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Food & Beverage Marketplace Grows With Recovery from Recession

The Hope Group currently counts six of the top 10 food and beverage producers in the country as its customer: Nestle, Pepsico, Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Smithfield Foods, and Coca-Cola. As an industry, food & beverage is not immune from economic downturns, even though it might seem that since everyone has to eat, there will always be a robust food & beverage market. The reality is that the recession of 2008 and 2009 hit the industry hard. Consumers always adjust their buying habits during economic squeezes away from processed food, higher-priced specialty items and non-staple products. The impact can be severe on the US food & beverage industry.

Food Producers Confident

But, according to published reports in trade magazines for the food and beverage industry, the resurgence in the economy over the past few months has provided growing confidence among the food producers to reengage in the plant and process improvements that had been placed on hold during the recent recession. When food and beverage plant owners re-invest in their facilities, The Hope Group has traditionally been a go-to source for components, engineering and system solutions.

For instance, according to published reports in industry trade journals, expenditures for automation technology in the food & beverage industry were down due to the recession, but are now expected to reach $6 billion in the next two years. To stay competitive, according to the report, food processors are focusing on quality product, packaging and manufacturing innovation. Additionally, they are focused on energy usage, waste reduction, and improvements in food safety.

Investment in Automation

In a recent study conducted by the ARC Advisory Group and reported in published reports, key automation products to help processors get control of the processes include motion control, programmable controllers, distributed control systems, process systems, field transmitters and valves, process engineering tools, and production management. The growth in the food & beverage industry investment translates directly into opportunity for The Hope Group to bring its wide range of automation and motion & control solutions to the market.

One analyst was quoted in a trade publication stating that "overall, there's a lot more emphasis on cost justification, and often that means more throughput on the lines; it might mean de-bottlenecking a line, adding a new conveyor or some other line modification; anything to increase capacity without building new." Plant improvement using automation techniques is a growth area for The Hope Group. Its strong presence in the food & beverage market in New England and worldwide for certain applications, such as bottle-blowing packages, means that it can grow as the industry recovers in the years ahead.

Energy Audits Increasing

In a recent survey of food & beverage producers, when asked how they were approaching energy management challenges, 60 percent of the respondents said they were taking steps toward conservation; 30 percent are conducting energy audits and others were reclaiming energy, including negotiating with providers and seeking alternative energy sources. This result comes as no surprise to The Hope Group, as it has been working closely with regional energy producers to assist its food & beverage customers with energy conservation and reclamation projects for several years. Many of its customers have benefitted from rebates provided directly by local utility companies for energy saving improvement associated with new capital equipment expenditures.

Over the past two years, the company has sponsored day-long seminars that provided plant operators with access to the availability and process for applying for and obtaining utility company rebates for new investment in energy-efficient capital equipment. A seminar has been held each spring and fall, generally at the company's headquarters location in Northborough, MA. In addition, the company continues to introduce automation solutions to its food & beverage customers that will respond to their need for cost management, margin protection, and more sustainable manufacturing processes focused on energy conservation and waste reduction.





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Food and Beverage producers, such as Gorton's, McCain Foods, H P Hood, Ken's Foods, Polar, and Wachusett Brewing have traditionally turned to The Hope Group for components, engineering and motion and control system solutions to meet their manufacturing requirements. As we now experience a welcome upturn in the country's economy, it is being matched by an increased investment by the food & beverage industry in automation and plant improvement.

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