March 12, 2018

Erie, PA—Eriez® introduces its new and improved Xtreme® Vertical Form, Fill & Seal (VFS) Metal Detector. This compact unit requires no metal-free area above or below the sensing head, making it ideal for installation in the space-restricted area before the hopper and forming tube. 

“With a 300 percent reduction in the metal free space constraints of previous models, our new VFS represents a dramatic improvement over other metal detectors on the market,” says Metal Detection Product Manager Ray Spurgeon. The new and improved Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detector eliminates the need for costly modifications and plastic hoppers. With its innovative design, this metal detector connects directly to a customer’s existing stainless steel hopper and forming tube with simple Jacobs connectors.

Eriez’ Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors meet stringent standards for food processing environments and offer the superior sensitivity customers expect from Eriez. These units, suitable for washdown, detect millimeter-sized metal spheres and feature food grade pipe and stainless steel construction.

Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors are available in 3-inch, 4-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch aperture sizes to meet practically any application need. Total installation height requirements vary from 9.75 inches to 12.75 inches, based on aperture size.


All Eriez metal detectors are designed for simple set-up and easy operation. Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors offer full-color, intuitive icon-driven controls and configurable output relays. For added convenience, a start-up and test kit is included with every order.

Eriez’ Smart Service Portal enables technicians to troubleshoot the Xtreme VFS Metal Detector remotely via the internet through a safe and secure connection. In addition, Eriez’ Smart X7 Link software allows customers to access and control their unit via their company’s intranet, giving them the capability to make changes to detector settings and download reports.

The new and improved Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detector will be officially introduced at SNAXPO 2018 in Eriez’ booth (#604). Stop by to see the machine up-close and discuss your specific metal contamination challenges with Eriez experts. Online visitors can learn more about Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors at

Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call (814) 835-6000. For online users, visit or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. 


HEBRON, Ky., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ZoomEssence, Inc. (Zoom) announces that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted it another method and apparatus patent covering its Zooming® low-temperature powder drying process. The key element in this latest invention is the application of novel, turbulent mixing techniques to the drying fluid throughout the drying chamber to optimize efficiency. It is Zoom's fourth patent related to low-temperature powder drying.

"This new patent reflects Zoom's continued investment in Zooming low-temperature drying. Because of this process, Zoom powders have higher flavor retention, improved stability and are more cost-effective," said Dr. Charles Beetz, Zoom's Chief Scientist.

"Flavors are sensitive to heat.  Zooming's low-temperature conditions protect a liquid flavor during the drying process and captures the high-value aromatic ingredients present in the starting liquid. Since aroma significantly contributes to the overall taste experience, our powder flavors provide brands with flavor experiences never before possible in powder form. Each day we challenge what is possible in low-temperature drying," Beetz said.

"The Zooming low-temperature drying process creates powder flavors with outstanding aroma and taste once only thought possible with liquid flavors. This is a game-changing technology for brands to create superior tasting products," said Robert Corbett, Zoom's CEO. "We are achieving strong results with food and beverage brands reformulating to include more natural flavors. Our ability to protect the original liquid flavor in powder form has opened the door to new levels of creativity and cost-savings, especially where a natural flavor is desired," adds Corbett.


Regina, Saskatchewan, March 5, 2018 – Canadian farmers need to continue to focus on efficiencies and increased production of commodities in order to remain competitive within a rising tide of production around the world, according to J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

“Our long-held reputation as a safe and reliable producer of high-quality food opens the door to existing and new export markets, but competitive pressures are mounting,” Gervais said, in releasing the latest outlooks for the agriculture and agri-food sector. “The game is quickly changing and it’s becoming more and more evident that it’s mostly about volume and value added.”

Recent years of record-high production have boosted global stocks of many agriculture commodities. But even as the planted acreage of major crops in the United States is expected to be lower than its high in 2012-14, when it averaged almost 257 million acres, improvements in yields allow for continued growth in overall production. That’s why it’s important for Canadian agriculture to invest in innovation that will enable continued growth in productivity.

Gervais said increasing productivity doesn’t necessarily mean Canadian farmers need to expand their operations.

“Canadian producers need to find ways of reducing costs while increasing productivity from their existing operations, whether that means increasing the yield per acre or getting more butterfat from a litre of milk,” he said. “Investments in innovation and technology will go a long way in ensuring Canadian agriculture remains productive, competitive and sustainable.”

Gervais said changing food preferences are also driving investment decisions. For example, milk production in Canada is trending upward, requiring further investment in processing capacity. Canadian consumers also seek healthy and convenient food products, which is expected to trigger more investments in pre-packaged and easy-to-prepare foods.


The food manufacturing sector’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 5.4 per cent higher than at the same time in 2016.


“The climate for investment in Canadian food processing is positive, given a Canadian dollar under US$0.80, continued low interest rates and growing demand in the U.S.,” said Gervais, who projects exports of food manufactured products to the U.S. could increase again in 2018, despite the uncertainty surrounding current negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


He believes this type of investment in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector will help keep the industry competitive and, in many cases, a world leader in agriculture innovation and technology.


“Increasing productivity and adding value to agricultural products is the avenue that will grow Canadian farm revenues,” Gervais said.


Outlook reports are available on crops (eastern and western Canada), dairy, cattle and beef, hogs, farm inputs and food processing.

By sharing agriculture economic knowledge and forecasts, FCC provides solid insights and expertise to help those in the business of agriculture achieve their goals. For more information and insights, visit the FCC Ag Economics blog post at


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