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TRENDSPOTTING: Consolidation continues to change who's who among meat/poultry equipment suppliers

Talking with exhibitors at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, one thing is clear: the trend of legacy brands being consolidated under fewer large umbrellas shows no signs of slowing.

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Turbo Charge Your Liquid Technology: Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2015

Today's the big day! It's our free-to-access online event on Beverage & Dairy Treatment technology, which will include speakers from big names Zenith, Meiji, LiDestri Food and Beverage and Refresco-Gerber.

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

Third time’s a charm as Sidel wins US IP protection on its spindle chain technology

Sidel has succeeded for the third time in protecting its intellectual property (IP) for its spindle chain technology and patent US 6,125,996, in the US.

Alchemy, Bettcher partner on program

Training boosts yield, productivity in meat and poultry processing plants

Training provider Alchemy has teamed up with protein processing equipment maker Bettcher Industries to create a program to train plant employees in best practices for operating power trimmers.

Taking over plant that was closed last summer

Oregon meat processor BrucePac brings jobs to Oklahoma

Searching for a manufacturing plant to support its growing business led Oregon meat processor BrucePac to Durant, Oklahoma, where it found both a suitable facility and an experienced workforce.

Relocation brings HQ closer to manufacturing site

Kentucky HPP'd business: Avure opens headquarters, R&D lab

Avure Technologies has opened a headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky (outside Cincinnati, Ohio).

GEA strikes potato starch drying deal ahead of EU CAP changes

GEA Barr-Rosin has partnered with Polish market company, GEA Process Engineering to supply PEPEES Group in Poland with a potato starch drying system including cabling, drying, sifting, cooling, conveying, silo loading and an advanced plant control system.

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Award-winning cheese processor installs Integreater to capture and track live stock data

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses has partnered with Systems Integration to install its Integreater production management software.

Researchers create robot that pulls breast fillets from chickens… and turkeys are next

Researchers at SINTEF, an independent research organisation in Scandinavia, have built a robot called Gribbot to extract breast fillets from chickens, normally done by human hands.

Review of the Year 2014

From Frito-Lay being granted a US patent for reduced oil potato chip processing to Tyson recalling 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets and researchers finding migration of ink components on the inside of packaging FoodProductionDaily brings you the best stories from each month which appeared on our website this year.We look forward to delving into more industry news next year and wish you a happy 2015.

Treofan combines hot slip properties with packaging film processed up to 60°C

BOPP film producer Treofan has created film types HNA, HND and HLD which can be processed at temperatures of up to 60°C (140°F) at the forming collar.

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Diabetic 'health honey' a reality thanks to nanotechnology and stevia

A new hybridised pollen, developed by a former Nasa scientist, can be fed to bees to create a new species of “designer honey” for use by diabetics.

Dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

ABB promises food-grade variants of robots

ABB has said food-grade and ISO 4 versions of its latest family of robots will be available next year.

ConAgra Foods celebrates $150m potato processing plant upgrade

Lamb Weston/Meijer, a joint venture between US-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Netherlands-based Meijer Frozen Food, has invested $150m to upgrade its potato processing plant in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.

Third purchase this year reflects company’s aggressive growth strategy

Hungry for protein business, JBT Corporation acquires Wolf-tec for $54m

As part of its strategy to drive growth, create value, and improve profitability, food processing equipment provider JBT Corporation has purchased the assets of Wolf-tec, Inc for $54m. 

VTT developing green alternative for polystyrene

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from PLA (polylactide) bioplastic.

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Blendhub Corp develops MES and SCADA ‘Excellence Centre’

Blendhub Corp, a food powder ingredients company,  has launched an IT Excellence Center specializing in MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software for food production plants.

Spray dryer simulation investment leaves GEA in 'league of its own'

GEA has invested in a supercomputer that it claims has elevated it to a "league of its own" in terms of spray drying simulation.

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