One of the consequences of the ongoing consumer trend toward foods that are more healthful is that food manufacturers trying to meet this consumer preference may be shortening some of their products’ shelf lives.
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So I’m talking to this crackerjack controls engineering guru about next year’s Packaging Automation Forum*, and by the end of our conversation it hits me: The U.S. manufacturing sector is cost-cutting itself into a heap of trouble. I know, in an economy where consumers who once engaged in aspirational spending have now shifted to desperational spending, being lean is what it’s all about these days.