News and feature stories from Baking & Snack

Training to retain valuable skills
Periodically revisiting training helps employees to better grasp the equipment that they operate.
Keeping ovens consistent
Maintaining the heat balance in a tunnel oven requires critical control of the temperature, both linearly and laterally.
Pyler says: In line-flour cooling controls batch temperature
If flour comes into the mixer cool enough, the temperature of ingredients other than water almost do not matter.
Balancing food safety and production time
Joe Stout offers insights on striking a balance between the need for effective food safety and the goal of longer production runs.
Focusing on oven fundamentals
"Smart" ovens require smart operators who understand the thermodynamics of baking and adjust their product flow accordingly.
High-speed tortilla sheeting
In today’s highly competitive environment, food processors wage a constant battle between maximizing production throughput and minimizing downtime.
Setting ovens right
Executing long-run operations correctly takes careful planning and precision tuning.
Vertical packaging trends
Vertical form/fill/seal packaging solutions meet the challenge of delivering on both speed and accuracy.
Advancing the art of tortillas
Design and engineering of tortilla processing equipment moves forward into more cleanable systems, running at tighter tolerances and outputting ever more product.
Ovens: A battle for control
Technical advances are helping bakers take more control of the baking process.
Navigating turnkey solutions
Automation streamlines commercial bakery operations, but installing an automated line should be planned and managed to ensure smooth integration and startup.
Science of tortillas
Texas A&M University leads in tortilla research.
Sanitation in proofers
Sanitary design is the next frontier for proofers.
Automating pizza toppings
Several manufacturers of pizza equipment now design their makeup lines with topping and dispensing units.
Aurora shows off its colors
Gonnella Baking’s transformation of its Aurora, IL, fresh bakery reflects the best of greenfield and brownfield projects all in one.
Promoting airflow in proofers
Air circulation must be uniform to enure an ideal proofing environment.
Bakers gain from 2016 tax extenders
Just in time for IBIE, congress made permanent federal tax credits available for capital equipment purchases and R&D investments.
FSMA will change life for bakers
Food safety rules for human foods are in effect now, and most facilities must comply with them by Sept. 17.
The evolution of bulk packaging
As manufacturers look to enhance shelf life and convenience, multipacks and bulk packages change with the times.
Proofed to perfection
An ideal environment for raising dough requires automated, finely tuned controls.
Trends in pizza crust production
While matching product to process is important, so is finding and installing washdown-capable equipment.
Pyler says: How bagging, overwrapping and flow wrapping work
Different baked goods require different packaging technologies.
Gonnella focuses on customer-driven innovation
The specialty baker searches for creative packaging solutions to better serve the market from its recently expanded Aurora, IL, facility.
How to get ready for FSMA
Food safety regulations are changing. Is your plant ready?
Sustainability through heat recovery
It may seem cut-and-dried, but opportunities for using excess energy in the bakery are expanding.