Meat and Poultry Processing

Navigating the injection waters

The appeal of proteins enhanced with marinades, brines and other solutions is tempered by food safety concerns.
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Protein Problem Solver

Giving the processing floor a facelift

Since founders Tim Malley and the Scola brothers officially merged their respective businesses in 2006 to create Boston Sword and Tuna (BST), the seafood giants have quickly grown to become one of the largest suppliers of seafood in the U.S.
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How America depends on rail

Find out how today’s rail providers, port authorities and boxcar manufacturers are teaming up to provide U.S. cold food processors with the most efficient and sustainable ways to transport goods.
Freight railroads keep America moving. From the food on our tables to the cars we drive to the shoes on our children’s feet, freight railroads carry the things America depends on, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Washington, D.C.
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Processing Tech

High-tech answers to slaughtering challenges

Slaughterhouses leverage newer technologies to become more productive and effective and to enhance animal welfare.
Slaughterhouse operations are evolving. Propelled by advancements in technology and methodologies, plants are producing higher quality proteins with a greater emphasis on food safety and the humane treatment of animals.
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Controlling performance through process controls

Meat and poultry companies are using new technologies in their process-control systems to improve food safety, reduce costs, decrease energy use, lessen environmental impact and advance other areas, which provide multiple benefits to these companies.
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Cooking and smoking meats: in search of perfection

Processors of precooked and smoked meats are seeking technologies that promise product consistency, quality and safety.
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Exclusive research

Report: How to ensure worker health in breading operations

Workers at poultry breading plants exposed to airborne breading dust are at risk of developing asthma, bronchitis and upper respiratory ailments.
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Meat Science Review: Marbling still drives U.S. consumer beer-flavor preferences

The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit showed that beef retailers and foodservice operators identified beef flavor as the primary attribute of importance when defining eating satisfaction.
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How to choose the right conveyor for your operations

Sometimes, it can be like hitting a moving target when considering what conveyor is needed for each job.
While options abound for processors, choosing the right conveying system requires consideration of the task at hand as well as the abuse the system will take.
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Spare Parts Know-How

Isn’t it time we started talking inventory prevention?

Spare parts inventory optimization is great. It helps companies identify where they are holding too much spare parts inventory and correct those holdings to reflect their expectation of current needs.
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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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National Provisioner


January 2015

The first NP issue of 2015 features January's cover story: Certified Angus Beef; as well as How to Respond to a Food Crisis, Pep in Poultry’s Step, and so much more!

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Independent Processor


December 2014

The December issue of IP features cover story: A full Haus, Mike Sloan’s award-winning bratwursts draw visitors to the Hermann Wurst Haus by the thousands.

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The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

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