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Bulk Bag Material Conditioner

November 20, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Discharging bulk bags containing material that has solidified, hardened, or agglomerated can cause serious operational bottlenecks. Conditioning and emptying bulk bags can be dangerous if the proper equipment is not utilized. 

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand...

In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall | News | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums:...

Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Factors that contribute to price growth for...

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Weight Belt Feeders

October 29, 2014 7:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Weigh Belt Feeder is a relatively simple, extremely reliable gravimetric feeder providing high feeding precision and efficient process monitoring. 

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

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Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

Bulk Bag Discharger

September 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag discharging system is designed for discharging whole grain organic flour.

Cookie Dough Depositor

August 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Cookie dough depositing systems produce everything from individual, preformed cookie dough portions to tubs of bulk dough. The depositor features a powerful, positive displacement double-screw pump that provides the highest levels of portioning accuracy. 

When it Comes to How Pizza Looks, Cheese Matters!

August 27, 2014 8:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A study published by the Institute of Food Technologists evaluated the pizza baking performance of different cheeses in conjunction with a new quantifiable evaluation technique to see how their composition and functional differences affected browning and blistering.

Circular Vibratory Screener

August 13, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Round Vibratory Screener is suitable for scalping of bulk food products such as sugar, salt, flour or starch.

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How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms | Articles | Comments

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

ON-Delay Industrial Timer

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ON-delay DIN rail mount industrial timer is designed to provide high-accuracy timing control within OEM and industrial applications.

Clear Carotenoids

July 3, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This company is highlighting their new product line of neutral-tasting, nature-identical carotenoids.

USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

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Ex Trader Joe's President Rallies Against Food Waste

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, Inc. and current CEO of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc., says the U.S. has done a horrible job of making things clear to customers on what the terms 'sell by' or 'best by' dates really mean.

VIDEO: Researchers Put the Crunch Back into Vegetables

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

When frozen and defrosted, spinach leaves wilt, but Lund University scientists say they have the answer with a natural sugar. The cells are kept alive longer, making it possible for farmers to harvest and freeze their products for months at a time.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power | Articles | Comments

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

Infographic: Date Labeling Confusion Contributes to Food Waste

June 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Date labeling variations on food products contribute to confusion in the marketplace regarding how the dates on labels relate to food quality and safety, according to a review by Food Science and Food Safety. This confusion can contribute to significant food waste.

VIDEO: Nutella Experiments With 3D Printing

June 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Structur3d Printing | Videos | Comments

In this brief, yet powerful video, Nutella dips into the realm of 3D printing. The hazelnut-spread maker experimented with the Discov3ry Extruder, an add-on extruder with the ability to print a whole new range of paste-like materials, at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

Pink Color-Coded Products

June 24, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced pink to its collection of color-coded products for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications. 

Packaging System Disrupts Produce Biofilm

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Eating fruits and veggies is good for you, but sometimes there's a price to pay: illness caused by bacterial biofilms that adhere to the produce and to the packaging. A graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered a way to attack the bacteria.

Marijuana Edibles Need to Pass Food Safety Tests for Credibility

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are made. The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.

Scientist Awarded World Food Prize for Disease-Resistant Wheat

June 19, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crop scientist Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize. He is credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions.

Hygienic Zone Planner App

June 19, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has designed an iPad-based app to manage color-coded cleaning tools used in your factory. The hygienic zone app delivers a visual picture of your factory divided into distinct zones.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

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