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In a recent conversation with a friend, we discussed our sons’ upcoming college graduations and career plans following that happy day. It was at that moment that I was brought down to earth when I remembered that Patrick’s internship last summer had been canceled due to COVID. As a result, my son will be leaving
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Have you wondered why more food plants aren’t engaged in Industry 4.0? When the FPSA Technology Network came into being two years ago, the very first issue that the group started to address was the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) or what we are now referring to as Industry 4.0. While no one would ever
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On a recent call of one of FPSA’s industry councils, a representative from the Young Professionals Group (YPG) raised the issue of internships and how important they are to helping attract students into the food and beverage industry. While this statement was more than obvious to all of the Council members on the call, the
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This week, we issued the call for speakers for the educational program at October’s Process Expo. As always, we try to assemble an outstanding slate of speakers who can address the most critical topics in today’s food and beverage industry, and beyond! If you are a food manufacturer, supplier, consultant, academic or expert in your
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This morning I had a discussion with a member who had missed our announcement regarding the new 180 Skills online training program. After a brief discussion about it she asked, “how are members using it?” It was such a good question that I thought I would blog about it. Since the 180 Skills program was
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Higley’s credentials across food & beverage advance company’s goal of becoming preeminent provider of manufacturing solutions KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Jan. 26, 2021) – Jim Higley, whose deep engineering, design and construction experience has led to success across the food and beverage and industrial biotech industries, is joining CRB as Director of Business Development. Higley’s hiring
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MISA Foundation

For Immediate Release January 20, 2021 Media Contact: Andy Drennan SVP, Membership and Business Development 703-663-1201 [email protected] McLean, VA – The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced that its Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF) has opened the 2021 scholarship application period for deserving students studying meat sciences at universities throughout North America. “Given
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For Immediate Release January 13, 2021 Media Contact: Andy Drennan Senior Vice President, Membership & Business Development 703-663-1201 [email protected] McLean, VA – The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced Brian Beaulieu, CEO and Principal of ITR Economics, as the keynote speaker for the 2021 FPSA Annual Conference taking place April 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency
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This afternoon, I read a great piece on training by Casey Laughman of Food Engineering Magazine, and how huge changes have happened seemingly overnight, thanks to the pandemic and our limitations on traveling and gathering in groups. The article talks about how companies like JLS Automation, Alchemy, and Thermal Fluid Solutions are leveraging innovative technologies
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As we start this new year, I can’t help but be excited as we move forward into what we all hope will be a new, more stable normal. With vaccines now being administered, there is hope that we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if we still have
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