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Food processing is the use of plant equipment and technologies to change the raw ingredients in a product to give it a longer shelf life. It includes freezing or drying food to preserving the nutrients, process controls, regulation and plant productivity.

Pixie Dust to ‘magically’ sterilize stand-up pouches and bag-in-box

Performance Packaging has launched an alternative aseptic process to sterilize flexible packaging and its contents, avoiding hot-filling, retort processing, peroxide or peracetic baths and sprays, irradiation, pulsed light or electron-beam...

Krones celebrates 100th order to install ErgoBloc L. machine in South Korea

Krones is celebrating after receiving its 100th order to install its ErgoBloc L. machine at FINE Bio for CSDs and still water, at its facility in Kirisan National Park, South...

OAL cryogenic cooling project to revolutionize ready meal industry

Olympus Automation Ltd (OAL) has kicked off the first of its kind Advanced Cooking and Cooling Technology project (ACCT) to revolutionize the ready meal industry.

Ishida bags Almarai poultry project, makes sales at GFM

Almarai has installed a 37,000 bird-per-hour poultry processing line from Ishida, the Japanese firm announced, as it revealed it also made an on-floor sale at Gulfood Manufacturing.

Patent Watch

Goodbye scuff marks: Mars heat treats chocolate after tempering to avoid unwanted marks

A short burst of hot air or incubation can prevent unsightly white marks on chocolate obtained via friction during production and packing, according to a patent application from Mars.

Atlas Copco to strengthen its vacuum technology business with $514m Leybold Vacuum acquisition

Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire Leybold Vacuum, part of Oerlikon Corporation, for $514m, with the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2016.

JBT to broaden its aseptic line for dairy and juices following Stork Food & Dairy acquisition

JBT Corporation has broadened its aseptic line for dairy and juices from primary processing, in flow sterilization over aseptic bottle blow molder to aseptic filling, following its Stork Food &...

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NutriFresh to increase HPP capacity to 100m pounds a year

NutriFresh Services has purchased its third Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing (HPP) machine saying it will boost capacity to more than 100 million pounds per year.

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Coperion recognised for first and only ‘one of its kind’ dairy valve

Coperion has won an award for its CIP design WYK Diverter Valve at the 2015 International Dairy Show, in Chicago.

Guest article

AD Process Optimisation: Top Tips for Food Factories

‘It is easy to see why anaerobic digestion (AD) has become such a popular technology in the food processing industry.

GEA on the challenges of building an earthquake proof milk plant for Fonterra

Fonterra has started production at its whole milk drying factory in Pahiatua (P3), New Zealand - the first of its kind to be built on an earthquake fault line.

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Western Graphite to acquire Atmosphere Global

Western Graphite has acquired Atmosphere Global for an undisclosed amount.

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Heatflex launches Gambrinus to increase the shelf life of beer

Heatflex Corporation industrial heating systems has launched Gambrinus to reduce Total Package Oxygen (TPO) in beer-bottling lines. 

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Alliance finds the balance with checkweighing scale

Alliance Scale has introduced a stainless steel checkweighing scale for foodstuff batch processing, preparing ingredients, and packaging applications.

'RTD is a fast-growing, key category' Nestlé boosts RTD Milo and Nescafé with Malaysia factory

Traditional versions of products like Nescafé and Milo still account for the lion’s share of the business: but ready-to-drink (RTD) varieties are a fast-growing category, especially in Malaysia, says Nestlé...

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How to connect driverless cars with flexible food manufacturing

‘In the food industry we have seen considerable adoption of robots on the packing line but as yet there has been limited use for robots in the processing of raw...

Krea Swiss launches the chocMELTER to melt, warm or manually temper small or medium batches of chocolate

Krea Swiss has launched the chocMELTER warming tank for melting, heating and manually tempering chocolate.

Artisan bread at standard bread cost: Mecatherm touts tray technology

Bakery producers in developed markets can create an intermediate category in the bread sector with high quality artisanal bread at low production costs, claims Mecatherm.

The deep clean: Baker Perkins upgrades Tweedy dough mixer to slash clean time in half

Baker Perkins has reengineered its Tweedy dough mixers to ensure machines are thoroughly cleaned far quicker and easier for bakers.

tna expands in the Middle East and North Africa

‘It’s essential to become a part of the local culture if you want to achieve global success’

‘It’s essential to learn about and eventually become a part of the local culture if you want to achieve global success’, says tna as it expands in the Middle East...

Treofan to expand in the US as it sees growing market for five layer labels

Treofan has spent €60m in the past two years upgrading its plants in Germany, Italy and Mexico. It also has a sales office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US.

Treofan makes its biggest investment in 10 years with €30m five-layer label and packaging film plant

Trefoan invited guests including Bosch, Nestlé, Mars and Danone, to see what it claims to be one of the largest production lines in Europe for five-layer label and packaging film...

Pack Expo 2015

Allpax debuts retort room energy and water saving system: reducing water consumption by 50%

Using an energy and water saving system not only saves money in production, but also has implications for sustainability certification, says Allpax.

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets, according to FS-Elliott as it opens a wholly owned subsidiary, FS Compressors India, with offices in Pune and Bangalore.

Online biscuit printing with caramel can replace inflexible rollers, says Procys

French equipment supplier Procys has developed an industrial online printing system using caramel-based food inks that it claims offers biscuit manufacturers flexibility to produce personalized products at scale.

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