Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Supply Chain: Demand-driven production

Mastery of the supply chain can yield tremendous cost savings for food companies, but only if production is aligned with what will sell in the months ahead.
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Engineering R&D: Talent Pool Development

With a large cadre of American workers ready to retire, training and educating the next generation of technicians and engineers is a critical need in manufacturing.
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What goes with a donut?

The donut shop experience can be replicated at home with Krispy Kreme’s three new coffee blends. Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.Just as gas stations morphed into convenience stores, donut shops
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Sustainable Plant of the Year: Frito-Lay Casa Grande Plant Attains Near Net Zero

Efficiency was built into Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande plant a quarter-century ago, but the snack maker takes the facility’s energy- and water-conservation systems to a new level with near net zero.
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Flooring Commandment: Know Thy Installer

Polymer science presents food and beverage manufacturers with many floor covering options, but performance often hinges on the expertise of the people installing them.
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Engineering R&D: Sensors for a digital world

Advances in sensor technology are bringing industrially hardened detectors with on-board electronics to food and beverage processors.
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Retailers gear up for nutrition labeling mandate

Raw meat and poultry increasingly are being packaged with nutrition information. Source: Sealed Air Corp.Three-fifths of meat and poultry products in grocers’ refrigerated lockers carry some form of nutrition information,
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Bag cracks Canadian cereal code

A matte finish on a polybag lends an upscale look to Sally’s cereal, a new brand from Malt-O-Meal and the company’s first product in the Canadian market. Source: Malt-O-Meal Co.A
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Flexible Manufacturing: The Automation Conundrum

Flexibility is an increasingly important attribute, but manufacturing professionals must strike a balance between the need for high-speed automation and production adaptability.
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The State of Food Manufacturing

Staff expansions and production efficiencies are bright spots in an industry feeling the effects of economic forces beyond its control.
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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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