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Labeling Litigation on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Food for Thought (Part I)

December 23, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristen Polovoy

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about judging food products based on their labels? Do the truthfulness and non-misleading character of a food label depend on where the label was published, where it’s read by the consumer or the nationality of its purchaser?

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Use of Monolithic HPLC Columns for Food Analysis in Complex Matrices

December 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Dr. Egidijus Machtejevas, Product Management Analytical Chromatography and Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Research and Development Analytical Chromatography, Merck Millipore

Chemical analysis of food is a prerequisite for ensuring correct labeling and protection of consumers against adulteration and misbranding. Here are some examples of how monolithic columns can be used to accelerate time to results of the chemical analysis of food products.

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4 Reasons B2B Companies Need to Start Tracking Customer Response Time

December 20, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mark Wilson, CEO and founder of TermSync

Every B2B company should track customer response time to improve their business. Not only will this help managers stay on top of their staff to ensure they are responding in a timely way to customers, but it also will help improve each customer’s overall experience.

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Food Industry Execs Shouldn’t Have to Swallow Excessive Work-Comp Costs

December 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Paul C. Johnson, CPCU, CWCA

For the food industry, risk is a multi-headed beast, often controlled by a virtual alphabet soup of regulatory entities — FDA, USDA, OSHA — all focused on safety. With so many regulatory waters to be navigated, failure to focus on worker safety can be extremely costly, both in terms of worker health and company finances.

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Q&A: The FDA and Mandatory Recalls

December 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI, provides more details on these rules.

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Cooking & Cooling Line for Processing Pasta and Potatoes Streamlines Efficiency

December 19, 2013 8:00 am | by Jim McMahon

Selling a high volume of freshly prepared soups and salads, Roundy's store delis require constant preparation of pasta and potatoes as key ingredients. In March 2011, Roundy’s selected a new continuous-flow cooker and cooler system to process its potatoes and pasta.

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The Ins and Outs of Dispensing Equipment

December 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager Food & Beverages, the Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain

By specifying dispensing equipment specifically designed for durability, reliability and easy cleaning, brand owners can overcome challenges presented by the lack of control they have over the operation and maintenance of these machines.

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Nitrogen Blanketing of Edible Oils (Part II)

December 18, 2013 8:00 am | by David J. Connaughton, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Gas Generators, Global Development, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division

Compared to other supply methods, on-demand nitrogen generators provide significant benefits by increasing the safety of handling the gas. In addition to providing a significant cost savings, nitrogen generation in-house represents a sustainable approach to the supply of nitrogen.

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For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

December 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by BEUMER Group

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to customers' central warehouses and distribution centers, sparkling wine maker Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), equipped two of its production locations with stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.

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Nitrogen Blanketing of Edible Oils (Part I)

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | by David J. Connaughton, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Gas Generators, Global Development, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division

During processing, it may be necessary to store foodstuffs such as edible oils in tanks while awaiting further processing or delivery. Because edible oils are sensitive to spoilage by oxygen in air, any oxygen in the tank must be kept to acceptable levels. In a technique called “tank blanketing,” nitrogen is applied to protect the oils.

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A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance… Or Does It?

December 16, 2013 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter. The rule in question, Section 179, has been through many incarnations.

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Q&A: What Food Processors Can Learn from Huy Fong Foods

December 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The heated battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community.

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Sine Pumps Ideal Solution for Pumping Viscous Confectionary Products

December 13, 2013 12:00 pm | by Russell Merritt, Watson-Marlow Pump Group

The viscous nature of confectionary products like chocolate, caramel, fondant, thick cream, syrups and liquid sugar make them extremely challenging for pumping operations. Choosing the right pump is essential to avoid the costs associated with pump downtime and repair or replacement.

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Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 13, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of food processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

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5 Quick Questions: Supply Chain Management

December 12, 2013 12:00 pm | by Sean Rollings, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Supply chain management is becoming increasingly complex for manufacturers. Sean Rollings, Vice President of Product Marketing at E2open, answers some questions about supply chain management, globalization, data management, and continuity and contingency planning.

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Increasing Awareness of the Health Benefits of Dairy Products

December 12, 2013 8:00 am | by Dr. Loren Ward, Glanbia Nutritionals

Despite strong interest in protein and the health and wellness benefits it provides, mainstream consumers still have a low awareness of dairy foods as a good source of quality protein. New protein quality assessment methods will help increase awareness of the value of milk proteins.

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Keeping Pace: Tips for Financing Equipment Upgrades and Retooling

December 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Peter Arendt, Managing Director of Food and Agribusiness, Huntington Bank

Whether part of a sound maintenance plan or a larger strategy capitalizing on changing consumer food and packaging preferences, the reality is that new equipment acquisitions and production line retooling from time-to-time are essential.

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part III)

December 11, 2013 8:00 am | by BV Sarma, Applications Engineer, Powder Process-Solutions

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part II)

December 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Sharon Nowak, Global Business Development Manager, Coperion K-Tron, Food & Pharmaceutical Industries

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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Brainstorm: Feeding Systems (Part I)

December 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Rob Yandrick, Product Manager of Vibratory/Screening, Eriez

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What factors are most likely to present food safety challenges to feeding systems, and how can food processors mitigate these dangers?

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