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Artificial Intelligence: Baking with algorithms for 'infinite' flexibility

Baking with algorithmic software can help minimize mistakes as busy bakers work to broaden portfolios, according to developer PreciBake.

BEMA: Flexibility and sanitation go hand-in-hand

Flexible bakery lines and equipment must always consider sanitation because these issues have converged, says the head of the Bakery, Equipment, Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) Association.

Oat processing needs a re-think, says Campden BRI

Heat treatment of oats remains very traditional and should shift to continuous technologies for improved nutrition and reduced contamination, says a Campden BRI processing expert.

ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.

Europain 2014

Dawn Foods: Bakery convenience concept differs in US and Europe

American bakers either bake from scratch or buy pre-prepared, but in Europe there’s more demand for a convenience middle ground, says Dawn Foods.

tna sells its first intelli-flav 3 CLS into US and Iraq

‘There are less preconceived perceptions in the Middle East’

tna has sold the first of its intelli-flav 3 closed-loop slurry (CLS) seasoning technology to the US and Iraq.

Dispatches from Europain 2014

World Cup Brazil: Good for Brazilian bakers?

The World Cup may well place Brazil in a global spotlight, but the world should see that the country has more to offer than football, carnivals and samba, according to a Brazilian trade association at this year's Europain.

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ITC to open $113m food factory

Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) will open a Rs.700 crore ($113m) food manufacturing facility producing branded packaged biscuits, snacks, noodles, juices and Atta (wheat/powder flour).

Food firm told to pay £5.4k for finger injury

A London food firm has been ordered to pay £5,400 after one of its workers suffered serious finger injuries while cleaning a poorly guarded machine.

Frito-Lay files patent for ‘improved’ pita chip production

Frito-Lay has filed a patent for a pita chip production method that it claims reduces manual handling, wastage and plant footprint.

Leclerc Foods to build $50m snack factory

Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.

Nestlé injects $60m into Mexican cereal expansion

Nestlé will invest $60m to upgrade and expand cereal operations in Mexico, doubling capacity at the plant.

The circle of snacks: Chip waste to biogas is viable, says Naturally Homegrown Foods

Potato chip waste converted into biogas to fuel production is a viable, eco-friendly waste reduction plan that other snack makers should consider, says the president of Naturally Homegrown Foods.

Health crunch: Nestlé files patent for sweet potato cereal inclusions

Nestlé has developed a method to manufacture crunchy, extruded purple sweet potato puffs to use in breakfast cereal and cereal bars.

ARO Pistachios hit by FDA warning letter

ARO Pistachios Inc. has been hit with a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Processing with ancient grains? Consider fermentation

The quality of baked goods made with ancient grains and pseudo-cereals can be improved with better fermentation technologies, say researchers.

Spiroflow reduces dust in bakery production line

Spiroflow’s remodelled T2 bulk bag discharger, which stops dust from settling on the machine and food items in the bakery and snack sector, will make its debut at FoodEx in March.

Nestlé defends 'lunchbox friendly' claims after nut allergen rebuke

Nestlé has defended itself and its allergy charity consort against criticism of the marketing of its ''lunchbox friendly'' muesli bars to schools despite them being unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers. 

The Premium Snack Company: Consumers need education on freeze-dried concept

The success of The Premium Snack Company’s freeze-dried veggie snack line depends on consumer understanding of the production process, says its sales and marketing director.

Scientists to design deep-fat fryer for outer space

‘I believe I can fry’

A team of scientists plan to design a deep-fat fryer for outer space with the help of the European Space Agency (ESA).

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