Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Engineering R&D:<br> Diesel fuel from waste

February 3, 2004
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

February 3, 2004
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

February 3, 2004
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,<br> reduce world hunger

January 7, 2004
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

January 7, 2004
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

January 7, 2004
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: <br>KISS principle applied

December 4, 2003
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 <br> integration and automation

December 4, 2003
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

December 4, 2003
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

December 4, 2003
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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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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