MILWAUKEE – (June 1, 2023) – Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today introduced its new FRICK® Freezer Penthouse Evaporator-Retrofit (FPHE-R) model that includes design updates on proven technology to improve ease of installation and service for contractors while maintaining product efficiency.

“Our line of freezer evaporator units has been proven in the field for the past four decades, and we’ve heard our contractors’ input and advanced this product line to meet today’s industrial refrigeration challenges,” said Chris Paraskevakos, vice president, product management
at Johnson Controls. “These new updates to the unit’s reliability and serviceability help provide a cost-effective solution for building owners. The product line will further expand in the next year.”

The new FPHE-R unit weighs less than its predecessor thanks to a lowered height, making it more cost-effective to purchase while allowing for easier shipment. A rerouting of the low-voltage junction box brings electrical access to the exterior of the unit, eliminating the need for electrical penetrations by the contractor. Larger service doors provide easier access for maintenance and service.

Additionally, a new exterior finish improves the aesthetics of these rooftop units and reduces adhesion of dust and dirt. An added single-layer rubber roof membrane creates a weatherproof seal between outside environmental conditions and roof seams, helping to prevent air and water infiltration that could cause ice build-up and other issues in the unit.

Meeting the needs of modern industrial refrigeration, these new units update the former FRICK® RTF product line. By maintaining the same footprint and duct openings, the FPHE-R can be installed as a drop-in replacement for previous RTF units without the need for new roof openings or curbs, making these ideal for retrofit applications.

The FPHE-R model is designed to sit on roof curbs open to cold rooms below. Building owners can choose from a variety of convenient options that come with this freezer evaporator, including factory-mounted and wired fan motor starters, removable cooling coil access panel in the enclosure, and more configurations. End users can log on to the FRICK® Coolware platform for a seamless experience in selecting the appropriate industrial refrigeration product for their application, including food and beverage and cold storage facilities.

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Bredel hose pumps are contributing to a sustainable solution for steam potato peeling provided by TOMRA Food which reduces water usage, water treatment and food waste.

The TOMRA Dry Peel Separator (DPS) uses Bredel as a dry-waste pump which enables food processors to reduce water usage and recover the potato skin and starch for use in animal feed or anaerobic digestion (biogas).

The steam peeled skin is separated using centrifugal force inside the TOMRA DPS and avoids the need for brush separators and water. From a drum that rotates at high speed, the peel waste flows to the Bredel hose pump, which transfers the material to the food processor’s storage location.

Bredel, crucially, minimizes downtime and maintenance while handling steamed vegetable skin waste which contains high concentrations of solids, dirt, grit and sand. This makes the peel slurry not only viscous, but abrasive.

Eamonn Cullen, Market Manager Peeling at TOMRA Food, says Bredel plays a key role in TOMRA’s sustainable solution for an efficient, reliable and profitable potato peeling solution.

He said: “There are a number of advantages with using the Bredel hose pump. The ability to pump peel without the addition of water is one. The ability to pump hot, abrasive, steam peeled skin and starch is another.

“The main benefit that we experience is customer satisfaction. Today, food processors are processing higher volumes and they are faced with fewer opportunities to stop the line. Reduced maintenance and high reliability is vital and this is a major reason why processors choose TOMRA. The Bredel hose pump is a part of the TOMRA solution and we see a very good fit with the TOMRA DPS solution and the Bredel pump solution.

“Pumping systems in food processing facilities are the unsung heroes of the process. They operate consistently and reliability day after day. If a blockage occurred or an unexpected breakdown occurred, the line would be forced to stop which would result in a huge cost to the food processor. If you also consider the factory workers, who would be tasked with removing this blockage and cleaning up, they would be required to stop the important work that they do to assist with the draining and cleaning of the pump and the associated pipework. You can imagine how difficult this task would be and how it would impact the day-to-day work inside the factory.”

TOMRA’s unique dry peel separation machine is capable of separating steam peeled skin from 50,000 kg/hr of steam peeled potatoes, with 5% peel loss, and 40,000 kg/hr of steam peeled carrots. This equates to capability of processing more than 2,000 kg/hour of peel.

TOMRA’s unique Peeling line solution is capable of separating steam peeled skin from 50,000 kg/hr of steam peeled potatoes, with <5% peel loss, and 40,000 kg/hr of steam peeled carrots. This equates to capability of processing more than 2,000 kg/hour of peel.

Today, 85% of the world’s French fries are processed by various TOMRA equipment, according to TOMRA, and its range of peeling solutions are used by the likes of Lamb Weston EMEA. Deploying a DPS makes a food processor’s operation more efficient and minimizes food waste.

Eamonn Cullen, Market Manager Peeling at TOMRA Food, said: “TOMRA is continuously innovating and searching for new technologies to help businesses to reduce waste. The result of this in food, is that the use of every piece of food entering the supply chain is maximized to extract its full potential and to minimize waste. This is better for the environment, better for business and leads us to more sustainable business processes.

“The majority of potato processing facilities will collect all steam peeled skin in dry form. Some processors still need to use water in the peel separation brush machines, but this is reducing every year. It has become an important key performance indicator for the food industry to reduce water usage, to reduce food waste and to improve sustainability. Collecting the steam peeled skin and starch dry enables this material to be used in other parts of the value chain. It can be farmers feeding animals or anaerobic digesters changing biomass into biogas. These opportunities help maximize the utilization of every part of the potato and make every potato count.”

TOMRA carefully selects the technology it uses in its integrated systems to ensure cost savings, efficiencies and sustainability standards are achieved.

