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How Automation, Robots, and the IIoT Shift the Food Manufacturing Job Landscape

In Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is slowly integrating new technologies to make food safer and processing more efficient. But how will automation, robots, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact the workforce? There’s been concern from many corners that technology will steal jobs and put people out of work. But what we’re seeing instead is that the available jobs are changing. …

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Top Issues for Restaurants and Patrons: Food Quality, Labor, and Good Tech Investments

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Amidst the growing competition for diners, restaurants’ chief concerns are food safety, labor issues, and tech spending, according to a report by AlixPartners. Their 2016 poll reveals diners’ desires and what restaurants will have to maintain to stay in business. Here are some of the findings: Fresh and local ingredients are the number one factor in selecting a healthy meal …

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Top 10 Future-Focused Presentations at ProFood Tech

In Processing, Technology by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Are you excited as we are about all the amazing trade shows happening in the next year? Next week, at ProFood Tech in Chicago, you can expect to see hundreds of exhibitors in the baking, snack, beverage, frozen and prepared foods, dairy, and meats and seafood industries. You’ll also have the chance to attend some of the 30 educational sessions on …

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How the Food Industry Employs Robots Across the Supply Chain

In Processing, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

If there were any question about the impact robots will have on the food industry, the answer is here. Last year alone, robot orders increased by a massive 32% for the food and beverage industry according to the Robotic Industries Association. Dexter Manning, who leads professional services network Grant Thornton’s food and beverage industry practice, told us that robots add …

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What is Blockchain and How Will It Impact the Food Industry?

In Technology by Krista Garver1 Comment

The food industry has been abuzz lately about the potential of blockchain to solve the problem of end-to-end traceability in the supply chain. For non-techies, the whole idea can be opaque, especially since blockchain is associated with bitcoin, that mysterious digital currency that few understand. Then, last year, IBM started investing in blockchain development, announcing plans to use the technology …

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How Robots Are Changing the Food Industry

In Processing, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Robots are introducing new ways to process and package food that improve food safety and sanitation — and they present an opportunity to delegate jobs that are ergonomically difficult and dangerous for human workers. Overall, the food industry has been somewhat slow to adopt robotics, for a number of reasons. But experts agree: robots are changing the food industry — …

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Unitherm Pioneers E-Commerce for Food Processing Equipment with New Online Store for Sanitary Control Products

In News, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

While the food industry is adopting e-commerce at an accelerating pace, the same cannot be said for the food processing equipment industry. Even as B2B e-commerce grows, food processing equipment is still by and large purchased the old-fashioned way. You talk to a sales rep, perhaps at a trade show, tell them your specifications, and then receive a quote for …

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Food Industry Using the Internet of Things to Make Processing Smarter

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is smartening up. With the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), food processors and suppliers are working together to reduce maintenance costs, uncover opportunities, influence productivity, and transparently track the supply chain.  From craft beer and pasta, here are some ways equipment manufacturers are adopting IoT and how food processors are benefiting from those IoT capabilities. Reduce maintenance costs Most maintenance is reactive or …

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FPSA Dairy and Beverage Councils Annouce Speakers for 2017 Annual Conference

In Food Safety, News, Press Releases, Processing, Regulatory, Technology, Trends by Press0 Comments

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

In Food Safety, News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz2 Comments

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 …