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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 upcoming events for 2017-2018, organized by category. Last update: August 2017 General Packaging & Processing PROCESS EXPO Chicago, September 19-22, 2017 PROCESS EXPO is dedicated to the latest technology and solutions for the food and beverage industry. …

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Top 10 Food Industry Executive Articles of 2016

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

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

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown2 Comments

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

In News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

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

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In News, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In News, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

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

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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 …