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Large pipe applications drive Coriolis flowmeter market

Growth in energy markets has created a demand for the accuracy and reliability of Coriolis flowmeters

A new study from Flow Research Rapid says the use of Coriolis flowmeters in the food and beverage industry is growing because of their sanitary applications.


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CSIA tool helps lead clients to integrators, suppliers

The Control System Integrators Association has launched a new online search tool to improve the way industry members fill their automation needs

The Industrial Automation Exchange or “Exchange” consists of CSIA’s comprehensive directory of system integrators and suppliers.


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Demands for cost efficiency, sustainability and retail-ready displays transform secondary packaging

PMMI releases “2014 Secondary Packaging Market Research Study” findings at PACK EXPO

PACK EXPO exhibitors brought the solutions of a recent PMMI study to life by introducing fully customizable machinery that packs, seals and palletizes top-loaded cartons and cases.


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Midterm elections bring changes for food industry

Berkeley becomes first city with sugar-sweetened beverage tax, while Maui passes a ban on GMOs

Residents of Berkeley, CA overwhelmingly vote to impose a law taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.


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McDonald’s Japan records 7.5 billion yen loss after food scandal

The company reports an approximately $65.8 million loss for the period from January through September

McDonald’s Japan says it has halted all imports of chicken products from China since July when the scandal broke.


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Mobile devices deliver positive impact, but technology budgets still run thin

According to a Sage SMB survey, the majority of industries do not budget for mobile technology

Across the surveyed industries, more than 40 percent of respondents report they have a “bring your own device” policy in place.


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‘Guru’ predicts top food trends of 2015

The growth of online grocery shopping and preferences for craft foods, fermented foods and smoked flavors make next year’s list

Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, worked closely with ConAgra Foods to map out the biggest changes in consumer preferences and food trends for the industry.


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GAO: FDA, USDA should strengthen pesticide residue monitoring programs

GAO suggests FDA and USDA improve their methodologies

GAO evaluates  limitations in FDA, FSIS and AMS monitoring of foods for pesticide residue.


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Unilever sues California food company for use of word ‘mayo’

Unilever claims false advertising and unfair competition by Hampton Creek through the sale of its product “Just Mayo,” which Unilever says is misleading to consumers and takes market share from its Hellmann’s and Best Foods products.

Multinational consumer goods company Unilever, makers of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, recently filed a lawsuit against a California company alleging its use and marketing of the term “mayo” in reference to its egg-free sandwich spread does not meet dictionary definitions.


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China adopts EtherCAT as a national technology standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group called the announcement a new milestone for the organization which has grown substantially in China over the past few years

EtherCAT technology became an international IEC standard and a SEMI standard in 2007.


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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 this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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