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Why Food Safety Matters

June 10, 2015 11:40 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

According to the CDC, each year one in six Americans become sick from food they consume. This results in a triple threat to food manufacturers: consumer weariness, reduced profits and tarnished industry reputation. This is why food safety matters.

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Utilizing Lean to Improve Process

June 10, 2015 8:55 am | by Rick Feldt, CPA, RubinBrown

Manufacturers must maximize the utilization of their biggest and best asset – their employees – to drive cost reductions, streamline processes and eliminate waste throughout the entire supply chain. There are several ways food manufactures can optimize production and administrative processes to find new and improved ways of producing and delivering goods at a greater profit.

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Cover Story: Protein Snack Powerhouse

June 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Jack Link's Protein Snacks leads the way in the rapidly growing meat snacks category.

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Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

June 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Brian Kennell, president and CEO for Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, highlights realistic implementation strategies manufacturers can use to begin reaping the benefits of smart manufacturing incrementally. 

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Using Technology To Boost Supplier Relationships

June 8, 2015 2:07 pm | by Paul Noël

When it comes to the supply chain, technology can make a significant impact. The problem, however, is that technology is often under-utilized both internally and externally.

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Case Study: Food Manufacturers, Distributors Seek Affordable Business Management Systems with Smooth, Fast Implementation

June 8, 2015 12:55 pm | by Power PR

For smaller and growing food companies, price, speed of implementation, scalability and adapting to changing business needs tops the list of requirements for business management software.

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Best Practices For Sharing Data Across the Enterprise

June 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Khris Kammer & Keith McPherson

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations.

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The Benefits of Pre-Applied Zipper Packaging Film

June 5, 2015 9:15 am | by Butler Automatic

Reclosable packaging is in a period of rapid growth, as many manufacturers realize the added value reclosable features offer consumers. This is especially true in the food industry, where a push towards reclosability has led to the implementation of a number of reseal technologies: traditional zip locks, slider locks, reusable adhesives and even Velcro-like closures.

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Supply Chain Analytics: How Manufacturers Can Get the Most Value Out of Their Automated Data Capture Technology

June 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Shane Snyder, President, Barcoding, Inc.

In an age where manufacturers are looking for new ways to cut costs and drive new efficiencies, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology has become commonplace in day-to-day operations.

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Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

June 4, 2015 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Many in today’s workforce seek flexibility not because they’re trying to get away with something, but because they so closely integrate work efforts into their overall life.

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'Reshaping' Processing Plants to Reduce Risk of Listeria and other Contaminants

June 4, 2015 11:35 am | by Power PR

A patented high tech coating system delivers a monolithic surface that is “shaped” to facilitate plant wash downs and eliminate the cracks, voids and seams where Listeria and other contaminants thrive.

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How Retailers Can Leverage Improving Incomes, Millennial Shoppers

June 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Jordan Weinstein, Procurement Research Analyst

Considering Millennials’ expanding role in today’s retail environment, retailers must rethink the way they obtain loyal customers now if they want to retain them and their influence into the future.

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E-Invoicing Requirements Facilitate Supply Chain Finance Opportunities

June 3, 2015 3:15 pm | by Scott Lewin

A look at how manufacturers can capitalize on government mandated electronic invoicing to realize internal efficiencies and benefit from supply chain and liquidity improvements.

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Strengthening Farm-to-Fork Food Safety Through an Effective Supplier Risk Management Program

June 3, 2015 11:45 am | by David Acheson, The Acheson Group; Sonal Sinha, MetricStream

Incidents of salmonella-contaminated peanut butter, listeria-tainted cheese, e-coli in salads, and meat adulteration have exposed the vulnerabilities in today’s food supply chains where a single instance of carelessness or a lack of food safety controls can snowball into a major food safety issue.

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Brainstorm Bonus: Conveying and Food Safety

June 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Brainstorm section in the May/June print issue of Food Manufacturing focused on the topic of conveying. In this Brainstorm bonus, Jim Paulsen of Multi-Conveyor answers the question: What innovations have been developed recently regarding food safety for conveying equipment?

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ISM: Economy Well Positioned For Continued Growth

June 3, 2015 9:25 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

With West Coast port disputes and the winter season behind us, things are looking up. 

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7 Questions to Ask to Improve Asset Maintenance

June 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Monroe Blanton

Asset maintenance in manufacturing is more than just a company’s program to maintain its assets. It is a vital link to organizational success because it can reduce unplanned losses and improve overall efficiency.

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Vertical Farming Series Part 1: Engineering a Vertical Farm

June 2, 2015 9:43 am | by Henry Gordon Smith, Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), North America

This is the first entry in a three-part series that looks at the vertical farming industry and the role engineers can play in  developing the technologies to make it more scalable.

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This Week in Food History: Why is the Rum Gone?!

June 2, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

This week in food manufacturing history, we'll cover an alcohol ban, the creation of the pop-up toaster and the death of a man who forever changed the way food was packaged.

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Q&A: Code Assurance/Code Detection with Videojet's Mark Breunig

June 1, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing recently had the chance to connect with Mark Breunig, Videojet North American Product Manager, Continuous Ink Jet, for a Q&A on the topic of code assurance/code detection.

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