A talented workforce is crucial to the food manufacturing industry, but skilled labor supply is running low across the nation. As Industry 4.0 continues to grow, manufacturing will become increasingly reliant on “middle-skill” and “high-skill” jobs, ranging in education level from technical certifications to PhDs. Yet, experts predict a surplus of 95 million unskilled workers by 2020. This skilled labor shortage is what food manufacturers across the U.S. are citing as their most critical...[Continue Reading]
On the evolving global landscape, no industry is immune to change, and the food processing industry is no exception to the rule.
Factors driving corporate expansion and relocation decisions include access to consumers, delivery options, food safety, labor availability, changing market demands, waste reduction, and more.
As a state that has proven itself to be pro-business time and again, Texas offers a multitude of advantages to food processing companies eager to optimize their operations.[Continue Reading]
Consumers of food and beverage products are a lot like chameleons. Their tastes, preferences, and interests can truly change on a dime.
While one day, consumers might be craving high-protein fare, another day it might be on-the-go nutritional snacks, and yet another week might see demand spike for fresh, minimally processed foods. If one thing is certain in the food processing industry, it’s change.[Continue Reading]
When a recall occurs due to a food safety issue, the consequences are widespread and lasting.
Eggs, ground beef, onions, peanuts, peppers, spinach, and most recently, romaine lettuce, have all been in the spotlight due to food safety concerns. And with each incident, the pressure on food manufacturers increases as consumer confidence declines.
Manufacturers will find themselves with greater problems if they do not address food safety issues quickly and efficiently. According to a recent...[Continue Reading]
The food manufacturing industry is expected to grow at 4.2% annually, reaching $31.5 billion in value by 2020, according to BCC Research. And as the industry grows, food manufacturers are faced with a variety of challenges.
Today’s consumers want products that address a wide range of health and dietary needs. Meanwhile, consumers are also placing an increased importance on waste reduction, labeling and sourcing transparency, food safety, and delivery.[Continue Reading]
Beyond the traditional higher education programs, deep commitments to workforce development can be found not only at a state level in Texas but also at the local level.[Continue Reading]
North Texas companies with operations dependent upon sophisticated skills will find that the region’s diverse array of schools produce students equipped with technical knowledge, workplace skills, and real-world experience.[Continue Reading]
Few things can tell a community’s story better than its business residents’ insights. This is why we created the “Why Midlothian?” series.
In this series, Midlothian companies share their experiences, observations and impressions about why Midlothian has proven a great fit for their business needs. We hope their stories will inspire you to consider how you can make something great with us in Midlothian.[Continue Reading]
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is changing lives one student at a time thanks to hands-on training designed to meet industry workforce demands.[Continue Reading]
It is no secret that North Texas is home to one of the fastest-growing metros in the nation.
In fact, from July 2015 to July 2016, Census Bureau figures revealed that the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex added 143,435 residents — or roughly 400 people per day. Since then, Texas residents-to-be have continued to fuel this in-migration trend.[Continue Reading]