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From Farm to Fork and Back Again: Traceability Could Save Your Company

May 1, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

During an educational seminar at the Food Safety Summit, food lawyer Shawn Stevens said although an employee may care about traceability, if the owner, upper management, suppliers and the customers don't care -- it's not going to get you too far.

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Mitigating Recall Risk

May 4, 2015 1:00 pm | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Sean Riley

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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5 Labeling Best Practices for Food Companies

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Ronald J. Levine, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

In recent years, food labeling has become a target of civil lawsuits, especially class actions, and regulatory action.  Every day we read about a new class action attacking words such as “natural,” or a warning letter or other challenge to food labeling.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

April 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar

At one time or another, all food processors and beverage manufacturers will be in the market for a refrigeration compressor rebuild or replacement. Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

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Q&A with Michael Desso, Nestlé USA Director of Safety, Health and Environment

April 30, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Earlier this month, Nestlé USA announced that all 23 of its factories are now landfill-free and contributing zero waste for disposal, reflecting the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A on the topic with Michael Desso, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Nestlé USA.

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Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

April 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.

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Best Practices for Sharing Data across the Enterprise

April 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Khris Kammer, Information Partner and Competency Manager, and Keith McPherson, Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation

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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5 Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking To Go Lean

April 30, 2015 7:15 am | by Dave Lechleitner

Because we are living in an age where increased efficiency is not only desired, but also required in order to stay competitive, every manufacturing company can benefit from implementing a sustainable lean strategy.

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Industry Insider: Texture Technology for Hybrid Bakes

April 29, 2015 11:30 am | by Jo Smewing, Business Director, Stable Micro Systems

From ‘cronuts’ to ‘townies’, traditional sweet treats are getting a modern makeover thanks to strong consumer interest in innovative eating experiences. Creating a new textural story for this growing range of hybrid bakery products is key to their success. Jo Smewing, business director at Stable Micro Systems, looks at which texture analysis techniques are taking the lead. 

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Using WiFi Data Loggers in Cold Storage Applications

April 29, 2015 7:10 am | by CAS DataLoggers

The benefits of WiFi connectivity for the food and beverage industry include cold chain integrity/validation, product protection, inventory tracking, documentation for receivers, temperature management in shipping compartments and more.

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Q&A with J.P. Bachman, VP, Lone Star Western Beef Inc.

April 28, 2015 7:15 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with Lone Star Western Beef Vice President J.P. Bachman via email regarding the company's move from West Virginia to Pennsylvania, the company's history and more.  

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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need To Invest In APM

April 28, 2015 6:45 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

Failure to meet regulatory reporting requirements carries a direct impact on profitability that can range from a fine or penalty, to outright invalidation of the product.

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Could Your Supply Chain be the Weakest Link in Risk Management?

April 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the Information Security Forum

To address information risk in the supply chain, organizations should adopt strong, scalable and repeatable processes — obtaining assurance proportionate to the risk faced.

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A Unifying Vision For Distribution and the Robot Revolution

April 24, 2015 2:20 pm | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE

Robots can't be considered the future of distribution. They are the present, and distributors that don’t plan on integrating robots with a holistic perspective will be left in the past.

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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 24, 2015 1:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

To maximize the life of the bearing and uptime of your warehouse equipment, here are three crucial things to consider for an effective industrial lubricants management program.

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Case Study: Fast Food Made Even Faster by High-Speed Doors

April 24, 2015 8:20 am | by Michael Watkins, Vice-President – Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors

Door speed and reliability ensure that every doorway is ready to handle high volume, 24/7 traffic for major food distributor.

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Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Lori Payne

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing software and are beginning to evaluate their options, we offer four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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How Buyer-Driven Procurement Became the New Normal

April 23, 2015 9:10 am | by Dan Amzallag

Traditionally, time, cost and a lack of resources put severe limits on procurement professionals' supplier vetting process. But traditions are changing.

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Earth Day: A Two-Step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

It may sound like a boring topic, but without packaging, more food would be wasted. Granted, food waste is already at critical levels, with more than 30 percent of food in the U.S. being wasted annually, but packaging plays a positive role in this equation.

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Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Bob McKee

Maximizing supply chain flexibility and managing multiple supply chain configurations is becoming paramount, especially as the increasing use of online channels is forcing supply chain managers to reduce their response times and fill smaller, more personalized customer orders.

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