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Best Practices for Building Transparency and Trust

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food is under scrutiny these days. Contamination can have devastating effects, both for consumers and for companies, and technology allows unprecedented access to information and conversations about food safety and quality. Each year, the Center for Food Integrity studies in-depth aspects of consumer trust. This year’s report focuses on expectations for food suppliers. More than farmers, retailers or restaurants, consumers …

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Resident, Persistent Listeria Genome Recognized in Most Recent Recall

In News, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

The major recall by CRF Frozen Foods this week has been a long time coming. According to NPR, new CDC tools that track the sequenced genome of listeria recognize in this latest cluster of illnesses, matches from bacteria that has sickened others in recent years. Listeria monocytogenes kills 1 in 5 victims and holds higher risks for older adults, pregnant women, …

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Paarman and Unitherm: A Continuous Systems Recipe for Growth

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A case study featured in Food Manufacturing yesterday highlights a now-common shift from conventional batch cooking to continuous systems. In response to growing demand from international markets, South African family company Paarman Foods teamed up with Unitherm Food Systems in 2015 to change their approach to cooking many of their spiced protein products. The key to Paarman’s shift in production was Unitherm’s Micro Spiral Oven. Paarman …

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Food

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

It’s no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” Experts agree, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to food manufacturing in ways that are getting harder to ignore. The IoT is changing how the food industry tackles problems like safety, e-commerce, and even waste management. What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things refers to devices that …

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Benefits of Supply-Chain Transparency: An Interview with Geraint John of SCM World

In Processing, Sustainability, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

The finalization of FSMA rules puts pressure on many standard food industry operations. Because your supply chain is not one operation, but many, it may feel that pressure more keenly than other areas of business. On the one hand, emerging technology makes it easier than ever to monitor, collect, and communicate data. On the other, tightening global standards, dispersed markets, …

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5 Ways Technology is Transforming the Food Supply Chain

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

As sources diversify and consumer demands evolve toward transparency and wholeness, technology must play an ever-increasing role at every point in the food manufacturing supply chain. Some traditional processes will collapse, while others will expand in non-linear networks near and far around the globe. Here are five ways technology is transforming the food supply chain in response to its changing …

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Food Executives, to Your E-Commerce Starting Blocks

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

It looks like the food industry can add e-commerce to its list of smart capital investments for 2016. Half of all market growth is now online, more for certain categories and markets. It’s a “winner-take-all world” for CPG, according to this just-released report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report recommends that all CPG …

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FSMA Opens Doors to Safety and Efficiency

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Door technology is trending in the wake of FSMA’s effects. As best practices become law, Food Manufacturing reports, doors are making a bigger difference in safety and energy efficiency. New wash-down doors roll up instead of sideways, and they’re made of anti-microbial, anti-corrosive polypropylene to eliminate “harborage” of harmful bacterias. Faster-moving doors are boosting both energy efficiency and productivity. They …