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Brainstorm: Reducing Energy Costs (Part I)

December 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Matthew Faulkner, Business Analyst, BidURenergy, Inc.

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 steps can food manufacturers take to reduce energy costs in their facilities?


Are We in a Manufacturing Renaissance?

December 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

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.


Eye on Energy: Harnessing the Latest Energy Tracking Technology

December 2, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

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.


The Vital Signs of American Manufacturing

November 27, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

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.


Food Safety Update: Dairy Processing

November 27, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

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.


Case Study: Streamlining Operations to Support Growth and Gain Competitive Advantage

November 26, 2013 12:00 pm | by Deacom, Inc.

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.


Pending HIMP Poultry Rule Ruffles Feathers

November 26, 2013 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

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.


Q&A: Traceability in the Dairy, Deli and Bakery Supply Chain

November 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

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.


B2B E-Commerce Transforms the Role of Sales Reps

November 25, 2013 8:00 am | by Rick Chavie, vice president, OmniCommerce at hybris

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.


Making the Switch to Unrefined Non-GMO Sugar

November 22, 2013 8:00 am | by Zulka

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.


The Benefit of Early Case Assessment in Food Court

November 21, 2013 12:00 pm | by Ronald J. Levine, Esq., Canaan E. Himmelbaum, Esq., and Michael J. Glick, Esq.

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.


Liquid Analysis: Brewing’s Secret Weapon

November 21, 2013 8:00 am | by Dave Anderson, Industry Marketing Director, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Analytical

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.


Tasting Success: 2013's Top Innovators

November 20, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

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.


Asset Management Improves Efficiency at Brewery

November 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Brian Sutter of Wasp Barcode Technologies

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.


Continuous Baking Ovens Provide Diverse Opportunities for Processors of All Sizes

November 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by Adam Cowherd, Vice President of Sales, Unitherm Food Systems

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.


Q&A: Addressing Traceability Challenges with ERP

November 19, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

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.


Why Everyone Should Understand Process Improvement

November 18, 2013 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

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 Cheapest Energy Is That Not Consumed

November 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy

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.


Consumers Choose Food and Beverage Brands Based on Total Sugars, Not Sweetener Type

November 14, 2013 12:00 pm | by Sara Martens, Vice President, The MSR Group

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.


Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness on the Plant Floor

November 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

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.



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