March/April 2019

Feltracon Vegetable Washing

Better designed equipment can reduce deep cleans, downtime

Recognizing there was work to be done, Commercial Food Sanitation began in 2013 on a collaborative basis to uncover the main sanitation and hygienic design issues.


Breaking down ins and outs of fresh-cut product production line

A fresh-cut production line, traditionally loaded with nooks, crannies and hard-to-clean areas, can be ground zero for bacteria and pathogens.

Cauliflower pizza company founder Gail Becker inspired by sons with celiac disease

Two sons with celiac disease continually left Gail Becker desperate for food options. “I tried desperately to find nutritious, gluten-free options that weren’t filled with fat, sugar, salt and calories,” she said. Becker turned to Pinterest, where she found numerous cauliflower pizza ideas. Clearly, there was a growing market out there.

Food packaging increasingly important in marketplace

The difference between acquiring a lifetime customer and discouraging a consumer from ever taking a second look at your brand often takes place before the product is even opened.


Food Processing Innovation Center a ‘leasable factory’ for food producers

A new facility at Michigan State University offers some unique opportunities for food producers.

Fresh produce in pet food a growing trend

Just as trends show consumers wanting products made with fresh ingredients, pet owners are also becoming more discerning about what they feed their animals.


How The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is progressing

Two 2018 E. coli scares prompt examination of where traceability technology and application has come since the 2006 spinach outbreak.


PMA’s Vonnie Estes aims to use technology to help people, planet

Estes has had career rich in developing and encouraging adoption of technology in the agriculture industry. She was the 2017 recipient of the Rosalind Franklin award for leadership in Biotechnology.


Produce peeling choice comes down to what fits your need

Choosing the right polishing peeling technology for the job is no easy task.

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