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Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part II)

March 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rob Herrmann, Remote Solutions Manager, Sealed Air

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

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Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part I)

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by Jonathan Ferrell, Packaging Market Specialist, ABB Robotics

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

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Teaming ERP with Traceability: A Software Implementation Primer

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Researching, purchasing and implementing food safety software is not an undertaking for the faint of heart. The effort involved can daunt food manufacturers. However, experts say it’s necessary to acquire a customized system that fits each company’s business needs.

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Sharing a Century of Seafood

March 20, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Northern Fish Products, Inc. in Tacoma, Wash., is the oldest seafood business operating in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its 102-year history, the company has supplied fresh, quality fish and seafood throughout the United States and abroad.

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Food Safety Update: HACCP Planning

March 19, 2014 1:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

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 regarding HACCP Planning.

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Meeting the Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing Today

March 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators

As someone who’s personally involved in manufacturing, I see firsthand what the biggest challenges are and how they are affecting our industry. With that in mind, here are some of the biggest challenges in American manufacturing right now.

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2013 and How to Prevent Them

March 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia

Each year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration releases its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. The list for 2013 is nearly identical to the previous year, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor.

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Bolthouse Farms Serves Up a Healthy Dose of Food Porn

March 14, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Food porn — the practice of posting delectable dishes on the Internet — tends to lean toward the fat-laden and sugary sweet treats that we find most irresistible. But Bolthouse Farms is looking to swing the balance toward healthy food art on its new Food Porn Index site.

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Leading Manufacturers Find Energy Savings

March 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner

Executives enjoying the current renaissance of manufacturing in the United States have found a new weapon in their constant battle with production costs: energy savings. Leading manufacturers are using a variety of methods to help determine the energy component of their production costs.

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Where’s the Growth in Frozen Foods?

March 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

As March finds much of the country unthawing from a harsh winter, it’s Frozen Foods Month, according to the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association. Food Manufacturing spoke with Laurie Demeritt, CEO of the Hartman Group, about the latest developments in the frozen foods sector.

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Adding Substance to Your Business Philosophy

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Most manufacturers have some kind of marketing function. Sometimes marketing is just a person who does the advertising, promotion, brochures, website, and lead generation — the trappings, not substance, of industrial marketing. The substance is a business philosophy driven by the markets and customers.

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The Importance of a Transfer Pricing Policy to Food Manufacturers

March 11, 2014 9:00 am | by Adam Beckerman, Partner-in-Charge of the Manufacturing & Distribution Group, and Robert Verzi, International Tax Partner at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

A transfer pricing policy is an important tax-saving and profit-allocation vehicle that could save food manufacturers valuable tax dollars every year on profits made overseas, while eliminating the risks of penalties, backed taxes and legal fees associated with a transfer pricing dispute.

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What EPA Overregulation Means for U.S. Manufacturing

March 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and global competition, continue to struggle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has instituted tough regulations on U.S. businesses, worrying many manufacturers that compliance may be a rough road.

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8 Myths About the R&D Tax Credit

March 10, 2014 9:00 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup

At nearly $10 billion a year, the R&D tax credit is one of the biggest incentives available and can save manufacturing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars — yet only one out of 20 small- and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit takes advantage of it. Why is that?

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Boosting Coding Performance in Meat & Poultry Environments

March 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsay Galas, Global Marketing Manager, Meat and Poultry, Videojet

Continuous ink jet printers are commonly used to print codes on meat and poultry products. It is important to choose the right printer and ink to avoid issues, including poor ink adhesion and low print quality, which can lead to costly downtime.

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Harnessing Big Data to Turn Consumer Social Media into Trade Secrets

March 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Mahlum, Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

When food and beverage companies start thinking about big data, they should be thinking about trade secrets because, done right, big data should lead to proprietary insights. Key data can sometimes be protected under trade secret law, even if some of it comes from outside social media sources.

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Pest Management Plays Key Role in FSMA Compliance

March 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association

Plant shutdowns and fines can cause irreparable damage to a brand’s image. Full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, including pest management, is the best way manufacturers can protect food safety and quality, as well as brand reputation.

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ISM: Orders Rise, Production Drops amid Extreme Weather

March 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing economic activity expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month. Extreme weather impacted the sector last month, possibly resulting in plant closings, absent workers and late shipments.

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Could Open Source Help Drive the Internet of Things?

March 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Jeff Evans, Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech

Open source has been forcefully debated in many places. However, it seems that the odds are currently in favor of its accelerated adoption. In fact, it has been predicted that 2014 will be a banner year for open source, particularly in the Internet of Things arena.

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Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace

March 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology

Each year, 300,000 American workers visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers about the importance of wearing eye protection.

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