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State of Food Manufacturing 2013: Slowly Trending Upward

A lack of consumer confidence, prolonged unemployment and concern about regulations still hinder strong economic growth.

 Processors beef up food safety measures and invest in automation to remain competitive. 


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Food trends 2013: Manufacturers must confront ticking biological clock to realize growth

The manufacturing sector is heavily populated with workers over age 45.

Generation Y is expected to constitute 75 percent of the workforce by 2025.


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Benchmarking food waste in the manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors

While the manufacturing sector creates more waste, it also diverts more of it from landfills.

Only 8.5 percent of the food waste generated in the US in 2011 went to landfills and incinerators.


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Looking ahead: Dairy industry trends & challenges

A new study highlights continued consolidation, mega-farms and new shelf-stable packaging formats among key trends, as 80 percent of respondents cite need for new technology.
The results were presented at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.
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Global Top 100

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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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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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.

Podcasts

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 December

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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