Properly-Trained Employees Are Essential To Fresh Produce

As technology in the food industry continues to advance, automation will play an increasing role. Despite these technological advances, knowledgeable employees are still key to producing a safe product, particularly in the fresh-cut produce sector.

  • New Elastomer Grippers Could Transform The Handling Of Unpackaged Foods
    New Elastomer Grippers Could Transform The Handling Of Unpackaged Foods

    Development of hygienic, elastomer grippers for the handling of unpackaged food products is underway by The German Institute of Food Technologies in cooperation with the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK) and Fraunhofer IVV Dresden. The new technology is expected to make its debut in 2016 and improve automated food production.

  • Complying With HARPC: A Must For The Frozen-Foods Sector
    Complying With HARPC: A Must For The Frozen-Foods Sector

    The Food Safety Modernization Act is requiring a major overhaul in most sectors of the food industry. As the focus shifts from reaction to prevention regarding food-safety events, one area that is facing significant changes is the frozen-food sector.

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  • What Is The Best Diode Size?

    Market-leading x-ray manufacturers offer different pitch x-ray detectors to suit individual applications and likely contaminants.

  • 3 Ways Robots Reduce Worker Safety Issues And Production Costs

    Food processors are urged to consider worker safety as a hard metric when considering robotic automation. By implementing robots into packaging lines, safety issues can be reduced or even eliminated. In turn, this reduces a processor’s production costs and maximizes overall packaging-line performance.

  • How Food And Beverage Packaging Innovations Are Improving Traceability And Security

    The food supply chain is becoming increasingly complex and demanding in terms of regulatory requirements. Traceability and security in packaging is now a very important topic. In batch production, it goes without saying that packagers should always have procedures in place to manage and effectively control the traceability of their products.

  • Top 6 Best Practices For Your Allergen Control Program

    The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food has two major features – provisions requiring hazard analysis and riskbased preventive controls, and revisions to the existing Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements found in 21 CFR part 110.

  • Why All the Fuss about Natural Food Claims?

    As Americans become more health-conscious food manufacturers must walk the line between making all natural product claims and being 100% truthful in their statements. What defines "natural" anyway? How can food manufacturers know with certainty that their "natural" claims are truthful?

  • Improving Shelf Life With Vacuum Packaging Equipment

    Though many foods respond to vacuum packaging differently, the shelf life and quality of vacuum packaged food can greatly exceed that of bagged or wrapped packages. Vacuum packaged meat and poultry can last up to six weeks when refrigerated. Foods that are both vacuum packaged and frozen can retain both taste and texture for a year or more.

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  • Portion Pack (A Division of Ropack)
    Portion Pack (A Division of Ropack)

    While contract manufacturing and packaging for the pharmaceutical and health-care industries is a major segment of Ropack’s business, Portion Pack, its blending and pouch/sachet filling division for the food, beverage and nutritional supplement industries, remains much more than a sentimental favorite. “For more than 35 years we have continued to fulfill the needs of the food industry, expanding beyond sugar packets to protein supplements, beverages, cereals, dehydrated products and other dry ingredients,” comments Yves Massicotte. “Single servings are an increasing consumer choice, and Portion Pack is well-positioned to help manufacturers meet that growing demand.”

  • S+S Inspection
    S+S Inspection

    S+S and its partners are experienced engineers with extensive knowledge of the industries we serve. S+S Inspection Inc., a subsidiary of S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH, covers North America with total responsibility for all engineering, sales and service operations; we operate both directly and through business partners.

  • Ampco Pumps Company
    Ampco Pumps Company

    Ampco Pumps Company offers the most complete line of positive displacement pumps, sanitary centrifugal pumps, dry blenders and powder mixers in the world. Providing pumps for the sanitary marine and industrial markets worldwide since 1948, Ampco Pumps provides highly engineered advancements, the most standard material upgrades and best delivery times the market today.

  • Mekitec US
    Mekitec US

    The founders of Mekitec have a combined experience of several decades in the development, industrialization and manufacturing of X-ray imaging systems, applied in medical, security and safety areas. This unique combination of in-depth knowledge of various industries has enabled the management to do long-term research and development in the food industry.

  • Magnetic Products, Inc.
    Magnetic Products, Inc.

    Magnetic Products, Inc. (MPI), is a worldwide provider of both magnetic and non-magnetic material handling solutions including metal control systems.

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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, contract 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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  • RH Twin Rotor Sample Crusher
    RH Twin Rotor Sample Crusher

    Our crusher reduces particle size by hammering on product and interparticulate attrition...

  • Bin & Bin Systems
    Bin & Bin Systems

    Bins and bin systems are the accepted industry standard for powder handling applications where close containment is essential. Custom Powder Systems bins and bin systems are used in virtually all powder handling and processing applications, and will be custom designed to meet your specific requirements.

  • Food & Beverage Manufacturing Rotary Lobe Positive Displacement Pumps – AL Series
    Food & Beverage Manufacturing Rotary Lobe Positive Displacement Pumps – AL Series

    AL Series food & beverage manufacturing rotary lobe positive displacement pumps are an economical alternative to rotary piston pumps in certain applications.  AL pumps offer a standard stainless steel gear case and a front loading seal design with superior CIP-ability and ease of maintenance.  All AL pumps are EHEDG certified and in conformance with 3A sanitary standards.

  • PowerPhasePRO RB Metal Detectors
    PowerPhasePRO RB Metal Detectors Designed primarily for use in the inspection of bulk products, PowerPhasePRO RB metal detectors provide easy integration into all process lines.
  • HIAC Liquid Particle Counting HRLD Series
    HIAC Liquid Particle Counting HRLD Series

    The HIAC liquid particle counting HRLD series of light obscuration sensors are the industry leaders in reliability with a wide range of flow rates, high concentration limits and wide dynamic range.

  • Metal Detector System For Conveyor Belt Applications: VARICON
    Metal Detector System For Conveyor Belt Applications: VARICON

    The VARICON metal detection system detects all metal contaminants (steel, special steel, aluminium, ...) – also metal contaminants that are enclosed in the product. It is used for the inspection of packed and unpacked piece goods. The VARICON-D series is designed for dry-area applications, the VARICON-W series for wet-area applications.

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