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Food Plant of the Year competition to mark its 28th year.

The Call for Entries for Food Engineering's 2005 Plant of the Year competition is now underway. If you are building a new plant or undergoing a major expansion or renovation project that will be completed in 2004, your plant is eligible to enter the competition.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: contribution to the company's actual or projected long-term business plan; level of innovation in processing and packaging line design; building and site design innovation; productive integration of workforce into the overall plan; on-time/on-budget performance; food safety innovation; use of automation and software technologies; flexible manufacturing; supply chain management and enterprise resource planning; worker safety innovation; and environmental impact.

A detailed narrative of at least ten pages describing the plant, based on the criteria above, is required. High quality, clearly captioned photographs of the plant's processing and packaging lines must also accompany the entry.

The facility must be available for a visit by Food Engineering staff in January or February 2005.

Any finished food or beverage processing company, design, architectural, engineering or consulting firm, as well as a major supplier to the plant, is eligible to submit an entry.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of past Food Plant of the Year winners such as Pepperidge Farm, Frito-Lay, Coors and Dannon, please email me at to receive an official entry form as well as complete instructions for entering the competition. I look forward to hearing about your manufacturing triumphs!