J.O. Gray, The University of Manchester, UK
S.T. Davis, University of Salford, UK
This chapter briefly reviews the European food and beverage market and outlines current trends including customer and regulatory demands, commodity costs, demographic and environmental issues, which will shape its future development. Current manufacturing procedures are discussed together with the drivers for change with emphasis on the need to adopt state-of-the-art engineering technology. The challenges and opportunities presented by the adoption of automation are emphasised and some food-factory-of-the-future concepts are outlined.
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