Capital Expenditures and Trends
in Food & Beverage Plant Design

Date/Time: August  22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Moderators/Speakers: Dave Fusaro, Editor-In-Chief, Food Processing and Pan Demetrakakes, Plant Operations Editor, Food Processing

Speaker: John Gunst, POWER Vice President and Facilities Division Manager, POWER Engineers, Inc.

Sponsored by: POWER Engineers, Inc.

Plant Operations Editor Pan Demetrakakes will unveil the results of our 2019 Capital Spending Outlook, which tracks the past and projected capital budgets of 40 of the biggest public food and beverage companies – and projects an aggregate increase or cutback in spending for the entire industry. That leads into a discussion of what companies are spending on, including food safety, automation, software…some are even designing new plants.

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Meet the Speakers


Dave-FusaroDave Fusaro
Food Processing

A lifelong journalist, Dave was editor in chief of Dairy Foods 1996-2001 and managing editor of Prepared Foods 1993-1995. Before and after that stint, he worked at Putman's Control magazine, most recently as its executive editor. Prior to that, he covered automation for Metalworking News, and earlier was an award-winning newspaper reporter specializing in business writing. Dave has a BA in journalism from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

John Gunst HeadshotJohn Gunst
POWER VICE PRESIDENT / Facilities Division Manager

POWER Engineers, Inc.

As Division Manager for POWER’s food and beverage business, John leads a full-service team of engineers, architects, and designers specializing in high-performance projects for industry-leading manufacturers. Over the past 30 years, John has worked on both the consulting and the processing side of the business, managing, developing, and executing projects for a diverse range of product types. POWER Engineers is a global consulting firm with core competencies in the manufacturing, environmental, energy, and federal markets.

Pans photo (1)Pan Demetrakakes
Senior Editor
Food Processing

Pan Demetrakakes has been a business journalist since 1992, mostly covering various aspects of the food production and supply chain, including processing, packaging, distribution and retailing. He has served as chief editor of Food & Beverage Packaging and Specialty Coffee Retailer, and has also worked for Packaging and Retail Leader. He has a degree in communications from Stanford.

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