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A Small Town's Big Cheese

July 1, 2010 10:32 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

With over 100 years of experience and a commitment to local dairy production, Westby Cooperative Creamery has kept one foot planted in the traditions of the past and a keen eye on the future. A small, Midwestern town, Westby, Wisconsin covers just over two square miles, and a sign at the edge of town announces, “Population: 2,045.

Are We Safer, Yet?

June 30, 2010 5:42 am | by Scott Orlosky, In Safety

Safety has been in the news a lot lately. Remember the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April and the HUGE ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil debacle?  As always there is enough finger pointing going on to implicate a whole host of manufacturers and operators. If we set aside all this media attention for a moment and get down to the nuts and bolts of safety there are really three main players: Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), Operators, and Regulatory Agencies.

So Boring It Must Be Important

June 30, 2010 5:41 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

As we do our planning for the content of each print issue of Food Manufacturing , as well as the overall strategy for www.foodmanufacturing.com and our daily e-newsletter, we’re faced with three primary marching orders. Keep it interesting. Keep in pertinent. Address the readers' critical issues.

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Keeping Record Of What Counts In Job Training

June 29, 2010 5:20 am | by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy and Management, ESI International

“Sounds good in theory, but my boss won’t let me do this.” “That’s nice, but I already know how to do it my own way.” “Why do I even go to these training sessions when this stuff obviously can’t be applied in my real job?” These sentiments reflect a complaint frequently heard of employees in many industries.

What Makes A Modular Conveyor?

June 28, 2010 4:32 am

Type into any Internet search engine the term “modular conveyor” and you will see a long list of manufactures that label their conveyors as modular.  Using a simple definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary for modular, “constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use,” it would appear that all conveyors are modular in design.

Q&A: Recalls & Liability

June 28, 2010 4:31 am

Freshway Foods recently announced a massive lettuce recall due to contamination by a rare strain of E. coli bacteria. This recall, once again, has brought consumer concerns about food safety to the forefront and has exposed the food industry to increased media scrutiny.

Wash, Wax, Waste Of Money

June 25, 2010 5:16 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

When it’s summer and the sun is shining, there are a few things that bump up on my priority list. One is managing my free time to include lots of outdoor walks and runs, and then DVR-ing anything that interferes with Brewers games. Another is keeping my freezer stocked with various frozen treats… or at least re-routing home so I can swing by Sonic for a fresh fruit slush.

Globalization: We Created A Culture Of Job Insecurity

June 25, 2010 5:15 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

People used to have stable, permanent jobs. Now we live in constant dread of losing our jobs to foreign competition and outsourcing. This Increased job competition has led to a reduction in wages and consequently lower standards of living. People around the globe are more connected to each other then ever before.

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Expanding Production Capacity With F/F/S Solution

June 23, 2010 6:22 am

The use of fresh cut vegetables for foodservice has seen significant growth in the past few years, driven by hygiene regulations, customer preference for fresher meals, and convenience factors such as quicker cooking times and reduced prep time. However, innovative new packaging and processing developments are essential to the industry‘s further growth.

Eye And Face Safety Standard Explained

June 23, 2010 6:20 am

The Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), of which MSA is along-standing member, announced on April 13, 2010 that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a new standard for eye and face protection. The new Z87.1 standard, titled “ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Face and Eye Protection” (referred to as Z87.

Managing Warehouse Temperatures

June 22, 2010 6:39 am

Anchor Warehouse Services is a commercial cold storage provider serving growers in California’s lush Central Valley. Anchor provides pre-cooling and SO2 gassing services to maintain the optimum quality of all types of perishable produce including avocadoes, kiwis, and quinces as well as large quantities of table grapes and citrus.

Don’t Follow Your Nose

June 22, 2010 6:37 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

On June 9, 2009, an explosion ripped through ConAgra’s Garner, NC Slim Jim plant. The force of the blast blew out walls and caused a large section of the roof to collapse, killing five and sending 70 to the hospital. Approximately 18,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia subsequently leaked from the plant’s damaged refrigeration system, sickening three firefighters.

A Bittersweet Lesson

June 21, 2010 4:49 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Source: CSB The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reports that the sugar industry, in particular, has had a long love affair with both combustible dust and lackadaisical housekeeping methods. In fact, this trend dates as far back as 1925. In a 2006 study, the CSB identified 281 combustible dust fires and explosions between 1980 and 2005 that claimed 119 workers’ lives and injured 718.

Invoice Processing Goes Hi-Tech

June 21, 2010 4:16 am

The Situation Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ltd. (PDI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HyVee, Inc., Iowa’s largest employer. PDI is one of the nation’s largest food distribution companies, supplying more than 5,000 perishable food products — including fresh chicken, beef, and pork; seafood; boxed frozen foods; bakery, dairy and deli products — to grocery customers in eight Midwest states.

Cultivating An Appealing Onion Operation

June 18, 2010 6:39 am

Although food safety issues may be the lead headlines of evening news programs with highlights about Congress’ consideration of several proposals to reform the food safety system, including creation of a single food safety agency, food industry professionals are no strangers to the ongoing discussion about food safety and food safety standards.

UV Disinfection: A Bright Idea For Food Safety

June 18, 2010 6:35 am | by Jon McClean, President, Engineered Treatment Systems LLC

In a market that is driven by cost and  the need to produce product that is free from infection, whilst using fewer chemicals, ultra violet (UV) disinfection  is adopted  increasingly by poultry and meat processors for a variety of applications. Infection from organisms such as Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria will contaminate brine chillers, wash water, feed water, spray and drench water and will also infect poultry and meat marinades.

Machines that 'Tweet'

June 16, 2010 5:30 am | by Wade Patterson, Synapse Wireless Founder, President and CEO

Let's start with SNAP, which is a software application that can run on any computing platform, from tiny embedded controllers, to notebook and desktop computers (running the Windows, MAC, or Linux operating systems), all the way up to massive Internet and Cloud servers. One of the key features of SNAP is that it performs full mesh routing using any and all available communications interfaces.

New Software Brews Savings for Honest Tea

June 16, 2010 5:28 am

Honest Tea launched in 1998 and has never looked back. The maker of a variety of ready-to-drink bottled organic teas, thirst quenchers and drink pouches sold in tens of thousands of stores now employs 98, and has revenues approaching $50 million for the current fiscal year. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, the company had been using Excel and QuickBooks.

Purchasing Poison for my Daughter

June 15, 2010 5:30 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

For those of you who are not familiar with my Zhu Zhu dilemma from last Christmas, my most recent poisonous purchase for my daughter would make number two. I’m not trying to off my six-year-old. I’m just one of those consumers that assume big corporations test their products for safety issues before selling them to the public.

The State Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 15, 2010 5:28 am | by Craig Hodges, general manager, U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft

In a 2008 research paper titled, “Revised Forecast Advances Date of China Becoming the Preeminent Global Manufacturer,” Global Insights predicted that by the year 2016-17, the United States could lose its status as the world’s top manufacturer for the first time in more than 100 years, providing a clear call to action for U.

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