Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Engineering R&D:
Diesel fuel from waste

The partnership that runs Smithfield Foods' BEST BioFuel division is gearing up to convert swine manure to biomethanol, a renewable component of biodiesel and a possible solution for a nagging environmental problem for the food industry.
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Low-acid friendly vending machines

More than 2 million machines vend beverages in the United States, but anyone with three quarters and a taste for milk would likely die of dehydration while looking for their preferred beverage.
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Innovation Incubator

Since its construction six years ago, Beef Products Inc.'s South Sioux City plant has undergone one improvement and expansion after another.
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Engineering R&D: Process food,
reduce world hunger

A French-Canadian engineer tackles global nutrition needs with a simple processing system incorporating sophisticated design features.
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Brave New RFID World

With major customers mandating radio frequency identification to streamline distribution, food companies are rushing to address the implementation issues.
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Semper Vigilante

As the recent green-onion infections make clear, food safety practices need to be in place in every area of food and beverage processing.
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Engineering R&D:
KISS principle applied

When designing an end-of-line palletizing unit, an upstate New York machine shop melded old-tech mechanics with state-of-the-art technology.
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Tech Update: HACCP
integration and automation

Organized improvement is the objective behind HACCP. How painlessly that is accomplished depends on the degree of automation.
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Tighter Specs for Mother Nature

Outputting consistent products is much easier when the basic components are consistent, and the food industry is making headway in reducing raw-material variability.
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24th Annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey

While job insecurity and modest pay hikes characterized most of America's labor market in the last year, food industry professionals report respectable salary boosts and rising levels of job security.
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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.


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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2015 January

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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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