Eamonn Cullen, Market Manager Peeling at TOMRA Food, said: “The TOMRA R&D team completed extensive research to understand the solutions which are available today and to understand synergies which may exist between the technology used and the companies. High efficiency, high reliability, reduced cost of ownership are some of the criteria used in the evaluation.

“Partnership and synergies are also very important between the two businesses, because food processors want to know that they are using the best-in-class solution provided by companies which share their values and ambition on a global scale. This makes TOMRA and Watson-Marlow a very good fit for the food processors and they can trust that the integrated solution will be best-in-class.”

Marek Sebela, Sales Engineer for Watson-Marlow based in Czech Republic, said: “The final Bredel pump model selection depends upon the individual end user’s application. By working with the customer to fully understand its needs, the Bredel factory in the Netherlands is able to provide a Bredel pump solution that’s tailored to the requirements of TOMRA’s engineering team.

“Pumping potato peels is a real heavy-duty application because of the high pressures, up to 24/7 operation, long discharge lines, high dry solid content and changing high viscosities. This produces some high mechanical forces which are being handled with ease by Bredel hose pumps.

“The risk of blockages and the high costs of unexpected breakdowns is avoided due to the solid handling capability of Bredel hose pumps. Maintenance time and costs of a Bredel hose pump are very low due to the hose being the main wearing part, which can be replaced very quickly. The preventive hose replacement can be planned in a maintenance stop.”


Herndon, VA.; June 1, 2023 — PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is proud to introduce the 2023 qualifying round event for the 2024 PACK Challenge competition. This real-world Packaging Solutions competition brings together teams of high school students from the Chicago area, as they engage in a dynamic contest to design, build, and demonstrate innovative packaging machines at PACK EXPO International. 

The PACK Challenge offers participating students and schools a unique opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals to develop their own automated equipment that the schools will then keep, enabling them to further explore automation and technology.

The upcoming qualifying round presents an exciting prospect for schools aiming to showcase their innovative and creative abilities. Teams will compete for a chance to bring their inventions to life during an in-person competition at PACK EXPO International 2024 in Chicago. 

“In an effort to bridge the manufacturing skills gap, PMMI is working to develop fun, educational programs to show students the world of manufacturing,” says Kate Fiorianti, director, workforce development, PMMI. “This addition to the PACK Challenge competition is a way to get more students interested. PMMI offers a multitude of resources available to both parents and students to get involved and advance the future of this critical industry.”

For more information and to stay updated on the PACK Challenge, visit


It's been a few years since our industry has had a chance to really come together, which is why The Alberta Food Processors Association is so excited to promote their upcoming Annual General Meeting/Conference and Golf Classic, June 27/28 in Calgary. Trust us, this is one event you don't want to miss! 

If you have already registered THANK YOU. If you have not, we encourage you to do so now. These two days are a great opportunity to network and get connected with what's going on YOUR industry. With the official launch of our Made in Alberta campaign this event marks the kick-off of what is sure to be a very exciting few years for AFPA.

June 27 AGM and Conference - Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary

This day is all about learning and networking. Table-top displays will showcase interesting and innovative products and services, and government and media will be on-hand for the official launch of our 'Made in Alberta'. Our keynote address and breakout sessions are sure to inspire, with a one-of-a-kind 'Made in Alberta' cocktail reception to follow. Come see what new products are out there and how learn about all the exciting programs AFPA has on the go and meet the new AFPA staff.

June 28 -AFPA Golf Classic - Elbow Springs Golf Club, Calgary

The long-awaited return of AFPA's Golf Classic and it's going to be a good one! Set on not one, but TWO of Calgary's most exclusive semi-private courses, The Mountain and the Springs at the Elbow Springs Golf Club, players will be treated to a scramble-style tournament, complete with games and prizes and a fantastic 'Made in Alberta' themed luncheon to follow.

$200 per golfer (group of 4) / $225 (individual) includes green fees, power cart, refreshments, gifts, prizes, and a spectacular lunch.

We are hoping to have our golf teams selected by June 14th, so register early to ensure your spot!

For information on CONFERENCE REGISTRATION , GOLF, sponsorship, and table-top displays, visit our website at Alberta Food Processors Association (


Elora, ON, May 29, 2023---Animal Health Canada (“AHC”) today announced a significant update to its Canadian Livestock Transport (“CLT”) certification program, a comprehensive training course for livestock and poultry transporters, shippers and receivers. Enrolment is open now on its newly launched e-learning platform at

Recognized across Canada and the United States, CLT is an easily accessible, standardized online program offering humane animal transportation certification. The update, based on the most recent regulations, revamped the core training materials to make the training program more engaging and user-friendly.

Simultaneously, AHC is launching an awareness campaign named ‘Better Safer Canadian’. The campaign includes a new wordmark in English, French and Spanish, video and other resources aimed at stakeholders in animal transport, underlining the importance of CLT certification.  

“Handling and transporting livestock is one tough job,” said Colleen McElwain, Executive Director, Animal Health Canada. “We believe the CLT certification program is the best choice in training, benefiting everyone in the industry from farmers to transporters to consumers.”

Livestock handling and transporting training is not only essential, but also mandated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) through Part XII of the Health of Animals Regulations.

The Better Safer Canadian campaign focuses on three key messages:

1. The new CLT program delivers a better multimedia experience accessible 24-7. You can get certified using their smartphone, tablet or computer.

2. Training is also key to safety and CLT training helps both you and the animals.

3. CLT is the only program based on Canadian regulations and is valid in the US.

Additionally, the new e-learning platform now features a validation tool to verify CLT certification.


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