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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.

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Horner departs Cargill Meat Solutions to head Midland University

Jody Horner, president of Cargill Meat Solutions, is leaving the company to become president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.

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W. R. Grace and Milliken combine to deliver differentiated resin portfolios

W. R. Grace & Co. and Milliken & Company are partnering to enable polypropylene (PP) manufacturers to develop differentiated resin portfolios.

SurePure initiates commercial photopurification trials at Indian dairies

SurePure has initiated commercial trials of its photopurification technology with "key dairy producers" in India.

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Adept targets food and packaging growth

Adept has said it wants to grow its mobile robot business in food and packaging to make a new type of industry.

Family-owned business seeks green grail

Vegan visionaries build plant to LEED Platinum standards

Only a handful of food processors worldwide are so committed to sustainability as to have built a facility that qualifies for the highest level of certification in the LEED (Leadership...

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Leeds Vacuum Formers increases capacity by 25%

Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF), a UK-based thermoformed packaging firm, has spent £530k in total on a Kiefel thermoforming machine and a Siropack padding line, increasing capacity by 25%.

Leak contained, production resumed within hours

Ammonia leak at Tyson plant sends 25 employees to hospital

An ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Rogers, Arkansas caused 25 employees to seek medical attention at local hospitals and 250 people to be temporarily evacuated from the plant.

Treofan combines hot slip properties with packaging film processed up to 60°C

BOPP film producer Treofan has created film types HNA, HND and HLD which can be processed at temperatures of up to 60°C (140°F) at the forming collar.

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Rockwell: Intelligent track motion system offers downtime reduction

Changeover time between processes can be cut when using an intelligent track motion solution instead of traditional rotary chains, belts and gears, according to Rockwell Automation.

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ABB promises food-grade variants of robots

ABB has said food-grade and ISO 4 versions of its latest family of robots will be available next year.

ConAgra Foods celebrates $150m potato processing plant upgrade

Lamb Weston/Meijer, a joint venture between US-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Netherlands-based Meijer Frozen Food, has invested $150m to upgrade its potato processing plant in Bergen op Zoom, The...

Local Foods, Local Places supports food-focused economic development

White House selects communities to develop local food projects in 19 states

Six US federal agencies have jointly announced the 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, an initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community...

Third purchase this year reflects company’s aggressive growth strategy

Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec for $54m

As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value, and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corporation has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec, Inc for $54m. 

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Fire guts Fannie May candy warehouse, company races to regroup

Fire has largely destroyed a candy distribution center near Cleveland, Ohio, prompting parent company 1-800-Flowers to stop taking online orders for Fannie May and Harry London chocolates.

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Blendhub Corp develops MES and SCADA ‘Excellence Centre’

Blendhub Corp, a food powder ingredients company,  has launched an IT Excellence Center specializing in MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software for food production...

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What to look for when searching for a technology provider

When looking at managing business priorities you must determine baseline metrics and start to measure change, according to the founder of a consultancy.

Spray dryer simulation investment leaves GEA in 'league of its own'

GEA has invested in a supercomputer that it claims has elevated it to a "league of its own" in terms of spray drying simulation.

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Cargill, Mars, Nestlé & PepsiCo encourage more females into STEM roles

Cargill, Mars UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland, and PepsiCo UK & Ireland opened their factory doors to young students to promote careers in F&B engineering this month.

Water: both a process input and a key ingredient

Dow software helps food and beverage firms optimize water system design

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...

Alfa Laval wins $10m starch processing order in Russia

Alfa Laval has won a $10m order to supply equipment to Donbiotech starch processing plant in Russia, with delivery expected in 2015.

McCain to process soup with uncalibrated vegetables

McCain, Randstad, Leclerc, The Food Bank and Gappi have developed an initiative to collect unsold merchandise from producers to make soup. 

Energy saving oven system set to save plant bakers thousands

Plant bakers will be able to save thousands in energy costs with an oven system that optimizes air flow and incorporates heat recovery, claims developer Campden BRI.

Shangdu facility is ConAgra Foods’ first plant in China

ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston unit opens potato processing plant in China

ConAgra Foods has opened its first plant in China, a Lamb Weston potato processing plant in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, giving the company in-country supply capabilities to strategic customers in China.

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FlexLink plans hygienic conveyor launch next year

FlexLink will launch a conveyor with improved hygiene for direct food contact in agreement with European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines next year.

The goal: Meet brand owner standards and FSMA requirements

Thermo Fisher Scientific X-ray systems detect contaminants in bulk ingredients

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced two bulk X-ray systems to help bulk ingredient suppliers meet brand owners’ demand for contaminant-free products.

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