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Changes in the Food Processing Location Decision and Facility Buildout
As the U.S. population continues to grow, it’s not surprising that the food processing industry is helping to drive manufacturing growth. According to data from Emsi — a labor market and economic analytics firm based in Moscow, Idaho — all of the major food processing states added jobs between 2014 and 2018, most at double-digit rates. According to the BLS, this sector had only a mild dip during the Great Recession and has thrived in the years since.

With that in mind, the articles highlighted in this newsletter delve further into the food processing industry’s concerns, including new consumer trends and food safety issues that are causing food manufacturers to modify their processes and invest in new technologies. These concerns are also causing a shift in where food is manufactured. With passage of the Food Safety & Modernization Act, the process of food facility site selection has forever changed. Comprehensive due diligence and a traceable decision process are more important than ever.

Finally, when moving product lines in or out of food processing facilities and/or adapting these facilities to meet changing needs, 3D laser scanning can benefit all stakeholders by reducing costs, improving safety, and helping the project run smoother.

Healthy-Eating Trends Challenge How Food Manufacturers Do Business

Mark CrawfordMark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development

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

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A Strategic Approach to Building a New Processing Facility

Chris Urchell Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

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.

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Siting A New Production Plant: A Challenge Intensifies

Jeffrey J. Counsell Jeffrey J. Counsell, Co-Founder, Global Food Properties

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

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The Value of Laser Scanning to Your Food Facility Project

Michael Vetter Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group

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

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