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Food Processing

Ingredients for a Healthy Site Selection Process in the Food Industry

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2019)

Area Development interviewed Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions, at our Miami Consultants Forum about the food industry dynamics that are influencing site selection in 2018 and beyond. More

For Food Manufacturers, the Right Economic Development Partner Is Critical

Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Area Development interviewed Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield — and lead moderator at our Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum — about the insights and trends discussed at the conference, including incentives negotiation, labor costs, affordable housing, and the ever-evolving food industry, which was the focus of her own presentation. More

Healthy-Eating Trends Challenge How Food Manufacturers Do Business

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (2018 Food Processing)

Food manufacturers are modifying their processes and investing in new technologies in order to meet rapidly evolving consumer trends. More

A Strategic Approach to Building a New Processing Facility

Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (2018 Food Processing)

The use of available data, due diligence, and a traceable decision-making process will yield the best result for your company when locating a new food processing facility. More

Siting A New Production Plant: A Challenge Intensifies

Jeffrey J. Counsell , Co-Founder, Global Food Properties (2018 Food Processing)

The increasing role of food safety has caused a geological upheaval in how and where food is manufactured. More

The Value of Laser Scanning to Your Food Facility Project

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (2018 Food Processing)

Data captured through laser scanning of your existing food processing facility can help with buildout of a new or customized operation. More

Home Sweet Homestead

Wabash Valley Power Association (Q2 2018)

Upgrades provided by Marshall County REMC's energy efficiency program, as well as tax abatements, helped Homestead Dairy to keep its energy costs down, thereby helping this family-owned business to secure its future. More

A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Food Processing)

Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry. More

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

Dinner on the Front Porch: How E-Commerce Is Affecting the Food Industry

Jeff Dearduff, Corporate Director, Baking & Snack, The Austin Company (2017 Food Processing)

As consumers receive more and more of their food through e-commerce, food manufacturers, assemblers, and distribution networks are going to have to think differently. More

Ensuring Food Safety and Sanitary Design in Food Manufacturing Facilities

David Dixon, Food and Beverage SBU Leader, O'Neal (2017 Food Processing)

In order for food manufacturers to meet today’s high facilities’ standards for food safety and sanitary design, they should utilize a structured preconstruction approach that solicits input from many stakeholders. More

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q3 2017)

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be. More

A Taste for Change: What's Driving the Rise of the Specialty Food Market

Gray Construction (Q1 2017)

The demand for specialty foods has seen a sharp increase, forcing food and beverage producers to make dramatic changes to manufacturing processes and product ingredients. More

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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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 , Staff Editor, Area Development (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

The Canadian Advantage: Competitive Business Costs and Low Taxes

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2015)

Competitive costs and low taxes help to fuel the diverse economy on display in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. More

International Companies Increasing Their Investments in Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

Brian Morris, Chair, Ontario Food Cluster (Location Canada 2015)

International agri-businesses looking for a talented labor pool, market reach, incentives for R&D, and other tax credits are locating and expanding in Canada. More

The Art and Science of Locating a New Food Plant

David Sours, Senior Vice President, Food Facilities Group, CBRE and Lucy Durbin, Senior Associate, Food Facilities Group, CBRE (Q2 2015)

By identifying critical factors up front, food companies position themselves to succeed in a new market. More

Texas Today 2015: Diversified Texas Economy Still in Growth Mode

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2015)

Texas’s industrial growth hasn’t been confined to one industry - or one region - and the state is continuing to build on its successes. More

Water: The New Blue Economy?

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

As companies plan for the future, water keeps pushing itself onto their agendas like an incessant tide. Water resources clearly are rising in significance in many site location decisions, and industry participants expect ‘water pressure’ to keep climbing. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor an Acute Need

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

With a growing U.S. economy and an “onshoring” trend fanning demand, the availability of skilled labor has become the #1 factor in site decisions. More

Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More

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