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People Over Profit? Fool Me Once

October 4, 2010 11:06 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Prioritizing profit over people: The implications of this seemingly popular trend are not limited to the processing market, but the severity of the implications are amplified here. Whether we like it or not, safety must be of the utmost concern in this industry — be it for the worker bee or the consumer.

Swimming Against The Non-GMO Tide

October 4, 2010 9:25 am | by Jeffrey M. Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Responsible Technology

It’s unknown whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon will make it onto the dinner tables of Americans, but they are already swimming wildly in people’s imaginations. Not since GE corn pollen threatened monarch butterflies have concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) caused such a media stir in the U.

Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

October 4, 2010 5:24 am | by Ron Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Herrera

Advanced automation helps Casa Herrera produce tortillas reliably, quickly and precisely. Image 1: This production line from Casa Herrera mixes, divides, forms, presses, bakes and stacks tortillas. The entire line is monitored and controlled by a single high-performance PAC.

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Packaging Film Expands Meal Options

October 4, 2010 5:23 am | by Nick Greco, Business Development Manager, Avery Dennison Corporation

New packaging film structures with new steam valve technology are delivering powerful business benefits to producers of home-cooked foods. The film-with-valve solutions protect home-heated meals from contaminants throughout the supply chain, make possible the use of higher temperature ingredients for the microwave and can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: Above the Legal Limit?

October 1, 2010 4:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Krystal Gabert, Editor Things are not looking up for manufacturers of the bacon-wrapped turkey-infused donut. I'm not sure that such a product is real, but the level of disappointment I've felt walking the grocery store aisles lately leads me to believe that it must be. A CDC report released last month shows that a record number of U.

ERP: An Excellent Strategic Weapon

October 1, 2010 4:42 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group

As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth. As a result, SMEs must seek competitive advantages that enable them to contain costs to ensure that growth of revenues is not at the expense of profits. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can indeed be a strategic weapon.

It's Time To Learn More About Humidity

September 29, 2010 4:50 am | by Ken Appel, Manager for Regulated Markets for Veriteq, a Vaisala Company

Have you seen the FDA’s web site home page recently — www.fda.gov ? Here are some other recent headlines to consider: September 2, 2010 (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ) “We expect El Niño to strengthen and persist through the winter months, providing clues as to what the weather will be like during the period,” says Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

The Evolution Of Clean Pumping

September 28, 2010 4:22 am

Not surprisingly, safety has always been a top concern for food and beverage companies. So, it goes without saying that this is a precise industry, one that requires the highest standards in hygienic and sanitary production processes. Despite this emphasis on food safety, there still have been a number of scandals that have combined to give the consuming public reduced trust in the safety that the industry can provide.

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A Post-Brunch Wave of Regret

September 27, 2010 4:19 am | by Anna Wells , Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO)

This past weekend, I returned to eggs for the first time since the recall. After five weeks of brunch abstinence, I went back to my favorite local southwestern restaurant for the breakfast quesadilla. Sunday brunch is a staple, and I’d been avoiding it due to the recent bad press. This past weekend I was starting to waver.

5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

September 27, 2010 4:18 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF

Jim Bail , Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Pecan Processor Enhances Safety With Metal Detector

September 24, 2010 4:41 am

Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons.

The Union Debate

September 24, 2010 4:39 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Being from Wisconsin, I hear, in many ways, the rumble of Harley-Davison. Whether it’s the motorcycles themselves, or the manufacturing plants in which they are built, it’s hard for a cheesehead to get too far away from the venerable hog. Because of this, I also pay close attention to the hundreds of local Milwaukee and Tomahawk jobs that have recently been threatened by upper management's aims to streamline the struggling company.

Formulating Your Energy Master Plan

September 22, 2010 4:30 am | by Jerry Cater, Senior Associate, LEED AP BD+C and Zach Platsis, LEED AP O+M and Energy Specialist, SSOE Group's Sustainable and Renewable Solutions

Not too long ago, making decisions about a company’s energy management and sustainability was a fairly uncomplicated process for most facility managers. Switching to fluorescent lighting, replacing the HVAC to a more efficient system or upgrading to a more integrated process controls architecture to streamline production.

America's Most Wanted: Skilled Workers

September 22, 2010 4:27 am | by Gerald Shankel, President and CEO, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

Consider a manufacturing career amid media reports of shuttered factories, job losses and the worst economy since the Depression? Although certainly counter-intuitive, the answer to that question is a resounding yes! Despite the shaky economy, scores of American manufacturers are reporting a dire need for skilled labor.

‘Healthy’ Food Labels Miss The Mark

September 21, 2010 5:13 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Americans are growing increasingly concerned for their health and nutrition, and for good reason. One-third of Americans are now classified as obese , and deaths from diet-related conditions like diabetes and heart disease continue to rise. A new army of health-conscious shoppers are looking for more nutritious options, and food manufacturers have responded to these preferences —  though perhaps not in the best way.

The Promise of POD Labeling Fulfilled

September 20, 2010 4:46 am | by Del Williams

Advanced Print on Demand labeling is helping manufacturers enhance their brand,enter new markets, streamline operations, and lower total cost. While adhesive labels are typically the last thing manufacturers consider when bringing a product to market, too often in the ever-changing marketplace traditional pre-printed labels have proven inflexible, cumbersome, and costly.

Versatile Grains: Rice As A Food Ingredient

September 17, 2010 4:45 am | by Molly Johnson, Director, Retail Trade and Special Promotions, USA Rice Federation

Consumers are becoming more health-conscious, and their buying habits are changing accordingly. When it comes to food products, shoppers are searching for items with less fat and salt and more nutrients and ingredients like whole grain. Adding whole grains to products is an easy way for food manufacturers to tap in to the healthy food market.

Taking Cost And Complexity Out Of The Beverages Supply Chain

September 17, 2010 4:43 am

In this document, we reveal the top five inhibitors — the most common pitfalls — to cost effective distribution within the beverages supply chain. We reveal a practical solution that makes a quick and sustainable cash contribution, straight to the bottom line. Balancing distribution costs and service levels within the beverages sector is fraught with complexities.

Creative Destruction and the Middle Class

September 15, 2010 4:50 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturing is not the total answer to a declining middle class, but for every eight manufacturing jobs created, six other jobs are created in the economy. Joseph Schumpeter in his classic book “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” called eras of great change in a capitalist system creative destruction.

Improving Performance Through Intelligent Safety System Design

September 15, 2010 4:48 am | by George Schuster , CFSE, Senior Industry Consultant, Safety and Sustainability Solutions, Rockwell Automation

Ask any food production line manager about the importance of safety, and they will likely tell you the critical role it plays in protecting personnel, reducing injuries and meeting compliance demands. These are all valid objectives, but food processors, packaging companies and machine builders are missing opportunities to respond to the challenges of global consolidation and changing consumer preferences if they only focus on avoiding negative consequences.

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