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News and feature stories from Baking & Snack

Light on their feet
Baked foods and snacks leave the manufacturing plant in trucks of all sorts. Big 18-wheelers and boxy step vans do most of the work and haul most of the goods. But more and more, you see smaller cargo vans emblazoned with bakery logos zipping around crowded city streets.
Embracing green technology
Bakers can gain savings by fine-tuning their ovens to specific products, using data to boost oven control and minimizing heat loss and waste.
Snack Attack
Baking and snack manufacturers can overcome hurdles with the latest packaging and processing innovations and insights offered at Pack Expo International 2014, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 2-5, and produced by PMMI.
The making of a smooth operator
The human factor greatly affects how smoothly a packaging line runs. Wasted film, product breakage and unscheduled downtime all wreak havoc on the bottom line.
A perfect match
A baker’s dream mixer is all about pairing the right equipment to the product and process.
Straight up and down
Vertical form/fill/seal baggers provide solutions for snackers demanding multipacks, single-servings and flavorful flair.
Flat’s where it’s at
Selecting the right technology often depends on the desired type, taste and texture of the final product.
Debugging your bakery
Keeping insects out of stored ingredients and finished products requires an integrated pest management approach.
Portioning for profits
Advances in dividing technology strive to meet bakers’ growing demands for equipment that’s easier to clean, maintain and can handle their growing product portfolios.
Twists on the trade
The latest trends in croissants have bakers and equipment suppliers partnering on new product development.
Waffle technology makes a clean getaway
Equipment upgrades enhance cleanability.
Ensuring clean extractions
The challenges of waffle production bring together formulation and operations teams to find the right plates for the right products.
Ramping it up
Volume, speed and consistency are what it takes to bring the best bread and buns to market.
Benchmarking for success
Define your bakery operation not only by how well it performs but also by how well it could perform.
Counting the costs
With a little technology and organization, bakers can reduce or eliminate many unnecessary warehouse and shipping expenses.
Crossing the finish line
Icing, glazing and spraying systems can put bakers in first place with waste management and targeted application solutions.
Low temps, high demands
Bakers want their refrigeration and freezing systems to aid their quest to increase efficiency, lower costs and become more sustainable.
New rules of engagement
In the FSMA era, bakeries must keep sanitation top of mind at all times, especially when it comes to equipment.
A new era of control
With FDA now writing FSMA rules, bakers and their ovens must soon embark on a new journey to tighter operating conditions with greater reporting needs.
Eye on health in sheeting and laminating
Clean label presents some challenges when moving dough down the line.
Filling non-traditional needs in sheeting
Sheeting and laminating systems help bakers and food processors enter new categories by diversifying their product portfolio.
Making it Parisian-style
J. Skinner takes its expertise in modern artisan baking to the croissant category.
Helping hands with maintenance
Bakers get assistance in preventing maintenance issues with ingredient handling.
More than a rolling bread tray
Getting baked goods to customers’ hands involves more factors than Point A to Point B.
Ingredients under control from the start
Automated ingredient handling improves food and operator safety by taking the guesswork out of storing and dosing ingredients.