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November 2013

Check out the November 2013 issue of The National Provisioner, and see how Harris Ranch is maximizing animal welfare, food safety and ergonomics at their processing plant, and much more!

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Harris Ranch: Handling with care

When Harris Ranch renovated and expanded its cattle receiving and harvest floor at its Selma, Calif., processing plant earlier this year, it unveiled a design that maximizes animal welfare, food safety and ergonomics.
One of the primary claims anti-meat activists make against the beef industry revolves around animal handling and welfare.
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2014 consumer trends Q&A with NCBA

Retailers and restaurants can benefit from the strong demand for beef.
Many external forces, from droughts and other natural disasters to rising corn prices, have greatly impacted the price of beef in recent years.
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2014 Consumer Trends Report

Consumers consider their own financial and health situations, along with flavors and quality of the product, when making their protein-purchasing decisions.
In a perfect world, everyone’s cholesterol and credit levels would be right where they needed to be, and consumers could enjoy their meals without any outside interference.
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Fight for Food Safety

Attack of the allergens

Last month, I wrote about how industry has managed to virtually eliminate E. coliO157:H7 from our beef supply. Indeed, in the last two years, there have been only a handful of recalls relating to E. coli, and none were associated with foodborne illnesses or outbreaks.  

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The business case for sourcing responsibly

Leigh Ann Johnston discusses why meat processors should source responsibly.
Companies have historically focused on costs, quality, product characteristics and on-time delivery as key performance indicators of their supply-chain management and engagement efforts.
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Regulations & Legislation

Purchasing raw intact beef for non-intact uses

Whether or not the August 2013 proposed rule to mandate prominent labeling of raw “mechanically tenderized” beef is implemented by USDA-FSIS, producers of non-intact raw beef products (including ground) need to consider the raw materials used when assessing their food-safety system.
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Formulation Strategies

The breakfast balance beam

Foodservice operators and retailers are offering breakfast proteins that are convenient and healthy — but at just the right price point.
Next year, on-the-go breakfast eaters will be able to ask for a waffle taco, A.M. Crunchwrap or Cinnabon delights at Taco Bell.
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Spare Parts Know-How

Apply risk-management concepts to spare-parts management

Such a strategy can ease the "risky business" of spare-parts inventory management.
Risk management is a major element of spare-parts inventory management, but in many ways it is also one of the most poorly executed.
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2014 Consumer Trends Report

The constantly changing consumer

Dan Emery discusses consumer habits as part of our 2014 Consumer Trends Report.
Consumer habits are shifting as economic uncertainty, technological advancements and evolving demographics all push shoppers in new directions.
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Protein Problem Solver: Automated smoking, browning for deli meats

Integrated with an automated infrared pasteurization process, smoking with liquid condensates enables deli meat processors to enjoy rapid growth as well as improved yields and food safety.
The centuries-old process of smoking meat has taken a new turn. Instead of using the customary smokehouse to preserve and enhance the flavor of meats, food processors are integrating the smoking and browning into inline cooking, which not only simplifies a laborious process, but also delivers significant health and competitive advantages.
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Investigating thermal-processing food-safety standards

Thermal treatments are critical in controlling foodborne pathogens in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
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Advancements in rapid-testing technology

The sooner one finds out a food product meets quality and safety requirements, the sooner it can be sold.
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Protein Problem Solver: Cut the cost of lubrication purchases in half

Danish Crown, Europe’s largest meat-processing company, has meat-production facilities and sales spanning the globe.
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Belting, conveyors: getting stronger everyday ...

Conveyor belts today are even more resistant to harsh temperatures and chemicals, and can be used in a variety of processing applications.
Everyone knows conveyor belts are tough. Even the belts themselves are more durable than ever.
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Lifting barriers on barrier technology

Meat, poultry and seafood packaging ranks as a major consumer of specialty films, accounting for about one-third of the total market.
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