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Serialization: One Of The Best Ways To Protect Your Supply Chain, Brand, And Customers

For food manufacturers and processors, product recalls, problems with inventory, and other supply chain mishaps are an absolute nightmare. These misfortunes lead to lost revenue, present a threat to a company’s financial value, endanger consumers, and negatively impact your customers’ loyalty to your brand. Fortunately, by implementing serialization solutions, food companies can quickly and intelligently respond to these adversities.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Combustible Dust Standards: Is Your Company OSHA Compliant?
    Combustible Dust Standards: Is Your Company OSHA Compliant?

    Sometimes the smallest particles can be the biggest threat to industrial food processing operations. When those particulates are in the form of combustible dust, the results can be catastrophic. Assess your food processing area’s combustible dust levels before it is too late.

  • 5 Reasons Why You Need A Crisis Communications Plan
    5 Reasons Why You Need A Crisis Communications Plan

    Ice cream and listeria. Baby food and glass. Sprouts and E. coli. Hummus and listeria. Macaroni and cheese with metal shavings. Lettuce and E. coli. The list goes on and on, a collection of who’s who of foodborne illnesses and food-based issues that dominate headlines and elevate consumer concerns about the food supply.

  • Bacteria Get Bad Rap In Bottled Water Recall
    Bacteria Get Bad Rap In Bottled Water Recall

    Finding E. coli in bottled water has made a big news splash. We’ve heard of E. coli in ground beef, spinach, and the related fatalities. Now bottled water? Is this dangerous? No! Actually, the most recent bottled water recall really isn’t so much about the product’s actual safety.

  • Choose Automated Case Packing To Match Product Needs
    Choose Automated Case Packing To Match Product Needs

    It's easy for a magician to pull a rabbit out of a hat. The hard part is getting it in there to begin with. Likewise, your shipping cases. How do you place your product into the case?

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FEATURED CONTENT

  • Contaminant Detection In The Meat Industry
    Contaminant Detection In The Meat Industry

    The fish, poultry, and meat industries present a series of challenges when it comes to detecting foreign material. It can even be said, based on current knowledge, that it is one of the highest risk food groups, in terms of foreign material inclusions. It is also one of the most demanding in terms of the operational environment. This white paper explains how contaminant detection technology, such as metal detection and x-ray inspection, help meat processors prevent contaminated food products from reaching consumers.

  • Processing Food Powders Without Stoppages
    Processing Food Powders Without Stoppages

    Powder discharge from bins is a daily challenge in the food industry, especially for formulations that are naturally cohesive. The tendency is for particles to gradually move closer together while sitting in the bin, which leads to greater inter-particle friction once the mixture begins to flow downward into the hopper. This white paper will explain some common buildup issues occurring while processing food powders and what you can do to correct and prevent them.

  • X-Ray Inspection Of Raw Materials For The Baking And Food Industry
    X-Ray Inspection Of Raw Materials For The Baking And Food Industry

    To ensure that the highest quality levels are preserved at all times, Koenig processes only the very best raw ingredients while also placing great importance on its production technology. As part of the company’s incoming goods checks for hazelnuts, x-ray inspection technology is used to inspect raw ingredients for contaminants, providing a significant part of the overall quality management process.

  • Texture Analysis Of Apples

    Shipping fruit is a challenge. The question for packaging professionals in the food industry is, “How much protection for the product is needed?” Many factors, such as distance being shipped, storage times, storage conditions, and the fruit’s ripeness, must be evaluated when making this decision. Fortunately for apple processors and packagers, analyzing apples’ texture can help aid in packaging and shipping decisions.

  • Food Blending & Mixing 101: How The Right Mixing And Blending Processes Create Your Ideal Product

    Food blending and mixing processes are here to stay. The growth of dairy, chemical, and food reconstitution has forced food product offerings to evolve into what they are today. If the customer isn’t reconstituting, they are probably adding ingredients or batching different recipes. That said, versatility and speed are the two most important factors that manufacturers must address in the blending and mixing sector.

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS

  • Thermo Scientific Product Inspection
    Thermo Scientific Product Inspection

    Thermo Scientific Product Inspection equipment protects your brands by ensuring the quality and safety of your products. With more than 50 years of making sure little things don't turn into big problems, we know that little things can make a big difference in your bottom line.

  • Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
    Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

    The integrated resources of Hach help you monitor compliance to pharmaceutical water and cleanroom facility standards. Our world-renowned instrumentation combined with our associates' expertise gives you the confidence to move towards parametric release and process peace of mind.

  • Eppendorf
    Eppendorf

    Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid, sample, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, test tubes, microtiter plates, and disposable bioreactors complement the range of highest-quality premium products.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

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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

  • Mechanical Feeders and Conveyors
    Mechanical Feeders and Conveyors

    Feeders and Conveyors - Low-horsepower, high-capacity mechanical feeders handle bulk materials in volumes up to 2250tph (2040mtph)...

  • CombiMEKI Quality Control System
    CombiMEKI Quality Control System

    CombiMEKI is an automated and integrated product quality control system. CombiMEKI uses the latest X-ray image processing technology combine with check weighing option. By integrating the MEKI X-ray, which detects foreign objects such as stones, glass, bones and dense plastic, with a check weight system you will have a complete product quality system, which also detects and removes weight irregularities of your product. By removing these irregular weighted products and feeding information about your products weight errors, you can improve your products quality, customer satisfactory and also save resources by detecting redundant material in your product.

  • SacMaster® Bulk Bag Discharging Systems
    SacMaster® Bulk Bag Discharging Systems

    SacMaster® Bulk Bag Discharge Systems are the solution in material handling for a variety of industries. Optimum design provides for capability of integration with volumetric and gravimetric feeders for a complete and accurate system to meter bulk bag supplied material.

  • Checkweighers For Large Cases, Bags And Packages
    Checkweighers For Large Cases, Bags And Packages The Thermo Scientific Frame 44HB ("Box-weigher" in Europe) weighframe is designed to provide dependable and accurate on-line weighing of cases, bags, and large packages up to 110 lb. (50 kg).
  • R /S+ Series Rheometers
    R /S+ Series Rheometers The R/S Plus Rheometer is available in three configurations: Model R/S Coaxial Cylinder, Model R/S-CPS (cone/plate or plate/plate) and Model R/S-SST (soft solids tester/vane) for a variety of sample types.
  • Nilfisk Explosion-Proof Vacuums
    Nilfisk Explosion-Proof Vacuums

    Keeping your facility free of combustible dust is much easier said than done. Traditional plant maintenance methods like sweeping and blowing down with compressed air only make the situation worse by spreading the combustible dust around and making it airborne.

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