Full results of FoodProductionDaily.com survey of manufacturing challenges

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The full results of the inaugural FoodProductionDaily.com poll of food and drink processing industry concerns.

Market outlook

1. We are more optimistic about economic conditions than a year ago

• Agree 63.5%
• Disagree 28.1%
• Don’t know 6.7%

Other *​ 1.7%
2. Commodity and packaging material price increases remain difficult to offset

• Agree 79.8%
• Disagree 6.7%
• Don’t know 13.5%

Other 0.0%
3. Cash flow will continue to impact the business negatively in 2011

• Agree 61.8%
• Disagree 20.8%
• Don’t know 17.4%

Other 0.0%
Investment

4. Lack of access to credit limited plant upgrades during 2010
• Agree 50.9%
• Disagree 27.5%
• Don’t know 21.1%

Other 0.6%
5. We will increase production capacity in 2011

• Agree 57.3%
• Disagree 21.6%
• Don’t know 20.5%

Other 0.6%
6. The plant will spend more on robotics next year than in 2010

• Agree 35.7%
• Disagree 35.1%
• Don’t know 26.9%

Other 2.3%
Sustainability
7. Energy efficiency in the plant is a top priority for the company in 2011

• Agree 77.9%
• Disagree 13.5%
• Don’t know 7.4%

Other 1.2%

8. Water savings will inform our sustainability strategy next year

• Agree 66.9%
• Disagree 16.0%
• Don’t know 14.7%

Other 2.5%

9. We will focus on using thinner materials in our packaging in 2011

• Agree 50.3%
• Disagree 28.2%
• Don’t know 20.9%

Other 0.6%

10. We will use more recycled rather than virgin packaging next year

• Agree 51.5%
• Disagree 27.6%
• Don’t know 20.2%

Other 0.6%

Plant Safety

11. We will invest in new methods for pathogen control in 2011

• Agree 42.6%
• Disagree 23.9%
• Don’t know 31.0%

Other 2.6%

12. We will change plant layout and design to improve safety next year

• Agree 51.6%
• Disagree 25.8%
• Don’t know 21.3%

Other 1.3%

13. Hygienic design of equipment will be more of a focus in 2011 than 2010

• Agree 64.5%
• Disagree 20.0%
• Don’t know 14.8%

Other 0.6%

14. The company will opt for third party audits such as FSSC 22000 ​in 2011

• Agree 39.4%
• Disagree 21.3%
• Don’t know 34.2%

Other 5.2%

Worker skills and recruitment

15. The company will increase staffing levels in 2011

• Agree 37.1%
• Disagree 51.0%
• Don’t know 10.6%

Other 1.3%

16. We have vacancies in engineering and technical roles
• Agree 53.0%
• Disagree 33.1%
• Don’t know 13.2%

Other 0.7%

17. The company will invest in more production staff training in 2011
• Agree 64.2%
• Disagree 17.9%
• Don’t know 15.9%

Other 2.0%

18. The company will be increasing salaries at plant level in 2011

• Agree 33.1%
• Disagree 35.8%
• Don’t know 29.8%

Other 1.3%

* Other represents qualitative responses, which were reflected in our review of the survey ​published on Monday.

Related topics: Processing & Packaging

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