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Americans Hungry For A Strong Manufacturing Sector

September 22, 2011 11:15 am | by Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute

However, DeRocco warns that Americans "are not confident that policymakers are taking the right approach today to support U.S. competitiveness." She says that 83 percent of survey respondents either "strongly agree" or "agree" America needs a more strategic approach to develop its manufacturing base.

Dutch Farms Improves Operations With Flexible ERP Solution

September 22, 2011 11:14 am

Chicago-based Dutch Farms distributes a private-label line of dairy products and eggs along with a range of refrigerated and frozen foods. With yearly revenues around $250 million, the company’s history has been one of ongoing growth and adaption to meet the needs of the dynamic, highly competitive food market.

Keeping A Watchful Eye On The Food We Eat

September 22, 2011 11:12 am | by Adam Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight

Preventing cross contamination from pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella has been the long-standing top priority for the meat industry. From harvesting through processing, contamination typically occurs due to inconsistent sanitary procedures. Meat producers have continuously improved handling practices, and over the last ten years our meat supply has become safer than ever before.


To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

September 22, 2011 4:49 am | by Steve Staedler, LePoidevin Marketing

Using Twitter can lead to increased trade show booth traffic. In the weeks leading up to a tradeshow I recently attended with a client, I began Tweeting on their behalf. Using the show’s hash tag (#), I drummed up some pre-show interest and caught the eye of several attending industry trade magazine editors.

The Challenges Of Hawaiian Rum

September 21, 2011 4:54 am

When Kolani Distillers, on the island of Maui, decided to convert an old sugar mill into a distillery and produce a line of rum at the site of the island's only remaining sugar plantation, they realized they had their work cut out for them — a labor of love, hopefully. To begin with, the father and son team, Paul and Brian Case, had to make substantial investment that met the federal code governing building facilities.

Just Juice

September 20, 2011 4:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years, which is not to say my diet is always healthy. Let’s not forget that Doritos, cheese pizza, and jelly beans are all technically vegetarian. Despite this, stories of health success interest me in the sense that they're motivating, while still allowing me to sit idly on the couch, eating Corn Nuts (totally a vegetable!), and observing.

Conference At PACK EXPO Focuses On Food Safety

September 19, 2011 4:10 am

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ensures the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the federal regulators’ focus from responding to contamination incidents to preventing them. Since its passage earlier this year, food processors have been working to put the right equipment and reporting tools in place for compliance.

FSMA Raises The Safety Bar For Food & Beverage Manufacturers

September 16, 2011 4:48 am

Increasing incidents affecting the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of U.S. consumers have motivated the U.S. government to introduce new legislation and regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), aimed at improving the protection of consumers from defective food and beverage products being accidently shipped to U.


Whiskey Distillery Undergoes Control System Upgrade

September 14, 2011 11:07 am | by Keirsten Henderson, Industry Automation, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Keirsten Henderson, Industry Automation, Siemens Industry, Inc. Since the late 1880s, the smooth and mellow taste of Four Roses Bourbon has been a favorite among whiskey lovers. Over the decades, the spirits distiller has seen numerous management and political changes — including being one of only six distilleries granted permission to operate through prohibition to produce bourbon for medicinal purposes.

Q&A: Analyzing The FDA’s New Import Fees

September 14, 2011 4:50 am | by Ben England, Founder and CEO,

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced plans to implement re-examination fees as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While the agency says the fee — assessed only for imported food which fails to comply with a food safety requirement — is needed in order to improve the safety of imported products, some fear the new fees will hurt smaller food importers.

The Best Defense? Your Offense.

September 12, 2011 5:16 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC

A food manufacturing facility might just be a pest’s dream come true. Unlimited supplies of food, lots of hiding places, a warm shelter in the winter and a cool escape in the summer. But it goes without saying that pests in your facility aren’t just a nuisance, they’re unacceptable.

