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Texas’ Economic Policies Make Good Business Sense for Food Processors

August 23, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

When it comes to states that can help position manufacturing companies for the best chance of growth and success, Texas is a pack leader.

As the country’s No. 1 exporter, Texas was ranked No. 1 on Chief Executive magazine’s 2017 and 2018 lists of “Best and Worst States for Business.”

The rankings cited Texas’ second-largest state airport system, including the world’s first purely industrial airport at the Fort Worth Alliance Global Logistics Hub; 11 deep-water ports, including the Port of...

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4 Food Distribution Industry Challenges and How to Overcome Them

August 09, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

There is one constant in the food distribution business: change. Food and beverage distributors are continually adjusting how they operate to meet customer expectations and compete.

Several decades ago, if consumers wanted to purchase groceries, they had to visit separate stores like a butcher for meat and a bakery for bread. Over the years, distribution networks have evolved with the introduction of automobiles, trains, and planes, making it possible for stores to supply all the products...

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An Ideal Infrastructure: Key Resources Attracting Food Manufacturers to Texas

August 02, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

When choosing the ideal site to expand or relocate a food plant, the decision should always tie back to how the location will help the business thrive.

Food manufacturers often focus on access to a qualified workforce, quality of life, and food safety concerns when considering relocation. These are all valid concerns for site selection; however, other pertinent factors are often overlooked — namely, access to resources.

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Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage in Food Manufacturing

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...

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Texas’ Food Processing Industry Flourishing

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.

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Midlothian Serves Up Site Solutions for Food Processors

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.

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How Food Manufacturers Can Earn Consumer Trust on Food Safety

 

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...

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Best Markets for Food Manufacturers: Site-Selection Factors to Consider

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.

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How Blockchain Can Benefit Food Manufacturers & Protect From Recalls

In 2016, Chipotle reported its first-ever quarter of declining sales, with revenue down 6.8% to just under $1 billion. During the period, same-store sales declined 14.6% and net income plummeted 44% to $67.9 million. This decline, of course, was a result of the company’s food safety crisis following the burrito chain’s devastating E. coli and Norovirus outbreaks.

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How Automation in Food Manufacturing Is Driving Safety and Efficiency

The preparation, processing, and packaging of our food has increasingly become an automated process with the rise of robotic and automation equipment. And this trend — which is expected to continue for the next several years — brings perks for both the manufacturer and consumer.

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