Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson
Senior Project Engineer
 

With more than 28 years of experience in mechanical systems ranging from refrigeration to material handling, Kevin understands what goes into designing facilities that are as safe as they are efficient. Every day, he puts his 13 years of expertise in food and beverage plant applications to work as he organizes, directs and installs process and packaging design development requirements for manufacturing facilities. Prior to joining Stellar, Kevin worked as in-plant corporate project and plant engineer for nine years. He also spent 15 years designing commercial and non-food related industrial facilities.

Want Clean Labels for Your Bakery and Snack Products? Try Freezing Them

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Want Clean Labels for Your Bakery and Snack Products? Try Freezing Them

Consumer demand for “clean labels” with simple and natural ingredients has been a driving force in the food industry in recent years. In fact, clean-label foods is forecasted to be a $180 billion global market by 2020, and many food manufacturers are reformulating recipes to adapt with the growing trend.

The idea behind clean eating is avoiding foods with preservatives, artificial additives and “ingredients you can’t pronounce.” Although most of these additives are USDA-approved and technically safe to consume, they have undoubtedly developed a stigma among consumers.

 

Are You Getting the Most Accurate Weight Measurements from Your Load Cells?

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Are You Getting the Most Accurate Weight Measurements from Your Load Cells?

Photo: Food Engineering’s “How to determine the best sensor for filling applications”

 

Filling and weighing systems are a fundamental part of the food and beverage industry. On the line, they establish fill weights, volumes and levels for products whether it’s flavorings, beverages, slurry products or bulk containers of dry and/or liquid ingredients.

When it comes to recipes, the slightest change in ingredients can spoil an entire batch of product — that’s why precise weighing is paramount.

 

Process Solutions For Adding Gluten-free to Your Product Mix

Innovative processing solutions

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Ingredient changes and process design solutions are much easier to engineer in a new plant than in an existing one. Plants that work with allergen products can design dedicated process lines, separate storage areas and well-planned cleaning processes to avoid any cross-contamination issues. Yet with gluten-free products being relatively new on the scene, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

 

Controlling Allergens Within the Plant: Strategies and Considerations

Process Engineering Series

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Cross-contamination of allergen products can have dire consequences for a food plant. Some of the food industry’s most common ingredients – milk, eggs, peanuts/tree nuts, fish/shellfish, soy and wheat – represent 90 percent of food allergens.

Larger food processors have the financial resources to dedicate separate production lines to products with allergenic ingredients. Small processors, and those with multiple products on a production line, face a more difficult task of controlling potential cross-contamination.