Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Engineering R&D: Gen II for biofuels

Commodity prices and a credit crunch sidelined the first wave of biofuel plants, but process inefficiencies also played a role. The next generation of ethanol producers won’t make the same mistake.
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Petroleum vs. corn

The battle over green cred is pitting PLA-based plastic against conventional PET resins mixed with additives that cause the plastic to decompose when landfilled.
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DIY modified atmosphere

Modified atmosphere packaging has been a game-changer for many foods and beverages, though until now the technology was the domain of industrial users.
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Little bottle, big splash

Calling it the firm’s biggest beverage introduction in a decade, Kraft Foods executives talked about their new MiO concentrated flavoring in the same breath as their power brands at February’s Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, weeks before the tiny bottles began appearing on store shelves.
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Engineering R&D: Research as continuous improvement

More than half a century has passed since Bettcher’s electric trimmer debuted, but engineers continue the pursuit of design improvement.
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Plant of the Year: Shearer's Foods Rethinks the Food Plant

Some additional upfront cost already is paying dividends to this manufacturing organization, with the biggest returns yet to come.
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Reuse's Dollars and Sense

For food and beverage companies focused on water recycling and landfill reduction, the effort yields solid financial returns.
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Food Safety Audits: Meeting the Certification Challenge Head On

Certification programs under the GFSI umbrella are taking root in North America , though not without some growing pains and process changes for food manufacturers.
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Tech Update: Cooking & Frying

Improved energy efficiency, fun shapes, healthier eating: myriad market demands are driving changes in commercial cooking and frying systems.
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Engineering R&D: What's printing for dinner?

3D printers have followed the path of mainframe computers: unrealized potential related to unaffordable access. Thanks to a serendipitous food application, 3D is morphing into a PC.
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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 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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