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FPSA Dairy and Beverage Councils Annouce Speakers for 2017 Annual Conference

For Immediate Release January 12, 2017 Media Contact: Dolores Alonso Senior Director of Membership and Business Development 703.663.1226 dalonso@fpsa.org McLean, VA – The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced the slate of speakers for the dairy and beverage breakout sessions for the 2017 FPSA Annual Conference taking place March 15-17 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California. The …

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Food Industry Events & Trade Shows for 2017-2018

With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery. Here are the major events for 2017-2018, organized by category. We’ll update this listing as more information becomes available. General Packaging & Processing Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference Portland, OR, January 9-11, 2017 The is the Northwest Food Processors Association’s …

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Top 10 Food Industry Executive Articles of 2016

2016 was an exciting year for the food industry. Recall numbers jumped, the first FSMA implementation deadline hit, and OSHA fines skyrocketed. Meanwhile, consumer trends continued to shift toward premium, healthy, and fresh prepared foods, while more companies took steps toward automation. Here is a round-up of our top 10 articles of 2016. 1. The Internet of Things and the …

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Revolutionize Your Food Supply Chain

Food manufacturers face an array of concerns, from regulations compliance to consumer demands. Your supply chain is the point–or series of points–where many of these concerns converge. Taking a hard look at your supply chain can positively impact your processes, your product, your relationships with suppliers and consumers, and ultimately, your business growth.   Global supply-chain revolution Developments in technology …

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Nestle Develops Method to Reduce Sugar in Chocolate

According to a Bloomberg report, Nestle scientists have discovered a new method to reduce sugar in chocolate by up to 40%. Chief Technology Officer Stefan Catsicas told Bloomberg that the company has developed a way to alter the structure of sugar to make it taste sweeter in smaller amount. The new low-sugar products will be available beginning in 2018. The …

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Choosing Software for Contamination Management

Whether you make use of ERP, HMI, MES, QMS, or FSQA applications, the right software can enable you to better document and share your processes, trace your supply chains, and take preventive and corrective action. Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor at Food Engineering, recently offered some in-depth advice for businesses of any size making the move from paper to pixels. …

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Soft Robotics Development Strengthens Food Safety and Labor Value

A recent Food Processing report reveals developments in industrial robotics that could prove profitable to food manufacturers–but they’ve still got a long way to go. New methods involving air pressure instead of traditional vacuum techniques may help end-of-arm (EOA) tools handle food with greater sensitivity and efficiency in pick, inspect, and place operations. Developments in vision and touch sensing provide the most …

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New Report Indicates Grocers Embracing Digital Transformation

Research firm Carbonview released data on grocery stores and technology, indicating that a digital transformation is already well underway and even accelerating amongst grocers. In this case, digital transformation refers to leveraging new digital technologies for business models, processes, and customer services to grow sales, increase productivity, and improve the shopping experience through the addition of new services and streamlined …

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One-up and One-back No Longer Enough for Food Recall Transparency

As food supply chains evolve into increasingly complex networks, handling recalls with transparency becomes more complex as well, said Food Quality and Safety magazine recently. The linear, more traditional “one-up and one-back” approach no longer meets standards of transparency, either for preparedness or for recall management. Whole-chain traceability is now both possible and necessary to meet safety regulations and consumer …

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PACK EXPO International Approaches: Chicago, Nov 6-9

PACK EXPO International’s 2016 conference happens in Chicago November 6-9. Anticipated topics revolve around automation developments in food packaging. This year, innovation takes center stage. A robotics showcase sponsored by B&R Industrial Automation will feature remote monitoring, smart machines, and track-and-trace technology. Other high-profile subjects include industry growth and updates, as well as the future of the packaging industry workforce. …