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Daily news and top headlines for food manufacturing professionals

Research Looks to Crustaceans For Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Petroleum-based plastic bottles and films is an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways. Thankfully, there has been a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. New research shows that chitosan-based coatings can preserve food just as well as petroleum coatings can.

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Deborah Grant

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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5 Ways Loyalty Marketing Can Transform CPG Brands

January 14, 2015 1:35 pm | by Greg Engen, Vice President, consumer packaged goods, Aimia

CPG marketers are naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the tried and true. But the days of standing pat with the same old marketing tactics are over. Those marketers who embrace this transformation, rather than shy away from it, will be the brand leaders of tomorrow.

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Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people. 

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Keys to Building a Culture of Food Safety

January 14, 2015 9:00 am | by Jan Lillemo, Principal Consultant at Lillemo and Associates and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions at MetricStream

Traditionally, food safety programs have focused on more tactical activities such as auditing and product testing. Today, though significant strides have been made to ensure food safety, organizations are still looking for more comprehensive programs that can integrate food safety activities into core business functions and processes.

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How to Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Robert Kravitz

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

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How Restaurants Can Cope With Higher Food Prices in 2015

January 13, 2015 9:10 am | by Andrew Kanzer, Head of Sales, Swift Capital

Regardless of the industry’s increases, food prices are expected to reach their highest annual increases in three years, which could hinder many businesses. In July, average food prices were up 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.       

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Tea is Becoming a Booming Business For Kids

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Christine Wheeler, Drazil Foods maker of Drazil Kids Tea

What has no sugar, no calories, but is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?  Tea! And herbal teas (otherwise known as tisanes) are naturally caffeine-free, thus making them a perfect beverage choice for kids.      

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How Choosing the Right Glove Can Ensure Food, Worker Safety

January 9, 2015 12:42 pm | by Sharon Ann Quinn, Ansell

Research shows that the classic approach of selecting hand protection through risk categories — mechanical, chemical and liquid protection — does not work for the food industry. It is, rather, the protection needs themselves that best determine the most suitable glove.

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5 Food Processing Industry Trends for 2015

January 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Todd Allsup, VP, Food & Beverage Facility Services, Stellar

Each new year carries a fresh set of trends, opportunities and challenges. To celebrate the start of 2015, Todd Allsup of Stellar has forecasted five trends he expects to drive food manufacturing in the months ahead.     

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How to Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 8, 2015 1:25 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager

To succeed with lean manufacturing, a company should be reorganized by value stream. This structure means the company is split up into smaller companies, with each “company” focused on specific markets and customers.         

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Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. I recently had the chance to talk about these trends with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie.

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FDA Responds to Concerns of Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Ruling

January 7, 2015 10:20 am | by Smitha Stansbury, Anne Allen, King & Spalding Law Firm

This proposed rule would, among other things: (1) modernize the current good manufacturing practice (“cGMP”) requirements for human food; and (2) require registered food facilities to establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Omni-Channel: To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

January 6, 2015 9:10 am | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas

The truth is, there is no one solution for every company. While many traditional vendors would have a business conform their processes to fit the abilities of the solution, it’s important that companies choose solutions that can adapt to their business’ needs.

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6 Critical Questions to Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 10:20 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

The Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers can not only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what is often considered proprietary and sensitive information from the plant floor into the Cloud.

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How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 9:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next year. In the world of food packaging manufacturing, how do you make sure you’re not just riding that wave of growth but also capitalizing on emerging trends?

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Seven Reasons Stocking and Using OEM Replacement Parts Makes Financial and Operational Sense

December 23, 2014 8:15 am | by Corey Calla, Director, Lifecycle Support Team, Intelligrated

Distribution center and warehouse operators invest heavily in capital projects to satisfy growing customer demand, but often neglect to adopt a lifecycle strategy to realize the true value of that asset over its useful life.    

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