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Daily news and top headlines for food manufacturing professionals

Bring Your Own Device: The Risks and Benefits (Part I)

October 21, 2013 12:00 pm | by Nancy Cam-Winget, engineering, Cisco on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

Where employees once played a critical role at every step of the process, today many of those processes are automated. Manufacturers face new challenges in finding ways to encourage greater efficiency, productivity and employee satisfaction from employees and partners throughout the enterprise.

7 Important Things to Know Before Financing Equipment

October 21, 2013 8:00 am | by Philip A. Bruno, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Leasing Corporation

Most food and beverage manufacturers are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but they may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software.

Q&A: The Next Wave of Technology

October 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Industrial microwave systems can offer food processors unique benefits, including increased energy efficiency as well as precise process control. Food Manufacturing spoke with Stephen Rogers, Co-Found of AMTek Microwaves about the latest in microwave technology.

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Could Your R&D Projects Save You Some Dough?

October 18, 2013 8:00 am | by Adam Beckerman, partner-in-charge of manufacturing and distribution group at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

$90,844,000. That’s the total value of the federal Research and Development Tax Credit awarded to food manufacturers in 2010. Are you missing out on some dough? Many food manufacturers don’t know about this valuable credit or don’t recognize that the activities they perform within their plant are eligible for the savings.

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Preventing Autumn Invaders

October 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services

Insects can elevate beyond nuisance status, especially in sensitive environments like food production plants, pharmaceutical plants and health care facilities where insect contamination is a concern. Some can stain surfaces and create offensive odors in addition to being a nuisance and contamination threat.

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Safety First: Kraft's Plastic Contamination Recall

October 17, 2013 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Kraft Foods faced a costly recall last fall over a packaging malfunction that disrupted the company’s supply chain and had the potential to endanger consumers. Quick response and communication with consumers, as Kraft demonstrated in this incident, can make the difference between a minor blip on the food safety radar and a public health catastrophe.

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Brainstorm: Packaging

October 16, 2013 12:00 pm

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 should beverage processors do to ensure leak-free, robust packaging for their products?

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Who Owns Your Sweat Equity?

October 16, 2013 8:13 am | by Michael R. Beauregard, Senior Partner and Investment Committee Member, Huron Capital Partners

What could you achieve if you had control over strategy, execution and management? What if your board were incentivized in exactly the same way that you were? All of this can be achieved through the purchase of a business in partnership with a private equity group.

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Who Owns Your Sweat Equity?

October 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael R. Beauregard, Senior Partner and Investment Committee Member, Huron Capital Partners

If you can see yourself running your own show with a motivated, engaged board of directors, and if you are ready to see just how good you are — it may be time to reach out to a private equity group. The market is ripe. Are you ready to harvest your sweat equity?

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Food Safety Update: Equipment Acquisition

October 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey on equipment acquisition.

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Turning Around the Grain Train

October 15, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

By installing a new top-of-the-line milling system and maintaining a zero-waste food and ethanol processing method, LifeLine Foods in St. Joseph, Mo., is on its way to becoming one of the premier corn milling facilities in the United States.

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Five Quick Questions: Preventing Waste Along The Food Chain

October 14, 2013 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.

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Pet Treat Company Optimizes Quality and Efficiency with Wireless Temperature Sensors

October 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Evan Lubofsky, Onset

Mountain Country Foods is a family-run business that has evolved from a small beef jerky manufacturer to one of the largest pet treat manufacturers in the U.S. The company recently has added a network of wireless environmental monitoring sensors to its operation to streamline and optimize the QA function.

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Pot Pies and Auto Supplies

October 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.

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The IT Mission: Proving IT Works for a Company’s Bottom Line

October 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Dr. Chris Bart, Professor of Strategy and Governance, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business

Often, the biggest challenge IT departments face during budget reviews is proving their value to the bottom line of their company. One novel and underused technique for doing this is for IT to prove that it is vital to the success of the organization’s mission.

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How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

October 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering

Just like the cost of our groceries doesn’t stop at the checkout line, the cost of your inventory doesn’t stop at the receiving dock. So as we head downstairs to rummage through our stockpiles, now might be a good time for you to head to your raw material and MRO storerooms and ask yourself, “How much do our groceries really cost?”

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U.S. Manufacturing in Position to Regain Millions of Jobs by 2020

October 9, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists

U.S. manufacturing underwent a very successful July, based on the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly factory index. The ISM index sprung to 55.4 in July — up from an average of 50.2 from April to June this year, and far exceeding industry expectations.

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The Days Of Squeezing Suppliers Are Over

October 9, 2013 8:00 am | by Diane Palmquist, Vice President of Manufacturing Industry Solutions, GT Nexus

Squeezing suppliers can be counterproductive to manufacturers, but a fast-moving evolution is occurring in the way suppliers are managed. As a result, an internal shift is happening that is breaking down barriers between the treasury, procurement and supply chain departments.

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Robots Are Not the Enemy

October 8, 2013 12:00 pm | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” The notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity.

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"Made in America": The Competitiveness Imperative

October 8, 2013 8:00 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. So, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign, very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness and jobs agenda?

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