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Q&A: Sustainable Packaging

November 12, 2010 3:31 am | by Derric Brown, Director of Sustainability, Evergreen Packaging

Packaging sustainability continues to be an important issue for food manufacturers. Improving sustainability can be as simple as the choice of packaging, whether it be can, plastic bag or cardboard box — each package has its own benefits. The Carton Council of North America is working to raise awareness and increase recycling for what it says is one of the most renewable packaging choices available: the carton.

New MES Technology Trends Reduce Cost And Effort

November 12, 2010 3:28 am | by Charles A. Horth, Founder and CEO of STICORP

CPG manufacturers and their suppliers face unprecedented market challenges. Market feedback indicates that the three most important attributes manufacturers are looking for are the ability to integrate with financial reporting systems, scalability and the ability to address specific pain points with an affordable investment model.

Minimizing Distributor Terminations: Preparation Is Key

November 10, 2010 4:14 am | by Roberta F. Howell, Attorney, Foley & Lardner LLP

Don’t forget that the cost of litigation is not just the attorneys’ fees and out-of-pocket litigation costs that will be incurred, but also includes management and sales personnel time that must be devoted to the case, rather than day-to-day business. In the first two columns of this series ( Part 1 ,  Part 2 ), we discussed how to minimize the risks of terminating a distribution relationship before the relationship begins and during the relationship.


Keeping The ICE Off Your Plant's Lines This Winter

November 10, 2010 4:09 am | by Michael Wildes, Wildes & Weinberg

This article first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of IMPO . Michael Wildes, Wildes & Weinberg Worksite investigations have continued to put a freeze on some businesses, especially targeting those that have been known to hire undocumented workers. In order to avoid the chill that has been placed on production and plant operations across the U.

Sweet Sustainability: Plastic From Sugar

November 9, 2010 3:30 am | by Tom Domen, International Marketing Manager Product Portfolio, Ecover

Sustainability and the environment are quickly becoming hot trends in product packaging, and some companies are using creative ways to make the industry greener. Food Manufacturing discussed the best options for sustainable packaging with Tom Domen of Ecover, a company that has partnered with Braskem to develop a sugar-based plastic.

Reduce Complexity And Save Millions

November 8, 2010 3:31 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso

A couple months ago, this column explored how food and beverage (F&B) companies can corral complexity through product, raw material, and supplier rationalization. (See Complexity Reduction: Cleaning House Without Sacrificing Innovation ). This month we will look at another effort central to any strategic initiative aimed at reducing complexity and its associated costs: platform-based product development.

Q&A: Sanitation As A Competitive Advantage

November 8, 2010 3:28 am | by Doug Newman, Senior Vice President, Celerant Consulting

Sanitation is a crucial part of the food manufacturing business and must be managed, controlled and executed with the same level of attention as that of the production and maintenance operations. Food Manufacturing spoke with Doug Newman, Senior Vice President for Celerant Consulting, about the importance of sanitation in the food industry.

Traceability: Protecting Your Customers And Brand

November 5, 2010 4:33 am | by Patrik Sjoberg, Product Director, Lawson Software

In the midst of the largest egg recall in U.S. history, members of the U.S. Senate debated the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. This act proposes new traceability requirements intended to address food safety issues through inspection of records and facilities. It would also authorize the U.


Wrapping It Up: PACK EXPO 2010

November 1, 2010 3:05 am | by Leo Petrokonis, Business Development Manager, Packaging, Rockwell Automation

This year’s PACK EXPO takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Chicago and features the latest innovations in the processing and packaging industries. Food Manufacturing spoke with Leo Petrokonis of Rockwell Automation about the expo. Q: What trends are you anticipating for this year’s PACK EXPO? A: We will continue to see machine builders address the end user demand for increased flexibility of the machinery in terms of quick product changeovers.

Ingredient Supplier Goes The Distance With Flexible Freight Solutions

October 29, 2010 8:36 am

Chr. Hansen is a leading global supplier of bioscience-based ingredients for the food, health and animal feed industries. On-time delivery of these high-value, time-sensitive ingredients is expected. And, if expectations are unmet, customer relationships hinge on the quick and complete resolution of any issues.

