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Food Processing

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Elise Couston, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (2016 Food Processing)

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business. More

The Changing Needs of an Evolving Food Industry Shift Facility Location Priorities

Michele Brown, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc. (2016 Food Processing)

One thing is certain. Innovations and opportunities within the food industry will create new challenges for location decision-makers. More

Optimizing Food Processors’ Supply Chain Strategies

Jim Arnold, Executive Vice President–Sales and Operations, Supply Chain, XPO Logistics (2016 Food Processing)

The right distribution center (DC) site selection strategy for food and beverage companies can optimize their entire supply chain. More

Food Manufacturing Industry Responds to Transformative Change

Ken Reiff, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield and Chris Copenhaver, Director, Co-Lead Food & Beverage Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (2016 Food Processing)

Paradigm shifts in food processing, and improved economic conditions, have resulted in accelerated growth in project announcements as many larger food manufacturers gravitate to ground-up development and smaller, regional companies repurpose second-generation product. More

Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

Josh Zimmerman, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q4 2016)

Design and construction firms are developing new systems that streamline the entire project delivery process, from architectural renderings to facility turnover, which ultimately can deliver a cohesive high-quality, cost- and time-saving project. More

Advanced Technologies / Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2016)

Today’s manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. More

The R&D Tax Credit — A Game-Changer for Manufacturers

Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, alliantgroup (Q2 2016)

Recent legislation making the R&D tax credit permanent is a big boon to manufacturers of all sizes, helping them to innovate and expand. More

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q1 2016)

Mike Molnar, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describes what’s being done to maintain U.S. leadership in this arena. More

Consumer Demographics and Preferences Drive Food Industry Location Decisions

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2015 Food Processing)

Changing consumer demographics and preferences require food-processing companies to quickly innovate, and they are locating in regions that have the assets to accommodate this need. More

Ontario’s Food Manufacturers Are in Proximity to Resources and Key Markets

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

Frozen pizza maker Dr. Oetker Canada’s first North American plant in Ontario, Canada, puts it in proximity to abundant farm produce as well as the US$19 trillion marketplace under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  More

Food Processing Presents Energy Industry Opportunities in Tulare County, CA

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The nation’s largest food production region, Tulare County, has attracted ethanol producers such as Calgren Renewable Fuels, as well as companies that capture their carbon dioxide emissions such as Air Liquide. More

Food & Beverage Processing Firms Drawn By the Right Mix of Assets in Lehigh Valley, PA

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The Lehigh Valley provides a central location with a well-developed transportation infrastructure, a low cost of doing business, and the availability of agricultural products to today’s innovative food processors that are catering to the changing demands of consumers. More

Joplin MO-KS-OK Region Provides Food Processors With Good Highway Access

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The seven-county Joplin region provides food processors with efficient access to raw materials — including wheat, corn, and cattle as well as affordable fresh water — and to more than 30 million people within a 350-mile radius.  More

Incentives, Trained Workers Help Food Processors to Grow in Cumberland County, New Jersey

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

A host of local, state, and federal incentives — as well as the availability of a well-trained workforce — has made it attractive for food processors such as Bridor and Allied Specialty Foods to grow in Cumberland County, N.J. More

Ak-Chin Indian Community Offer Long-Term Advantages to Food Processing Facilities

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

Food processing companies can benefit from locating on Native American reservations, such as the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s industrial park, with an established agricultural supply chain, close proximity to workforce and transportation, low electric costs, and unparalleled tax advantages. More

Facility Engineering, Design & Construction to Support Food Processing

Phil Seale, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Market, Food & Beverage Market, Gray Construction (2015 Food Processing)

Food processors are leaving no stone unturned during the engineering and design phase to ensure their facilities can meet consumer demands for product safety and quality. More

Keep It Fresh: Re-evaluating the Food Manufacturing Supply Chain

John Vaught, Senior Vice President, Transwestern (2015 Food Processing)

By continuously re-evaluating their supply chain, food and beverage processors can make sure their products are safely delivered to consumers in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. More

Integrated Planning for Food Processing Facility Expansion

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (2015 Food Processing)

Developing a successful facility expansion strategy requires focused insights from all teams led by a full-time project manager and often aided by outside expertise. More

Innovations and Trends in Plastic Food Packaging

Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor,  (2015 Food Processing)

From plastic cans to new labeling techniques the latest trends in plastic food packaging support freshness, longer shelf life, and product branding and tracking. More

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