All news articles for September 2014

Many more businesses could raise the efficiency of their MAP operations

Make your modified atmosphere packaging more efficient

By Paul Gander

Many businesses using modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on their food lines could do much more to make this part of the operation more efficient, according to an international supplier of MAP quality control systems.

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are pushing for more use of X-ray in the UK

X-ray makes a very positive business case

By Paul Gander

Retailer demands for suppliers to use X-ray inspection remain important in driving uptake of the technology, but they are increasingly being superseded by a positive business case on the part of the manufacturers themselves, say suppliers.

Robotic ultrasonic portioning at high speeds

Robotic ultrasonic portioning at high speeds

A high-speed food cutting station incorporating an intelligent vision system which guides an ultrasonic cutter mounted on a robot, has been developed by Western Mechanical Handling (WMH) UK working in close partnership with Mitsubishi Electric.

Milk tank helps to preserve extended shelf-life

Milk tank helps to preserve extended shelf-life

Tetra Pak has launched an automated tank with constant temperature control, called 'Tetra Alsafe for ESL', which preserves extended shelf-life (ESL) milk product quality between processing and packaging.

Co-extruded snacks get a big boost

Co-extruded snacks get a big boost

A new 16-stream die has increased the output capability of Baker Perkins' co-extrusion systems for snacks. The die, with a previous maximum of 12 streams, is a key part of CoEx Master Systems producing snacks containing two components - a cereal...

Retailers are demanding that product is delivered in multiple ways

A new logic in logistics

By Paul Gander

Sharing is caring - about your distribution costs. Paul Gander finds out how collaboration and consolidation help both manufacturers and retailers

The refrigeration replacement work was necessary to meet new legislation

Fox's Biscuits replaces R22 refrigerant at Uttoxeter plant

By Rick Pendrous

Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, is replacing the refrigeration equipment at its Uttoxeter manufacturing facility, with the help of Lorien Engineering. The work is necessary to meet new legislation on refrigerant use, which comes into...

Westmill's Jonathan Downes: 'I wanted the team to come together'

IBP helps to meet peaks in demand

By Rick Pendrous

To meet the planning challenges of fulfilling peak demand for specialist foods during religious festivals such as Ramadan, Diwali and the Chinese New Year, Westmill Foods has moved to an integrated business planning (IBP) model, which is already delivering...

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