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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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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

September 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

When it comes to working in the warehouse, there are countless distractions. While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 3

September 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Andrew Knowles, Sales Support/Applications Manager, JBT FoodTech

In part three 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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The History and Future of the Mobile Food Industry

September 26, 2014 8:15 am | by Anthony Fellows, Chief POP Officer, HipPOP's Gelato Bars

The mobile food industry allows aspiring entrepreneurs to conduct sufficient market research before investing in an actual location. With this market research, they often come out with some key tips on staying afloat in this industry.    

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What Food Makers Should Know About Protein Selection

September 25, 2014 2:44 pm | by Megan DeStefano, Global Strategic Marketing, DuPont Nutrition & Health

Seniors believe that they should consume more protein and prefer to get their daily recommended intake from functional foods and beverages instead of supplements. This opens the door for food manufacturers to create tasty protein fortification applications to meet this growing demand and stay relevant.

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year. Given these numbers, electrical accidents are among the top causes of job-related fatalities in the U.S. workplace.

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

The improving economy means manufacturers' equipment needs are increasing to meet growing business demands. This article offers 10 guidelines on how to determine which financing option is appropriate when acquiring equipment.     

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Food Companies Beware: Autumn Insects in Peak Migration

September 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services

With Fall comes cooler temperatures. And with cooler temperatures come pests. Food facilities may experience invaders this season when these pests try to migrate toward buildings in search of warm resting spots to spend the cold winter.    

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5 Tips to Increase Productivity

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kara Simon, General Manager, 3Cheers Recognition & Rewards

Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 2

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brad Polen, Sector Manager, Processed Foods, Sealed Air

In 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? Brad Polen of Sealed Air's Food Care Division has the mic. 

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 1

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar

In part one 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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4 Ways to Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production and need to be engaged with at every step.

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Bakery Sector Keeps Rising With the Times

September 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by By Ken Hagedorn, Vice President of Sales, Naegele Inc.; Food Processing Suppliers Association Board of Directors

During the past year, the bakery sector has been active in addressing key topics that have popped up in recent times. And one of the most important involves the sanitary design of equipment.          

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Marijuana Edibles: Sweet Business is Budding

September 18, 2014 2:22 pm | by Holly Henschen, Contributor

Denver-based Dixie Elixirs expands its facility to produce THC-infused edibles with a focus on transparency, technology and consumer education.                                

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Significant changes are in store — and in many cases already underway — for all businesses. That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.      

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