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Food Industry Focuses on Better Packaging and Process Technology for Less Spoilage

January 14, 2014 8:00 am | by interpack

More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.

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The 5 Most Common S&OP Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

January 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Danny Smith, VP of Industries, Steelwedge

S&OP is based mostly on common sense, but it turns out executing S&OP best practices is hard. Here are a few common mistakes I see over and over again. If you can avoid them, you’ll be well down the path of being able to execute S&OP best practices and, consequently, reap its well-publicized rewards.

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Dean Foods Antitrust Case Yields Lessons for Manufacturers

January 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Avoiding antitrust situations is paramount in the ongoing tide of food mergers and acquisitions. The newly reignited case against dairy manufacturer Dean Foods by retailer Food Lion straddles the pair of definitions that guides antitrust rulings.

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FSMA: An Opportunity as Well as a Challenge?

January 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Heather Angus-Lee

While no food company wants to get a fine, conduct a recall or shut down a facility, those aren’t the only reasons to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA compliance can also be a chance for pervasive business improvements at your food company.

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Q&A: Preventing Hand Injuries at Your Facility

January 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional

While protecting the overall health and well-being of employees should be an employer’s paramount concern, special attention must be paid to preventing hand and finger injuries, which are second only to back strains and sprains in lost work days, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Does Your Business Need a 'Retirement Plan'?

January 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by William H. Black, Jr. , Pension Services, Inc.

I'm frequently asked, “Do I really need to consider a retirement plan for my business"? The answer is typically, “Yes." The question often arises because the business owner does not want to add unnecessary overhead or increase costly unnecessary and unappreciated benefits.

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Best Logistics Advice for 2014: Dump Tribal Knowledge

January 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Tim Garcia, Apptricity Founder and CEO

I’d like to offer some food for thought when it comes to evaluating and improving logistics in your enterprise: Whatever else you do in 2014, make it a priority to dump the tribal knowledge you might be using to make mission-critical decisions. Instead, substitute the facts. While this may seem contrarian, it is actually essential.

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You Can Drown in a Grain Bin in Less Than a Minute

January 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Bielema

It can happen to you. Five seconds. That is how quickly a worker can become engulfed in flowing grain and be unable to get out. Sixty seconds. That is how quickly a worker can be completely submerged in flowing grain. More than half of all grain engulfments result in death by suffocation.

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Three Keys to Sound Marketing Plans for Your Food Manufacturing Business

January 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing

How effectively are you marketing your food manufacturing business? How are you integrating marketing principles into your business strategy to not only keep existing customers walking through the door, but attract new customers as well?

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ISM: A Well-Balanced, Solid End to the Year

January 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI™ registered 57 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage point when compared to November’s reading of 57.3 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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Pet Food Safety: From Feed to Food (Part II)

January 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP and Roger DeGood, SSOE Group

Here is a look at some of the strategies that pet food manufacturers can apply to improve food safety through more effective site selection, facility design, storm run-off and wastewater management, work flows, waste management, and safety training.

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by LNS Research

Operational Excellence is a continuous improvement journey facilitated by a culture and mindset of optimizing an organization’s people, processes and supporting technology resources. Depending on current strategy and position, however, every company will have different Operational Excellence goals and objectives.

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Pet Food Safety: From Feed to Food (Part I)

January 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP and Roger DeGood, SSOE Group

Here is a look at some of the strategies that pet food manufacturers can apply to improve food safety through more effective site selection, facility design, storm run-off and wastewater management, work flows, waste management, and safety training.

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

January 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group

Before we can jump into delivering automation solutions, we need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation. Case in point, control systems once had a life span of decades, but now the range is between three and 10 years.

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Finding and Keeping a Next-Gen Workforce

January 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries.

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Food Industry ERP: 4 Questions Your Business Must Ask

January 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Paul Bywater, Managing Director of Manufacturing Solutions, Sanderson

When choosing a fit-for-purpose ERP solution for your food and drink manufacturing business, you need to consider four main characteristics. Do not be alarmed if you can only find a few genuinely fit-for-purpose solutions for your project — there are many more marketed to the food and drink industry than can really “cut the mustard.”

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Setting the Table For Successful Supply Chain Management

January 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer, E2open

Successful Supply Chain Management (SCM) is, in a way, like a hearty holiday meal. A lot of time and effort goes on in the background before you set the table. Your meal won’t be a hit with your family and friends if everything doesn’t come together in a timely fashion.

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Q&A: The Value of a Connected Workforce

December 30, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

As food manufacturing becomes an increasingly global business, it is more important than ever for companies to stay connected to their employees. Food Manufacturing spoke with Connor Marsden of Microsoft Dynamics CRM about the latest technology available for companies looking to keep in close contact with their workforce.

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

December 27, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristen Polovoy

You can’t judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes, 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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PRIA Tracks Poultry Like Nuclear Energy and Terrorism Threats

December 27, 2013 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Probabilistic Risk Informed Analysis (PRIA) was originally developed for the nuclear power sector in the 1970s. More recently, PRIA has been employed in assessing the risks and effects of chemical and biological terrorism. Now PRIA is modeling the effects of salmonella contamination in poultry processing.

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