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US canned foods market declines

With the US recession ending, many consumers are trading back up to more expensive foods.
July 15, 2013
Sales were flat in 2012 and are predicted to decline.
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TECH FLASH

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.
July 15, 2013

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.
July 3, 2013

 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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Manufacturing News

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.
July 3, 2013

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.
July 3, 2013

 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.
July 3, 2013

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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TECH FLASH

Methods to curb energy rate increases

Many processors have already switched out inefficient lighting and invested in high-efficiency motors, and some have tried demand control while others have instituted real-time purchasing of energy.
June 26, 2013

FE interviewed Brian Flynn, chief technology officer of ZF Energy Development, to discuss the options processors have in cutting energy costs.


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TECH FLASH

Are you playing by the new rules of customer engagement?

Thanks to a new model, food and beverage sales grew in 2012 while other consumer packaged goods categories were down.
June 26, 2013

Top companies are identifying and engaging with customers and focusing on innovation that directly reaches them.


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TECH FLASH

Women see little role for federal government in guiding product choices or healthy decisions

New survey reveals women feel negatively about government attempts to encourage healthy eating.
June 26, 2013

Distrust of the media is even more prevalent than distrust of the government.


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TECH FLASH

The Power of ‘Small’

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are flexing their muscles; industry takes notice at PACK EXPO.
June 12, 2013

Food Engineering discusses small and medium-sized manufacturers with Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.


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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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