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Editor's Note: Here's to a better economy and a better 2011

As they move into 2011, processors are strong and lean from continuous improvement efforts as well as margin success in the switch from prepared foods to in-home dining.
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Editor's Note: Three cheers for sustainability, jeers to consumers

Last month when we were preparing this issue devoted to sustainability, I wondered if our readers around the globe could hear me laughing out loud. It was a laugh uttered not out of joy but irony.
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Engineering R&D: Big bang theory

Hydrodynamic pressure processing got a bad rap for meat tenderizing in the 1990s, but USDA scientists believe there’s still hope for this and other technologies to assist the process.
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Food Safety: Unwarranted consumer fears abound on TV

Current programming underscores public misconceptions and lack of knowledge about food chemicals and pesticides.
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Engineering R&D: Research's long and winding slog

A decade after a Canadian firm developed a process to recover high-quality protein from a byproduct of vegetable-oil extraction, regulatory obstacles to commercialization have been overcome.
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Editor's Note: The taster's choice may be less complicated than you think

Perhaps our industry’s time and money would be better spent on lean manufacturing, food safety and nutritional enhancements and less on line changeovers, special in-store displays and rainbow pallets.
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Editor's Note: Time to recharge the brain and refuel the budget

Machinery technology, food safety protocols and capital budget optimization can only be improved with changed outlooks and recharged brain power.
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Engineering R&D: From waste to elixir

Biotechnology meets process innovation to convert toxic byproducts of the olive press into a therapeutic ingredient.
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Editor's Note: Another arrow in the quiver toward the goal of OEE

Today, savvy processors employ remote equipment and machine conditioning diagnostics, special supplier partnerships, heat measurement, vibration analysis, predictive maintenance tools, placement of parts in kits for routine maintenance and vendor-managed inventories to boost spare parts efficiency and management.
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Food Safety: California's Proposition 65--It's time to end the hypocrisy

The law’s intent may have been good, but enforcement has created problems for food processors.
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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 October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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