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Does Your Business Need a 'Retirement Plan'?

January 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by William H. Black, Jr. , Pension Services, Inc.

I'm frequently asked, “Do I really need to consider a retirement plan for my business"? The answer is typically, “Yes." The question often arises because the business owner does not want to add unnecessary overhead or increase costly unnecessary and unappreciated benefits.

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Best Logistics Advice for 2014: Dump Tribal Knowledge

January 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Tim Garcia, Apptricity Founder and CEO

I’d like to offer some food for thought when it comes to evaluating and improving logistics in your enterprise: Whatever else you do in 2014, make it a priority to dump the tribal knowledge you might be using to make mission-critical decisions. Instead, substitute the facts. While this may seem contrarian, it is actually essential.

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You Can Drown in a Grain Bin in Less Than a Minute

January 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Bielema

It can happen to you. Five seconds. That is how quickly a worker can become engulfed in flowing grain and be unable to get out. Sixty seconds. That is how quickly a worker can be completely submerged in flowing grain. More than half of all grain engulfments result in death by suffocation.

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Three Keys to Sound Marketing Plans for Your Food Manufacturing Business

January 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing

How effectively are you marketing your food manufacturing business? How are you integrating marketing principles into your business strategy to not only keep existing customers walking through the door, but attract new customers as well?

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ISM: A Well-Balanced, Solid End to the Year

January 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI™ registered 57 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage point when compared to November’s reading of 57.3 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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Pet Food Safety: From Feed to Food (Part II)

January 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP and Roger DeGood, SSOE Group

Here is a look at some of the strategies that pet food manufacturers can apply to improve food safety through more effective site selection, facility design, storm run-off and wastewater management, work flows, waste management, and safety training.

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by LNS Research

Operational Excellence is a continuous improvement journey facilitated by a culture and mindset of optimizing an organization’s people, processes and supporting technology resources. Depending on current strategy and position, however, every company will have different Operational Excellence goals and objectives.

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Pet Food Safety: From Feed to Food (Part I)

January 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP and Roger DeGood, SSOE Group

Here is a look at some of the strategies that pet food manufacturers can apply to improve food safety through more effective site selection, facility design, storm run-off and wastewater management, work flows, waste management, and safety training.

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

January 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group

Before we can jump into delivering automation solutions, we need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation. Case in point, control systems once had a life span of decades, but now the range is between three and 10 years.

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Finding and Keeping a Next-Gen Workforce

January 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries.

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Food Industry ERP: 4 Questions Your Business Must Ask

January 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Paul Bywater, Managing Director of Manufacturing Solutions, Sanderson

When choosing a fit-for-purpose ERP solution for your food and drink manufacturing business, you need to consider four main characteristics. Do not be alarmed if you can only find a few genuinely fit-for-purpose solutions for your project — there are many more marketed to the food and drink industry than can really “cut the mustard.”

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Setting the Table For Successful Supply Chain Management

January 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer, E2open

Successful Supply Chain Management (SCM) is, in a way, like a hearty holiday meal. A lot of time and effort goes on in the background before you set the table. Your meal won’t be a hit with your family and friends if everything doesn’t come together in a timely fashion.

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Q&A: The Value of a Connected Workforce

December 30, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

As food manufacturing becomes an increasingly global business, it is more important than ever for companies to stay connected to their employees. Food Manufacturing spoke with Connor Marsden of Microsoft Dynamics CRM about the latest technology available for companies looking to keep in close contact with their workforce.

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Labeling Litigation on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Food for Thought (Part II)

December 27, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristen Polovoy

You can’t judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes, but what about judging food products based on their labels? Do the truthfulness and non-misleading character of a food label depend on where the label was published, where it’s read by the consumer or the nationality of its purchaser?

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PRIA Tracks Poultry Like Nuclear Energy and Terrorism Threats

December 27, 2013 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Probabilistic Risk Informed Analysis (PRIA) was originally developed for the nuclear power sector in the 1970s. More recently, PRIA has been employed in assessing the risks and effects of chemical and biological terrorism. Now PRIA is modeling the effects of salmonella contamination in poultry processing.

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Labeling Litigation on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Food for Thought (Part I)

December 23, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristen Polovoy

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about judging food products based on their labels? Do the truthfulness and non-misleading character of a food label depend on where the label was published, where it’s read by the consumer or the nationality of its purchaser?

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Use of Monolithic HPLC Columns for Food Analysis in Complex Matrices

December 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Dr. Egidijus Machtejevas, Product Management Analytical Chromatography and Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Research and Development Analytical Chromatography, Merck Millipore

Chemical analysis of food is a prerequisite for ensuring correct labeling and protection of consumers against adulteration and misbranding. Here are some examples of how monolithic columns can be used to accelerate time to results of the chemical analysis of food products.

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4 Reasons B2B Companies Need to Start Tracking Customer Response Time

December 20, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mark Wilson, CEO and founder of TermSync

Every B2B company should track customer response time to improve their business. Not only will this help managers stay on top of their staff to ensure they are responding in a timely way to customers, but it also will help improve each customer’s overall experience.

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Food Industry Execs Shouldn’t Have to Swallow Excessive Work-Comp Costs

December 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Paul C. Johnson, CPCU, CWCA

For the food industry, risk is a multi-headed beast, often controlled by a virtual alphabet soup of regulatory entities — FDA, USDA, OSHA — all focused on safety. With so many regulatory waters to be navigated, failure to focus on worker safety can be extremely costly, both in terms of worker health and company finances.

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Q&A: The FDA and Mandatory Recalls

December 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI, provides more details on these rules.

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