This year more than ever, food manufacturers are operating in an increasingly volatile environment and are subject to ingredient shortages, food safety demands and rising prices. Maximizing efficiency is both a constant and pressing need. In 2016, we saw a growing number of food manufacturers focus on implementing efficient and cost effective processes that overcome these challenges and ensure long-term profitability. In many ways, manufacturers have taken it back to the basics. Let’s look at some back-to-basics process innovations that were widely adopted in 2016 and will continue to impact F&B manufacturers in the years to come.