Entries tagged with: Food Processing

Just Remove Water: New ways to achieve an old objective drive success of dried produce

Just Remove Water: New ways to achieve an old objective drive success of dried produce

They’ve come a long way, baby. Drying foods like grapes, apricots, dates, figs and plums in the air and sun is one of the oldest ways of preserving food – and especially significant before refrigeration, freezing, canning and processing provided safe alternatives. In more recent times, drying fruit became a way to make commodities available year round. “The reason for drying the fruit in the first place is, if you don’t dry it, you don’t…  » Read more

Kronen to exhibit at Anuga FoodTec

Kronen will display an array of food processing equipment at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany. The event, held every three years, will run from March 25 to 27. The company will stage live demonstrations and exhibit machines for the catering, convenience, delicatessen and food industry for salad, vegetable and fruit processing, along with other kinds of food. Equipment on display includes: GEWA XL: This washing machine is designed to deliver optimal washing results for larger…  » Read more

Key Technology introduces new conveyor for bulk foods

Key Technology introduces its new Sanitary Belt Conveyor for transporting bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines. It is designed for a wide range of snacks such as potato chips and nuts as well as processed fruits and vegetables, potato strips, fresh cut produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, wine grapes, pet foods, and more.
  Featuring a positive drive urethane (PDU) belt, stainless steel frame and components, open construction, and other sanitary features, Key’s…  » Read more

Process Expo will be Nov. 3-5 in Chicago

The annual Process Expo is gearing up for its 2013 run, Nov. 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Process Expo is billed as the nation’s largest event dedicated strictly to the food and beverage industry. More than 450 exhibitors will be present at a trade show that is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees. The show will feature processing and packaging equipment, technological innovations and solutions applicable to all segments of the supply chain.…  » Read more

Reiser names new VP of sales and marketing

Scott Scriven has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president of sales and marketing for Reiser. Scriven has spent his entire career in the sales and sales management in the food industry. For the past 14 years, he has served as president and CEO of slicing machine manufacturer Weber. “I have respected and admired the Reiser brand for as long as I’ve been involved in the food processing industry,” Scriven said.

Heat and Control releases new conveyor system

Heat and Control has released its new FastBack FDX Force Displacement conveyor system. The system’s drives are 40 percent smaller than comparable inertia drive horizontal motion conveyors and convey up to 2,500 pounds. This makes the system ideal for transfer runs up to 10 feet long and product accumulation of up to 300 cubic feet, Heat and Control said. Like previous FastBacks, the patent-pending FDX inertia drive provides the same clean horizontal motion conveying that…  » Read more

Urschel breaks ground on new manufacturing facility

Urschel has broken ground on its new manufacturing facility in Chesterton, Ind., officially starting work on a project valued at more than $80 million. “This is an exciting time in Urschel history. Construction of this new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility demonstrates our commitment to Urschel customers around the globe,” said Bob Urschel, CEO/president of Urschel Laboratories. According to Bill Baker, director of Urschel real estate, the project will take approximately 18 months to complete and will…  » Read more

Power Packs aimed at school foodservice

Freshway Foods has launched a new line of products for the school foodservice market, called Power Packs. Power Packs are individually packaged fresh-cut fruits and vegetables for schools participating in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The product line includes a large selection of fresh produce, including regional and ethnic favorites. “Power Packs are two-ounce snack packs that contain 100 percent usable product and do not require any cutting, cleaning or additional handling,” said…  » Read more

Four Seasons Produce wins sustainable business award

Four Seasons Produce has been named the 2013 Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Award winner. The award recognizes Four Seasons Produce as a leader in sustainable business practices among companies in the United States. The annual award is administered by the Institute for Sustainable Development, a Durham, N.C.-based partnership of universities, chambers of commerce and business leaders that is dedicated to helping businesses become more competitive through sustainability practices. The award is designed to recognize businesses…  » Read more
Clean Water Alternatives

Clean Water Alternatives

When it comes to processing fresh-cut produce, one element is just as important as the produce itself. Water. It rinses and sanitizes every step of the way. But even Mother Nature needs a little help to make the process more effective and avoid cross-contamination. Companies serving the fresh-cut and other industries are constantly looking at ways to improve the process. Axiall Corp. is one of them. The result of a January merger between Georgia Gulf…  » Read more
Seeking the Unique

Seeking the Unique

A Minnesota fresh-cut produce company is finding success by combining a relatively small distribution area with big ambitions. G.O. Fresh processes salad blends and other value-added products from its facility in Minneapolis. From the start — including a decision to devote its business to fresh-cut — the company has aimed at uniqueness. “We like to do the things that not everybody does,” said Mark Remold, G.O. Fresh purchasing manager. “The nice part about being a…  » Read more