Q&A: A Total Systems Approach

September 12, 2011 4:44 am

Brand owners are increasingly taking a total systems approach to manufacturing to enhance efficiencies and decrease costs. Brian Barr, Packaging Sales Manager, Heat and Control Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing, Bosch Packaging Technologies Maria Ferrante, Vice President of Education & Workforce Development, PMMI Leading up to PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 26-28; Las Vegas Convention Center) , this year’s largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America, we spoke with Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bosch Packaging Technologies (Booth #1423), Brian Barr, packaging sales manager at Heat and Control (Booth #2433) and Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI, to gain insight into the trend towards integration.

The iPad And Its Role In Lean Manufacturing Success

September 8, 2011 9:03 am | by Andy Amalfitano, VP & General Manager, Manufacturing Execution and Intelligence Division, Solarsoft Business Systems

September 9, 2011 When it comes to going lean in manufacturing, the iPad is much more than a space saver, it’s an agile money-saver and money-maker, too. Although it plays a vital role in manufacturing, executives continue to struggle with the intersection of analytics and information to support lean manufacturing initiatives.

Alaskan Hatchery Nets Automated Alarm And Monitoring System

September 8, 2011 4:57 am | by Benjamin Smith, Maintenance Supervisor, Hidden Falls Hatchery, Sitka, Alaska

An upgraded alarm and monitoring system at Hidden Falls Hatchery keeps fish, and Alaska’s economy, alive. Alaska leads U.S. states in the value of its commercial fishing catch. The Alaska salmon industry represents the world’s only sustainable salmon fishery. And with seafood being Alaska’s largest export, excluding oil and gas, the Alaska hatchery system plays a vital role in the state’s economy.

Are Corporate Wellness Programs Really Worth It?

September 7, 2011 4:52 am | by Rosie Ward, Ph.D., Health Management Services Manager, RJF Agencies, Inc.

Only if They Move Beyond Fruits, Veggies and Pedometers. There are many positive things one can say about corporate wellness programs aimed at creating a healthy environment for employees. Much has been written about the profound results companies have found through their wellness programs.

Confidence In Equipment Leasing Falls In August

September 6, 2011 5:01 am

The overall MCI-EFI is 50.0, a decrease from the July index of 56.2. When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 13.2 percent of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, slightly decreased from 14.

Linking HR Development To The Bottom Line

August 31, 2011 7:02 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc.

How can HR demonstrate that its people development adds bottom-line value? Here are six ways to do so. In today’s environment, efforts to sustain the relevance of human resource development (HRD) hinge on three golden words: Return on Investment. Demonstrate your function’s ROI and chances are it will not go MIA.

Q&A: Heavy Metal Safety In Food Manufacturing

August 31, 2011 4:41 am | by Kim Dennis MacDougall, research scientist, Kimberly-Clark Professional

A recent study released by environmental consulting firm Gradient found that towels routinely used by food manufacturers are often contaminated with heavy metal residues from other industries that survived the cleaning process. Food Manufacturing spoke with Kim Dennis of Kimberly-Clark Professional about the health risks of this issue, as well as the steps food processors can take to enhance the safety of their clothing and safety apparel.

Rising Job Figures Require Increase In Employment Law Knowledge

August 30, 2011 4:58 am | by Theresa Jones, CEO, Blue Gavel Press

Unemployment figures are improving in many small business niches, and according to the top executive of a national business publishing firm, that increase in employment will require an equivalent increase in America's knowledge of employment law. "Small businesses are the cornerstone of America's economy," said Theresa Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Gavel Press, "and as the economy improves and hiring increases, America's small business owners will need to update their knowledge of employment law and compliance issues.

The Color Of Money

August 29, 2011 4:32 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturers must be willing to take the long-view of energy efficiency purchases and their varying abilities to pay back: through improved relationships with suppliers and customers, better employee "ownership" of processes, or — the most basic — the greenbacks going back towards the bottom line.


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