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The 25th annual Practical Membrane Technology Short Course was held earlier this month. The course focused on the basics of membrane technology and process design as well as new membrane technologies, materials and applications. In addition, participants took guided facility tours of Ecolab, GEA and GE Power & Water.
Dairy Foods editors toured all 13 dairy processing plants that have been nominated for the 2013 Plant of the Year. We found best practices in each of them.
The Unilever Ice Cream plant in Henderson, Nev., was recognized for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability and Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese, Gooding, Idaho, was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.
Seattle-based Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, announced the completion of its new milk powder dryer at its Lynden, Wash., processing plant. A fire destroyed the dryer in February 2012.
As Burnett’s foodservice and retail market continued to expand, the need for increased storage capacity had become ever more urgent. Over time the company’s existing dry storage gradually became outdated and too small for the company’s needs. The objective with the new storage space was twofold: expand volume and support growth in retail sales and service along with the existing foodservice line.
As regulations grow increasingly complex, it is ever more important for dairy manufacturers to choose the correct Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage their processes. There is no room for human error when the cost of one mistake could lead to a food recall, illness and in extreme cases death.
Washdown areas in the dairy industry are among the most difficult areas to maintain OSHA compliance for food handling because bacteria can be found in almost any food handling scenario. The food industry relies on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria. Signs and labels communicate safe plant procedures for these requirements. Because of the harsh environment, standard signs have a tendency to bleed or simply peel right off. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have introduced guidelines to ensure dairy products are protected and signs, labels and tags play an important role communicating these guidelines.
The Kemps ice cream plant in Rochester, Minn., prepares 52 different ice cream mixes, runs multiple filling lines and makes an estimated 900 products for its own brand, co-pack and private label partners, and foodservice accounts. And it does this all day long, every day of the week.
This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!
On-Demand The final industry-developed voluntary enhanced traceability guidelines will be released in the coming weeks. These guidelines have been designed to proactively meet pending traceability requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as well as address more comprehensive traceability needs from dairy buyers. Is your company prepared to address FSMA, meet buyer needs and start incorporating these guidelines into your business model?
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