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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Full of hot water! Ocean Spray claims first with Pennsylvania site

Ocean Spray claims its new 300,000ft² beverage facility in Pennsylvania – which will produce 40% of its North American cranberry juice volumes, is the continent’s first to be powered by...

Hormel applauded for corporate citizenship

Consumer packaged foods giant Hormel has been named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, in recognition of its sustainability, social, and philanthropic efforts.

FBS Prestige CEO: Middle East has booming bakery demand

Non-stick coating bakeware specialist FBS Prestige has seen phenomenal demand from the Middle East as the country’s bakery sector evolves, its CEO and chairman says.

Sensitive dairy drive: GEA Procomac’s big push at Interpack 2014

GEA Procomac insists its main focus at Interpack 2014 will be sensitive dairy products, with machines and packaging on show designed to handle milks, milk-based drinks, drinkable yogurt and probiotics.

Food summit confronts sustainability challenges

The Sustainable Foods Summit brought Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Walmart, and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.

Alfa-Laval promises lightning bag-in-box changeovers

Alfa-Laval’s will unveil its HS-LA bag-in-box beverage filler at Interpack 2014 and claims the machine is faster than any rival in terms of cap and volume changeover times.

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Marel debuts salmon PortionCutter

Marel has developed the I-Cut 130 PortionCutter for portioning salmon into fixed-weight and fixed-length portions.

Richard Hebel the ‘Guru’ of fat analysis

Eagle: ‘Meat industry is fearful of the media’

Eagle Product Inspection (Eagle) will launch its third generation fat analysis machine - FA3, for meat products, at Interpack 2014.

City courts embattled sriracha producer

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...

Mess-free starch molding: The dirty tray menace will be history, says LHT

LHT Consultancy and Eagle Vision have developed a system that can help gummie manufacturers save upwards of $50,000 a year by detecting problems on starch molding lines.

PROCESS EXPO named to fast-growing show list

The biennial event has been ranked among the top fastest growing professional conferences, thanks to rising attendance and exhibit space.

Hormel applauds Avure for HPP technology

Hormel Foods has recognized high-pressure processing technology firm Avure with its Spirit of Excellence Award.

Key: Food sorting demands power and speed

Food sorting technology is evolving to meet producer demand for faster machines and precise performance, according to a Key Technology executive.

Hiperbaric ‘can’t complain’ about growth in HPP market

The market for high-pressure processed food is expected to hit $18bn by 2018; an expert from HPP provider Hiperbaric shares some of the strongest factors behind the technology’s global growth.

Hormel cracks the shelf-stable egg puzzle

With the launch of its Compleats Breakfast convenience meals, Hormel Foods is the first US producer to put shelf-stable egg dishes on retail shelves.

Special edition: Automation

The future of automation: gathering and reacting to data

Automation allows production lines to react to problems straight away, or fine tune existing processes to be more efficient.  

Tetra Pak awarded $2m for cheese vat patent infringement

Cheese Systems Inc (CSI) has agreed to pay $2m (€1.45m, £1.2m) in damages to Tetra Pak for infringing on one of the Swiss processing and packaging giant's US cheese making technology patents....

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‘Hey Presto! Better Queso Fresco, with High Pressure Processing

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is a promising technology to extend the shelf life of soft cheese Quesco Fresco and possibly prevent harmful recalls without altering its taste.

HRS trials viscous heat exchanger in Spain

HRS has applied for a patent on its HRS-Rotex, a scraped surface heat exchanger.