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End Flap gives the views of senior editor Pan Demetrakakes on manufacturing and operational issues in the food and beverage industry, both trending and long-standing.


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A Farewell to Food

Dec. 21, 2022
An editor on the brink of retirement looks back at 30 years of covering the food & beverage industry.
Broken Chocolate
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China, Chocolate and Easy Targets

Nov. 29, 2022
Helping the Uyghurs should not preclude helping the child cocoa slaves of Africa.
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End Flap: How Food Processors Can Spend Their Post-Pandemic Profits

Aug. 24, 2022
Senior Editor Pan Demetrakakes offers some unsolicited advice on how a prospering industry should spend its profits.
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End Flap: To Fix Food Safety, Fix the FDA First

July 27, 2022
A dysfunctional structure inhibits the agency’s ability to deal with vital issues.
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End Flap: Which Will Consumers Buy: Fair Wage Labor or Cheap Food?

June 24, 2022
A system that’s built in large part on underpaying those who grow and process the food is not a sustainable system.
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End Flap: Let’s Worry About the Real Danger

May 23, 2022
Don’t let food processing plant fire conspiracy nonsense distract from ongoing worker safety issues.
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End Flap: Social Justice and the Money River

April 29, 2022
The backlash to environmental, social and governance initiatives may bring its own backlash.
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End Flap: Let Go of Legacies

March 16, 2022
In his April column, Senior Editor Pan Demetrakakes ponders the notion that keeping an old, creaky plant running is an industry tradition – but for how long?

End Flap: Staying on the Right Side of the Great Resignation

Feb. 22, 2022
Food processors will want to stay on the right side of the Great Resignation. Pan Demetrakakes explains how.
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How Sugar and Beef Helped Shape American Antitrust Laws

Feb. 25, 2021
Learn how two legal cases helped shape the history of antitrust laws in the United States.

Getting Off the Meat Hook

Feb. 2, 2021
The meat and poultry industry has caught considerable legal breaks – but that situation may be changing soon.
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Will Food Workers Get Priority for the Vaccine?

Dec. 30, 2020
Food industry workers need to be prioritized for the COVID vaccine – but that’s not enough.
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An Open Letter to Santa on Behalf of the Food and Beverage Industry

Dec. 1, 2020
Grab your ‘kerchief and your cap, Senior Editor Pan Demetrakakes knows exactly what he wants for Christmas.