As this issue of Food Engineering goes on the press, our industry is facing some very serious food safety challenges. The E. coli contamination of spinach has most likely caused at least one consumer to pay the ultimate price: loss of life.
Innovation may be the most overused descriptor in the food industry today, but unlike the buzzwords that have come, gone and unfortunately remain, it still has real meaning. While phrases like paradigm shift or bandwidth make many people roll their eyes, the act of innovation truly affects profit and loss.
As a born and bred Philly girl, I watched in wonder as the world media picked up the story of the South Philadelphia cheese steak landmark with the little tiny sign in its window demanding that all patrons place their orders in English. After all, this is America, right? Not really, it's South Philly where people are earthy, honest and anything goes.
Now is the time of year when Food Engineering begins to evaluate what our readers will want to read in the next 8 to 16 months. In fact, our publishing company was founded on this principle: helping people succeed in business with superior information.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in the food and beverage industry for finally bringing to market a group of products I have been requesting for more than a decade: single-serve packs of food & beverage, the latest of which are the popular 100-calorie packs.
Do you ever consider how much you accomplish in a day, a week or a year? We do. Each year at this time, Food Engineering's editorial team begins work on a three-and-a-half month project that provides a very unique service to our industry-the Food and Beverage Plant Construction survey. In its 29th year, this research survey uncovered more than 500 plant projects of $1 million or more last year.