Food processors are under increasing pressure not only to be leaner but also to be greener. In this series, we look at environmental management systems, how computer modelling can cut energy bills, ways to cut water usage by almost a third as well as the feasibility of recycling waste into energy.
In food and beverage manufacturing, water quality can significantly affect both the process and the product. Soon, manufacturers will have a tool to simplify evaluation and optimization of their water treatment systems.
Plastic Technologies Incorporated (PTI) is launching an initiative to help manufacturers that blow PET bottles cut energy costs.
Sidel Services has opened a training centre in Guadalajara, Mexico that includes a virtual factory, augmented reality, and a library of technical manuals accessible on tablet devices.
The company’s Sunday Vpak presses have been recognized with an InterTech Technology Award.
While food safety technology is constantly evolving, the need for speed and accuracy remains constant.
A line of high-end ready meals for health-conscious consumers has launched in packaging that enables food to be prepared, shipped, sold, and heated in the same pouch.
The oldest cold-storage company in the US has implemented an energy management plan that has put it on the path to cutting its power bills by 12%.
The Frozen Food Foundation has saluted a Washington State food scientist with its fifth annual Freezing Research Award for advancing technology in the field.
The company’s line of compact mass spectrometers now offer a probe designed to save time by cutting the need for sample preparation.
A large food and beverage processing company in Chile has installed manufacturing planning software to streamline its end-to-end operations.
The HE53 halogen moisture analyzer from Mettler Toledo is intended to put rapid, reliable food moisture test results in the hands of even untrained operators.
With the opening of its expanded and updated flexible packaging plant, the company is stepping up efforts to boost efficiency.
The DuraFlex Edge open-design conveyor belt is designed for lean, clean meat and poultry processing.
Surlean Foods, a producer specialized in custom products and dishes for food clients nationwide, is installing enterprise resource planning software from Deacom to facilitate and streamline expansion.
The support program is designed to guide food packaging and processing operations through the ins and outs of effective use of coding and marking equipment.
Hughes Equipment is offering two small-scale corn processing machines designed for operations with lower capacity and smaller footprint than other processors.
A fruit packaging company is recalling peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots due to contamination concerns; the recall is affecting Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers.
Consumer Packaging operating profits suffered in the quarter but some solid growth was achieved, according to Sonoco.
Seafood processor has Pinneys turned to Star Refrigeration for an upgraded refrigeration plant and chilling tunnel package to accommodate expanded product offerings and growing demand.
Key Technology’s Cayman BioPrint digital sorter is suited for removing foreign material and defective product from nuts, dried fruit, and other ingredients.
The beverage and food producer’s 325,000-square-foot facility has received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.
The Videojet 7510 fiber laser is designed to mark a range of packaging materials, including plastics and metals.
International Food Products has put in place an EPIC liquid processing system at its $20m production facility, designed to improve operational efficiency.
The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.
With the launch of the Product Recovery Initiative, Mouvex is campaigning to deliver waste reduction capabilities in food processing operations.
Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.
Because operational efficiency is king in food packaging and processing companies, equipment must minimize downtime and boost accuracy, according to Videojet.
Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.
Bürkert has developed an efficient device integration platform (EDIP) with a common user interface (büS) and digital communication, in an attempt to ‘Apple-ise’ its technology.
Addivant’s WESTON 705 liquid antioxidant has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for food contact applications.
Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.
The high-pressure processing firm is expanding to a new location to accommodate demand for the food and beverage production technology.
Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.
Coca-Cola is boosting its sustainability profile by returning as much as 68% of the water it uses to the communities it was sipped from.
The producer has purchased the 225,000-square-foot Heinz frozen food plant to accommodate growing demand for its Hispanic cuisines.
Sandridge Food has launched a line of fresh soups and salads, with layered ingredients showcased in clear, flexible pouches.
Greif’s Q2 financial results have been negatively impacted due to the occupation of a flexible products manufacturing facility in Hadimkoy, Turkey.
The packaging-centric group is adding processing machinery makers to its General Member roster.
Jams, wonky applicators, broken ribbons, and other misfires on end-of-line food packaging label systems can bring an entire packaging operation to a screeching halt; one technology expert explains how to avoid such woes, and costly downtime.
Secondary packaging machinery companies like Kliklok-Woodman work to meet food customer demands for high-performance equipment that is simple to operate.
Food packaging technology must be readily adaptable to ever-changing customer demands, according to one manufacturing expert.
Food producers and packaging operations are demanding an increasing level of safety and flexibility, according to one secondary packaging expert.
Coding and marking equipment geared toward food packaging must keep up with the ever-changing demands placed on the food industry, according to one Videojet leader.
Pretium Packaging, which manufactures rigid bottles and containers for food and beverage applications, has been acquired by Genstar Capital.
