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Same old label needs an update

April 8, 2014

 I’m an avid reader of food labels. On a typical trip to the supermarket, I get some of my most useful reading accomplished. When buying a new food or beverage product, I always check the total number of calories per serving and per container, as well as the trans fat, fiber and sugar levels.  


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Retail check: Blurred lines expanding in grocery shopping aisles

Retail categories continue to blur, according to emerging research.
March 8, 2014

A research survey conducted last fall by King Retail Solutions shows shoppers’ attitudes about why and where they shop for groceries are evolving. 


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Processors still seeing green as a key manufacturing initiative

Sustainability remains one of the top 10 trends affecting plant operations, according to Food Engineering's state of food manufacturing report.
February 7, 2014
While FSMA requirements, staffing issues, increased productivity and constantly evolving consumer demands may be top of mind for many people reading this column, sustainability remains one of the top 10 trends affecting plant operations, according to Food Engineering’s most recent State of Food Manufacturing report.
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Food Safety

Communication is the basis of a food safety management system

Processors should establish a culture that encourages interaction and information flow not only from top management to the workforce, but from the workforce upward.
January 10, 2014
Turnover is often minimal when workforces are encouraged to participate and rewarded if their performance or ideas are adopted.
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Food processors give back by participating in educational programs

January 10, 2014
Last month, I dedicated this column to the changes taking place at industry trade shows and how our industry is focused on giving back by supporting charities at these venues. This month, I’d like to thank those individuals who are giving back to the food and beverage industry by participating as speakers at Food Engineering’s 2014 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference scheduled for April 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Industry moves in the right direction to help those in need

PROCESS EXPO included several initiatives designed to reduce food loss and improve food waste.
December 5, 2013

 FPSA foundation also supported food-insecure communities through the DEFEAT HUNGER initiative. 


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Good news for the food and beverage industry

Staying on top of food trends can help manufacturers be ready for what’s next.
November 8, 2013
The 2013 trends list includes Korean flavors, tortas and tiny desserts.
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Laser-focused on core challenges

October 11, 2013

As this issue’s cover story explains, the state of food manufacturing is slowly trending upward. But, while business indicators are gradually improving, some of the current challenges in food manufacturing remain unchanged: the need for increased automation, advances in food safety and a more highly skilled workforce.


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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.
August 7, 2013

 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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As the economy improves, so does the food and beverage industry

According to Food Engineering’s 36th annual Plant Construction Survey, the food and beverage industry is now thriving
June 4, 2013
Greenfield projects in 2012 numbered 218.


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