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It's Worth Educating Mom Bloggers About Natural, Organic Foods

June 16, 2015 11:20 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

There are great rewards for natural and organic food manufacturers that would take the time to educate Mom Bloggers on the virtues of their natural and organic food products. For starters, Mom Bloggers would be glad to share this information with millions of Moms. And as consumers, they’d welcome the clarity.

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Equipment Acquisition: Fair Market Value or $1 Buyout Lease? What You Need to Know to Decide

June 16, 2015 8:35 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

When you’re looking to preserve or access capital, equipment financing is an attractive option that offers these and numerous other benefits when acquiring equipment.  With leasing, knowing the factors that go into deciding whether to enter into a fair market value (FMV) lease or $1 buyout lease will enable you to make the right financing choice for the equipment you need to operate your business. 

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OSHA-Based or IBC Stairs: Clearing up a Warehouse Controversey

June 15, 2015 2:45 pm | by Arlin Keck, R&D Engineer, Steel King Industries

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the OSHA-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.

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Reducing Touches: Managing Lifecycles in Material Handling

June 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by Larry Korak

The material handling industry is uniquely tied to the fortunes of other industries and, as such, has much to gain from investments in technology supporting the design and on-going management of product lifecycles. 

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Case History: For Food Safety's Sake

June 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Power PR

Equipment manufacturers co-develop products to eliminate an ongoing HACCP issue and benefit food processors.

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6 Focus Areas For Food-Safe Facility Retrofits

June 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Kevin Keen, Stellar

When you’re producing food and beverage products during facility improvements, maintaining sanitary conditions must remain one of the highest priorities.

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Track and Trace Technology: One Cure For the Common Recall

June 12, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jack Payne

For the most part, companies are stepping up and taking accountability when contamination strikes. But the food and beverage manufacturing industry has much more work to do to prevent the endangerment of lives. 

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Enhancing Indoor Air Quality in Manufacturing Facilities

June 11, 2015 1:20 pm | by Tennant Company

Enhancing indoor air quality through better cleaning practices and equipment can improve employees’ health, and improve the overall experience for visitors to your facility.

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Vertical Farming Series Part 2: The Home-Based Vertical Farm

June 11, 2015 1:00 pm | by Henry Gordon Smith, The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), North America

By definition, vertical farming involves large, industrial buildings growing hundreds of plants using the latest technologies and systems. However, vertical farming has also flourished in residential settings and, with the right tools and support, the home-based indoor farm can thrive year-round.

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Manufacturer Finance Programs: Take Control of Increasing Sales to Grow Your Business

June 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Phillip A. Bruno, Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Business Services Corp.

There is a fairly common misconception among manufacturers who sell equipment or software directly or through distributors to commercial end-user customers. It is a costly one that can result in fewer sales, smaller market share, less repeat business, and weaker brand recognition.

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This Week in Food History: The Merger That Created PepsiCo

June 10, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

This week in food manufacturing history, we'll take a look at the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay, a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese, and the first long distance transport of frozen foods.

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Why Food Safety Matters

June 10, 2015 11:40 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

According to the CDC, each year one in six Americans become sick from food they consume. This results in a triple threat to food manufacturers: consumer weariness, reduced profits and tarnished industry reputation. This is why food safety matters.

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Utilizing Lean to Improve Process

June 10, 2015 8:55 am | by Rick Feldt, CPA, RubinBrown

Manufacturers must maximize the utilization of their biggest and best asset – their employees – to drive cost reductions, streamline processes and eliminate waste throughout the entire supply chain. There are several ways food manufactures can optimize production and administrative processes to find new and improved ways of producing and delivering goods at a greater profit.

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Cover Story: Protein Snack Powerhouse

June 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Jack Link's Protein Snacks leads the way in the rapidly growing meat snacks category.

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Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

June 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Brian Kennell, president and CEO for Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, highlights realistic implementation strategies manufacturers can use to begin reaping the benefits of smart manufacturing incrementally. 

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Using Technology To Boost Supplier Relationships

June 8, 2015 2:07 pm | by Paul Noël

When it comes to the supply chain, technology can make a significant impact. The problem, however, is that technology is often under-utilized both internally and externally.

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Case Study: Food Manufacturers, Distributors Seek Affordable Business Management Systems with Smooth, Fast Implementation

June 8, 2015 12:55 pm | by Power PR

For smaller and growing food companies, price, speed of implementation, scalability and adapting to changing business needs tops the list of requirements for business management software.

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Best Practices For Sharing Data Across the Enterprise

June 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Khris Kammer & Keith McPherson

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations.

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The Benefits of Pre-Applied Zipper Packaging Film

June 5, 2015 9:15 am | by Butler Automatic

Reclosable packaging is in a period of rapid growth, as many manufacturers realize the added value reclosable features offer consumers. This is especially true in the food industry, where a push towards reclosability has led to the implementation of a number of reseal technologies: traditional zip locks, slider locks, reusable adhesives and even Velcro-like closures.

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Supply Chain Analytics: How Manufacturers Can Get the Most Value Out of Their Automated Data Capture Technology

June 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Shane Snyder, President, Barcoding, Inc.

In an age where manufacturers are looking for new ways to cut costs and drive new efficiencies, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology has become commonplace in day-to-day operations.

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