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Report: Food and Beverage Plant Construction Grows

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Plant construction projects in the food and beverage industry grew by more than 9% in 2015, according to Food Engineering magazine’s 39th Annual Plant Construction Survey. The survey lists planned, in-process, and completed projects that are valued at more than $1 million. Below are more details. General statistics Reportable construction projects grew 9.3% in 2015, representing their highest level in 10 years. …

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Cargill Releases the EWOS Sustainability Report

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BERGEN, JUNE 8, 2016 Reducing marine dependence, using more fish trimmings, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among the sustainability highlights for EWOS in 2015. Cargill’s EWOS brand continues to make measurable progress in its key sustainability indicators, according to its annual sustainability report issued today.  The EWOS sustainability report is an integrated report based on GRI G4 and captures …

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Report: Worker Safety Improves in the Meat and Poultry Industry

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Injury and illness rates in the meat and poultry industry are on the decline, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the report finds that hazardous conditions remain. The government also faces challenges in gathering relevant data. Here are some highlights from the GAO’s report. Overall trends and statistics Injury and illness rates in the …

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Report: U.S. Spirits Sales Rose in 2015

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The U.S. spirits industry has good reason to raise a glass. At its annual briefing in February, the Distilled Spirits Council reported that sales of U.S. spirits grew steadily in 2015. Whiskey sales were particularly strong, and only one liquor, rum, saw a decrease in revenues. Read on for highlights, or view the full report here. General spirits sales in …

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Global Food and Beverage Companies Strategize for Growth

In Sustainability, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In the wealth of speculation and analysis over the future of the global packaged foods industry, it’s difficult to know what to watch out for and whether growth will skyrocket or slump. In any case, the constant evolution of technology and consumer habits is spurring major manufacturers to action in a few key areas. Sustainability and health Companies like Mars …

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GMO Safety Study Made Simple [Infographic]

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In a 407-page report released last month, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed the safety of genetically engineered and modified crops and foods, stirring a widespread response from the food community. This infographic from GMOAnswers simplifies the process and findings: Watch the announcement briefing and committee Q&A or download the free PDF summary for the full report. Source: GMOAnswers. …

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Unitherm Food Systems Expands Asia Presence with New Thailand Facility

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New 10,000 ft2 test kitchen showcases 26 of Unitherm’s innovative thermal food processing solutions, from spiral ovens and flame grills to water cooking and pasteurization systems BRISTOW, OK — JUNE 7, 2016 — Unitherm Food Systems today announces the opening of its new test kitchen in Bangkok, Thailand, which signals the company’s first expansion into the Asian market. This 10,000 ft2 …

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USDA Publishes Guide to Help Convenience Stores Sell Healthier Foods

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PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 2, 2016 The USDA yesterday announced The Healthy Corner Stores Guide, which provides information, strategies, and resources for organizations interested in making healthy foods and beverages available in corner stores (convenience stores) within their communities. “USDA is committed to encouraging neighborhood stores to stock and sell healthier food and beverage items. “Families in low-income areas rely on corner stores …

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Your FSMA-friendly Equipment Guide

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The last FSMA final rule has passed, and many manufacturers, especially the largest ones, may face a bumpy road to compliance. Safety is a primary concern, and food safety depends most on a clean environment. Here are some basic equipment choices that will help make and keep your plant FSMA-friendly. Conveyors Conveyors are the spine of any manufacturing operation. If …

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FDA Draft Guidance for Reducing Sodium in Processed and Prepared Foods

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The FDA yesterday released draft guidance for public comment that provides “practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.” Short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) voluntary targets aim for a daily sodium intake of 2,300 milligrams per day, down from a current average of 3,400 milligrams per day. Feedback from stakeholders is encouraged during the 90- and 150-day comment periods. The guidance proposes “feasible …