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One Ingredient at a Time, Consumers are Changing the Food Industry

May 21, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Consumers are learning to voice their concerns through social media, advocacy groups, consumer surveys and petitions — announcing to the food industry exactly what they want and do not want in their food supply. But are food companies listening?

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PACK EXPO Case History: Flexible, Adaptable Cartoner Serves Pie Maker a Bigger Slice of Success

May 22, 2015 7:45 am | by PACK EXPO, PMMI

Manufacturers must continuously evaluate production lines and enhance efficiency — all while protecting quality, meeting regulatory demands and, ultimately, ensuring customer satisfaction. This is especially true in the food industry, where companies face increasing competition and a growing demand for a variety of products. Find out how a pie manufacturer more than doubled productivity with technology found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

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First Mobile App For Trucking Industry

May 21, 2015 1:55 pm | by Total Quality Logistics

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul. 

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Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 4

May 21, 2015 10:35 am | by Blake Svejkovsky, Heat and Control, Inc.

Look for the latest technology in safe conveyors that are sanitation-friendly, reduce cross contamination, maintain product quality, facilitate proportional product feeding, and reduce costs for operation and maintenance.

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Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 3

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jill Batka, President, Dynamic Conveyor

The latest trends with conveyors in the food processing industry revolve around food safety and saving processors money.

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Consumer vs. Industry Perspectives on a Partnership in Food Safety

May 20, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

“Today, we talk to our kids about stranger danger and Internet safety,” Darin Detwiler said. “But somehow when it comes to food, we have this sense of ‘It’s gotta be fine.’ We trust too easily.” Detwiler lost his son, Riley, in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak.

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Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 2

May 19, 2015 1:50 pm | by Jim Paulsen, Sales/Account Manager, Multi-Conveyor

Sanitation is the top trending conversation in building conveyors for the food industry. Staying ahead of the requirements that the food industry dictates is key to developing sustainable designs that can work across various food manufacturing segments.

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The Value of Properly Testing Dry Powder Filling Machines Prior to Installation

May 19, 2015 12:00 pm | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing — Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

Not all testing facilities are the same. Knowing what to look for in a pre-installation test will help ensure accurate data and expectations are met. 

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The Buzzing Trend of Eating Insects

May 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Jarrod Goldin, Co-Founder, Next Millennium Farms

Yes, those little critters that slither, hop and crawl are super-packed with nutrients that our bodies need, while being low in fat and calories. From Bangkok to China to Mexico, people are eating more than 1,900 different species of edible insects that roam this planet in abundance.

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Case Study: Hillshire Brands Mobilizes Information to Improve Compliance, Reduce Quality Deviations and Waste Background

May 18, 2015 12:05 pm | by Hillshire Brands

With improved visibility into production and access to real-time data, Hillshire Brands increased plant productivity and enhanced its processes for reducing foodborne-illness risks at its Haltom City, Texas plant.

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Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 1

May 18, 2015 9:10 am | by Crystal Willey, Cambridge Engineered Solutions

In part one of this five-part series, we ask: What are the latest trends in conveying related to the food industry?

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5 Challenges Faced by CPG Players in Emerging Markets

May 18, 2015 8:25 am | by Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata

Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata, has outlined five major challenges that CPG companies are facing in dense markets and how using data analytics has proved to be a great tool for CPG manufacturers to address these challenges.

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Knowledge About Corrosion Prevention Crucial for Success in Food Manufacturing Industry

May 18, 2015 8:15 am | by Stephanie Ellis, Director, Corrosion College

Food manufacturing facilities are highly corrosive environments due to the continual exposure to chemicals, water and other corrosive elements used during processing and daily sanitization. It is critical to prevent corrosion in order to avoid the high costs of equipment repair, replacement and downtime that is often the result of corrosion damage.

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Why CO2 is a Viable Refrigerant Alternative

May 15, 2015 12:55 pm | by Chuck Taylor and Todd Allsup, Stellar

Now that synthetic refrigerants are being phased out due to their negative environmental impacts, it’s time to take a renewed look at CO2 as a viable refrigerant alternative. 

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Manufacturing Automation: Finding The ROI In A Digital Strategy

May 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Larry Korak

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.

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'Vermont, Naturally' – The Irony For Food Manufacturers

May 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Kristen E. Polovoy, Esquire, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

Food manufacturers should monitor carefully how the Act 120 challenges play out in Vermont. 

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Are You Prepared for Summer?

May 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

As summer draws closer and temperatures begin to rise, there are many safety factors that need to be taken into consideration.  

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Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 13, 2015 2:21 pm | by Deborah Grant

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.

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Brewing up Automation: How Craft Beer is Affecting Distributors and how AS/RS can Support Ongoing SKU Growth

May 13, 2015 1:30 pm | by Aaron Corcoran, Account Executive, Westfalia Technologies, Inc.

Today, the craft brewing industry is booming. As these small market and craft breweries keep growing, distributors are looking for new, strategic ways to obtain a competitive edge while taking on these additional SKUs.

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Visibility In Manufacturing: The Path To Industry 4.0

May 12, 2015 11:05 am | by Adrian Jennings

Through the enhanced visibility of Industry 4.0, manufacturers can gain a number of benefits that contribute to dramatic resource and cost savings, plus significantly improved productivity.

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The Evolution of the Refrigeration Environment

May 12, 2015 8:15 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar

Ammonia, a natural refrigerant, has long been one of the most highly used refrigerants in large, industrial applications due to its many benefits. However, while ammonia may be gentler on the environment, it has hazards of its own.

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