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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 12, 2015 10:55 am | by Anders Ekman

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.

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Greater R&D Tax Credit Opportunities For Manufacturers

February 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Chris Bard and Chai Hoang, BDO USA

Manufacturing companies attempting to develop new or improved products, processes, or software are eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits. These credits can equal up to 15 percent or more of qualified spending costs, i.e., taxable wages, supply expenses, and a percentage of contract research expenses related to research. 

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Q&A: Quality Assurance, Quality Control Processes

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing spoke with Jorge Hernandez about the quality assurance and quality control processes at US Foods, and other topics related to QA/QC in the food manufacturing industry.

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Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

February 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

This year is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. As the number of manufacturers looking to capitalize on IoT efficiencies grows, so will the amount being invested in related equipment, platforms, components and systems.

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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Lori Payne

Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor. Technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress.

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Cover Story Extra: 'Suite' Success for Berner Food & Beverage

February 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Berner Food & Beverage — an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods — stays on top of nearly every aspect of its operation through its use of Aptean's Process Manufacturing Suite.

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10 Facts About Bagels You Probably Didn't Know

February 9, 2015 10:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

If your go-to breakfast (or any-time-of-the-day) item is a bagel, then you may be excited to learn that today, Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day. Take a look at these 10 random facts about bagels and find out why there is a hole in the middle of them, for example.

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Key Performance Indicators For the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesper Lillelund

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions.

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Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 3

February 6, 2015 3:25 pm | by Dr. Zia Siddiqi, Director of Quality Systems, Orkin

In part three of three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

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When Operational Performance and Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 6, 2015 11:45 am | by Jack Moran

There are five approaches to costing that are most commonly found amongst manufacturers. Each of these approaches feature different data elements and calculations, so the costing information they generate about the exact same product, process or service differs.

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 6, 2015 11:20 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director @JeffReinkeABM

Wes Dean, engineer of 31 years — most of that time spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family — recently sat down to discuss a number of trends and challenges impacting maintenance and asset management for manufacturers.       

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Think Twice Before Putting That Word on Your Product's Label

February 5, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jennifer L. Naeger

It may be tempting for food and beverage manufacturers to play up the best qualities of their products on the labeling, but if manufacturers let one small word slip onto a label, the consequences could be very costly.         

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Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 2

February 5, 2015 10:40 am | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services

In part two of this three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

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How Businesses Can Fight Food Waste

February 5, 2015 8:00 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Research shows that proper packaging helps food last longer and lessens food waste. There are many ways manufacturers can help combat food waste while limiting the environmental impact of packaging. Here are three of the most important.

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Why Your Expansion Plan Needs Supply Chain Modeling

February 4, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jason Duff and Donald A. Hicks, LLamasoft

As the food processing industry continues to flourish, many manufacturers are faced with the need to increase capacity. Whether it’s adding a new process line or expanding an existing facility, conducting a supply chain analysis can lead to more efficient capital expenditures.

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Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 1

February 4, 2015 11:20 am | by John Kane, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

In part one of this three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 4, 2015 10:05 am | by Christina Chatfield

No matter what type of business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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How HARPC Affects Frozen Food Manufacturers

February 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Marc Masterson, IceMachinesPlus.com

Regulations on the food industry received a major overhaul when the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law. The key component of the plan for frozen food makers is to create and maintain a Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control plan.

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Q&A: Food Facilities and FDA Registration

February 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing spoke with Registrar Corp Senior Regulatory Specialist Mary Hancock to address some of the issues involved in the FDA registration process for food facilities.           

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argue those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades.

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