Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more companies are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices. The report defines sustainable manufacturing as “Using less energy and fewer resources to produce a product that is just as effective."
Food manufacturers are gearing up for what is expected to be a robust holiday buying season in 2014. During this peak season, safety is sometimes relegated to the back of the pallet in the haste to fulfill orders. But it’s more important than ever to have safety strategies in place.
The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the first installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?
Whether its specialty is baked goods, meats or sodas, your facility deserves to be showcased. A viewing gallery helps shine that spotlight, serving as an isolated structure that gives guests a glimpse into your plant’s processes. It’s a moderate added cost for your facility, outweighed by a great deal of benefits.
Metal contamination represents one of the most common forms of foreign bodies in food products. If not detected, it can become a major safety hazard for consumers. Food can be contaminated by metals at any stage of the food processing chain.
Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.
Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.
When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.
Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.
Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.
American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.
The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.
Berner Food & Beverage is an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods.
Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.
Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.
Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?
In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?
Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the company.
Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.
If you seek to improve innovation, then a good strategy is to maximize your quotient. The first step is to have good processes and systems in place to diligently watch your surrounding marketplace including customer behaviors and competitive actions.