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3 New Tech Products to Boost Line Productivity

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Advancements in technology are beginning to strongly impact the food industry. Automation, robotics, and the Internet of Things all change the way we work and the skills our work requires. New products are constantly becoming available for food and beverage applications in processing packaging, software, instrumentation, and material handling. Here are three recent offerings to help improve line productivity. Temperature Data …

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3 Ways the Internet of Things Can Smarten Up Food Processing

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Things get smarter every day. More and more objects contain embedded technology that communicates, senses, or interacts with its own internal states or the external environment. Gartner estimates there are currently 6.4 billion devices connected to the Internet, and that number is expected at least to triple by 2020. A recent Food Engineering article predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will soon …

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FSMA Is Here: Avoid Recall by Being Ready

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

2015 was a high-profile year for food safety recalls. Many of the FDA’s final rules went into effect in 2015. With only a few more to go in 2016, now is the time to attend to your processes. December survey findings from global enterprise software company Aptean showed 81% of food manufacturers are already feeling some degree of impact from FSMA …

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The Hybrid Cloud: Managing Data in the Food Industry

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Enterprise cloud computing pioneered by Salesforce and Amazon Web Services has been around for over a decade. With the advent of Web 2.0, however, cloud technology has developed exponentially and is becoming increasingly useful in all kinds of industries, including food manufacturing. Mika Javanainen, Director of Product Management at M-Files Corporation, recently shared his thoughts with FoodManufacturing.com about the best kind …

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FIT Certification: The New Credential for the Food and Beverage Industry

In Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

There’s a new kid on the block in food industry certifications. This one isn’t for your equipment or your product. It’s for your people. It’s no secret that technology is changing the food industry. At the same time, large numbers of manufacturing employees are at or nearing retirement age, and FSMA is sweeping the nation with a new emphasis on preventive …

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5 Smartest Food Industry Investments for Growth in 2016

In Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In April of 2015, FoodProcessing.com reported $21 billion in budgeted capital spending by 45 of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies. In May, Tom Ryan and Ian Sylvan, investment analysts for MB Financial, advised food processors to find smart ways to use capital to grow their business. Just before Christmas, Entrepreneur‘s food industry predictions highlighted, among other things, growing consumer demand for supply-chain-transparent, non-GMO, …

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Food Processing Magazine’s 2016 Industry Predictions

In Food Safety, Sustainability, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

According to FoodProcessing.com, five issues loom large for the food and beverage industry as 2016 begins. Here’s a quick look at each of them: Dietary Guidelines Mid-January is the new expected release date for the 8th edition of the USDA and DHHS’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Expectations were high for the promotion of whole foods and consideration of environmental …