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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.
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 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.
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The 2013 trends list includes Korean flavors, tortas and tiny desserts.
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Laser-focused on core challenges

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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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Engaged workforce produces outstanding results

A lack of highly skilled workers has been a persistent obstacle to improving food and beverage manufacturing performance.
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 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.
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 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.
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Complexity makes it difficult to grasp the interconnectivity of all of current industry challenges to begin to form solutions. 


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It takes a village to achieve modern manufacturing success

Cooperation is key in today’s manufacturing environment.
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No man or woman, and no department or job title, can function as an island in today’s competitive food and beverage manufacturing environment.


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At the crossroads in the age of transparency

Prove the food safety science behind your product, and the truth shall set you free from detractors.
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About a year ago, the food industry was embroiled in the lean, finely textured beef media frenzy.


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A better bottom line for one and all

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Most of the topics we cover in Food Engineering each month focus on improving plant efficiency and achieving new levels of innovation using advanced technologies.


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Much more meets the eye than meets the ink

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I think it’s about time I told you something very important. There’s a lot more to Food Engineering than what you can hold in your hands.


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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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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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