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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.

Stay Fresh Foods doubles its HPP capacity

The producer—which specializes in health beverages, meats, and salads—is installing Avure equipment that will double its capacity for high-pressure processing toll services.

Silicon dioxide backed as food contact material

Silicon dioxide, silanated, has been authorised for use as an additive in all types of plastics as part of a re-evaluation, according to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel.

Pasta Montana: 'Japanese customers only accept zero-defect products'

Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.

Growth in HPP drives Avure expansion

The high-pressure processing firm is expanding to a new location to accommodate demand for the food and beverage production technology.

Video: Micvac signs seafood contract with whistling film layer

Whistling a different tune: Crayfish processor installs Micvac method

Micvac has installed a production line with an upgraded infeed unit and microwave tunnel for seafood processor Smålandskräftan in Nässjö, Sweden.

News in brief

Refres Now makes 'huge investment' in largest ever Sidel CSD filler

Sidel says its installation of the biggest Combi line ever for filling carbonates has led to Argentinian customer Refres Now viewing it as its strategic bottling partner.

IFT 2014 preview

IFT tackles food safety, speed, and efficiency

Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.

Pinnacle fuels food brands with R&D partnership

The owner of Duncan Hines, Vlasic, Wish-Bone and other food families has founded an R&D pilot plant at Rutgers University to increase productivity, boost its brands, and improve speed to...

Australia

Grocery council highlights Australia as priciest place to produce food

Australia now has the highest manufacturing costs in the world, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) following the publication of a gloomy report on the state of...

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Cars made from Ketchup tomatoes: Heinz and Ford

Tomato skins, a by-product of H.J. Heinz’ Ketchup production, could be used to make material for Ford cars. 

Natural coating gives fruit a berry long shelf life

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a material found in blueberry leaves can be used to coat the berries themselves, delivering longer shelf life, boosted antioxidants, and pathogen protection.

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.

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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 VIETNAM MILK FACTORY

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

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