All news articles for May 2017

Explore Cuisine changes pack format to raise impact

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Explore Cuisine changes pack format to raise impact

By Rick Pendrous

Gluten-free, organic and high protein bean and pulse pasta brand Explore Cuisine has unveilled new packaging, with the range moving from a bag to box format.

Inline modified atmosphere pack checks

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Inline modified atmosphere pack checks

By Rick Pendrous

An automated leak testing system, which helps food processors ensure that modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) does not have undetected micro leaks, is now available globally.

Tetra Pak launches cloud-based monitoring of kit

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Tetra Pak launches cloud-based monitoring of kit

By Rick Pendrous

A condition monitoring service has been launched by Tetra Pak to help food and drink manufacturers to predict machine failures before they occur. 

Bottling lines adapted to meet needs

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Bottling lines adapted to meet needs

By Rick Pendrous

Carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottling line supplier Sidel has responded to changing market demand for smaller, on-the-go bottles. 

Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

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Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

By Rick Pendrous

Amid growing concern about the presence of cancer-causing acrylamide in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds before they reach the consumer.

X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

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X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

By Rick Pendrous

Fruit specialist Fruit Gourmet, based at Allemans-du-Dropt in south-west France, has selected an Ishida X-ray inspection system for enhanced quality control, following the installation of the company’s multi-head weighers at its site.

Troubleshooting with a high-speed camera

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Troubleshooting with a high-speed camera

By Rick Pendrous

A high-speed camera is available from US company Fastec Imaging, which allows remote monitoring and troubleshooting of food manufacturing operations.

Risk-based controls come to the fore

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Risk-based controls come to the fore

By Rick Pendrous

Bakery and confectionery sectors in the US are moving from traditional hazard analysis critical control point food safety controls to those based on risk-based preventative controls, says Neil Giles, marketing communications manager for product inspection...

Control valves for use in steam-raising systems

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Control valves for use in steam-raising systems

By Rick Pendrous

Control valves for process systems are available from Spirax Sarco, which are capable of controlling pressure, temperature and flow in numerous industrial environments with high efficiency.

Oil launched for ammonia systems

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Oil launched for ammonia systems

By Rick Pendrous

To meet growing use of ammonia as a natural refrigerant, ExxonMobil has launched a mineral-based oil for ammonia compressor refrigeration systems.

Screw conveyor takes material from multiple outlets

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Screw conveyor takes material from multiple outlets

By Rick Pendrous

A flexible screw conveyor, which has a trough hopper that can receive material from multiple outlets of feeders, grinders, blenders and other equipment, has been introduced by Flexicon.

ERP raises supply chain efficiency

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ERP raises supply chain efficiency

By Rick Pendrous

Fresh produce supplier to high street restaurant chains, Reynolds Catering Supplies, based at Waltham Cross, near London, is using Infor’s M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to raise order handling efficiency.

Moy Park’s Mike Mullan received the HR award from Lynn Carson, chair of CIPD Northern Ireland

Moy Park boss wins HR award

By Michael Stones

Moy Park’s executive director Mike Mullan has been named HR director of the year in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Northern Ireland Awards 2017. 

The IFST has set out three key priorities, Food science education, Sustainable food system and Brexit

IFST highlights its three food policy priorities

By James Ridler

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has called on the new government to focus on food science, develop policies for a sustainable food system and the challenges of Brexit, in its list of key priorities.

Ops director Mark Bagwell wants Clipper Teas to become a global brand

Organic tea maker Clipper – in pictures

By Noli Dinkovski

Organic and Fairtrade tea specialist Clipper Teas is on track to produce 1.2bn teabags this year from its production facility in Beaminster, Dorset.

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