To really make an impression on current and potential customers, most manufacturers recognize the importance of differentiating themselves from the competition. There are plenty of companies out there who can get the job done, and so quality becomes a question of how: how well, how quickly, how … safely?
Tomato sauce is now poised for a shift — a profound category shakeup called a “Blue Ocean." Blue Oceans happen when a company manages to shift the shopper paradigm, grow a category and capture much of that growth for itself. The counterpoint is a “Red Ocean,” where multiple companies, like sharks, fight a bloody battle in a highly competitive space.
As some products are made to be easier to detect in food- or beverage-processing batches, other products are used to minimize the risk of contamination occurring. There are products that make it easier to handle and install the cable ties, eliminating the likelihood of cable ties being dropped or spare pieces falling into processing batches.
Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.
Ensuring the safety of food and beverage products during processing involves the selection of supplies that may prevent contamination. A simple item, the cable tie, can be selected and used in a way that significantly minimizes the chance that it will contaminate a food or beverage batch.
Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting (SSL) presents a real triple bottom line scenario — it's good for the planet, good for profit and good for end users.
While food trends and the popularity of various weight-loss diets fluctuate, consumers’ demand for healthier food products remains a constant. The baking industry responds to these demands by continually developing new products, ingredients and processing methods.
Ranga Bodla, director of vertical marketing, and Roman Bukary, vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Wholesale/Distribution Industries at NetSuite, took a moment with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) to discuss how manufacturers can leverage supply chain management to be successful.
The ability to adapt and leverage technology to drive business imperatives and value throughout the entire value chain is critical. A sound BYOD strategy built around open IP based standards and technology is a key component to achieving this objective.
Let’s face it, there are so many ways that food products can be contaminated. If a food product is contaminated, the impact to your company’s bottom line can be substantial. Thus, risk mitigation is paramount in food processing — period.
Where employees once played a critical role at every step of the process, today many of those processes are automated. Manufacturers face new challenges in finding ways to encourage greater efficiency, productivity and employee satisfaction from employees and partners throughout the enterprise.
Most food and beverage manufacturers are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but they may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software.
Industrial microwave systems can offer food processors unique benefits, including increased energy efficiency as well as precise process control. Food Manufacturing spoke with Stephen Rogers, Co-Found of AMTek Microwaves about the latest in microwave technology.
$90,844,000. That’s the total value of the federal Research and Development Tax Credit awarded to food manufacturers in 2010. Are you missing out on some dough? Many food manufacturers don’t know about this valuable credit or don’t recognize that the activities they perform within their plant are eligible for the savings.
Insects can elevate beyond nuisance status, especially in sensitive environments like food production plants, pharmaceutical plants and health care facilities where insect contamination is a concern. Some can stain surfaces and create offensive odors in addition to being a nuisance and contamination threat.
Kraft Foods faced a costly recall last fall over a packaging malfunction that disrupted the company’s supply chain and had the potential to endanger consumers. Quick response and communication with consumers, as Kraft demonstrated in this incident, can make the difference between a minor blip on the food safety radar and a public health catastrophe.
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.