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Understanding Shelf-stable Food Packaging Processes

July 8, 2024

An Explanation of Aseptic, Retort and ESL Packaging By Julian Stauffer, CEO, Waldner North America As the demand for food and beverages with longer shelf lives and preserved nutritional values increases, it’s important that companies make the right choice when it comes to manufacturing their shelf-stable food products. Several options are available, and the packaging,…

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The Versatility of the Food Can: What Can’t It Do?

July 8, 2024

Four Key Benefits of Steel Food Cans Are Often Overlooked By Tom Gordon, President, Food Packaging North America at Crown Holdings Crop growing season is underway across the United States, which means farmers across the country are continuing the months-long process of preparing, planting and harvesting crops to be sold in grocery stores nationwide. When…

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Food Manufacturing Safer Amid Key Processing Equipment Advancements

July 8, 2024

Auto-Pulse Bag Dump Station innovations boost food processing safety, cleanliness and efficiency By Merilee Kern, MBA Amid the numerous product recalls and reports warning consumers about breaches in safety, efficiency and cleanliness in food processing environments, manufacturers must be more proactive than ever to implement safer and more efficient processing solutions — those that are…

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Food Waste is a Huge Problem in the US. More Knowledge About Packaging Could Help

July 8, 2024

Americans throw out a staggering 120 billion pounds of food each year—that’s 325 pounds per person, totaling an estimated 40% of the nation’s food production. The single largest source of food waste in the US comes from households (ReFED, 2016). While there isn’t one quick-fix solution for this massive problem, emerging research from the Michigan…

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Four Packaging Design Strategies for the Digital Shelf

July 8, 2024

Online Grocery Shoppers Are Influencing Packaging Design By Shelby White, Group Creative Director at MarketPlace Branding The grocery shopping experience is ever-changing. When we think of the process — making lists, searching the aisles, putting things in your shopping cart — the very meaning of each has evolved. Mental images of notes apps and scrolling…

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Unwrapping a Safe Food Supply Chain

July 2, 2024

Safe Food Delivery Hinges on Agility and Resilience By Kimberly Coffin, Global Technical Director for Supply Chain Assurance at LRQA With the past few years proving that changes to supply are inevitable, the ability to move quickly, adapt, and recover easily is crucial. There has been an unprecedented combination of events – ongoing since 2020 –…

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Beyond the Food Safety Modernization Act: Aligning Compliance with GS1 Integration

July 2, 2024

Aligning Compliance With GS1 Integration By Adem Kulauzovic, Director of Automation at Domino Printing Sciences Each year in the U.S., approximately 48 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses, resulting in some 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1  These figures form a significant public health burden, but are largely…

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Custom Powder Containers Streamline Material Transfer

June 26, 2024

AFC Design Fits Tight Space, Prevents Mishandling New powder containers from process equipment manufacturer Automated Flexible Conveyor, Clifton, NJ, (afcspiralfeeder.com) feature a custom design that streamlines material transfer in a personal care product manufacturing process. Developed for a major private label manufacturer, the powder containers set FDA-compliant, polyethylene bulk containers within durable, steel frames in…

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An Introduction to Poultry Science

May 29, 2024

Auburn University Researchers Develop Innovative Packaging Technology By Stacie McCormick, Marketing Manager for Flexibles and Trays at ProMach The famous saying may not go “what came first, the chicken, the egg or the 4-pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts,” but all these stages (and everything in between) are first priorities to the faculty at Auburn…

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Changing Food Safety Expectations Impact Suppliers to Big Box Retailing

May 29, 2024

How to Respond to New Foreign Material Inspection Requirements By Geri Foley, Business Manager, X-Ray Inspection with Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Many food processors are currently struggling to understand how best to respond to a notice they recently received from an important customer – a prominent big box retailer – about its changing requirements regarding foreign…

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Majans’ Partnership with TNA Solutions Delivers 140% Throughput Increase in 12 months with the tna ropac® 5