Machine vision provider Headwall Photonics has formed a partnership with the USDA on technology for high-speed, in-line inspection of poultry.
Azane is bringing low-charge ammonia refrigeration technology to American food processing, storage, and logistics companies.
Liqui-Box, a packaging company specializing in flexible and bag-in-box products, is opening its Center of Excellence at its production plant.
Sprayon has launched a line of NSF H1-rated lubricants, designed to operate in a range of food processing applications.
The Sustainable Foods Summit brought Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Walmart, and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.
Labeled a “public nuisance” by the California plant currently hosting its hot sauce plant, Huy Fong Foods is being enticed to move to another California city with tax incentives, low water rates, and plentiful skilled labor.
The biennial event has been ranked among the top fastest growing professional conferences, thanks to rising attendance and exhibit space.
Hormel Foods has recognized high-pressure processing technology firm Avure with its Spirit of Excellence Award.
Food sorting technology is evolving to meet producer demand for faster machines and precise performance, according to a Key Technology executive.
A producer specializing in Tetra Pak aseptic-packaged foods and beverages has opened its doors on an automated facility designed to boost efficiency and cut energy usage.
Food firms are demanding cost efficiency, operational sustainability, and flexibility from their conveyors, according to Siemens.
Rapidly growing Latino foods producer Goya Foods is honing in on the latest technologies to fuel its expansion through connections made at PACK EXPO.
Videojet has launched CO2 laser-marking units that can code up to 150,000 food packages per hour.
Hughes, a manufacturer of stainless-steel food processing equipment, has been acquired by a group with big plans to grow the business.
Hispanic-food producer Goya Foods has bolstered its business with four additional production facilities, as part of its $250m investment in global expansion.
The manufacturer has released a compact, high-speed machine designed to fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.
With consumers around the world increasingly hungry for high-protein edibles, sales of processed meats are climbing.
Food safety is an issue that is getting more attention, according to Twentebelt.
A special PMMI group has hammered out the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Opportunity Calculator, giving processing and packaging firms a tool to pinpoint problem areas and improve their businesses.
A small fire broke out inside a snack nut roaster at a ConAgra-owned processing facility; no injuries were reported.
Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.
Water is crucial in any food-related operation, but water systems don’t usually come to mind when plant managers look at improving operational efficiency.
Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.
Insights from Pepsico, Kraft, Coca-Cola, and other industry players add to the value of The Packaging Conference.
Material handling systems from companies like CSi can help food firms streamline their packaging operations and increase efficiency.
The Praxair ColdFront Cryo-Saver tunnel freezer is designed to offer a higher degree of freezing efficiency in the same footprint of a traditional cryogenic tunnel.
The Pacific Sunrise Ventures Gold Star Food Safety Maintenance Program is designed for HACCP- and GFSI-certified operations.
ITW Muller has introduced a rotary-ring stretch wrapper that merges compact size with flexibility, for food packaging operations with limited space but broad requirements.
Succeed Management Solutions and the Northwest Food Processors Association have teamed to launch a free, web-based tool to arm food professionals with valuable safety training.
The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.
Production at snack maker Axium Foods has hit a snag after a weekend blaze struck its factory, damaging equipment but causing no injuries.
Whole Foods Market is fueling development of independent food growers and processors with a program funnelling up to $25m in low-interest loans.
Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.
In the face of the ever-growing number of edible items and pack configurations, packaging equipment must keep up with the rapid evolution of the industry.
Harnessing automation technology can give food processors and packaging operations a broad range of advantages, according to Adept Technology.
TNA has launched a closed-loop oiler designed for accurate, even application of oil on a range of foods.
The annual WorldStar awards (presented by the World Packaging Organisation) recognize excellence in packaging design: sustainability, functionality, aesthetics and more. Here are some of the winners in the Food category that took home top honors.
Engineers from Bosch Rexroth said “Open Core Engineering”, a software which connects automated machinery and IT, is “generation 4.0” in food production technology.
Mettler Toledo has launched a metal detection machine to automatically adjust to the food it inspects, which it claims can be customized to more than 800 settings.
Because food processing environments can be tough, they need equipment up and down the line to stand up to the harsh conditions.
This year's PROCESS EXPO event has treated attendees to a broad array of processing technologies, packaging equipment, educational programming, and other features. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.
PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.
Local officials have granted $200,000 in government funding to bolster processing capabilities at a food facility.
Last week, after ThomasNet's R.P. Siegel quoted an LNS Research blog post in his article, "Is OEE An Effective Metric for Assessing Industrial Production? " we decided to ask our followers on Twitter for their thoughts on the topic. The tweet sparked an engaged debate on the utility as well as shortcomings of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metric .
Automating a food operation works best when you put people first, according to one GE executive.
