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Methods to curb energy rate increases

Many processors have already switched out inefficient lighting and invested in high-efficiency motors, and some have tried demand control while others have instituted real-time purchasing of energy.

FE interviewed Brian Flynn, chief technology officer of ZF Energy Development, to discuss the options processors have in cutting energy costs.


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ARC releases supplier selection guides for MAC and SIS

Main automation contractors and safety instrumented system selection are essential in many operations.

Guides include selection criteria and guided workflow steps for selecting the proper MAC or SIS supplier.


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FDA releases Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Science and Research Strategic Plan

The document is a plan for supporting Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.

Goals include improved preventive controls for Salmonella and E. coli and detection of allergens and gluten in food.


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UK scientists recommend pregnant women reduce exposure to packaging to avoid BPA

European assessments of BPA clash with FDA guidance.

Scientists recommend pregnant women adopt a safety first approach, given the difficulty of assessing exposure risk.


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Are you playing by the new rules of customer engagement?

Thanks to a new model, food and beverage sales grew in 2012 while other consumer packaged goods categories were down.

Top companies are identifying and engaging with customers and focusing on innovation that directly reaches them.


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Women see little role for federal government in guiding product choices or healthy decisions

New survey reveals women feel negatively about government attempts to encourage healthy eating.

Distrust of the media is even more prevalent than distrust of the government.


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The Power of ‘Small’

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are flexing their muscles; industry takes notice at PACK EXPO.

Food Engineering discusses small and medium-sized manufacturers with Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.


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CDC says trans fat reduction efforts slowed over time

Progress varied by food type and parent company.

Because consuming trans fat is harmful even at low levels, researchers urged manufacturers to renew efforts to discontinue or reformulate products containing them.


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Large firms best positioned to improve profit margins

As US consumers become more health conscious, large companies are able to offer new products at increased prices.

Smaller competitors often lack the consumer recognition that allows premium pricing.


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USDA introduces new mobile tools and open data projects

New APIs and mobile apps are designed to bring USDA customer service into the 21st century.

Economic Research Service Web Content and Farmers Market Directory APIs will spur further development.


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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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