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The Butcher
July 2015
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Industry focus – The present and
future of automated production lines

Increased labour costs and competitiveness
have provided an incentive for processing
facilities to consider far greater use of
automation and computerised controls
in meat processing

Deli counter – Hot sellers at the hot counter
We find out what customers are looking
for at the hot food counter, and how
the creators of pre-cooked meal
solutions contribute to hassle-free
main meals

Salt reduction – Are salt replacers worth
their salt in providing function and taste?

Processed meats would not be “processed” without salt in the formula, since it is one
of the basic ingredients that play a huge
role in functionality. So how do processors
reduce or replace salt in meat products,
and how does this affect the
end product? Read more

Meat of the month – Re-evaluation of
the pork value chain is vital for growth

Compared to the local chicken and beef
markets, and the global trend of pork
being the most consumed of all meat
products, the South African pork industry
is tiny. If the local pork industry is to
grow and compete within a global context,
it is necessary for producers and processors
to re-evaluate the value chain –
Thea Fox
Read more

Company profile – Dantech Africa
For nearly 15 years Dantech has been
working with customers across Europe,
the Middle East and North America to
provide technical solutions to optimise food production, efficiently and safely Read more...

Processing – Pork processing –
understanding how equipment affects yield

The pork processor is faced with a number
of potential yield losses that negatively
affect the company’s bottom line. Losses
can be attributed to the quality and type
of raw materials used, thermal processing
cooking, purge, slicing, and processing
equipment or lack thereof. In this article
we focus on yield forfeit due to
equipment usage

Equipment – Weighing
equipment for the meat industry
Scales have much wider applications
than merely performing weighing tasks;
they can also link to a computer network
to provide management with information
on ordering stock, planning production and organising sales. The Butcher examines
the types of scales used in the meat industry
and finds out who supplies them

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