Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Chefs embrace lightweight pouches

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Mass merchandisers aren’t the only customers putting pressure on suppliers to cut material use and shipping weights.
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PLA cup sidelines big oil

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Functionality issues dogged plant-based plastic resins when they debuted, but product development is gradually overcoming them.
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Fabulous Food Plant: Breakfast, Courtesy of Malt-O-Meal

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Malt-O-Meal doubled the number of built-this-century US cereal plants when it started production last year in Asheboro, NC, site of its second new facility in six years.
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Tech Update: Filtration

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Filtration technology has filled a supporting role in food and beverage production, but multifunction filters are taking a star turn by replacing other technologies in some applications.
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Outsourcing Sanitation and Maintenance

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Specialized skills are needed to keep machines running, processing areas clean and foreign invaders at bay, but food companies differ on whether these specialists are staff members or vendors’ employees.
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Energy Efficiency Dollars and Sense: How Do You Measure Up?

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Long viewed as a distraction from throughput concerns, energy efficiency and its relation to a product’s carbon footprint are becoming priority concerns for leading food companies.
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Engineering R&D: Big bang theory

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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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Engineering R&D: Research's long and winding slog

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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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Packaging Machinery: Dramatic Improvements Worth the Wait

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There’s no shortage of packaging equipment innovation, though the gap between technical development and implementation often is measured in decades.
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State of Food Manufacturing: Spending is Up as Economy Rebounds

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Capital budgets are up, production outlooks are brighter as food industry professionals shift focus toward new opportunities.
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