A recent study shows that 80% of dairy processors are looking to upgrade their equipment to help keep pace with growing demand.
Bioplastics, sustainability, and energy efficiency are set to take centre stage at this year's K! fair, which organisers claim will be the "biggest and most international" for the plastics and rubber industries.
Nestlé has reduced water usage by almost two thirds in less than 12 months, thanks to a technology and employee awareness drive.
Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms has expanded its line of Truly tomato products, switching to SIG 750g Combibloc cartons, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, but insists cans still have a major role to play within the industry.
Constellium has invested €23m in two projects at one of its aluminium rolling and recycling plants that serves the food and beverage packaging markets.
Flexicon Europe has moved into larger UK headquarters, to increase manufacturing area, office space and operational efficiencies.
UK-based, Olympus Automation, which recently acquired the food and beverage division of Pursuit Dynamics, has launched a PDX reactor for liquid food processing.
Wright Foods is to create 505 jobs and invest $53m over the next five years in North Carolina.
RPC Group has said adjusted operating profit before exceptional items is slightly ahead of expectations, in their trading performance update.
Paccor Packaging Solutions has invested €11m in The Netherlands in a bid to grow its rigid food packaging presence.
Amcor has snapped up a Chinese flexible packaging firm claiming the deal will make it the market leader in Eastern China with a strong position in both film manufacturing and conversion.
Sonoco is considering closing a thermoforming packaging facility in Ireland due to volume and profitability losses over the last few years.
French chocolatier Jacquot has installed two new CJ400 printers from Linx Printing Technologies as it replaces printers across its factory in Troyes, France.
Audits are not just about ticking boxes and companies need to show a systematic and preventive approach to ensure food safety, according to LRQA.
Crown Holdings has commercialized two Southeast Asian facilities in Nong Khae, Thailand and Da Nang, Vietnam to meet demand for aluminium beverage cans.
MeadWestvaco (MWV) Corporation has dropped the profit it expects from its Food and Beverage segment to between $45m-$50m after unanticipated costs and lower productivity.
Stora Enso is to invest in a Swedish mill and explore converting a machine from paper to containerboard in Finland to increase operational efficiency.
Graphic Packaging is to close one of its UK sites resulting in the loss of up to 170 jobs following its acquisition of Contego Packaging.
Ecolab has expanded one of its research centers in Brazil to keep pace with the strong growth of the business in the country and throughout Latin America.
Dagab is to install more than 400 solar cells to power its cold storage warehouse in Sweden.
Ardagh Group is to invest $250m in two new can making facilities to convert the majority of ConAgra Foods’ shelf-sized cans from traditional 3-piece can to flexible DWI (Drawn and Wall-Ironed) technology.
Sonoco Flexible Packaging is to expand its Morristown, Tennessee facility with an investment of $9.7m which will create 26 jobs.
Amcor is investing £1.3m in one of its UK facilities including installing a new production line that will help to safeguard 53 jobs.
Novelis has completed a £1.7m (US$2.5m) upgrade at an aluminium can recycling plant which will serve as a launch production site for the evercan aluminium beverage can body sheet.
Sealpac has outlined flexibility, material savings and traceability as the main benefits of its integrated machinery, during a recent trade show in Germany.
O-I has expanded its strategic alliance with Emhart Glass to supply glass forming machines and parts to all their plants from Q2 this year.
Sealed Air has announced a program aimed at annual savings of $80m by the end of 2015 but said impact this year would be “minimal”.
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is still emerging in food and beverage with growth expected as more firms take a holistic approach, according to the president of CIMdata.
Toppan Printing Co., is investing 27bn Yen (US$292m) in what it described as the “mother factory” in Japan in anticipation of flexible packaging growth overseas.
Ball Corporation is to close a food and aerosol packaging manufacturing facility with the loss of 245 jobs by the end of the year.
Nampak is to invest in equipment to boost its bottle and can producing business to meet growing market demand.
Netzsch has claimed that it offers an energy efficient chocolate production process as its grinding and liquid-conching processes run simultaneously in different equipment.
Crown Food Europe has launched a consultation process with staff at its Worcester, UK site due to declining food packaging sales.
Bühler Sortex has invested in the latest optical sorting technology as part of the facilities at the customer service centre it plans to open on February 25 in East London.
German beverage filling and packaging giant Krones has bought a 26% stake in German intralogistical supplier Klug, and says it will stop supplying such solutions through its loss-making in-house business.
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Carla Fiford, of Radical Waters, tells Ben Bouckley at InterBev 2012 why Electro Chemical Activation (ECA) is a ‘breakthrough’ cleaning technology that brings beverage bottlers cost and sustainability benefits.
Cadbury UK and Kraft Foods R&D in the US have filed a patent application for an improved chocolate depositor that the companies claim allows manufacturers to better meet output demands and cope with new formulations.
