Consumer tastes change fast (one day it’s low salt, the next it’s no GMOs). Food and Beverage companies are doing everything they can to keep pace with that demand.
So when I read Food Engineering’s “State of Food Manufacturing” 2016 survey about the challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers, I was not surprised that the no. 1 trend changing manufacturing operations was automation.
But I was surprised that the no. 2 trend, lack of a skilled workforce, beat all the others, including food safety/regulations.