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Atlas Copco to strengthen its vacuum technology business with $514m Leybold Vacuum acquisition

Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire Leybold Vacuum, part of Oerlikon Corporation, for $514m, with the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2016.

JBT to broaden its aseptic line for dairy and juices following Stork Food & Dairy acquisition

JBT Corporation has broadened its aseptic line for dairy and juices from primary processing, in flow sterilization over aseptic bottle blow molder to aseptic filling, following its Stork Food & Dairy acquisition.

Swisslog wins €43m order with Almarai dairy in Saudi Arabia

Swisslog has won a €43m order with Almarai dairy, in Saudi Arabia, to automate its distribution logistics for its operations in Al Kharj, to be completed by 2018.

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Coperion recognised for first and only ‘one of its kind’ dairy valve

Coperion has won an award for its CIP design WYK Diverter Valve at the 2015 International Dairy Show, in Chicago.

GEA on the challenges of building an earthquake proof milk plant for Fonterra

Fonterra has started production at its whole milk drying factory in Pahiatua (P3), New Zealand - the first of its kind to be built on an earthquake fault line.

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

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Ishida Europe leak detector minimises spoilage in pre packed cheese

Ishida Europe has launched a leak detector to minimise spoilage in pre-packed retail products, such as hard, soft and grated cheese.

EVT pilots EyeSens Object Counter for ice cream sugar cones

EVT (Eye Vision Technology) has launched its first smart thermal imaging camera as it pilots its EyeSens ObjectCounter, which can check for quality control of objects such as ice cream sugar cones.

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PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra throw spotlight on Middle East

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra will focus their efforts on the Middle East at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai next week (October 27-29) with two conferences entitled Next Generation Manufacturing and F&B Innovation.

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ULMA Packaging launches VTC 740 vertical packaging machine

ULMA Packaging, which makes packaging for cheese, snacks and confectionery, among others, has launched the VTC 740 vertical packaging machine, suited for harsh factory environments such as wet packing rooms.

Growing demand for dairy and confectionery drying technology in the Middle East

Secomak, which solves moisture related issues for customers including Coca-Cola, Nestlè, Danone and PepsiCo, is seeing a growing demand for its drying technology for the confectionery and dairy industry in the Middle East.

Dry milk producer installs Flexicon bulk bag discharger for baked goods, ice cream & confectionery

Franklin Farms East (FFE) in New Jersey, US, which produces dry milk and non-dairy food products used in baked goods, ice creams and confectionery products has installed a Flexicon bulk bag discharger and bag dump station to bring its blending in-house.

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Freudenberg-NOK puts the seal on hygiene

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has introduced washers used with standard screws in the splash zones of dairy operations.

Tetra Pak focuses on Europe and Japan with TR/G7 filling machine

Tetra Pak has launched TR/G7, a filling machine which has a capacity of 6500 gable top packages per hour, for chilled distribution.


Q&A: HP Hood on dairy innovation and the role of aseptic processing and packaging

Innovation is the driving force behind growth in the dairy industry, Jeffrey Andrews, senior director of contract manufacturing at HP Hood, told a crowd gathered at the 2015 International Dairy Show in Chicago.


Collaborative robot reaches out to dairy industry

Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.

Hiperbaric to install HPP system at Cornell University

A Hiperbaric high pressure processing (HPP) machine will be installed at Cornell University thanks to State funding.

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Private equity firm buys NIR analyser manufacturer

Unity Scientific has been acquired by a private equity firm but will continue operating under the same brand and from the same manufacturing and technology center.

'The only hurdle we face is the regulatory hurdle': photopurification pioneer SurePure

Only regulation hinders widespread use of photopurification technology in the dairy sector, says SurePure.

Arla reduces ESL milk testing time by 300%

Arla Foods has installed technology to measure potential milk spoilage which it believes will reduce overall testing time by 300%.

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