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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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9 Ways to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 8:45 am | by FoodTank

Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. 

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 2

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the second 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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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tobin McGregor

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                  

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Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more companies are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices. The report defines sustainable manufacturing as “Using less energy and fewer resources to produce a product that is just as effective."

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Protecting Workers and Your Business This Holiday Season

November 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Don DeSimone

Food manufacturers are gearing up for what is expected to be a robust holiday buying season in 2014. During this peak season, safety is sometimes relegated to the back of the pallet in the haste to fulfill orders. But it’s more important than ever to have safety strategies in place.

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 1

November 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the first 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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What Can A Viewing Gallery Do For You?

November 24, 2014 9:26 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar

Whether its specialty is baked goods, meats or sodas, your facility deserves to be showcased. A viewing gallery helps shine that spotlight, serving as an isolated structure that gives guests a glimpse into your plant’s processes. It’s a moderate added cost for your facility, outweighed by a great deal of benefits.

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Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna

Metal contamination represents one of the most common forms of foreign bodies in food products. If not detected, it can become a major safety hazard for consumers. Food can be contaminated by metals at any stage of the food processing chain.

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Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

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Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

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Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.

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Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

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If Milk Can be Made in a Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 19, 2014 10:00 am | by TakePart

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further. 

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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