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On-Line Service Aims To Match Entrepreneurs With Contract Manufacturers

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Most entrepreneurs entering the food and beverage space rely on existing manufacturers to actually make their products. Now there’s an on-line business-to-business platform to help them find the perfect match.

Big Data Drives Food Safety Programs at Amazon and Costco

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Systems that marry potentially dangerous products to the people who purchased them are distinctions of these customer-centric organizations.

Editor's Plate: Are Recent Acquisitions Signs of Desperation?

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Deals will always be a part of this business, but they need to make sense. Several in the past month look questionable.

Wanted: More Muscular Information Systems in Food and Beverage

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As food companies upgrade their enterprise software, the opportunity to replace manufacturing systems with a leaner, less costly software layer beckons.

2018 Dairy Trends Take a Closer Look at Products and Production

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Indulgence is driving growth in this steady category; new filtration methods are improving processes.

Private Label’s Siren Song: A Case Study in Supply vs. Demand

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No matter how strong a brand is, food manufacturers who expand capacity must have a fallback when demand falls short. In this case study, we look at how product development and manufacturing for other companies will help justify Jelly Belly Candy’s latest expansion in Asia.

Material Advances Provide a Better Way to Keep Pests out of Food Plants

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Chemicals and other remedies may be effective in temporarily resolving a food plant’s pest infestation, but the right materials for keeping critters out in the first place is a wiser approach.

Process Improvements Deliver Taste In Plant-Based Meat

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Altruism isn’t enough to make plant-based protein competitive with livestock-based products. Advanced technologies, like twin-screw extrusion, help deliver on taste.

Simplicity Often Is The Missing Ingredient In Packaging Machinery

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Advanced automation is critical for high-volume production, but it can work against small and mid-sized food companies.

Food Equipment Suppliers Gravitate To Value-Added 'Servitization'

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In his monthly column, Scheduled Downtime, Food Processing's Kevin T. Higgins talks about whether or not food companies will find value-add opportunities in outcomes-based services.

Machine Intelligence Is Extending To Include Conveying Systems

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Material transfer still defines what a conveyor does, but advanced controls are giving systems new levels of smart technology.

Powder And Bulk Handling Systems Playing A Bigger Role In Food Manufacturing

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Efficiency is important, but the potential dangers posed by combustible dust need to be addressed up front.

Breakfast Foods Regain Champion Status

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While cereal sales remain flat and other frozen categories remain cold, hot and hand-held breakfast options are fueling the day for many.

Design Improvements Help Lock In Moisture And Protect Flash-Frozen Foods

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Regardless of the refrigerant used, freezing systems are taking a bigger role in producing superior products while preserving as much floor space as possible.

What Do Consumers Think of GMOs?

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We partnered with Hartman Group on research that delved into consumer perceptions of genetically modified foods; about half (is that good or bad?) will avoid them.

Advanced Software And Powerful Processors Drive In-Line Inspection Improvements

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The core technology is stable, but the capabilities and precision of automated inspection systems are expanding by leaps and bounds.

HPP Advocates Begin Their Campaign For Public Acceptance Of Cold Pasteurization

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Certified product seals begin to appear on grocers’ shelves, a modest first step in an education campaign to extol the technology’s benefits and head off naysayers.

Costco Eyes September 2019 Start-Up for Poultry Processing

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September 2019 is now the expected start-up date for Costco Wholesale Inc.’s poultry processing operation in Fremont, Neb., according to Craig Wilson, vice president and general merchandising manager.

Slicing, Dicing, and Shredding Equipment Add Up to Yield Improvements

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Size reduction machinery may appear unchanged, but advancements under the hood result in process improvements.

PulseNet Sets the Pace in Identifying Food Pathogens

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Whole genome sequencing is taking pathogen understanding to a new level, but it’s not the only example of how the technique is making the food supply more secure.

Why Jack in the Box Still Matters

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By ushering in audits, microbiological testing and HACCP, the chain’s E. coli O157:H7 poisonings continue to impact the industry.

European Food Stores Demand Alternatives To Plastic Packaging

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UK supermarket chain Iceland takes lead in pushing private-label suppliers to switch to plastic-free materials.

2018 Capital Spending Outlook: A Flat Year for Food Plant Investments

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With only a 2 percent increase in the Capital Expenditure budget, capital flows to hot categories like plant-based meats, French fries and pet foods.

Options Increase For Cleaning And Sanitizing Food Plants And Trucks

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A timely proliferation of cleaning and disinfecting tools helps food and beverage companies raise their games in preventing food-safety risks.

Unlocking Byproducts’ Potential With Process Purity

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Converting low-value waste streams into value-added products worked with cheese whey. Now food processors are developing other opportunities.

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