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Cooking & Cooling Line for Processing Pasta and Potatoes Streamlines Efficiency

December 19, 2013 8:00 am | by Jim McMahon

Selling a high volume of freshly prepared soups and salads, Roundy's store delis require constant preparation of pasta and potatoes as key ingredients. In March 2011, Roundy’s selected a new continuous-flow cooker and cooler system to process its potatoes and pasta.

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The Ins and Outs of Dispensing Equipment

December 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager Food & Beverages, the Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain

By specifying dispensing equipment specifically designed for durability, reliability and easy cleaning, brand owners can overcome challenges presented by the lack of control they have over the operation and maintenance of these machines.

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Nitrogen Blanketing of Edible Oils (Part II)

December 18, 2013 8:00 am | by David J. Connaughton, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Gas Generators, Global Development, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division

Compared to other supply methods, on-demand nitrogen generators provide significant benefits by increasing the safety of handling the gas. In addition to providing a significant cost savings, nitrogen generation in-house represents a sustainable approach to the supply of nitrogen.

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For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

December 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by BEUMER Group

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to customers' central warehouses and distribution centers, sparkling wine maker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), equipped two of its production locations with stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.

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Nitrogen Blanketing of Edible Oils (Part I)

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | by David J. Connaughton, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Gas Generators, Global Development, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division

During processing, it may be necessary to store foodstuffs such as edible oils in tanks while awaiting further processing or delivery. Because edible oils are sensitive to spoilage by oxygen in air, any oxygen in the tank must be kept to acceptable levels. In a technique called “tank blanketing,” nitrogen is applied to protect the oils.

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A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance… Or Does It?

December 16, 2013 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter. The rule in question, Section 179, has been through many incarnations.

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Q&A: What Food Processors Can Learn from Huy Fong Foods

December 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The heated battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community.

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Sine Pumps Ideal Solution for Pumping Viscous Confectionary Products

December 13, 2013 12:00 pm | by Russell Merritt, Watson-Marlow Pump Group

The viscous nature of confectionary products like chocolate, caramel, fondant, thick cream, syrups and liquid sugar make them extremely challenging for pumping operations. Choosing the right pump is essential to avoid the costs associated with pump downtime and repair or replacement.

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Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 13, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of food processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

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5 Quick Questions: Supply Chain Management

December 12, 2013 12:00 pm | by Sean Rollings, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Supply chain management is becoming increasingly complex for manufacturers. Sean Rollings, Vice President of Product Marketing at E2open, answers some questions about supply chain management, globalization, data management, and continuity and contingency planning.

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Increasing Awareness of the Health Benefits of Dairy Products

December 12, 2013 8:00 am | by Dr. Loren Ward, Glanbia Nutritionals

Despite strong interest in protein and the health and wellness benefits it provides, mainstream consumers still have a low awareness of dairy foods as a good source of quality protein. New protein quality assessment methods will help increase awareness of the value of milk proteins.

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Keeping Pace: Tips for Financing Equipment Upgrades and Retooling

December 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Peter Arendt, Managing Director of Food and Agribusiness, Huntington Bank

Whether part of a sound maintenance plan or a larger strategy capitalizing on changing consumer food and packaging preferences, the reality is that new equipment acquisitions and production line retooling from time-to-time are essential.

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part III)

December 11, 2013 8:00 am | by BV Sarma, Applications Engineer, Powder Process-Solutions

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part II)

December 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Sharon Nowak, Global Business Development Manager, Coperion K-Tron, Food & Pharmaceutical Industries

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part I)

December 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Rob Yandrick, Product Manager of Vibratory/Screening, Eriez

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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Q&A: Milking the Market

December 9, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The dairy industry is affected by many unique factors, including regulation like the Farm Bill. Food Manufacturing spoke with Bill Brooks of FCStone about the state of the dairy industry and what issues should be top-of-mind for dairy processors.

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Supply Chain Management: Finding the Right Solution for Your Process

December 9, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Today’s supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, creating unique challenges for the food industry. By harnessing the latest technology, food manufacturers can make their supply chains more efficient while improving product quality and safety.

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ISM: A Good, Solid Month for Manufacturing

December 6, 2013 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the sixth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 54th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Brainstorm: Reducing Energy Costs (Part VI)

December 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Bob Van Antwerp, Senior Project Manager, SSOE Group

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What steps can food manufacturers take to reduce energy costs in their facilities?

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Brainstorm: Reducing Energy Costs (Part V)

December 5, 2013 12:00 pm | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What steps can food manufacturers take to reduce energy costs in their facilities?

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