Meat and Poultry Processing

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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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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Protein Problem Solver: New forming system sets new standards in production, food safety

To satisfy increasing production needs to consistently manufacture safe, industry-leading products, JTM Food Group in Harrison, Ohio, invests heavily in advanced technology.
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Post-packaging pasteurization: Using heat to reduce risk

Post-packaging pasteurization has become an important intervention for reducing the Listeria monocytogenes hazard in packages of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products, as well as extending the shelf life of RTE products.
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Meat Science Review

Mechanism of tenderness in distillers grains-fed cattle

In a recent University of Nebraska study, beef from cattle fed a high concentration of wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS) was more tender than beef from cattle fed corn only.
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Plant Design & Management

Repair equipment, or replace it?

Guidelines for processors to consider when determining whether to replace, repair or re-engineer equipment in their protein-processing plants.
"Hurry up and get that conveyor running,” is barked over the radio as one critical piece of equipment has brought a processing department to a standstill.
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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


December 2014

The December issue of NP features a cover story on the GNP Company, an article on animal welfare, the 2015 economic outlook, 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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A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

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