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Automating food production in the future

“TrendWatcher” raises eyebrows at Dutch Food Valley Awards
By Jaan Koel, Contributing Editor
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New food processes will create new products with novel and sometimes strange ingredients, keeping future populations from starving.
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Americans say food production headed in right direction

However, widespread misperceptions remain
By Shane O'Halloran
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New survey shows the need for dialog despite confidence in how food is grown and raised.
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What's in a label?

If it doesn't speak your brand, you've lost sales
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Labeling should create a readily identifiable product image where the consumer says, "Yes!"
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Walmart to Launch Monthly Food Subscription Service

Retail giant to offer 'Goodies Co.' monthly food delivery service
By Shane O'Halloran
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Walmart's subscription service has been beta tested in recent months.
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Rabobank Report Lists Potential High Growth Wine Markets

Report adds four ‘hidden gems’ to list that already includes China, South Korea
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While more risky, these markets offer the highest potential for long-term growth
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Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, to close.

Hostess Brands to Shutter Company in Wake of Strike, Bankruptcy

The company filed a motion to close its business and sell its assets.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Hostess Brands will close in the wake of multiple bankruptcies and a worker strike.


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Adapting the supply chain for tomorrow’s food security

Droughts, lagging productivity and food price volatility threaten food security, and the supply chain must react accordingly.
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Increases in the number of worldwide middle-class consumers and decreases in the number of companies in the supply chain further complicate worldwide food security.
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Don’t depend on e-commerce sites for accurate product information

While a processor’s product label may provide plenty of nutritional and allergy information, that information often doesn’t find its way to consumer web sites.
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A study of the quality of nutritional information taken from product labels to e-commerce websites shows a loss in translation.
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Truth be told

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Lee Marvin had his Dirty Dozen. The Kroger Co. goes eight times further with “Free from 101,” a list of ingredients and food additives it is banishing from its private-label natural products.
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Coca-Cola to set sustainable packaging goals in Europe

A joint-venture with a PET recycler will make it possible
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The goals include achieving zero waste in its own operations and recycling more packaging than it uses.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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