15 Common Ammonia Safety Issues Your Refrigeration Personnel Can Control (And Correct)

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15 Common Ammonia Safety Issues Your Refrigeration Personnel Can Control (And Correct)

More changes are coming to the food and beverage industry as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to crack down on ammonia safety.

The EPA has launched a three-year, nationwide enforcement and compliance initiative focused on reducing the risks of chemical releases from facilities that use extremely hazardous chemicals, including those that use ammonia as a refrigerant.

 

How to Eliminate Costs Through Process Optimization

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How to Eliminate Costs Through Process Optimization

With a new year comes a fresh start, and for some business owners that may mean a budget reboot. Perhaps your resolution for 2017 is to cut costs at your facility—but where?

There are a lot of areas to consider, but one of the best ways to eliminate unnecessary costs is to optimize your processes.

 

Food Plant Sanitation: How to Integrate Regular Cleaning Into Your Facility’s Processing

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Food Plant Sanitation: How to Integrate Regular Cleaning into Your Facility’s Processing

Most of us enjoy cooking food that we love to eat. It’s the cleanup that we hate. Have you ever made a home-cooked meal that didn’t involve cleaning? Probably not. Also, those of us who like to cook would never start with dirty utensils and pans, right?

Food manufacturing facilities operate in the same way. They aim to produce high-quality products while minimizing the cleanup involved, but they must first begin processing with clean equipment. But that can be easier said than done.

 

[Infographic] 7 Best Practices for Gluten-Free Manufacturing

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[Infographic] 7 Best Practices for Gluten-Free Manufacturing

Stellar recently exhibited at IBIE 2016, and the gluten-free market continues to be a key topic of discussion among attendees. We’ve been examining the gluten-free industry leading up to the expo, and we’re concluding the series with best practices you need to know if you’re entering this space. Before you begin producing gluten-free products in your facility, consider these principles to ensure you cater to this growing market safely, efficiently and effectively.

 

Gluten-Free Manufacturing: How to Capitalize on the Market’s Growth Opportunities

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Gluten-Free Manufacturing: How to Capitalize on the Market’s Growth Opportunities

Last week, we explored how to overcome four common bakery challenges for implementing gluten-free products into your offerings. As the IBIE Baking Expo kicks off this weekend, we’ll continue exploring the growth of the gluten-free market and how bakeries can safely integrate these niche products into their facilities.

 

Gluten-Free Processing: How to Overcome 4 Common Challenges in Your Bakery Plant

Adapting your processing and distribution to gluten-free nuances

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Gluten-Free Processing: How to Overcome 4 Common Challenges in Your Bakery Plant

Stellar is gearing up for the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in October, and gluten-free baking continues to be one of the hot industry topics this year. The gluten-free food segment is projected to reach $4.8 billion by 2021. So, where does your plant fit into the gluten-free market?

 

Preventing a Recall: How to Manage 3 Threats Facing Food and Beverage Plants

Minimize the top food safety risks in your food and beverage facility

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Preventing a Recall: How to Manage 3 Threats Facing Food and Beverage Plants

Ask any food manufacturer or processor if they are committed to high safety and quality standards and their answer will, of course, be yes. But even with the strictest standards, thousands of recalls are still issued each year in the U.S. In 2015, the FDA recalled 9,178 products, a 12-percent increase over the previous two years. If you weighed the amount of goods the USDA recalled last year alone, it would be as heavy as 52 Boeing 747 airliners. That’s a lot of product gone to waste.

 

Food Plant Design-Build: Overcome Potential On-Site Construction Challenges with 2 Simple Solutions

Meat manufacturing facility case study

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Food Plant Design-Build: Overcome Potential On-Site Construction Challenges with 2 Simple Solutions

No matter how well-planned a food plant project is, it can still present challenges. After decades of experience in the food and beverage industry, we’ve found you can best overcome these hurdles with two simple solutions: frequent communication and flexibility. Stellar recently put these practices into play in the design-build of a meat manufacturing plant for an international company. Here, we review how these solutions led to success in the project and how they can help in your own endeavors, too.

 

Should You Invest Time and Resources to Prequalify Food Plant Subcontractors?

Best practices for mitigating risk and protecting your food business

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Prequalifying subcontractors

This is a question we hear food plant owners asking themselves time and time again when embarking on new projects. Do I really need to invest in prequalifying subcontractors? I have relationships with other vendors—why pay someone else to hire subs when I can save money and just pick people myself? There are plenty of reasons that hiring subs must be taken very, very seriously. The wrong decision can result in risks ranging from project delays and unexpected expenses to safety threats. And with food manufacturing facilities in particular, you have the added layer of food safety risks. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re on the fence about investing time and resources into prequalifying food plant subcontractors for your project.

 

How Drones are Impacting the Design and Construction Industry: Today and Tomorrow

Top takeaways from Engineering News-Record webinars

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How Drones are Impacting the Design and Construction Industry: Today and Tomorrow

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Recently, 7-Eleven made headlines by using a drone to deliver “a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy.” This happened the same week Amazon “partnered with the British government to significantly expand drone testing.” Approximately 3,000 companies in the U.S. are currently authorized to use drones—a number that continues to grow. Stellar recently purchased our first drone, and we are using its aerial imaging capabilities during construction of a new food manufacturing facility.