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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.
Worker Safety

Trust, but Verify

May 31, 2021
In his End Flap column, Senior Editor Pan Demetrakakes discusses Why bad food and beverage industry actors need good regulators.
Worker Safety

There Really Ought To Be A Law About Some Food Industry Practices

April 27, 2021
In his End Flap column, Senior Editor Pan Demetrakakes talks more in-depth about why certain food industry practices should be illegal.

In Business We Trust

March 1, 2021
People tend to trust businesses, especially their own employers. That brings a lot of opportunity, but also a lot of responsibility.
Business Strategies

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.