The media has jumped on the American Manufacturing story because it is a good story and it projects hope in a poor economy. But one must look deeper into the critical factors that drive manufacturing to see a realistic picture of the industry.
Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.
Short term improvements in jobs or sales are like a sick person getting some medicine from the doctor and feeling better the next day. A thorough examination of all of the vital signs might show that the patient actually has a debilitating disease. A real assessment of American Manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.
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 dairy processing.
Silver Spring horseradish is the number one retail brand in the United States. Silver Spring Foods, Inc. recognized that their current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle their current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.
An embattled rule that would raise the speed of poultry processing lines and decrease the amount of federal employees inspecting birds is pitting food processors against safety advocates. The rule would expand a pilot program to the entire industry.
The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, International Dairy Foods Association and GS1 US recently released a new traceability guideline. Food Manufacturing spoke with Michael Bromme of Trace One about the new guideline and how it can improve traceability throughout the dairy, deli and bakery supply chain.
An effective B2B e-commerce strategy can preserve customer service by transforming the role of the sales rep. An e-commerce platform automates time consuming sales processing tasks, enabling food manufacturing sales reps to spend more time offering a more personalized customer experience than ever before.
While consumer awareness and demand around healthier and more natural options continue to grow, many manufacturers are making moves to switch to less processed, organic or non-GMO ingredients that still maintain the same quality in formulation, if not better, than their original counterparts.
Early case assessment (ECA) promises superior knowledge earlier in the game with rewards of better outcomes and lower costs. There are tools, which can leverage next generation search technology, assist defense counsel in evaluating potential liability and enable strategic planning.
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.