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Food safety growing issue, says Twentebelt

Food safety is an issue that is getting more attention, according to Twentebelt.

Food processors save money by treating organic waste on site

‘America went crazy for it’: Advetec CEO on food waste digester

Advetec says demand for its food waste processors is rocketing as more countries and cities are introducing mandatory organics recycling. 

Ardagh Glass reheats Denmark homes

Ardagh glass melting operation has partnered with SE Big Blue Danish energy group to capture excess heat from its factory and use it to warm more than 1,000 homes in...

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Fire strikes ConAgra nut facility

A small fire broke out inside a snack nut roaster at a ConAgra-owned processing facility; no injuries were reported.


Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2014: Free Online Event!

Join us on March 20 for a free online event devoted to filling technologies including aseptic, ESL and high pressure processing (HPP) that also teases out their packaging and branding implications

Convenience food maker building $33m plant

Convenience food firm Greencore USA is breaking ground on a sandwich-making facility with the potential to bring 600 jobs to the area.

Universal opens the doors on its HPP facility

High-pressure processing is gaining popularity in food and beverage processing; Universal Pasteurization is opening its doors to give food professionals a chance to check it out for themselves.

Johannesburg, South Africa March 18-19 2014

‘Not just a drinktec carbon copy!’ food & drink technology Africa

With the inaugural food & drink technology Africa trade show only days away, show organisers Messe München insist the continent is the ‘market of the future’ but presents distinct challenges....

Special newsletter: Conveyors

Ammeraal Beltech grabs a slice of pizza market

Ammeraal Beltech has launched its second-generation Permaline U2 belt with a pre-printed positioning template to make it easier for bakery staff to place products such as pizza, pastry or pies...


Keep on moving! Gebo launches beer bottle conveyor

Gebo has launched a beer bottle conveyor for glass, cans and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.


Speedy sanitation guards against deadly downtime

Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.

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Thai firm makes ‘bold move’ with nation’s fastest aseptic line

Thai newcomer General Beverage has bought a high-speed aseptic line from Sidel and has ambitious plans to sell high fiber nutritional drinks.

Seafood Expo hooks into $370bn market

Seafood Expo North America, scheduled March 16-18, is swimming toward its best-ever attendance, according to event producers.

Eliminate unnecessary processes with one-stop cutter-mixer: RoboQbo

Chocolate makers can cut out timely and costly processes by using a single cutter-mixer vessel, according to Italian equipment supplier RoboQbo.

'We're on top of the world in CSDs!' Tetra Pak buy boosts fizzy expertise

Tetra Pak today claimed world leadership in the processing of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) after buying Swiss beverage processing firm Miteco.

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EFSA tribute after death of CEF panel chair

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has paid tribute to the chair of one of its panels who has died.

‘We want to be next door to beer’: Single-serve wine guru

The EU producer and distributor of Shark Tank success story Quart Vin Glass says he wants to duplicate the brand’s astute US channel management that has seen it distributed via...

Demand rises for automated cheese chilling

Starfrost has secured a contract with Milmeq in Australia and New Zealand to supply food processing equipment across the UK and Ireland.

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Bavarian pretzel granted EU protected status

The Bavarian pretzel, native to the southeast German state, has been granted protected geographical indication (PGI) status in the EU.

Poultry site clucks about chicken safety

The National Chicken Council’s recently launched site takes consumers and producers on a journey through the poultry industry.

Preview: AFFI Con 2014

AFFI-Con to focus on ‘all natural’ labels

‘All natural’ packaging will be thrown into the spotlight at AFFI-Con (The American Frozen Food Institute Convention) next week.

Operational efficiency month

Scientists tackle bacteria on processing surfaces

Modified surfaces on food production lines will be examined by scientists at ‘Fouling and Cleaning in Food Processing 2014: Green Cleaning' conference.

Frito-Lay files patent for ‘improved’ pita chip production

Frito-Lay has filed a patent for a pita chip production method that it claims reduces manual handling, wastage and plant footprint.


Water system saves 25m gallons a year

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.

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