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Brainstorm: Software Purchasing

October 13, 2010 5:20 am | by Lisa Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aspen Systems, 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 are important factors for food manufacturers to consider when deciding whether to make a software expenditure? Food manufacturers have unique considerations when performing a cost/benefit analysis for the purchase of software.

Audit Increases Safety At Candy Facility

October 13, 2010 5:19 am

A comprehensive wiring devices audit contributes to increased efficiency, reduced downtime, code compliance and workplace safety recommendations for Georgia-based Crown Candy Corporation.

Food Fight: New Pallet Solutions For Food Manufacturers

October 12, 2010 4:54 am

Wooden pallets are no longer the only option for food manufacturers and others when shipping and receiving goods to customers and from suppliers. In this installment of Food Fight, industry experts go head-to-head on the topic: Andy Mintz, President/CEO, CorrPa k Bulk Packaging Systems, LLC.


End Packaging Artwork Disasters

October 11, 2010 5:17 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso and Stephen Birtsas, Manager, Kalypso

It’s a food and beverage (F&B) company’s nightmare…a missing reference to an ingredient or a language translation error on the label causes a product recall, or an incorrect 800 number on the package connects consumers to an adult phone line. Just last week boxes of a new cereal, Ochocinco’s, were removed from store shelves after the discovery that a phone number on the package connected to an adult phone line instead of a children’s charity.

Sorry, I Can’t Hear You, I’m Eating Sun Chips

October 11, 2010 5:15 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Yikes, Frito-Lay, your environmentally responsible packaging is making it harder for me to sneak a few delicious potato chips. For shame! About six months ago, Frito-Lay launched the new biodegradable bag for Sun Chips with a splashy marketing campaign that played up that the bags are compostable.

Chocolate Candies Treated To Automation Upgrade

October 5, 2010 11:24 am

Since Gertrude Hawk Chocolates was founded in 1936, the Dunmore, Pa.-based confectioner has been well known throughout the candy industry as a manufacturer of high-quality, premium chocolates. The company’s products are created with great care in an efficient manner. The candies are sold under its own brand and from its own stores throughout New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dead Wood Rising

October 5, 2010 11:22 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

When we think of dead wood, we will always think termites before we think family. "This economy is lumpy.” The statement didn’t launch the event with the flash and bang that I had anticipated. Then again, I was a first-timer and had no idea what to expect. For some reason, as I was munching on food from the journalist trough on the SolidWorks campus, I pictured a press event with musical overtures, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun blast to kick it off.

Baking Up The Perfect Batch

October 5, 2010 11:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

After nearly 20 years, Zingerman’s Bakehouse is still serving artisanal bread to the residents of Ann Arbor, driven by a commitment to quality products and the community they feed. In 1992, when the owners of local Ann Arbor business Zingerman’s Deli decided they wanted to begin baking their own bread, they contacted Frank Carollo, a man with a passion for artisanal bread.


Safety Noncompliance Is A Major Problem

October 5, 2010 10:29 am

Nearly  all  of the safety professionals in a recently-released survey said that workers in their organizations had at some point failed to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job. An exceedingly-high 98 percent of respondents who attended the recent American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) show in Baltimore answered “yes” when asked if they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment when they should have been, according to the survey, which was conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional.

People Over Profit? Fool Me Once

October 4, 2010 11:06 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Prioritizing profit over people: The implications of this seemingly popular trend are not limited to the processing market, but the severity of the implications are amplified here. Whether we like it or not, safety must be of the utmost concern in this industry — be it for the worker bee or the consumer.

Swimming Against The Non-GMO Tide

October 4, 2010 9:25 am | by Jeffrey M. Smith, Executive Director, Institute for Responsible Technology

It’s unknown whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon will make it onto the dinner tables of Americans, but they are already swimming wildly in people’s imaginations. Not since GE corn pollen threatened monarch butterflies have concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) caused such a media stir in the U.

Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

October 4, 2010 5:24 am | by Ron Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Herrera

Advanced automation helps Casa Herrera produce tortillas reliably, quickly and precisely. Image 1: This production line from Casa Herrera mixes, divides, forms, presses, bakes and stacks tortillas. The entire line is monitored and controlled by a single high-performance PAC.

Packaging Film Expands Meal Options

October 4, 2010 5:23 am | by Nick Greco, Business Development Manager, Avery Dennison Corporation

New packaging film structures with new steam valve technology are delivering powerful business benefits to producers of home-cooked foods. The film-with-valve solutions protect home-heated meals from contaminants throughout the supply chain, make possible the use of higher temperature ingredients for the microwave and can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: Above the Legal Limit?

October 1, 2010 4:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Krystal Gabert, Editor Things are not looking up for manufacturers of the bacon-wrapped turkey-infused donut. I'm not sure that such a product is real, but the level of disappointment I've felt walking the grocery store aisles lately leads me to believe that it must be. A CDC report released last month shows that a record number of U.

ERP: An Excellent Strategic Weapon

October 1, 2010 4:42 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group

As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth. As a result, SMEs must seek competitive advantages that enable them to contain costs to ensure that growth of revenues is not at the expense of profits. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can indeed be a strategic weapon.

It's Time To Learn More About Humidity

September 29, 2010 4:50 am | by Ken Appel, Manager for Regulated Markets for Veriteq, a Vaisala Company

Have you seen the FDA’s web site home page recently — ? Here are some other recent headlines to consider: September 2, 2010 (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ) “We expect El Niño to strengthen and persist through the winter months, providing clues as to what the weather will be like during the period,” says Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

The Evolution Of Clean Pumping

September 28, 2010 4:22 am

Not surprisingly, safety has always been a top concern for food and beverage companies. So, it goes without saying that this is a precise industry, one that requires the highest standards in hygienic and sanitary production processes. Despite this emphasis on food safety, there still have been a number of scandals that have combined to give the consuming public reduced trust in the safety that the industry can provide.

A Post-Brunch Wave of Regret

September 27, 2010 4:19 am | by Anna Wells , Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO)

This past weekend, I returned to eggs for the first time since the recall. After five weeks of brunch abstinence, I went back to my favorite local southwestern restaurant for the breakfast quesadilla. Sunday brunch is a staple, and I’d been avoiding it due to the recent bad press. This past weekend I was starting to waver.

5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

September 27, 2010 4:18 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF

Jim Bail , Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Pecan Processor Enhances Safety With Metal Detector

September 24, 2010 4:41 am

Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons.


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