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What’s new at PACK EXPO

Coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place on November 2, PACK EXPO 2014 is North America’s largest processing and packaging event, serving as a hub for food manufacturing innovation

New industry-specific pavilions and features such as The Brand Zone and The Processing Zone will help food processors and manufacturers navigate more than 1.15 million net square feet of exhibit space.


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Natural and organic acquisitions heighten profitability

Industry leaders are investing in natural and organic brands to diversify their portfolios

US retail sales of natural and organic foods and beverages experienced a 53 percent sales growth over five years.


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Animal protein still best bet for half of US consumers

New research from the NPD Group indicates 50 percent of US consumers feel animal protein is still the best source of protein

Beef and chicken lead consumer preferences


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Rising demand for natural sweeteners

Researchers at Canadean say obesity and health issues, in addition to taxes on sugary beverages, have caused countries to look toward natural sweeteners

Soft drink manufacturers are cashing in on the trend with approximately 20 percent of new non-caloric soft drinks using natural sweeteners in 2013.


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Refrigeration industry leaders organize Global Food Cold Chain Council

The new council will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emission in the processing, transportation, storage and retail display of cold food

A climate-friendly cold chain could also reduce the estimated 3.3 billion metric tons of CO2-equivalent in food waste every year.


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Fats for a healthy diet

The Institute of Food Technologists identify nine fats consumers can include as part of their diets

The fats include fish oil, flaxseed oil and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as newcomers like hemp oil.


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Solar field shares ‘love’ of renewable energy

A field of solar panels on New Caledonia’s largest island is being constructed in the shape of a heart for local beverage company Froico SA

The unique field design was inspired by an area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation that has naturally taken a heart shape.


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Rising baking & snack consumption offers opportunities for manufacturers

Zeroing in on critical trends to turn industry growth into sales growth

Baking and snack brand owners must update their processing and packaging operations with technologies that position them ahead of the curve.


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ISA issues response to cybersecurity workforce development report

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is challenging a report that suggests the need for a unified national strategy

The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity sets out guidelines for owners and operators to identify, assess and manage cyber risk.


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HART, Fieldbus boards approve merger

Known as FieldComm, the organization has the goal of leading process automation communications and integration technologies

Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller was elected as chairman of the new board.


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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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In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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