Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

What are packages saying?

The FDA warning letter was bad enough, but what really galled David Glasser was being lumped in with certain companies and singled out from others.
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Convenience packs boost sugar sales

For the casual baker, premeasured packets of brown sugar proved to be a convenience they were willing to pay a premium for over the holiday baking season.
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Engineering R&D: Robotic chicken butcher

Researchers at Georgia Tech hope their intelligent deboning system will boost yields for poultry processors and reduce ergonomic stress on workers.
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Old Robots Learn New Tricks

System integrators and packaging machine builders are engineering robotic systems that address the specific needs of food and beverage companies.

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Fresh, safe food for Fido

How much are dog owners willing to spend on quality pet food? Investors are betting a lot.
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Mapping the Future of Food Plant Automation

Forces greater than commodity prices are driving change in the way food companies manufacture products, and that will affect how automation technology is deployed.
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Engineering R&D: Sensors to sniff bacteria

Biosensors can detect everything from shoe bombs to the mycobacteria that cause tuberculosis. Can they also detect food-borne pathogens lurking in industrial-scale batches?
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Plant of the Year: Keystone Foods Puts Its Best Food Forward

Emerging from 40 years in the background, Keystone Foods is asserting its capabilities as a contract manufacturer at its brand new Gadsden, AL facility.
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Engineering R&D: Engineered bacteria killers

As understanding of how nature adapts to the evolution of harmful microorganisms deepens, molecular biology is delivering new food safety tools, including bactericidal proteins.
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Engineering R&D: Do-it-yourself disinfectants

By manipulating electrical current and frequency, an electrochemical reactor provides an alternative to chlorine in disinfecting some of food processing’s nastiest water streams.

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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.

Podcasts

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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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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