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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.
Going with the flow
Flowwrappers are like any other piece of machinery in a bakery or snack food manufacturing facility when it comes to ever-changing challenges. Products evolve and consumer demands waver, but the end product must still be wrapped quickly, efficiently and reliably.
Record and verify
If your bakery doesn’t already own a thermally hardened data logger, it will soon. Here’s what you need to know.
Tastefully depositing
As cake bakers look to save time and money, batter depositors juggle accuracy, gentle handling and speedy changeovers.
Roadmap for the future
Conducting an in-depth analysis of current and long-term growth strategies — and all related costs — will guide how and where a company should expand its operations.
Unwavering in her beliefs
In this Q&A, Nadine Salameh of Bakery de France explains how genuine commitment to the art and science of baking allows Old World bakers to succeed in today’s market.
Growth in all directions
Bakery expansion projects prove that building a better business goes way beyond square footage or bricks and mortar.
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.