Report from Worldwide Food Expo 2007

Where's the next trend? Food Processing's editors scour the expo to report the industry's latest and greatest.

By Food Processing Staff

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The GC02 is a new member of the Gyrocompact line of ovens from FMC Foodtech (www.fmcfoodtech.com). It combines some of the best attributes of linear and spiral ovens and adds a browning step. The suffix TC for tight curve has been added to the M10 freezer line. And a new application – baking pre-cooking – has been added to the Stein GCO II Gyrocompact, out just more than a year.

You've got to mount your computer operator interface somewhere – it ought to be part of a station designed for food plant use. As the name implies, Strongarm Designs (www.strongarm) dependably holds up your terminal in pedestal, wall, counterbalanced and mobile configurations, in stainless steel, NEMA 4X washdown-resistant mountings.

Graco's (www.graco.com/sanitary) 1590 and 3150 3-A Sanitary Pumps, certified by 3-A for dairy and milk applications, are designed to meet stringent sanitation requirements. These quick knock-down diaphragm pumps can be rotated 185 degrees to drain any excess sanitation chemicals used in the CIP process. The 1590 3-A sanitary pump transfers up to 90 gpm, while the 3150 3A can handle 150 gpm. Graco's high sanitation pumps are suitable for evacuating food process mixing kettles, repackaging fluids from original containers to smaller receptacles and evacuating high volumes of liquid concentrates from shipping tankers to holding vessels.

SS Harsh Environment Coalescing Filters from Parker Hannifin Corp. (www.parker.com) remove 99.99 percent of oil, water, rust and pipescale particles of 0.01 micron in size and larger from compressed air and other gases. The filters are available in ¼-1-in. line sizes with flow capacities to over 700 scfm. Constructed of 304 stainless, these filters will stand up to the harshest environments, including food and beverage.  The product line comes complete with auto drains and a high-efficiency filter cartridge installed.

Speed, product consistency and versatility are key to NuTec Manufacturing's (www.nutecmfg.com) Simply Dependable 710 Forming Machine. It provides weight control and gentle product handling for a variety of products from beef to vegetables. It can form hamburger patties, meatballs, skinless sausage links and many more items. It operates with minimal wear and maintenance and is operator–friendly and easy to use. The company's full line of forming machines are suitable for production capacities that range from 40,000 to over 400,000 lbs. per week.

Available in two- and three-frequency models, the PowerPhasePro from Mettler Toledo Safeline (www.mt.com/safelineus) detects ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel contaminants up to 40 percent smaller than any other metal detector, the company claims. Its unique product clustering feature allows a range of products to be set up once and run through the machine without the need to change settings. Another metal detection option is PowerPhasePlus, designed for both wet and dry environments offering both one- and two-frequency metal detection for ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel contaminants. Safeline's Pipeline metal detector has a patent pending on a revolutionary design that has a uniform diameter and requires no clamp and is USDA approved for meat, poultry and dairy applications.

International Dispensing Corp. (www.idcdispensing.com) claims The Answer is the world's only certified aseptic dispensing tap, and the core technology behind Multiserve SafePak, a new flexible packaging growth category. The Answer can maintain sterility of low and medium viscous liquids for weeks of continuous dispensing in normal non-refrigerated conditions. The Answer passed a series of food safety tests conducted by IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group, a food and beverage testing laboratory. The ramifications of being able to dispense without refrigeration or preservatives are huge, the company says. Multiserve SafePaks are suitable for restaurants, foodservice operations and coffeehouses.

Worldwide Food Expo is not an equipment-only show. Several ingredient companies also exhibited:

With cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death among Americans, many consumers are looking for dietary alternatives and products containing meat substitutes.  In response, Cargill (www.cargill.com) developed an innovative Chicken Breast Flavored Soy Quesadilla Filling, which contains no saturated fat, cholesterol or trans fat and is an excellent source of fiber. The quesadilla filling contains Cargill's Prosante XCL soy, an alternative for adding high-quality soy protein to replace traditional protein in beef, chicken and fish products, enabling food designers to offer a complete protein replacement while still maintaining the final product's integrity.

To meet the needs of yogurt makers who want to develop products with a creamier, more dessert-like texture yet still offer the benefits of probiotics and nutrients like calcium and protein, TIC Gums (www.ticgums.com) developed TIC Pretested Dairyblend YG FB3, a stabilizer system which allows a manufacturer to include higher amounts of soluble dietary fiber without sacrificing texture. Soluble dietary fiber has been linked to lower cholesterol and improved digestive health, and experts say most consumers need to increase the amount of fiber in their diets. Usage levels of vary from 4.0 to 6.0 percent, depending on the desired soluble dietary fiber level and thickness of the final product.

Maintaining the natural freshness of processed meats can be a challenge. Kemin Food Ingredients (www.kemin.com) developed Fortium R10 Plus dry natural extract combining the benefits of rosemary extract and green tea extract into one synergistic product. Label friendly, cost effective and with a low flavor profile, it was developed for use in processed meats, seasoning blends and other applications to help protect against color and flavor loss that can occur over time.    

Vegetable Juices Inc. (www.vegetablejuices.com) introduced fire-roasted purees of just about any vegetable, as well as soft frozen purees.

There was even some software promoted at the show:

TraceExpress is an enhanced version of Ross Enterprise (www.cdcsoftware.com) Lot Trace application that features ease of use, faster access and immediate forward and backward trace to identify suspect materials and the disposition of finished goods in the event of a product recall. The system serves as the operational system-of-record, capable of recording all operations and operator activities, quality control measurements, inventory movements, recipe changes, output production yields and deviations from standard specifications by individual product and material lot. It meets the requirements for rapid and thorough traceability as outlined in numerous global regulations including the U.S. FDA's Bioterrorism Act of 2002.

Lawson Software (www.lawson.com) announced an expanded partnership with Mercatus, a Norway-based provider of information technology systems to the aquaculture and agriculture industries, to offer a new livestock solution based on Lawson's M3 Food & Beverage software offerings. The livestock solution was developed specifically around the needs of companies in the farming and production sides of the beef, pork, poultry and fish industries. Livestock operations face a number of business challenges, including significant industry consolidation, internationalization and the presence of powerful retail chains that force lower prices and require reliable and flexible delivery of large volumes of uniform-quality product. In addition, these operations are subject to a wide variety of food safety laws and regulations that can vary by jurisdiction. Lawson's industry-specific solutions can help livestock producers be much more effective, control costs and improve their operations.

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