above and beyond in your sustainability programs?

While sustainability programs have become the new normal at most manufacturing facilities, there is always room for improvement and another project to tackle.


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Manufacturing News

Cheap energy—but for how long?

The lower price of natural gas has unfortunately caused some users to take short-term views of energy prices.


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Green Series

Energy efficiency delivers powerful savings

Emerging technologies can help a manufacturer reduce food waste and energy costs while establishing “green” bona fides with consumers.


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IMAGE GALLERIES

Sustainable Plant of the Year 2013: Plumrose's Council Bluffs

Meet the winner of Food Engineering's 2013 Sustainable Plant of the Year Award, Plumrose Council Bluffs. Read more about the plant in the article.

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Food Plant of the Future: Building Realistic Sustainability into Food and Beverage Plants

9/1/09
Online
Contact: Jamie Tunison

On-Demand: Using cost-effective design solutions, food and beverage processing facilities can meet the rigorous performance demands required in a processing and production environment and, at the same time, focus on sustainability.

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Saving Energy Without Capital Investment

5/1/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Energy savings is a hot topic these days, and everywhere you turn, someone's got something for you to buy to improve energy efficiency in your plant. Yet there are practical things you can do right now, with minimal to no additional investment, that can yield big gains in energy efficiency...

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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

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2015 January

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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FSMA Audit

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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