The American food and beverage industry continues to be an economic powerhouse, accounting for $500 billion in US gross output, according to Grant Thornton LLP's new white paper "Appetite for Change: Trends and transitions in the US food and beverage industry."
Hassia USA, which includes the sales and service support for the A+F Automation and Gasti product lines, has combined all of its sales and service organizations under the corporate name IWKA Packaging USA.
General Mills announced a new organizational structure for its senior management team. Ken Powell was elected president and chief operating officer and became a member of the company's board of directors. Jim Lawrence was named vice chairman of General Mills and continues to serve as the company's chief financial officer.
National Uniformity debate goes on Consumer advocates and a recently retired FDA official lined up against the proposed National Uniformity for Food Act at a late July Congressional hearing. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions heard from former FDA employee William Hubbard, who praised the current federal-state partnership that he said effectively monitors the safety of the nation's food supply.
Wireless technology, the networking backbone in homes and offices around the world, is about to see widespread adoption where it will have a profound impact: on the plant floor and out in the field. The wireless market was $325.7 million in 2005 and is forecasted to be more than $1 billion in 2010, according to ARC Advisory Group.