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Heinz, Kellogg and Kraft named top TRUE brands for food and beverage

Each is trusted, remarkable, unmistakable and essential for consumers.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Research suggests newer brands have trouble gaining consumer trust, the basis for a successful brand.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2014 dates announced

The premier food and beverage manufacturing event will return to Florida in 2014.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Attendees will gain valuable information on the latest manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety trends.


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House holds hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard

Lawmakers heard from stakeholders on both sides of the issue over two days.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Points of contention include blend wall, fuel compatibility and the E-15 waiver.


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Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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US canned foods market declines

With the US recession ending, many consumers are trading back up to more expensive foods.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Sales were flat in 2012 and are predicted to decline.
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Court orders FDA to publish remaining FSMA regulations

The Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health initiated the lawsuit leading to the decision.
By Shane O'Halloran
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FDA proposed using target timeframes, but a judge ordered a date be set.


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Field Reports

Steam boilers keep on steaming

Long-running steam generators give a gourmet confectioner the impetus to purchase another to expand plant output.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 To ensure the highest-quality products and meet the growing demand, the chocolatier needs equipment that is reliable, efficient and guarantees a consistent result. 


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USDA hasn’t fully implemented 2008 Farm Bill

While the new bill is making its way through Congress, USDA hasn’t fully implemented the 2008 version.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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FSIS has yet to implement a new inspection program. 


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Field Reports

Conveying system helps quadruple output for chip maker

Production no longer has to be halted when diverting product—just one of the many examples of improved efficiency.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 The most significant efficiencies have come from the installation of a new conveyor system by Walker Custom Sheet Metal. 


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11th Annual Replacement Parts Survey

Replacement Parts Survey: Advancing inventory practices

While cutting costs drives innovation in product sourcing and inventory management, processors are demanding higher-quality spare parts.
By Mikell Knights
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Food and beverage plants spent less on replacement parts and components in 2013 and are focused on lower inventories and competitive pricing as key business drivers, based on replies from industry professionals in Food Engineering’s 11th Annual Replacement Parts and Components Trends Survey.


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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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