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Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies

The World's Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies - 2014: Recalibrating strategies for shifting markets

According to multiple financial studies, China is on track to become the world’s largest economy, taking over the US’s number one slot for consumer spending.


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PACK EXPO preview

Discover product innovations and new technologies at PACK EXPO 2014

This year’s event will feature more than 1,800 exhibiting companies.
Come the first week of November 2014, more than 45,000 industry professionals will descend on McCormick Place in Chicago to take part in PACK EXPO International, an annual event showcasing the latest innovations and trends in the processing and packaging industries.


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Engineering R&D

Defense technology now applied in the food industry

MIT-Lincoln Laboratory research into rapid screening for anthrax and other dangerous pathogens has found its way into the food industry to detect both airborne and surface pathogens.
Remember the anthrax-tainted letters soon after 9/11?


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TECH FLASH

Solar field shares ‘love’ of renewable energy

A field of solar panels on New Caledonia’s largest island is being constructed in the shape of a heart for local beverage company Froico SA

The unique field design was inspired by an area of nearby wild mangrove vegetation that has naturally taken a heart shape.


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Editor's Note

The quest for manufacturing excellence continues

This month marks Food Engineering’s 35th annual report on the State of Food Manufacturing.


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Engineering R&D

The fantastic voyage of a temperature probe

Best way to measure the internal process temperature of a cooking stage: Send an RFID probe through the process piping!
Measuring the internal temperature or the doneness of any product as it travels through a continuous cooking system is not an easy task.


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The Plant Floor Worker

Employee engagement: Creating a culture of operational excellence

Employee engagement supports plant safety, food safety and operational efficiency goals. Could your operation be doing more to create a culture of engagement?
It’s no secret that employee engagement boosts individual, team and overall operational performance.


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37th Annual Plant Construction Survey: Hygienic design for safe food

As FSMA gels, processors are concerned about safe food and plants while stepping up product output with the same energy inputs.


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Engineering R&D

A grain of sand, a whole lot of track and trace

Microscopic tags made of silicon dioxide (silica) can be mixed with many foods and liquids not only to trace the origin of contaminated meat, but also track and find potential fraudsters.


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Green Series

Proper design creates ultra-efficient plant

ConAgra Lamb Weston used an integrated approach to deliver the first-ever LEED-Platinum frozen food processing facility.
U S food processors face increasing energy-efficiency and sustainability demands from regulators, market competition and consumers interested in purchasing products from environmentally friendly companies.


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IMAGE GALLERIES

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2013

Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.

PRODUCTS

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Package Design Workbook: The Art and Science of Successful Packaging

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$39.00

The book will address all aspects of the creative process including choosing a package format, colors and materials, final finishes, and special considerations such as awkward objects and unique display conderations.

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Packaging Research in Food Product Design and Development

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$215.99

Packaging Research in Food Product Design and Development is the first book to comprehensively address the issues of graphics design and visual concepts, from a systematic, scientific viewpoint, yet with business applications in mind.

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BRANDPACKAGING Design Gallery Vol. 8

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$95.00

BRANDPACKAGING reviews 2010's most innovative packaging from around the world.

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EVENTS

Webinar

Boost Productivity, Improve Safety with New Technology for Splicing Conveyor Belts

11/13/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Belted conveyors are critical to food processing operations. When they stop, your productivity stops. Fortunately, new belt splicing technologies enable you to take control of belt splicing...

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Webinar

One Voice: Total Cost of Ownership of Processing and Packaging Equipment

12/11/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Learn about guidelines, definitions, and formulas from leading CPG and OEM's that define the industry norm for determining the Total Cost of Ownership of capital equipment.

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Webinar

Efficiently Unload Food From Containers

1/21/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Food and personal care companies are continually challenged with unloading different thicknesses of food from a variety of container sizes and shapes, while maintaining strict sanitary standards. Food products can include...

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Webinar

OEE Opportunity Calculator: On-line Feasibility tool for Production Line Improvement

3/27/14
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Presenters will provide attendees with OEE opportunity calculator details, live demonstration of actual cases, and FAQ's

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Webinar

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 1 Engineering Keynote Address: Driving Manufacturing Excellence

4/7/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand As food and beverage manufacturers strive for increased operational success in a highly competitive environment, they must focus on making improvements in processes, asset usage and staffing. Hear which innovation tools this world-class processor uses to achieve manufacturing excellence.

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Webinar

The Emergence of Aseptic Packaging for Extended Shelf Life

4/29/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand In this webinar you will learn about aseptic packaging and why you would use it, the products and applications that are a good fit for aseptic processing and packaging, types of equipment available to produce aseptic products, and the benefits of aseptic packaging over more conventional hot fill or retort processing.

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Webinar

Saving Energy Without Capital Investment

5/1/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Energy savings is a hot topic these days, and everywhere you turn, someone's got something for you to buy to improve energy efficiency in your plant. Yet there are practical things you can do right now, with minimal to no additional investment, that can yield big gains in energy efficiency...

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Webinar

Fundamentals of Food Grade Grease

5/21/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Learn the requirements for food grade greases, differences between greases and other lubricant types, considerations for choosing a food grade grease, and best practices for grease storage and handling.

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Webinar

Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce to Drive Business Improvement

7/31/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand AIOE’s Workforce Development Solutions Group will soon release its work product, “The Engagement Framework”. This is a robust resource tool that both CPGs and suppliers should find useful in their organizations. Attendees will learn of the key attributes of Engagement, and cases and lessons learned on how to apply these guiding lessons within your company. The value proposition is fundamental to business success in our industry: business performance, competitive globally, recruitment and retention.

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Webinar

Total Cost of Ownership: Guidelines and Framework for the Food and Beverage Industry

9/25/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand AIOE’s Total Cost of Ownership Solutions Group is developing a framework that will encourage and engage OEMs and food and beverage processor in a meaningful discussion of what is considered in TCO, including all major costs of acquisition, operations and disposal/refurbishment. The attendees will learn how the checklist will allow better understanding of the types of costs customers need and ensure processors are asking the right questions of the OEM to make the right equipment choice.

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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

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2014 October

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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

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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