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Attack on Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.

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How to Get Management More Involved in Your PSM Program

February 19, 2015 1:35 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar

Does your management team actually understand what’s involved in process safety management? For many organizations, the answer is no. Management often doesn’t realize how much goes into completing each of the 14 PSM elements, telling their teams to simply “get it done." However, there are ways to increase management’s PSM involvement.

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Another Reason to Cut Back on Soda: It May Be Linked to Cancer

February 19, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Every day, nearly half of Americans over the age of six are likely exposing themselves to this cancer-causing carcinogen. Researchers say if you are part of the 44 to 58 percent of people who consume at least one can of soda per day, you are exposing yourself to 4-methylimidazol.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 18, 2015 1:25 pm | by Kenneth Ross

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.   

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Mom Bloggers Reveal Secrets to Get Men Cooking

February 18, 2015 11:45 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

How can food manufacturers encourage more men to take an interest in meal preparation? The first step is Mom Bloggers. Some Mom Bloggers felt the secret for food makers to motivate men to pitch in was through traditional gender-based “manly” foodstuffs.

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Are You Self-Auditing for PSM Compliance? You Should Be

February 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar

Don’t let your food processing plant’s process safety management audit take you by surprise. Preparation is paramount, and self-auditing is key. Here are some tips for performing a self audit in your facility.

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Keys to Integrating a Form Fill Seal Bag Machine With an Auger Filler

February 17, 2015 1:25 pm | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing — Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

The process can become easier by improving communication between the vendors and customer early in the design stages. This will make that process a much quicker and smoother experience for everyone involved – and deliver a form fill seal machine that’s ready for action the first day it is installed.

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7 Items Your Process Hazard Analysis Must Address

February 17, 2015 1:10 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar

A process hazard analysis is just one of the 14 essential process safety management elements, but it’s also one of the most important. A PHA is extremely detailed, designed to examine and address potential hazards associated with handling highly hazardous chemicals. Do you have all of your bases covered?

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Pass — or Fail — With Process Product Development

February 17, 2015 8:25 am | by Nathalie Regniers, Director, Industry & Product Marketing, Infor SCM & PLM.

The path to profitable innovation is paved with a number of challenges: tighter launch windows, fickle B2C and B2B customers, volatile market swings and demands for unique, customized products. Process manufacturing executives are rethinking how they develop and launch new products, to minimize risks and maximize profits.

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Survey Says Companies May Be 'Leaving Money on the Table' in Health and Wellness

February 13, 2015 1:50 pm | by AlixPartners

With an overwhelming amount of health & wellness products available in the food and beverage market, reaching consumers has become increasingly challenging. A recent survey shows consumers favor mass merchandisers over traditional grocery stores when shopping for these items.

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Selecting the Right Ventilation For the Workplace

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment

Not only is safety something that is closely monitored, but it is also very important to maintaining happy employees and keeping your good employees around. Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

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How to Select the Right Metal Detector for Your Food Facility's Needs

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Todd Grube, Inspection Systems Manager; Heat and Control, Inc.

Protecting your customers and brand is one of the most important functions a food manufacturer performs. To do so requires selecting the right inspection equipment and maintaining an effective, verifiable inspection program.

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Crisis Management Before the Crisis: Lessons For Food Companies Handling Combustible Dusts

February 13, 2015 9:15 am | by Kara L. McCall, Michelle Ramirez

There are several engineering, training, and safety measures that a company handling these types of combustible particles can take to prevent a fire or explosion, including identifying the combustible dusts in your facility, instituting proper housekeeping and ventilation to prevent dust release and build-up (and therefore preventing the formation of dust clouds), and eliminating and controlling ignition sources. 

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5 Ways High-Speed Doors Pay Off For Food Quality, Energy Savings

February 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Michael Watkins, VP Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors

No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.

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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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