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Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 13, 2014 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.                               

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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by Michael Bialko

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance

October 17, 2014 2:26 pm | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 

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The Generational Divide

October 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

How do the youngest crop of workers best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

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Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

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Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Disconnects are a major issue for many companies, and without an ERP system, they are almost inevitable. In the end, ERP may not be right for every company. However, an ERP system that matches a company’s size and product can streamline the manufacturing process.

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan

The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.

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5 Tips to Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 13, 2014 7:50 am | by Zurich Insurance Group

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), property losses at U.S. factories total nearly $1 billion each year. To help reduce these annual losses, Zurich recommends that manufacturing facilities make a commitment to the following five steps.

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What Does a Sustainable Shopping List Look Like?

October 10, 2014 9:42 am | by TakePart

Today's Americans are eating healthier, but we still have a long way to go in terms of sustainability. A recent survey showed that American consumers eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables of the 18 countries ranked.

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Fred Thomas

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product. Manufacturers must be better able to adapt quickly to consumer preferences.

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How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Food Facility This Fall

October 6, 2014 10:06 am | by John Kane, B.C.E., Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

In addition to negatively affecting your audit score — pest control can account for up to 20 percent of your third-party audit — rodents can damage or contaminate inventory and products, resulting in disposal and even rejected shipments.   

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Improve Loading Dock Safety: 6 Key Tips

October 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Brad Poulter

You do not want to lose production time due to an inefficient loading dock. You also cannot sacrifice safety for speed. Follow these loading dock safety tips to keep your dock safe and your products moving efficiently.        

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5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider by 2015

October 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Brad Poulter

From a changing global economy and a shift away from outsourcing to newer technologies and consumer demands, distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. Here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For a Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 2:26 pm | by Sean Riley

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.                  

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Lean and Food Safety Certification Go Hand in Hand

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by George Gansner, IFS Management GmbH and Steve Weise, TBM Consulting Group, Inc.

Most food manufacturers and suppliers have two completely separate operational excellence initiatives. By uniting these two efforts, food safety programs can provide customers with certification assurances while building a culture of process discipline, continuous improvement and employee engagement.

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In Defense of Frozen: Natural Sector Continues to Boom

October 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Licata, President, CEO, Blake's All Natural Foods

If a clean ingredient deck is the primary driver of the shift toward Natural and Organic meals in the frozen aisle, another contributing factor in consumers’ decisions to abandon their long-standing relationship with legacy brands is the desire to know more about the company who makes their food.

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Risk, Opportunities With Used Equipment

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, SSOE Group

Cutting costs and accommodating production schedules are two of the major factors driving the purchase of used equipment in the food manufacturing marketplace. On average, a manufacturer can save 25 to 50 percent when compared against purchasing new equipment.

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8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp.

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 4

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tony Reed, Business Development Manager for Food Safety, Dow MIcrobial Control

In the last part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?           

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