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Competitive Innovation is Increasing. Are Food Manufacturers Ready?

In Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

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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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 …

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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 …