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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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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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Robotics

Is there a robot in your line’s future?

Robots aren’t all things to all people, but in the right place, they can be a big time and labor saver.

 Robots can help increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which improves a processor’s bottom line. 


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TECH FLASH

Digital printing poised for growth

Next generation printing technologies offer shorter lead times and lower cost.

We discuss the future of digital printing technologies with Kate Achelpohl, director of member communications at PMMI.


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TECH FLASH

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

Each is trusted, remarkable, unmistakable and essential for consumers.

Research suggests newer brands have trouble gaining consumer trust, the basis for a successful brand.


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TECH FLASH

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2014 dates announced

The premier food and beverage manufacturing event will return to Florida in 2014.

Attendees will gain valuable information on the latest manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety trends.


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TECH FLASH

House holds hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard

Lawmakers heard from stakeholders on both sides of the issue over two days.

Points of contention include blend wall, fuel compatibility and the E-15 waiver.


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TECH FLASH

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.
With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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TECH FLASH

US canned foods market declines

With the US recession ending, many consumers are trading back up to more expensive foods.
Sales were flat in 2012 and are predicted to decline.
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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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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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