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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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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 1

December 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by David Beal, Senior Management Consultant, TBM Consulting Group

In this three-part series of the 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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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) of Onshoring

December 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by Noreen King

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 3

December 3, 2014 12:10 pm | by Arlan Purdy, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the final installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Q&A: How the 5-Step Process Can Benefit Food Companies

December 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing sat down with Director of Marketing for Food & Beverage Bob Klimko to get the scoop on how ORBIS is partnering with food industry customers and helping evolve their growing needs since the start of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Bowled Over: Soup Category Trends Spur Reinvention

December 2, 2014 2:09 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

Thankfully, increased taste for international flavors and hunger for novel packaging formats are fueling the emergence of new soup category trends, and consumers are showing signs of warming up to this age-old dish once again.   

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Q&A: Food Trends and Predictions For 2015

December 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Looking back on the year, the food industry has seen changes to the FSMA proposed rules, a rising number of food safety issues across the supply chain, and an increasing adoption of technology. We spoke with Keri Dawson about what she predicts for 2015. 

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4 Ways Businesses Can Learn From US Army Safety Practices

December 1, 2014 3:41 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader

Most business leaders would be startled to know that the US Army accident rate is nearly 9X lower than the accident rate for US industries. Just like any business, the Army on a daily basis repairs heavy machinery, operates logistics depots and conducts refueling operations.

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Improving State Consumer Protection Acts

December 1, 2014 10:29 am | by Tiger Joyce

In recent years, there have been hundreds of often preposterous consumer class action lawsuits that frequently target both food producers and sellers across the country. Recognizing the potential for litigious mischief, Congress purposely limited enforcement of the law to its newly created FTC.

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Q&A: Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing?

November 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, to discuss his choice to select a domestic manufacturer.

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