04 June 2013 02:14 [Source: ICIS news]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (ICIS)--US packaging makers, food producers and transportation companies should work together to better integrate themselves, a US-based consultant said on Monday.
The shale oil and gas boom has led to a rebirth of manufacturing in the US and should provide the country with the impetus to streamline the food production chain, said Thomas Dorr, a consultant with Accenture and the former undersecretary for rural development with the US Department of Agriculture.
He made his comments on the sidelines of the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) annual meeting.
For example, one location along a petrochemical pipeline could be the site of a plastic packaging producer, a meat processing facility and a rail line, thus making the food production process way more streamlined than at present, Dorr said.
“Everything that we’ve ever done in this country we turn into a micro issue. Everything gets smaller and smaller and smaller,” he said. “I don’t understand, and I can’t believe for a moment, that these production facilities with automation and with the technology and with the new demand factors, aren’t going to result in smaller production units.”
The ACC annual meeting continues through 4 June in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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