Mann Packing starts summer slaw campaign

Mann Packing has kicked off its Annual Summer Slaw Spectacular promotion. Coupons will be applied to packages of Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw and Rainbow Salad and made available to shoppers nationwide beginning July 1. Consumers will save $1 with the purchase of any two of these items (U.S. only). This is one of Mann’s most successful promotions historically with more than 200,000 impressions delivered over the key Fourth of July selling period last year, said…  » Read more

Compensation report profiles pay of produce employees

Executives saw a 2.9 percent increase in salary for the current fiscal year, according to the 2013 Produce Industry Compensation and Benefits Report compiled by the United Fresh Produce Association. The 130-page research report presents data collected earlier this year through a confidential survey of produce industry companies. The report is designed to assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. The 2013 report, which measures employee compensation and benefit data for more than…  » Read more

Urschel Thailand moves to larger facility

Urschel (Thailand) Limited has moved into a larger facility in a newly constructed building in Bangkok. The new facility was needed to accommodate growth the company has experienced since starting Urschel Thailand in 2004. The two-story area features a spacious conference room, open office area, parts service center, a well-equipped product test cutting facility, and plenty of parking for visitors, said Urschel. The parts service center enables authorized Urschel inspection and repair of critical components…  » Read more

Ready Pac plant earns SQF certification

Ready Pac Foods announced that its Swedesboro, N.J. fresh foods processing facility received SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 3 certification, the highest certification possible. This achievement means that all of Ready Pac’s processing facilities have satisfied the certification’s rigorous food safety and quality requirements. “Ready Pac implemented the stringent SQF certification program system-wide to develop standardized and harmonized quality systems that align with our customers’ food safety and quality needs,” said Tristan Simpson, director of…  » Read more

Sormac sells 100th knife peeler

The result of cooperation between German Hepro and Sormac is the production of the 100th KP-60/HS knife peeler. It was supplied to Australian Reactive Engineering in the summer of 2012. The 50th knife peeler was also produced for this Australian company.

Dole sells assets, will focus on fresh

Stockholders of Dole Food Company have approved the sale of its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to ITOCHU Corporation for $1.685 billion. The transaction has already received required regulatory approval in six of seven reviewing countries, and both Dole and ITOCHU are continuing to work toward consummating the sale by December 31, subject to final regulatory approval from China. The consummation of the sale will result in a substantial portion of Dole’s operations…  » Read more
Update: FDA not sure when food facility registration will open

Update: FDA not sure when food facility registration will open

A spokesperson for the FDA says the agency doesn't know yet when it will begin accepting food facility registrations as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under FSMA, all domestic and foreign facilities manufacturing, processing, packing or holding food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are mandated to register with FDA between now and Dec. 31. In the past, registration was voluntary. Registration was supposed to open Oct. 1, but it…  » Read more
Set to open today, FDA’s mandatory registration for food facilities not ready yet

Set to open today, FDA’s mandatory registration for food facilities not ready yet

While today marks the start of the three-month window for food facilities to meet mandatory registration requirements with the FDA, the government has announced that the website isn’t ready. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), all domestic and foreign facilities manufacturing, processing, packing or holding food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are mandated to register with FDA between now and Dec. 31. In the past, registration was voluntary. It’s not clear…  » Read more
Quality Assurance Depends on Equipment, Systems

Quality Assurance Depends on Equipment, Systems

Welcome to the world of quality assurance (QA) in fresh-cut produce. Regulators mandate it, customers expect it and fresh-cut processors and shippers understand they have to find better ways to provide it. “If you found a blueberry in with the cranberries, it wasn’t a big deal,” said Bret Larreau, manager of business development for Key Technologies, remembering the days when “inspection” meant sorting produce by hand on a conveyor belt. “But any more, there’s just…  » Read more
Crunch Pak completes expansion in Cashmere, Wash.

Crunch Pak completes expansion in Cashmere, Wash.

Crunch Pak has completed a major expansion at its Cashmere, Wash., plant. The project expanded the company’s processing and loading facility space by 39,000 square feet, said company President and CEO John Graden.  Half of the additional space will be used for finished product storage and shipping, with the rest for processing. The new space will enable the company to handle approximately 1 million pounds of raw product per week. Also part of the expansion…  » Read more

New Product Roundup: What’s new from the fresh-cut industry

Check out what's new in products and solutions from around the fresh-cut produce industry. Here's the latest from Ready Pac, Triangle Packaging Machinery, Key Technology, 3M Food Safety, Turatti, Schober, CombiScale, Douglas Washing & Sanitizing Systems, ScoringAg, Eagle Packaging, FTNON, Crunch Pak, Zebra, Baumer and ThermoWorks.   Ready Pac offers Disney-themed meals Ready Pac has introduced new Disney-themed Mini Meals and Salads designed specifically for children ages 6-12. Salads come in pizza, taco, Caesar and…  » Read more