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Plant of the Year: Excellence and efficiency abound at Blue Diamond Growers

 Built from a foundation of emerging collaboration tools and a unique, cross-functional, interdisciplinary approach, Blue Diamond Growers achieves its manufacturing goals with its new “dream” plant. 


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Plant Openings & Expansions: April 2014

 Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.


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Industry & People News: April 2014

Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.
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Manufacturing News

Nutrition facts label overhauled

 First Lady Michelle Obama introduced major proposed changes to the nutrition facts label on behalf of FDA at an event held at the White House on February 27, 2014. The updates are designed to reflect the latest scientific information on the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. The announcement focused on changes in label requirements that highlight new information such as calories and serving sizes. 


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TECH FLASH

McDonald’s plans to “refocus core” to win back customers

The company says the timeline of last year’s menu additions stressed many restaurants.

This year, McDonald’s will play up its classics, plus the quality of its coffee.


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TECH FLASH

Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Preparing for natural disasters starts with the Three Ps: Plan, Partner and Prioritize.

Consider the most likely types of natural disasters for your region and design a plan from there.


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Industry & People News: March 2014

Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.
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Regulatory Watch

Dairy industry reaps Farm Bill benefits

 The newly passed Farm Bill reduces funding for SNAP, the federal food stamp program, by $8 billion and trims a number of subsidies for food producers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says the bill significantly increases support for fruits and vegetables growers and local food systems. 


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Plant Openings & Expansions: March 2014

Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.
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Manufacturing News

Talking outside the box: Are we connected yet?

The industrial "internet of things" is close at hand—or already here.

 The recent ARC Industry Forum, held in Orlando FL, described an “industrial Internet of Things” (IoT) as being close at hand. In fact, many of the technologies are already here, but some still need work to provide the services and security industrial operations need.  


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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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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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