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Writing standards for robotic equipment

Robotic automation equipment is common in the auto industry, but the wet conditions in dairy plants have created a need for equipment standards to comply with strict food safety and hygiene rules. Here is what we have done so far.
By Timothy Rugh
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Traditional applications for robot-based automation in food processing have been basic pick-and-place packing operations. On the processing side, dairy plants contain many applications that are repetitive or labor-intensive. These are perfect candidates for robot-based automation.


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Food safety

Making the most of lab testing equipment for dairies

Waiting for test results can slow down dairy processing. Faster testing methods cut wait time from minutes to seconds. In-line analyzers deliver information in real time.
By Jim Carper
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Speed, accuracy and consistency are three metrics that managers of dairy processing plants should be measuring. An on-site dairy laboratory can play an important role in achieving high values in each of those metrics.


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Supplier people news

MMPA hires new plant manager; IDDBA names new president

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The Michigan Milk Producers Association has a new plant manager for its Ovid location; and the IDDBA hired a new president and CEO.
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The case for fortifying cheese

Overall, Americans do not suffer from nutrition deficiencies. But cheesemakers might find opportunities in niche markets. Certain bioactive peptides have potential benefits. They are worth watching.
By John A. Lucey
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Fortification is nothing new for the dairy industry. In fact, one of the most well-known examples of beneficial food fortification is the addition of Vitamin D to milk.


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Developing foods with dairy proteins

Dairy protein delivers the taste, nutrition, flexibility and functionality that food and beverage manufacturers need so that their formulations satisfy today’s changing lifestyles and dining habits.
By Susan Larson
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Food and beverage formulators are always monitoring consumer trends. Incorporating sources of protein is one of the more popular trends, as evidenced by global protein product launch activity growing 14.5% from 2008 to 2012, according to Innova Database.


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U.S. streamlines organic trade with Korea

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Organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country, the U.S. Trade Representative announced in July.


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Record attendance at Membrane Technology Forum

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The 26th annual Membrane Technology Forum (membraneforum.com) was sold out for the first time ever. The record-breaking attendance (20% from international delegates) was up 27% from 2013.


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New hires, promotions

New hires, promotions from Harpak-ULMA, AGC Heat Transfer and more dairy suppliers

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Harpak-ULMA adds product manager, AGC Heat Transfer hires new company president; plus more new hires and promotions.
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Cup check

Start-up dairy operation finds an economical machine to apply a foil safety seal to yogurt cups

A new generation of portion-control cup sealers enables low-cost, tamper-evident, sealed packaging for dairy start-ups and larger operations.
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Retailers are asking dairy food and beverage processors to package their products in packaging that is tamper-evident. Besides providing a measure of food safety, a sealed cup prolongs product quality and shelf life on retail shelves.


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Ice cream sales nearly frozen

By Sarah M. Kennedy
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Ice cream sales see minimal growth, while sherbet and novelty sales trend downward.


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Milk/Flavored Milk and Non-Dairy Beverages: Opportunities in the Beverage Segment

This free webinar will cover methods and ingredients available to increase protein levels, processing issues related to high-protein beverages, future ingredients and opportunities for protein fortification, adding value to milk and beverages, niche markets for high-protein milk and beverages and case studies of Core Power and Fairlife.

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