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China's Heilongjiang Jiusan soybean crusher to list and diversify

China's third largest soybean crusher Heilongjiang Jiusan is doubling its output -- to one quarter of the country's total - as it prepares to float on the Hong Kong stock exchange next year.

Better fluid handling for greater plant efficiency

Increasing production efficiency to generate higher profits is the aim of every plant manager. But now manufacturers have to think about their legal obligations to reduce waste and conserve energy. Can new fluid handling technology offer food processors a helping hand, asks Anthony Fletcher.

Buhler installs new milling concept

Dutch feed manufacturing firm De Heus-Brokking-Koudijs recently installed two new high-tech roller mills at its Ravenstein plant with the aim of producing poultry feed more efficiently. To carry out the project, engineering firm Buhler took the classical roller grinding process and effectively redesigned the concept.

Making the most of the low-carb craze

Food and supplement makers seeking entry to the rapidly growing low-carb market may not need to reformulate or develop new products, according to a market researcher.

Heineken to be made in Australia

Competition in the Australian beer market has been stepped up with the announcement that wine and beer group Lion Nathan will make and sell and Heineken Lager in Australia through a joint venture with the global Dutch brewer.

Intralox: Plastic spiral belt can increase efficiency

The manufacturer of a new spiral belt designed specifically for the cooling and freezing of food products claims that the machine can substantially cut product waste and increase energy efficiency for production plants. Food products, it says, are less likely to stick on the new plastic belt compared to traditional steel belt systems.

Ishida weighing innovation to increase efficiency

A leading European meat processor hopes that the installation of a new Ishida fresh food weigher will increase weighing accuracy and result in production efficiency.

Chinese processors struggle against rising costs

Rising food and beverage prices have been blamed for China's Consumer Price Index hitting a seven year high of 3.8 per cent. Food manufacturers say that rising grain and power costs are the reasons for the hikes, as economists warn that the economy may be overheating.

US scientists home in on toxic deep-frying

The National Toxicology Program in the US is to launch a probe into the health risks posed by commercial deep-frying of crisps, chips and carbohydrate-rich foods.

World's largest meat processor installs IT network

Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat processor, has installed a technology platform to complete the integration of its operating units. The mySAP business suite is designed to establish best practice business processes and optimise efficiency across the group's operations.

Purchase order management software from ClearOrbit

Real-time supply chain execution (SCE) software provider ClearOrbit has launched Purchase Order Change Management, part of its Advanced Collaborative Replenishment Suite. PO Change Management automates the communication of order changes suggested by a manufacturer's MRP (Material Requirements Planning) system, eliminating significant bottlenecks.

Partnership offers plant managers energy savings

US-based Andover Controls has formed a partnership with UK-based HVAC specialist AEC to offer plant managers greater potential for energy saving. There is growing awareness that food processors need to manage their energy consumption better.

Plant lifecycle management programme developed

Buhler has developed a comprehensive system to help manufacturers manage the life cycle of their plant. The company argues that in the long term, good planning and predictive maintenance is much less expensive than poorly thought-out acquisitions and unplanned maintenance.

US announces renewable energy grants to SMEs

Grants have been made available in the US to enable small businesses to invest in renewable energy systems. Food producers could be in line to benefit most - the industry accounts for 10 per cent of electrical load in many areas.

Black bean milk plant under way

Chinese food company Guangxi Heiwulei Food Group is to invest CNY140 million (€14m) to build a black bean milk plant in Guangxi autonomous region, southern China.

3-D weighing technology

As with many other food sectors, the meat processing industry loses a considerable amount of money from wastage throughout the supply chain. Danish firm Scanvaegt has come with a solution to help manufacturers cut costs by limiting giveaway at an important stage of the meat process.

Controlling meat production

UK-based sausage manufacturer J&J Tranfield has installed an ERP system in order to streamline its business operations and improve quality control. Meat processors are under increasing pressure to ensure complete control of the food supply chain.

Soy protein plant under way

A joint venture project to build a 500,000-tone soybean vegetable protein has got under way in Xinxiang City, Henan province. The venture includes three Chinese companies and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Improved conveying

Two newly-launched conveyor belt concepts demonstrate how efficiency and ease of maintenance are key drivers in food production. Intralox has resorted to using one belt instead of rollers, while CSi has adopted ultrasound technology.

Organic producers questioned

Production inspections carried out on organic manufacturers in Finland last year revealed that some were using conventionally produced sugar in their products. More worryingly, many companies have not installed adequate tracing systems.

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