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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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?
Collaboration through the supply chain, performed with a variety of mobile devices, is now the norm. While manufacturers limped along with their legacy ERP system through the global business changes, they are now choking because their legacy On-Premise solutions have not been — and cannot be — changed to meet this rapidly changing environment.
Proper sanitization is always a concern in the food industry, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Food Manufacturing spoke with Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control about how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.
Tom Comstock and his company, Apriso, have visibility throughout the manufacturing sector, and with a company name that is derived from the Spanish term for quickly, he would seem to be the perfect candidate for our latest “5 Quick Questions” segment.
Manufacturing expanded in September as the PMI registered 56.2 percent, which was an increase of 0.5 percentage point when compared to August’s reading of 55.7 percent. September’s reading reflects the highest overall PMI reading in 2013.
How do you create the work instructions for your shop floor workers? If you’re using paper-based methods to create and communicate work instructions, or finding your electronic methods cumbersome, you may want to consider switching to interactive, PLM-based electronic work instruction.
In all cases of risk management, there are four options available for the management of the risk. As you evaluate each risk, you need to then adopt a management strategy based on the chosen option adopted for that risk or class of risks.