Articles by Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief

Editor's Note

Same old label needs an update

 I’m an avid reader of food labels. On a typical trip to the supermarket, I get some of my most useful reading accomplished. When buying a new food or beverage product, I always check the total number of calories per serving and per container, as well as the trans fat, fiber and sugar levels.  


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Retail check: Blurred lines expanding in grocery shopping aisles

Retail categories continue to blur, according to emerging research.

A research survey conducted last fall by King Retail Solutions shows shoppers’ attitudes about why and where they shop for groceries are evolving. 


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Processors still seeing green as a key manufacturing initiative

Sustainability remains one of the top 10 trends affecting plant operations, according to Food Engineering's state of food manufacturing report.
While FSMA requirements, staffing issues, increased productivity and constantly evolving consumer demands may be top of mind for many people reading this column, sustainability remains one of the top 10 trends affecting plant operations, according to Food Engineering’s most recent State of Food Manufacturing report.
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Food processors give back by participating in educational programs

Last month, I dedicated this column to the changes taking place at industry trade shows and how our industry is focused on giving back by supporting charities at these venues. This month, I’d like to thank those individuals who are giving back to the food and beverage industry by participating as speakers at Food Engineering’s 2014 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference scheduled for April 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Industry moves in the right direction to help those in need

PROCESS EXPO included several initiatives designed to reduce food loss and improve food waste.

 FPSA foundation also supported food-insecure communities through the DEFEAT HUNGER initiative. 


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Good news for the food and beverage industry

Staying on top of food trends can help manufacturers be ready for what’s next.
The 2013 trends list includes Korean flavors, tortas and tiny desserts.
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Laser-focused on core challenges

As this issue’s cover story explains, the state of food manufacturing is slowly trending upward. But, while business indicators are gradually improving, some of the current challenges in food manufacturing remain unchanged: the need for increased automation, advances in food safety and a more highly skilled workforce.


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Manufacturing News

Engaged workforce produces outstanding results

A lack of highly skilled workers has been a persistent obstacle to improving food and beverage manufacturing performance.

 A series of ongoing meetings organized by AIEO and sponsored by PMMI is dedicated to improving performance of CPG manufacturers and suppliers. 


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Back to school, back to basics to quell employee staffing woes

Hiring and training employees is one of largest issues facing food and beverages manufacturers.

 Even though managers sometimes hundreds of applications for a job, there may be no prospect with exactly the right set of skills.  


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More information helps everyone make better-informed manufacturing decisions

The food and beverage manufacturing industry has become increasingly complex over the past few years.

Complexity makes it difficult to grasp the interconnectivity of all of current industry challenges to begin to form solutions. 


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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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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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