Over the centuries, brewing has been considered an art form, but today's brewers are also concerned about consistent quality and maximizing shelf life. Modern brewers use a scientific approach to brewing through on-line liquid analytical and measurement devices, resulting in better process control.
Food Manufacturing reviews the top five innovative food manufacturers we’ve covered in our print issues this year, highlighting each company’s unique innovative efforts, including process improvement, food safety, R&D and sustainability.
Highland Brewing Company looked into implementing an asset management solution that would allow its employees to remain untethered by bulky scanners or computers. Executing a successful asset management system is vital for the growth of any business.
A number of diverse factors, ranging from continued consolidation of large players to the introduction of advanced processing technologies, are creating new opportunities for growth among the smaller and intermediate manufacturers of bakery products today.
Food safety and traceability are a constant concern for food manufacturers. Food Manufacturing spoke with Tom Muth of Epicor Software Corporation about these challenges and how ERP software can help processors improve food safety and traceability.
Sometimes the biggest roadblocks to process improvement are people and their attitudes. Likewise, sometimes the biggest sources of waste, especially in office environments, are not processes, but people and their expectations and demands and decisions.
The energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.
Recent research from Mintel Research Consultancy shows that consumers don’t actually avoid specific sweetener ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), in the grocery aisle or at a restaurant. Instead, they’re focused on limiting total sugars in their diets.
Ray White, Federal Signal's director of Integrated Systems, discusses emergency preparedness challenges faced by manufacturers — both for incidents inside the company's four walls, such as a fire, and for natural events that could threaten a business.
Right now, online grocery is rising at an annual rate of 9.5 percent. CPG companies should carefully consider the impacts of online buying, as well as online and mobile browsing — activities that increasingly influence what consumers place in their shopping carts — whether real or virtual.
Mobile solutions have a huge potential to drastically increase the efficiency of field workers and save big money for companies in a range of industries. However, the implementation of mobile solutions is filled with pitfalls. Mikael Nilebacke, Managing Director of Erisma Technologies, gives his best advice on how to succeed.
It’s easy to forget about those unique situations in which unlikely insects and unlikely insect attractants can lead to increased pest activity. Specifically during the fall, there are a number of pest activity scenarios that can take facility managers by surprise.
Indirect expenses include areas such as HR, benefits, IT, capital equipment and other goods and services that do not go into the finished product. These costs represent a large area of spending — and a significant opportunity for savings.
Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue.
Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.
Obamacare is the most dramatic restructuring of our nation’s healthcare system since the inception of Medicare and Medicaid in the 60s, and it will force American manufacturers to make some major decisions about how they manage their employees’ benefits.
Every business wants to increase its sales and decrease its costs while improving customer service and retention. But when seeking expenses to cut, manufacturing and distribution companies often overlook the costs of payment transactions.
General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long use required a storage system update that would safely add capacity to their existing facility.
I admit to joining the ranks of the many who feel the word “innovation” is overused. Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.
U.S. food and drink producers spend billions of dollars each year in downtime, increased energy bills and the early renewal of capital equipment caused by hard water limescale blocking lines and leaving calcium carbonate deposits on water fed equipment.