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The World’s Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies - 2013: Operating in a new global environment

A profound shift in the global economy from developed to emerging markets has changed the landscape for the world’s leading food and beverage manufacturers.

A burgeoning middle class and rising incomes in emerging markets mean new opportunities.


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TECH FLASH

Will Coke’s sweetener-safety offensive work?

Soft drink sales are declining, due in part to mistrust of low-calorie sweeteners.

Coke’s new ad campaign defends the safety and nutritional value of aspartame.


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Manufacturing News

GRAS is crass: conflicts of interest abound

Manufacturers have added around 1,000 additives to the GRAS list without informing FDA.

 GRAS ingredients are exempt from FDA’s food additives rules. 


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Editor’s Note

Food and beverage industry poised for economic growth

Emerging markets continue to lead the way for future sources of income.

Modest improvements in US business conditions are expected to continue.


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Tech Update: Valves

Control the flow

Lower-cost, mix-proof, tank-style and control-top configurations proliferate.

 Clean-in-process techniques can help dairy and beverage firms realize productivity gains. 


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TECH FLASH

Cooking and cooling: A practical approach to energy savings

Many processes cool the cooked product in one fell swoop; adding a stage between can save energy and water.

A mid-process quench cycle with ambient-temperature tap water can capture much of the product’s heat before it enters the primary cool zone.


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TECH FLASH

Integrate equipment for improved bar line efficiency

A line comprised of unintegrated equipment increases the chance of operator error.

Multiple control panels can easily overwhelm operators.


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Engineering Staff Development

The employee engagement challenge: hiring, training and retaining key staff

US food and beverage plants are looking in house, on campus, online and at third parties to fill their engineering staff needs as industry advances loom.

Research suggests engineering degrees in the United States account for just 4.4 percent of total first university degrees.  


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Manufacturing News

Engaged workforce produces outstanding results

A lack of highly skilled workers has been a persistent obstacle to improving food and beverage manufacturing performance.

 A series of ongoing meetings organized by AIEO and sponsored by PMMI is dedicated to improving performance of CPG manufacturers and suppliers. 


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Editor’s Note

Back to school, back to basics to quell employee staffing woes

Hiring and training employees is one of largest issues facing food and beverages manufacturers.

 Even though managers sometimes hundreds of applications for a job, there may be no prospect with exactly the right set of skills.  


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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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2014 September

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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