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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.

GEA, DTU develop mathematical model to boost milk powder output

In advance of the upcoming European Union (EU) milk quota abolition, GEA and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have developed a mathematical model they claim can increase powdered milk...

Chocolate biscuits: The future is more sophisticated, says Aasted

Chocolate and biscuits have long been paired, but future R&D will be far more sophisticated in terms of production, says the head of business development at Aasted.

In conversation with Sollich Executive Director Ralf Schäffer

Sollich talks chocolate: Africa plays catch-up, Asia and South America boom

Africa’s chocolate market remains a little behind but Asia and South America are booming, and each market needs to be approached differently, says the executive director of Sollich.

Ruiz Foods snaps up former Heinz plant

The producer has purchased the 225,000-square-foot Heinz frozen food plant to accommodate growing demand for its Hispanic cuisines.

Fire guts walnut processing facility

A blaze all but decimated four structures at a Shoei Foods facility over the weekend, though no injuries have been reported.

News in brief

PMMI bolsters membership with processing

The packaging-centric group is adding processing machinery makers to its General Member roster.

Dispatches from Interpack 2014

Prospering amid political crises: How one Egyptian firm invested its way out

Egyptian bakery equipment firm Morcos has faced financial difficulties amid political unrest in its home market, but an investment strategy saw it prosper against the odds, its purchasing manager says.

Dispatches from Interpack 2014

Digital donut fryer saves time and money, says WP Riehle

WP Bakery Group subsidiary Riehle has upgraded its donut fryer, switching to digital for improved temperature control, its export manager says.

Inside... the vietnam milk factory

What can't machines do in an automated factory?

Automation allows workers to make better decisions, while improving a factory’s efficiency and offering greater levels of food protection, according to Tetra Pak.

Alfa Laval pumps efficiency savings

Food processors can often improve system efficiency by using existing pumps more effectively, according to Alfa Laval.

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges: Tetra Pak

UHT will continue to be the "preferred format" for liquid dairy in Vietnam because it guarantees the safety of products distributed to the country's high rural population, according to Tetra...

High throughput is top call for extruded snacks, says Clextral

Extruded snack lines that enable high throughput to cut costs are in demand, says extrusion specialist Clextral.

Mueller Quaker and Alpina Foods team up for food processing degree

A college has launched a food processing degree program that provides aspiring food processing professionals with education, while giving producers the labor talent they need to operate and grow.


Inside the 'mega factory': take a tour of Vinamilk's plant

Tetra Pak and Vinamilk recently invited inside the Vietnam Milk Factory near Ho Chi Minh City – which it describes as a 'state-of-the-art' liquid dairy plant....


Food safety is the ‘key to future business success’: Tetra Pak

Ensuring food safety throughout the production process is "key to future business success," according to Tetra Pak.

Eat locally, eh? Canadian government entices food producers

The Manitoba government is working to grow the province’s food-related business, currently valued at $4bn annually, with financial and educational encouragement.

AFFI push heats up the $52bn frozen food market

The American Frozen Food Institute is bolstering frozen food sales by highlighting the nutritional and quality benefits of freezing.

Obesity buzzword now a part of the food processing language

‘Consumers seek healthier products but it’s difficult when you cook snacks in fat’

Future food processing trends will focus on convenience, which in turn will see healthier options for snacks on-the-go in terms of the variety of flavour and texture, according to tna.


Fritsch: Pumping stiff fillings into bakery looks ‘promising’

Fritsch is working on a filling machine that can pump stiff product like beans into baked goods; a development that could boost sales by 10-15%, its technical head says.

Allpax puts R&D retorting to the test

Allpax’s Versatort unit enables food processing operations to test retort on a full-sized machine, promising reduced waste and flexible performance.

Interpack 2014

Bosch: Food industry is catching up to pharmaceuticals in hygienic design

Packaging will become a one-stop-shop within the next 10 years with automation handling all primary and secondary packaging, according to Bosch Packaging Technology.

Low-charge ammonia to hit US market

Azane is bringing low-charge ammonia refrigeration technology to American food processing, storage, and logistics companies.

Food-grade lubricants stand up to processing applications

Sprayon has launched a line of NSF H1-rated lubricants, designed to operate in a range of food processing applications.

USFRA: Consumers want to know the story of your food

With consumers increasingly interested in where their food comes from, an upcoming event seeks to help producers, processors and packaging companies tell the story.

Electric injection moulding machines

Sumitomo: Europe should wake up to energy savings

Electric injection moulding machines can combat rising energy costs for packaging manufacturers, but Europe lags behind countries such as Japan, according to Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.