Reducing Food Waste Requires Thinking Outside The Box
Reducing Food Waste Requires Thinking Outside The Box

According to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, nearly 133 billion pounds of food makes its way to the landfill each year in the U.S. Needless to say, this is an enormous amount of wasted food and it is creating major business, environmental, and social problems. Here, Meghan Stasz, Senior Director of Sustainability at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions about what food manufacturers can do to reduce or eliminate food waste in both manufacturing facilities and in their supply chains.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Small Growers Require Big Food Safety
    Small Growers Require Big Food Safety

    Small growers always have to fight to be viable businesses. They don’t get the bulk discounts that larger growers get on rents, supplies, chemicals, water, or even labor. If there is bad weather or bad market in any one season, they lose everything. And during the growing season — even if everything else goes well — they must wear all hats, all the time, and the work never stops. So, small growers are not left a lot of time to ponder, or even more importantly, implement food safety practices.

  • What To Consider When Choosing Inline Coding And Printing Technologies For Packaging
    What To Consider When Choosing Inline Coding And Printing Technologies For Packaging

    There are two main types of non-contact coder: Laser and ink jet. Inkjet printers work by depositing ink on the surface of the substrate. Laser coders work by removing ink from or affecting the surface of the substrate. Laser coders do not use ink or toner and should not be confused with desktop laser printers; they are a completely different technology.

  • Should Your Food Manufacturing Facility Use In-House Or Contract Lab Pathogen Testing? (Part Two Of Two)
    Should Your Food Manufacturing Facility Use In-House Or Contract Lab Pathogen Testing? (Part Two Of Two)

    In the first portion of Should Your Food Manufacturing Facility Use In-House Or Contract Lab Pathogen Testing? we discussed the ultimate goals of a food manufacturer’s food testing program, as well as examined the pros and cons of both In-House and contract lab pathogen testing labs. Here, in the second portion of the series, we will discuss the methods of pathogen testing being used by different geographic regions across the world and how some food manufacturers utilize a combination of both In-House and contracted food safety labs. Further, we will explore the importance of accuracy and accreditation, as well as recap the decision-making process for determining the best pathogen testing method for your facility.

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FEATURED CONTENT

  • Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
    Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

    Tulip, one of Denmark’s leading producers of processed food for the domestic and export market, produces around 90 tons of sausages each day. A large proportion of these – about 60 tons a day – is packaged under a modified atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to keep the product fresh and improve its shelf life. This case study shows how the company improved its efficiency by installing a Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system.

  • On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company
    On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company

    Bye-bye manual testing: Replaced by new on-line gas analyzer. This case study examines how a meat processing company made the switch from manually and randomly testing of its packages five times each day to an on-line headspace analyzer for its Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) products.

  • Seafood Company Increases Quality With Package Integrity Testing Technology
    Seafood Company Increases Quality With Package Integrity Testing Technology

    In 2004, Mariscos Linamar, a Spanish seafood company, began to investigate the innovative idea of packaging a proportion of its product in a modified atmosphere, with the aim to extend the product shelf life and improve its appearance. Years of research followed. After extensive research and trials, the optimal gas mixture, comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide blended in a ratio that depends on the product and the format of the package, had been decided upon as well as the best packaging approach. This case study illustrates the process the company used to implement Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) with thermosealed trays.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • FoodLogiQ
    FoodLogiQ

    FoodLogiQ offers Software as a Service solutions to connect the world's food supply chain,. We promote food safety through traceability and sustainability. FoodLogiQ will help your company maintain vendor relationships, ensure that Food Safety and Quality standards are met for compliance and your brand promise is met through end-to-end deliverability.

  • Hach Company
    Hach Company

    We make water analysis better—faster, simpler, greener and more informative—via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.

  • Sartorius Intec
    Sartorius Intec

    Sartorius Intec is a globally operating premium provider of industrial weighing and control equipment. Our product solutions are used throughout the entire manufacturing process for products, ranging from incoming goods inspection to production, to final quality control and logistics. Sartorius Intec high-quality measurement and inspection equipment, such as high-capacity load cells, checkweighers, metal detectors and industrial scales. Among our division’s major customers are, in particular, the food, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors and the basic industry. Especially in the sector of process tank and hopper weighing, our company ranks among the world's leading suppliers.

  • Sesotec
    Sesotec

    Sesotec has an extensive knowledge of the industries that we serve.  Sesotec covers North America , as well as International markets with total responsibility for all engineering, sales and service operations; we operate both directly and through business partners.

  • PTI - Packaging Technologies & Inspection
    PTI - Packaging Technologies & Inspection

    PTI Inspection Systems is a leading manufacturer of package inspection technologies for the food industry that are non-destructive, non-invasive, and require no sample preparation. Recognized as a thought leader in new delivery systems for seal, package, and container integrity testing, PTI has set the standard for inspection systems that provide repeatable, reliable results

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ABOUT FOOD ONLINE

Welcome to Food Online, the premiere Internet resource, helping build a community to advance the production of safe and healthy food and beverages. We provide best practices and solutions in food safety, food processing, automation, packaging and the supply chain. 

The site is designed for plant engineers, production managers, manufacturing engineers, processing technicians, operations supervisors, and business managers, it provides daily news updates, reports, and solutions on business and technology trends vital to the industry.   We provide plant managers, quality control/quality assurance technologists, and research and development experts with up-to-date information and industry solutions in the areas of food safety and regulatory issues, metal contamination, x-ray inspection, check weighing, and bacterial detection.

Both process and production engineers and technicians, along with marketing and business managers will find, case studies, white papers, and other technical solutions and product information on mixers, blenders, filling equipment, homogenizers, conveyors, sorters, graders, flow meters, pumps, tanks, valves, freezers, chillers, heat exchangers, moisture controls, pH meters, and sensors. 

Food Online also covers quality control and quality assurance systems, information management systems, process control systems and equipment, as well as clean-in-place systems, measurement systems, sanitation systems, end-of-line packaging, packaging equipment, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and contract packaging. Transportation and logistics professionals will find valuable information concerning the supply chain, cold chain, traceability, and, sustainability.

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FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • X-Ray Inspection System: Cartons, Bags, Foils
    X-Ray Inspection System: Cartons, Bags, Foils

    X-Ray inspection systems of the Dyxim FB-series are used to inspect products in cartons, plastic bags, metalized foils and bulk products. The Dyxim FB-series is able to detect metal, glass, bones, ceramics and special plastics (PVC). It is available in different versions such as FB 40, FB 80, FB 120 and FB 160.

  • Leak Testing — Empty Bottles And Containers
    Leak Testing — Empty Bottles And Containers VeriCon online inspection systems test bottle and container integrity with precision and repeatability. To accommodate various container specifications, line speed, handling and test sensitivity requirements, VeriCon systems are available in configurations including linear and continuous motion leak testing.
  • Food Safety Training
    Food Safety Training

    Are you confident your front-line workforce is adhering to best practices that keep your food safe for consumers?

  • VAC-U-MAX Capsule/Tablet Conveyor
    VAC-U-MAX Capsule/Tablet Conveyor VAC-U-MAX has introduced a Vacuum Conveyor for conveying Capsules, Gel Caps and Coated Tablets. Conveying up to and over 2500 units per minute this conveyor gently delivers the product to the capsule filling machine or packaging machine.
  • Standard Food Metal Detector Conveyor -  Rapicon MD
    Standard Food Metal Detector Conveyor - Rapicon MD

    The Rapicon offers six standard aperture sizes with two levels of metal detector technology (GLS or C-Scan GHF) for optimum flexibility to provide solutions that deliver the best performance and results.

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