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Big Data, Price Intelligence and Antitrust

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | by Stephen Safranski and Elizabeth Friedman, Trial Attorneys, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Food and beverage industry members can utilize price intelligence to compete effectively in the market. But when price intelligence relies on data provided by competitors, businesses must be careful not to raise antitrust concerns with how data is obtained.

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Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 3:04 pm | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon

With a variety of automated systems to help track and report environmental, health and safety requirements, it’s surprising that a majority of companies are still maintaining paper and spreadsheet-based compliance programs.    

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Building The Industrial Cloud

May 7, 2014 3:02 pm | by Moxa America

Until the lack of specialized platforms is overcome, the building of IoT clouds for industries like traffic management or the smart grid will continue to be delayed.               

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The Future of Human Civilization Depends on Cutting Food Waste

May 7, 2014 9:26 am | by by Selina Juul, Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark and Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize

Food industry efforts to reduce food waste and loss grow more fervent as data exposes the shockingly large amount of food that is wasted worldwide on a daily basis. Developed and developing nations show varying points where waste occurs, but the loss is real.

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How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                 

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Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

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The Three Key Catalysts for More Precise Recalls

May 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US

Perhaps at no point in history has the consumer been more informed and attentive to what they buy and eat. As a result, food manufacturers are more and more sensitive to consumers’ higher expectations and are working to implement standards-based traceability processes.

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Sick of Food Safety? Never!

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor

A hundred food safety experts walked away from the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore with an unwanted souvenir: a foodborne illness. Food Manufacturing Editor Holly Henschen escaped that fate and says there's actually a positive story within the outbreak.

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Natural Disaster Planning and Training

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, Process Safety Management (PSM)

Storm season is upon the United States. Do you have an emergency plan and the trained employees to carry it out? Tim Williams, senior project manager at Process Safety Management (PSM), has a primer to help ensure that yours meets regulated safey needs.

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Business Intelligence and the Future of Manufacturing

May 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Cohen, Director of Partner Business Development, Information Builders

Today’s plant floors generate unimaginable volumes of data that can help a manufacturer increase throughput, understand where it is most exposed to risk and respond to customer demands in near-real time. But many manufacturers struggle to maintain pace with their data.

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Count on Accuracy: Selecting the Right Scale for the Job

May 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Simone Zimmerman, Market Manager, METTLER TOLEDO Industrial

When it comes to counting scales, a common misconception is that high internal resolution directly impacts accuracy. Some manufacturers say their counting scale achieves up to 1 million internal resolutions or more. The fact is that internal resolution is unrelated to achievable counting accuracy.

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Reducing Fruit and Vegetable Waste

April 30, 2014 8:00 am | by SAVE FOOD Initiative

Beside bad weather conditions during growing or delayed harvesting, storage and transport are among the biggest risk factors when it comes to fruit and vegetable losses. On a global scale, the proportion of food becoming unfit for human consumption during transport and distribution is as high as one-fifth.

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed to the U.S. Next?

April 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling behind.

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Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

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Changing the Tune on Asset Uptime

April 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation

Not all manufacturers have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team. 

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How Can Large Food Manufacturers Fuel Clean Energy?

April 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Shlomi Palas, CEO Bluesphere Corporation

When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day, that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity. New waste-to-energy technologies can transform this food waste into clean, green energy while also reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP

The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum. Increased shareholder activism regarding sustainability has the potential to affect any public company’s approach.

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Q&A: Pom Wonderful, Coca-Cola Case May Impact Labeling Laws

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor and Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case in which Pom Wonderful has accused Coca-Cola of misleading consumers with one of its Minute Maid juice labels. Food Manufacturing spoke with attorney Claudia Vetesi about the case and its possible implications for food manufacturers.

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7 Guidelines for Today's ERP Project

April 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants

It’s a given that ERP has to stay current to meet today’s business requirements. One best practice is to see an ERP selection project as a platform for continuous improvement. Here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.

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The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros.

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

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