The Clean Label Push: What Does It All Mean?

October 29, 2010 8:17 am | by Renee Dufault, Archie Beaton, Steven Gilbert and Daniele Pisanello

Consumers are increasing their demand for natural ingredients, and many are reading product labels and avoiding products with certain ingredients. Increasing consumer awareness has also led shoppers to avoid food contaminants like pesticides and mercury, leading to a push for clean product labeling.

Storage Facility Simplifies Receiving And Retrieving

October 29, 2010 7:16 am

The ability to efficiently receive, store and retrieve goods in a storage facility is one of the key ways to reduce costs and stay ahead of the competition. As an innovative leader in supply chain technology implementation, GENCO Supply Chain Solutions wanted a solution for their 200,000 square foot dry foods distribution center in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania that would improve routing, slot optimization, and simplify the receiving and retrieving processes.

Eliminate Contract Termination During Its Term

October 29, 2010 6:49 am | by Roberta F. Howell

The first column of this series discussed strategies for minimizing the risks of terminating a distribution relationship by carefully structuring the relationship from the beginning. In this column, we identify strategies for minimizing the risks of termination during the contract term.

Kicking Off Sustainably

October 29, 2010 6:48 am | by Julie Dunmire, Brand Director, Kettle Brand

Kettle Brand Chips developed its national ‘Tailgate Au Naturale’ campaign in an effort to promote sustainable tailgating practices. Food Manufacturing spoke with Julie Dunmire, Brand Director at Kettle Brand to discuss the campaign and tips for manufacturers looking to go green. Q: What does Kettle Chips do as a whole to promote environmental responsibility? A: Our commitment includes building the first LEED® Gold certified food processing facility in the U.

Making The Grade

October 29, 2010 4:45 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

So, your facility just went through a food safety audit and passed with flying colors. It’s time to celebrate, right? Um, maybe not so fast. While inspections are the key to preventing a food recall disaster, it’s the quality of the audit that really counts. Remember that massive salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,800 people? According to a Washington Post article , one of the companies involved in the recall, Wright County Egg, received a “superior” rating from its auditor, AIB International, just two months before the recall hit.

Pork Producer Improves Labor Management

October 29, 2010 4:43 am | by Alexandra Arbelaez, Business Development Manager,

Alexandra Arbelaez, Business Development Manager, Saa Shr .com A decadently glazed ham for the holidays or a succulent, juicy pork tenderloin served at a dinner party… sounds good, doesn’t it? But what do these delectable treats have to do with time and labor management? A lot, if you’re Dan Norman, Director of Information Systems for Triumph Foods, LLC , a pork food processing company in Missouri.

The Heat Is On Industry

October 27, 2010 4:32 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea. The cogs of the mind are intricate mechanisms.

Choosing a Pneumatic Conveying System

October 27, 2010 4:30 am

When it comes to understanding pneumatic conveying systems, entire books have been written and many white papers published with diagrams and complicated equations to explain how the process works.  It could be said that designing a pneumatic conveying systems is like operating a sailboat.

Clock Is Ticking On Anaerobic Digester Grant

October 26, 2010 5:10 am

Food manufacturers debating the value of installing an anaerobic digester on their property have good reason to get off the fence.  An unprecedented offer by the U. S. government to jump start renewable energy projects, like anaerobic digestion, is expiring at the end of the year.  What’s particularly significant is the fact that this is not a tax credit.

There Were Heroes Amidst the Gulf Oil Spill Fiasco

October 25, 2010 4:44 am | by Scott Prouty, Dover’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG™), Director of Industrial Sales, North America

When the traditional tally of the top news stories of the year is taken in a few months, there is one that is sure to be at the top of nearly every list: the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that put the Gulf, the area’s marine industry and the coastlines of the Gulf states in peril for nearly four months as crude oil gushed from an uncapped well several miles under the water.


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