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ADM Reduces Energy Usage by 38%, Brings on Energy Director to Reduce another 15%

Archer Daniels Midland brought on Thomas Mort, CEM, as its corporate energy director in 2011. This year, the firm has completed $50 million of savings.

Bent, Folded and Mutilated: When Food Safety Wasn't Job No. 1

It's easier to know where you're going if you know where you've been. Since the theme of Food Processing's September cover story is the food processing plant of tomorrow, I've been thinking a lot lately about how plants have changed over the years.

Gluten-Free Labeling Takes Effect Monday (More or Less)

The FDA on Aug. 2 published its final definition of gluten-free. So with the traditional 30-day waiting period, the rule will take effect on Monday, Sept. 2. Since it's Labor Day, you can take the day off.

Private Label Will Wane as Economy Improves

Economists draw on a wide range of consumer-confidence ratings and economic indicators for trends forecasting. Another metric they might consider is sales of private-label foods.

Smithfield-Shuanghui Pros and Cons: What Do You Think?

We just posted a debate on the acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Chinese firm Shuanghui International Holdings.

Supply-demand pendulum starts to favor employee pay hikes

America's economic recovery may be anemic, but it's strong enough to improve the outlook for pay increases in the coming months, concludes the 2013-2014 salary budget survey from WorldatWork, an association of human resource and benefits professionals at U.S. and international firms.

Straw Poll 2 to 1 Against Smithfield Deal

In a straw poll we took at last month's IFT Food Expo, visitors to our booth voted 26 to 12 (with one negative comment but not a clear vote) against the sale of Smithfield Foods to Chinese firm Shuanghui International.The actual wording of the question was: "Do you think Smithfield...

Survey quantifies gender gap among food and beverage professionals

I get geeky pleasure playing with an Excel spreadsheet and can spend hours resorting and calculating the data contained in them. You can imagine the thrill, then, when my colleague Dave turned over the raw data from Food Processing's annual salary survey.

IFT 2013 Show Was Second Biggest

The IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, held in Chicago July 13–16, was quite a success for the Institute of Food Technologists. With more than 23,500 attendees, this year's event was the second largest in the show's 73-year history (the 1999 event drew just over 24,000).

After a lull, food company mergers and acquisitions are back on track

All else being equal, selling a food company nets 8.5 percent less this year than in 2012 because of the phasing out of certain breaks in the capital gains tax. The less favorable treatment touched off a flurry of mergers & acquisitions in 2012's fourth quarter, followed by a dearth...