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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics

Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.

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5 Ways to Reduce Preventive Maintenance Costs in Food Processing Plants

December 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Steve Hawkins, VP, Stellar Refrigeration Services

While equipment upkeep and parts replacements are necessary, there are ways you can reduce your preventive maintenance costs without decreasing your food processing facility’s operational efficiencies.             

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Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

December 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Mike Cameron, Technical Specialist, 3M

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives. A good starting place is the five most common misconceptions about fall protection.         

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Q&A: How Kellogg Company Manages a Distributed Workforce Across 19 US Facilities

December 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Food Manufacturing spoke with John Whitaker, the senior business analyst of the Kellogg Company, to find out how Kellogg manages a distributed workforce across 19 U.S. facilities. This article originally appeared in our November/December 2014 print edition.

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla

Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.     

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4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business.  Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.  

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Chinese Demand For Dairy Products Spurs US Exports

December 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

What’s behind this trend, and how can U.S. processors benefit? Milk and cheese are relatively new to the Chinese diet, says Todd Shilk, dairy category manager at Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, but consumers’ taste for them is growing.   

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Criminal Prosecutions Signal New Era of Enforcement in Organic Food Industry

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Davina Pujari, Stice & Block LLP

Recent criminal prosecutions indicate the maturation of the organic food regulatory program and the exponential growth of the industry. As in other industries that undergo rapid expansion, the lure of increased profits creates incentives for bad actors to engage in fraud.

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Q&A: Trends in Manufacturing and Logistics

December 10, 2014 9:30 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries — vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not being replaced.”

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How Fresh Produce Companies and Bloggers Produce Fresh Results

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

Food and Mom Bloggers provide produce companies access to new audiences, encourage consumer engagement, create recipes and authentic content along with quality videos and photographs, and truly understand how difficult it is to get kids to eat green. 

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Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Pt. 3

December 9, 2014 8:40 am | by Dave Shumaker, Microbiologist, GOJO

In the final part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?      

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2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

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Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 2

December 5, 2014 2:10 pm | by Kurt Warzynski, Vice President of Process Engineering, Stellar

In the second part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?        

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Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Recycling is no longer a consumer fad focused solely on the end of the life cycle, but a market force that is shaping corporate America’s manufacturing processes. Brian Kennell, Tetra Pak’s president and CEO, examines this next generation of recycling.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

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Want to Boost Profits? Invite Employees to Be 100 Percent Honest

December 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Brad Oberwager, CEO, Bare Foods

At Bare Foods, I wanted to collect employee feedback in a systematic way, but I knew I’d never have time to respond to individual emails, nor could I require employees to stare at a blank email each week and expect them to come up with insightful feedback.

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