Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the prevailing method of transaction processing for mass merchandisers. Without the integration of EDI transactions into a business system such as ERP, companies are not getting the most out of this form of automation.
A recent cyclospora outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in 18 states, with some cases linked to salad mix imported from Mexico. The incident highlights the importance of using traceability to identify pathogenic contamination.
A CEO and CFO of a food processing company are faced with a dilemma. Their major clients are a part of an organization of food retailers who have set food safety standards that they require of their suppliers. The functions must be documented or the clients can reject shipments and commitments.
Despite 15 months of quarter-to-quarter growth in U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP), the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high and well above other economic recoveries of the same maturity.
Although public initiatives can have a large-scale effect on public health, the sweeping effort to reduce salt consumption still faces a few hurdles, not the least of which is a growing body of scientific research suggesting salt's negative impact on public health may not be as severe as once thought.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector is at its highest levels since June 2011, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. A surge in production and new orders in July gives growth momentum to the sector.
Poor sticker adherence was a potential threat to Mission’s organic avocado business, which comprises 10 percent of the company's avocado output. After initially rejecting the technology, the team at Mission developed a solution involving air knives.
You touch something hot and you immediately drop it or snap your hand from the heat source. It’s automatic — you do this so instantly that you don't even think about it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is our wonderful nervous system at work.
In Part II of a four-part Q&A series on the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), Rich Hoskins, IBIE Committee Member and Director of Operations for Colborne Foodbotics, discusses the educational offerings available at this year’s expo.
Companies today know that social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, are great ways to build brand awareness and greater brand loyalty. However, most companies are missing opportunities to protect their brands by using these same tools to plan for and execute recalls.
The energy-drink market continues to grow at a rapid pace, but the segment is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and consumers in regards to the beverages’ safety. Frank Jaksch, Jr. of ChromaDex spoke with Food Manufacturing about the unique challenges faced by energy-drink manufacturers.
Seals for food and beverage processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant in the system and keep contaminants from degrading or otherwise harming the grease.
Sourcing and specification of everything from ingredients, materials and machinery must be in line with corporate goals, but the top priority is always food safety. Dairy industry professionals will get a first-hand look at these innovations at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.
When lubrication is properly managed — especially for preparation assets and areas — operations can reap rewards with increased line availability, improved efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and enhanced food safety and integrity of end products.
To succeed in the competitive dairy industry, managers from the CEO to the plant floor must be aware of the food safety standards and regulations driving equipment innovations. These standards enhance sanitation while speeding changeovers, boosting productivity and reducing downtime.
Jeff Reinke, the Editorial Director of Advantage Business Media’s Manufacturing Group (which includes Food Manufacturing), recently sat down with South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt to discuss GDP growth in the state, led by a strong manufacturing sector.
The city of Detroit's bankruptcy is an American tragedy and an entirely preventable one. The downward spiral began decades ago when deindustrialization led to depopulation, crime and declining public revenues. Corruption and mismanagement may have exacerbated the problem, but they weren't the root cause.
A new study conducted at Harvard University suggests that drinking hot cocoa might have a positive impact on your brain. Dr. Gayatri Devi, clinical associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, joins the hosts of CBS This Morning to discuss the study and its findings.
Planning for plant maintenance is a big job and signs and labels play an important role for Evan Thomas, leader in a dough manufacturing company, who prints off thousands of labels for the lines and machines, correctly marking them for safety and lock out/tag out purposes.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal addressed the notion that we have become a more risk adverse society. This shouldn’t shock us. The financial collapse of the past five years has destroyed the comfortable belief that our future is bright.