[ October 8–11, 2019    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA ]


Industry Perspectives

Regardless of advancements in technology, food companies still rely on relationships with outside experts to diagnose and respond to production problems. Having partners they can trust also boosts their confidence when exploring new ventures and testing out ideas. “No matter how much automation you’ve created and invested in, at the end of the day, you’re […]

Cold storage

Facing obstacles ranging from labor shortages in the trucking industry to limited warehouse space, food manufacturers are increasingly turning to warehousing partners like Interstate Cold Storage to help them not just store products, but also fulfill orders. “Logistics are the biggest challenge for our customers,” says Nick Burnham, General Manager of Interstate’s warehouses in Fort […]

Nicole Chestnut

Food Industry Executive spoke with members of the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Young Professionals Group about the challenges and opportunities they see in the food industry today and in the future. This interview is with Nicole Chestnut, the customer service manager and safety director at Rome Grinding Solutions, a company that manufactures grinding equipment for the meat, […]

Planning a construction project in the food industry is an intricate undertaking, especially for companies with older facilities, systems, and infrastructure. We spoke with Tom Wiersma, Director of Marketing and Business Development at C2AE Architecture & Engineering, to learn about some of the developments that are simplifying and speeding up these projects. With about 130 […]

Manual lot tracing makes it challenging to manage inventory effectively. Numbers are prone to misreading or incorrect recording, resulting in traceability issues down the line. And if a plant is subject to a recall or food safety audit, it can be tedious and time-consuming to hunt down handwritten information that may or may not be […]

Monitoring Brix, salinity, viscosity, pH, and other readings during food processing is an important part of maintaining batch consistency and ensuring product quality. To learn about some of the innovations that are simplifying and improving the accuracy of those measurements, we spoke to Miyuki Clauer, marketing manager at ATAGO U.S.A. Headquartered in Japan and with […]

Many companies have quickly adopted software for managing payroll, business processes, and human resources, but scheduling is still often handled through spreadsheets and offline files. That means someone is responsible for planning and posting schedules at least a week in advance while searching for copies of qualifications, certifications, legal requirements, and other rules for hundreds […]

Digitalization and automation are helping food and beverage production facilities move faster, smarter, and smoother, as well as use their existing resources more effectively. Despite this competitive advantage, the steps to Industry 4.0 and adopting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology can feel like a giant leap. We interviewed Emilie Lachance, Chief Marketing Officer […]