A look at trends, innovation and progress in this segment.


The use of robotics and machine vision for the food and beverage packaging industry has grown dramatically in the last two years. There are at least three tangible reasons for this trend, explored below. In addition, we can expect to see new innovation and progress in these areas at PACK EXPO International 2012 later this month.

Growth trend 1:

The new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The United States’ FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

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