May 28, 2024

Building on its ongoing relationship with TNA solutions, Majans leveraged the all new tna ropac® 5 technology to automate its case packing operations. At a capacity of 200 bags per minute, and featuring a bag conditioner, case packer, case erector and checkweigher, it is the fastest case packing system on the market today, with the…

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Compact High-Output Horizontal Wrapper Delivers Exceptional Throughput

May 17, 2024

Harpak-ULMA®, the industry leader in smart, connected packaging solutions, announces the North American launch of ULMA’s groundbreaking FR 400 TWIN Flow Wrapper— promising to revolutionize high-volume automated packaging operations with its exceptional throughput and compact footprint. The unique space-saving design of the innovative high-output horizontal wrapper makes it ideal for facilities with limited floor space…

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Automating Product Flow on Food Packaging Lines

May 1, 2024

How Processors and Packers Can Harmonize Machinery By Rudy Sanchez, Food Handling Systems Product Manager at Key Technology The performance of food packaging lines depends on how all the equipment works together. Packaging distribution systems that take solid food products from the processing line to form-fill-seal (FFS) packaging machines typically include conveyors with gates, scale…

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Transitioning OPS to PET

May 1, 2024

Lots of Cookie Trays Fit the Mold By Zach Muscato, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Plastic Ingenuity Making the switch from oriented polystyrene (OPS) to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in food packaging like cookie and dessert trays is one of the most effective ways to help meet sustainability goals. Well past being just a trend, adopting more sustainable…

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Lyco Expands Columbus, Wis. Plant, Reaching Over 100,000 Square Feet of Food Processing Equipment Manufacturing Space

April 30, 2024

Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. has added a third expansion onto its Columbus, Wis. plant. This new space will increase manufacturing capabilities for its food processing machinery to over 100,000 square feet of operational area. Lyco services a variety of food production applications, including 50 of the top 100 food companies in North America. Lyco equipment covers…

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Frito-Lay’s U.S. Snack Index Predicts Consumer Trends Amidst an Increasing Time Crunch

April 4, 2024

The fifth annual U.S. Snack Index confirms what many of us are feeling – there are simply not enough hours in the day. A lack of time to prepare, eat and enjoy meals – especially among parents and younger generations – will blur the once-clear line between “snacks” and “meals” in 2024. In fact, one-third…

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Four Key Trends Impacting The Snack Category

April 4, 2024

Snackers Crave Relaxation, and Care More About Cost, Quality, Convenience and Sustainability By Moira Stein, Insights & Strategy at Berlin Packaging Amidst inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty, consumers are paying more attention to the cost, quality, and convenience of snack products. With stress levels high, they are also looking for enjoyable and relaxing snacking experiences.…

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Food and Beverage Brands Are Ready to Act

March 26, 2024

Amid signs of progress after a few challenging years for the food and beverage supply chain, brands are planning to dial up product innovation efforts to meet consumer demand (42%), combat rising costs (46%), and stay competitive (51%). Even with their enthusiasm, however, 56% of brands reported a lack of internal tools to manage product…

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BW Flexible Systems’ Hayssen R300 to launch at PACK EXPO East

March 17, 2024

Company to showcase significant innovation in flow-wrapping solutions for baked goods BW Flexible Systems, a global leader in flexible packaging solutions for food and non-food products, will introduce the Hayssen R300 to its flow wrapper portfolio at PACK EXPO East, held March 18 to 20 in Philadelphia. Renowned for its quality and robustness, the Hayssen…

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Bio-Food Grade™ HT Anti-Seize Compound is Ideal for Food Plant Maintenance

March 15, 2024

Renewable Lubricants introduces Bio-Food Grade™ HT Anti-Seize Compound, a biobased Extreme Pressure (EP) compound specifically formulated for lubricating sliding surface in food processing plants.  Designed to provide anti-weld protection and withstand high pressures in sliding surfaces, it protects the shoulder and threads of bolts against damage from galling or seizure. This patented, ultimately biodegradable, food…

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