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What the End of Net Neutrality Could Mean for the Food Industry

In News, Regulatory, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

December 14 update: The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections by a 3-2 vote. On December 14, the FCC is expected to vote on a measure that eliminates net neutrality. This move could have dire consequences for everyone who uses the internet, including businesses and their customers. For the food industry, ending net neutrality could stifle competition and hinder companies’ …

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Wearable Tech for Food Warehouse Logistics

In Technology by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Between fitness tracking, augmented reality, and AI, wearable technology is emerging everywhere. But what started out as a novelty for techies has turned into a valuable productivity tool in virtually every industry. Companies around the world have slowly started adopting smart glasses, exoskeletons, and even microchips to streamline everyday tasks. As a result, workplaces are becoming smarter and more connected, …

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Meet the New B2B Sourcing Platform Bringing Fresh, Local Food to More People’s Plates

In Industry Profiles, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the results of just about every consumer preference survey done in the past few years, consumers want fresh, local foods. Market research publisher Packaged Facts predicts that local food and beverage sales will hit $20 billion in 2019, noting that the products are “stepping out of the shadow of their once ‘quirky niche’ designation to claim a much …

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Competitive Innovation is Increasing. Are Food Manufacturers Ready?

In Technology by Krista Garver1 Comment

Nine out of 10 senior manufacturing industry executives expect the “competitive importance and pace of innovation” to increase as companies adopt new technologies, according to a new survey by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. The technologies in question are the digital tools and strategies commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. The survey found that manufacturers plan to focus their innovation …

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85% of Manufacturers Use Content Marketing; 97% Report Success

In Research, Sales and Marketing, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

Manufacturers are steadily warming up to the idea of content marketing. CMI’s Manufacturing Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, released last November, found that 85% of manufacturers use content marketing, and 97% of those who use it report some level of success. In addition, 80% agree that content marketing is an important component of their marketing program, and almost …

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Avure Technologies, Hiperbaric, MULTIVAC Named Top HPP Equipment Manufacturers

In News, Processing, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

Technavio just announced its top five leading vendors in the global high-pressure processing equipment market from 2017 to 2021. And the winners are: Avure Technologies Bao Tou KeFA High Pressure Technology Hiperbaric Kobe Steel MULTIVAC The market research firm expects the global HPP equipment market to grow at a CAGR of over 17% through 2021, buoyed by consumers who want convenient, …

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How Technology Helps Food Companies Manage Recalls

In Food Safety, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Recalls cost food companies an average of $10 million in direct costs alone. That includes the cost of alerting retailers, pulling products, and storing or disposing of contaminated products, as well as lost sales, government fines, and litigation. But direct costs aren’t the only damages a company can sustain. A recall can deal a huge blow to brand reputation, which …

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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 …