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Laser-focused on core challenges

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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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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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.
By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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 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
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Greenfield projects in 2012 numbered 218.


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Editor's Note

Much more meets the eye than meets the ink

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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I think it’s about time I told you something very important. There’s a lot more to Food Engineering than what you can hold in your hands.


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Engineering R&D

Two-trick pony

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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An enhanced X-ray system moves the technology beyond contaminant inspection to precise analysis of the fat and lean components of meat.


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Food Safety

Current testing is not advancing food safety

By Richard F. Stier, Contributing Editor
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Finished product testing, by itself, isn’t adequate to guarantee the safety of foods.


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Editor's Note

Industry leaders share leading-edge manufacturing and operations solutions

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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As we put together this enormous January issue, the Food Engineering staff was also putting the final touches on the program for the 2013 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference (FA&M), scheduled for April 12-15 in Naples, FL.


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Engineering R&D: One drop at a time

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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This year’s World Food Prize honors a US-born scientist’s work in reshaping farming practices to make them more efficient and productive by changing the way water is delivered.


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Editor's Note: That which speeds production could also bring it to a halt

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Today, mobile devices are used on the production floor to monitor processes and to communicate with supply chains.


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Engineering R&D: Shear waves in filtration

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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From fractionating milk solids to waste treatment aimed at zero liquid discharge, filtration is playing a growing role in the food industry, provided manufacturers can keep membranes clean.
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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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The August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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