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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.

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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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NIZO helps identify UDA spray dryer fouling issues

With the help of Dutch research organization NIZO, US cooperative United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) has overcome fouling issues and now boasts “longer hours of operation” on its spray drying lines. ...

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Alfa Laval $7.7m Brazil deal

Alfa Laval will be supplying processing equipment for a soybean oil refining plant in Brazil. 

Provisur, Scanico partner on food freezing tech

Provisur Technologies and Scanico A/S have joined forces to bring commercial food freezing equipment to a broader global clientele.

Leclerc Foods to build $50m snack factory

Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.

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Spiralling trend to increase sub-brands portfolio

Videojet has spoken out about the trend for firms to snap up sub brands to expand their portfolio, as it installs printing software at Britvic UK.

Juicy joy: Tetra Pak perfects new pasteurization process

Tetra Pak claims it can save its juice, nectar and still drinks customers up to 20% in energy costs by using a significantly lower pasteurization temperature.

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Software expands to four more factories

Systems Integration (SI) will roll out its redeveloped production planning software across five Vantage Foods sites in the US and Canada this year, giving the meat processor live pictures of...

Clients include Pepsico, Tyson Foods and Honey Baked Ham

From NASA to food storage T&D unveils data logger

T&D Corporation has launched a MultiChannel Recorder series MCR-4TC data logger for monitoring temperature in food products and storage areas.

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Chez Czech! Budweiser Budvar beer sales show clear can trend

Budweiser Budvar says it chose to invest in a new KHS can filling line following a recent shift in the nation’s beer market towards at-home beer consumption.

Food firms invest $800m in Idaho

Chobani, Monsanto, McCain, and other big food firms are putting down roots in southern Idaho.

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Carlsberg's Danish brewery solves yeast foam overflow problem

Carlsberg recently solved a yeast foam overflow problem in its flagship Denmark brewery in Fredericia by using a novel level switch supplied by Baumer.

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EHEDG unveils 'cool' sub-group

A working party (subgroup) of food refrigeration equipment has been created by the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG).

Universal Pasteurization acquires GL Foods

Universal Pasteurization Company, which delivers outsourced High Pressure Processing (HPP) services has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, UPC Texas has acquired Global Leading Foods (GL Foods).

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Valio factory rises to whey demand

Valio’s whey powder production plant in Finland has increased its production by more than 10% with its Napcon Suite from Neste Jacobs.

McDonald’s bites back at chicken McNugget critics

McDonald’s has hit back at critics of its chicken McNuggets who claim its product is made from a ‘pink slime’ of mechanically separated chicken.

Processors face tough competition and consolidation of rice mills

Bühler optical sorter targets rising defects in rice

The Bühler Group has launched the Sortex S UltraVision, part of its UltraLine processing equipment, due to rising contamination levels in rice.

Project K: Kellogg to shut US cookie plant

The Kellogg Company will close a cookie plant in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of its global cost-cutting plan Project K.

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Siemens claims automation takes angst out of craft brewing

Siemens says process automation in breweries cuts out human error and boost product quality, especially in the craft sector and emerging markets where semi-skilled staff are common.

Big lift for Swedish dairy

DAN-Palletiser has won a contract for its multi-palletiser from Swedish dairy Norrmejerier. 

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Wort its weight in gold: Krones kits out Grupo Petropolis breweries

Krones has supplied and installed the equipment for two Grupo Petropolis breweries in Brazil and claims the wort boilers alone yields significant energy, water and chemical savings.

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Praxair tunnel puts freezing efficiency on ice

The Praxair ColdFront Cryo-Saver tunnel freezer is designed to offer a higher degree of freezing efficiency in the same footprint of a traditional cryogenic tunnel.

Pumped! Alfa Laval wins Frost & Sullivan award

Alfa Laval has won a Frost & Sullivan 2013 Company of the Year Award in the European pumps market for the food & beverage industry.

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BITO lets you 'try before you buy'

BITO UK saw orders increase by a third last year and expects sales to soar in 2014. 

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