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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.

Food storage firm hits 12% energy savings

The oldest cold-storage company in the US has implemented an energy management plan that has put it on the path to cutting its power bills by 12%.

European confectioners reluctant to pay premium for hygienic machines

European confectionery manufacturers must break the bank for hygienically designed processing equipment or risk paying the price for a damaging product recall, says Hosokawa.

Chosen for frozen: Researcher awarded for food-freezing technology

The Frozen Food Foundation has saluted a Washington State food scientist with its fifth annual Freezing Research Award for advancing technology in the field.

Watt’s gets a handle on efficiency with JDA software

A large food and beverage processing company in Chile has installed manufacturing planning software to streamline its end-to-end operations.

Optimizing bakery production: Modified genetic algorithm most ‘promising method’

Using a modified genetic algorithm (MGA) to design scheduling plans in an industrial bakery can save costs and resources, scientists say.

India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice...

'Commercial appetite' for photopurification growing with data: SurePure

The “commercial appetite” for SurePure’s Turbulator photopurification technology will increase as the data supporting its safety and benefits grows, says the South African company.

Meat prices are beefing up

Food producers are feeling the heat as the cost of red meat continues surging, but analysts anticipate the trend likely will cool later in the year.

spotlight on poultry processing after guardian investigation

How do you ensure food safety with tight margins and changing demand?

Poultry processing plants are not just talking about food safety: they are proactively looking to enhance measures throughout operations, says CMS Technology. 

Smooth sailing: Key conveyors add contaminant-resistant stainless steel

Key Technology has reworked its vibratory conveyors with a stainless-steel rotary finish to resist bacterial attachment.

News in brief

Kellogg to close Georgia snack plant

Kellogg will close a snack plant in Georgia by the end of 2015 as part of its restructuring program, Project K.

Movable feast: Cambridge open conveyor for meat and poultry

The DuraFlex Edge open-design conveyor belt is designed for lean, clean meat and poultry processing.

Fabcon Food Systems upgrades crisp packaging machines in South Africa

Fabcon Food Systems (FFS) has developed a range of packaging machines with NPS (National Packaging Systems) in South Africa, which can replace old bag makers on Wright Machinery with the...

Tailor made: Custom food producer expands with ERP software

Surlean Foods, a producer specialized in custom products and dishes for food clients nationwide, is installing enterprise resource planning software from Deacom to facilitate and streamline expansion.

Krones will slash Italian jobs to ensure site’s ‘long-term future’

Krones said today that it will scrap packaging and palletising operations at its subsidiary Kosme, which specializes in smaller-sized filling and labelling machines for small bottlers and SMEs.

Small stuff: Corn processing machines geared toward the little guys

Hughes Equipment is offering two small-scale corn processing machines designed for operations with lower capacity and smaller footprint than other processors.

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report...

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Fire at Cornish bakery

Rowe’s Cornish Bakers says its Falmouth factory will be fully operational again in a ‘short space of time,’ after a fire at the facility. 

Star Refrigeration scales up seafood processor chilling package

Seafood processor has Pinneys turned to Star Refrigeration for an upgraded refrigeration plant and chilling tunnel package to accommodate expanded product offerings and growing demand.

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Sirane Ice-Mat helps keep live seafood fresh

Sirane Food Packaging has launched its ‘Ice-Mats’, which release seawater over live seafood during transportation. 

Shell game: Key launches digital sorter for fruit and nuts

Key Technology’s Cayman BioPrint digital sorter is suited for removing foreign material and defective product from nuts, dried fruit, and other ingredients.

WhiteWave pours into LEED-certified production facility

The beverage and food producer’s 325,000-square-foot facility has received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

Steve Hills, European contract manufacturing director, reveals ambitious six-year plan

‘Agile capital-light innovation’: PepsiCo Europe targets 600% growth in contract manufacturing

PepsiCo Europe says it plans to grow the size of its contract manufacturing business six-fold in as many years to accelerate food and beverage innovation and boost productivity.

INDUSTRY VOICES: ADOMAS PRANEVICIUS, MYDRINK BEVERAGES/DRINKPRENEUR

Bottling that blockbuster beverage: How to choose the right contract manufacturer

Adomas Pranevicius, general manager of MyDrink Beverages tells BeverageDaily.com readers how to choose the right contract manufacturer for their product – and why it's vital to assess everything from capabilities...

Modular system boosts efficiency at $20m processing facility

International Food Products has put in place an EPIC liquid processing system at its $20m production facility, designed to improve operational efficiency.