BRISTOL, Wis.-As its company's desserts business has grown steadily in the last few years, management at Lakeview Farms, Bristol, Wis., realized that shrink wrapping costs were eating into profitability.
Have climbing fuel prices got you down? It is safe to say a 10% or 15% reduction in monthly fuel expenses would be worth your time and effort; would it not? You can reduce fuel expenses in four ways: Buy fewer gallons of fuel by reducing engine hours operated, maximize engine efficiency, reduce miles driven, and reduce vehicle rolling resistance. While you may presume that engine hours and miles driven directly correlate and are somewhat redundant, that is frequently not so.
The shelf life of a food is the length of time that a product is acceptable and meets consumer quality expectations. However, since the quality of most foods decreases over time, there is a need to evaluate how long products will maintain commercial value. Shelf-life testing measures of the quality factors that define the food and the point at which failure occurs.
WATERLOO, Wis.-Any cheesemaker worth his starter culture will tell you that you can't make good quality cheese without good quality, fresh milk. One of the crucial challenges cheesemakers face is procuring a steady source of milk that arrives at the plant gate in top condition. For most that means maintaining a good relationship with a cooperative, developing a network of farmers, and working with raw milk distributors.
Buying a pump is one of those plant operations considerations that come up sporadically. There's generally enough time between purchases that no one feels like an expert. The result is a strong tendency to buy whatever worked before and move on. The attitude is often that we only need to move product from one place to another. It's no big deal and most pumps are pretty much the same. Let's just find what's cheapest or easiest to install and get on to the next problem. However it may be that a little more time spent considering the purchase could be time well spent.
Burkert Burkert's 3A-certified Type 2031 High-Purity Diaphragm Valve incorporating a forged 316L stainless steel body, this bi-directional valve accommodates food-grade and sterile fluids. A chemically neutral EPDM or PTFE diaphragm
Before 1970, the impact of regulations on the cost of transportation and distribution was generally direct, identifiable and relatively minor. Costs consisted mostly of state and federal motor vehicle license, title, and registration fees plus highway use and fuel taxes. By the mid-1970s, things were changing as the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanded its original Motor Vehicle Safety Standards-regarding automobile design and manufacture-to include trucks. The MVSS 121 (antilock air brakes) and MVSS 105 (antilock hydraulic brakes) standards were the first to add major costs to the purchase price and operating costs of trucks, truck tractors and semi-trailers.
MILWAUKEE-What's the very best cheese made in America?
According to judges at the 2005 United States Championship Cheese Contest, it's a classic Emmentaler made by Randy Krahenbuhl at Indiana's Fair Oaks Dairy Products. Krahenbuhl's Swiss-style beauty was named United States Champion from the field of 1,008 cheeses entered in this, the largest cheese competition ever held in the United States.