Linpac Packaging is investing an extra €3m in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) extrusion and automation at Ritterhude, Bremen, on top of €6m in the past two years spent there and at Beeskow, Brandenburg.
Ardagh has invested €10m in a two piece drawn, walled and ironed (DWI) food can line in the Czech Republic.
Bakery firms can cut costs with a new system that reuses hot gases emitted from ovens to heat and make water for an entire production facility, head of WP Green says.
A ConAgra processing plant has been fined $1,625 for exceeding the limit for disposal of nitrate.
BASF is to shut two sites in Asia by the end of the year, citing overcapacity and low margins.
Dry Lube says that one barrier to de facto use of dry lubrication technology for glass packaging lines is wariness among site engineers following imperfect past trials using rival products.
Sonoco has lowered its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2012 due to unscheduled downtime and lower than anticipated volumes.
Totally Green has partnered with York Plains Investment Corp. to support their aim of diverting food processing waste from landfill.
Tetra Pak has acquired a Brazilian control systems specialist to strengthen their manufacturing monitoring technology.
The Coca-Cola Company has developed and tested a ‘first of its kind’ beverage process water recovery system that it says could save up to 100bn litres per year if adopted across its bottling network.
Quail International was cited for 23 violations totalling more than US$92,000 (€75,000) by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Industry is focussing on current rather than new vendors and rebuilt packaging machinery, according to a report from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
Spartech Corporation has announced it will upgrade its food packaging manufacturing facility in Indiana later this year but will close a plant in Canada by 2013.
FoodDrinkEurope has launched a report outlining its goals to move towards more sustainable food and drink production by 2030.
Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.
Tetra Pak has unveiled what it claims is the world’s fastest carton filling machine – over 11 units per second – and says the concept was only realisable due to the launch of new eBeam non-contact and dry sterilisation technology.
Multivac has unveiled two stand-alone conveyor systems with adjustable lanes and speeds that can be retrofitted to thermoforming packaging machines.
Tetra Pak say a new production line at one its plants in China will boost output to 20bn liquid dairy cartons annually to ‘keep up with market demand’.
Lindhurst Engineering has successfully tested microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to help dairy processors dispose of waste streams and generate energy, and MD Martin Rigley told Dairy Reporter.com that an installation could cost 75% less than its anaerobic digestion equivalent.
Nampak claims that newly installed printing technology will reduce food packaging production costs and shorten delivery times by up to eight weeks.
The Coca-Cola Company says that it has opportunities to build sustainability in to its plants in the emerging markets such as Turkey, through integration of best practice and the latest, most efficient technology.
Food producers can cut costs and boost environmental credentials by recycling food waste at a new anaerobic digestion plant in Wiltshire, UK, according to the firm behind the facility.
Copper could usher in a food safety revolution within processing plants, according to the author of a new study that revealed the metal’s impressive ability to kill deadly E.coli pathogens.
The UK arm of Scandinavian based dairy giant Arla has installed a new ‘state of the art’ pipe cleaning technology at its creamery in Stourton that it says will help it reduce product waste and save water.
Ultrasonic cleaning machines for baking tins can produce better results faster and reduce long-term costs compared to high spray washing, according to UK based technology firm Caresonic.
Krones has launched what it describes as an ‘ultra compact’ single-end bottle washer designed specifically for beverage manufacturers with small to medium outputs.
German engineering giant Krones is at the forefront of IT solutions to allow close line performace analysis to help beverage manufacturers avoid downtime, and the firm’s IT solutions sales manager Timo Frankl told BeverageDaily.com and FoodProductionDaily.com that the company’s solutions ensured efficient production and a ‘win of money’.
Nestle UK has scooped an award for its use of methane trucks that has reduced CO2 emissions by 14% compared to diesel trucks with further potential to slash emissions in half.
Worldwide beverage industry uptake of effluent energy generation solutions depends on the cost of local power, while grid reliability problems are also encouraging uptake in the developing world.
KHS has launched a new filling system that it claims will increase product safety for consumers and effect cost reductions via simpler cleaning and maintenance.
Positive changes to the Finnish tax regime have encouraged a rapid transition from bottled to can beer in the country, according to consumer packaging giant Rexam.
Environmental management systems (EMS) can be a good tool for food processors looking to achieve the twin goals of improved productivity and corporate responsibility.
The financial and eco-benefits of investing in anaerobic digestion (AD) technology to generate energy from food waste is something that all processors should be considering, said InSource Energy.
Food and drink processors can achieve savings of up to 30 per cent on their water and effluent bills without even having to resort to major capital investments.
In the first part of a special edition on plant efficiency, we look at the results of a recently published Australian project, which found that a combination of computer modelling and dehydrator redesign can cut energy bills in half in dried fruit manufacture.