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'90s Kids Rejoice: Coca-Cola's Surge is Back!

September 17, 2014 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Ready for a totally awesome ‘90s flashback? The Mountain Dew-like, citrus-flavored soda, Surge, is backThe blast from the past is only being sold online via Amazon.com.                  

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Marijuana Edibles: Sweet Business is Budding

September 18, 2014 2:22 pm | by Holly Henschen, Contributor

Denver-based Dixie Elixirs expands its facility to produce THC-infused edibles with a focus on transparency, technology and consumer education.                                

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Dr. David Michaels

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours.

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10 Tips For a Successful ERP Implementation

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

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Why Synchronize Time? 3 Ways it Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Dieter Pape

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

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The Importance of Leadership, Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 8:04 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

While automation, IT and software solutions can play an important part of many Operational Excellence initiatives, in reality technology can only be as effective as the people and processes to which it supports.           

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5 Tips For Equipment Financing in 2014

September 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Kurt Kolesha, Sales Manager, EverBank Commercial Fiance's Packaging & Plastics Group

Today, banks are healthy and offering lower rates, which means manufacturers in the packaging space can pursue growth by employing strategic financing models. As a result, many would suggest that it is a perfect time to access capital.   

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Technological Advances in Food Processing Creates Regulatory Gaps

September 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager

New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Schnitt

Purchase orders are typically issued by a manufacturer for specific goods and raw materials. They are a legal document that specifies pricing and quantities when ordering product. What’s happened, however, is that many manufacturers now issue POs for every transaction.

The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

September 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

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The Contract Manufacturing Agreement: What Food Makers Need to Know

September 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Dori E. Brewer, Perkins Coie LLP

Before taking the outsourcing plunge, it is critical that businesses commit to processes that ensure the safety of consumers, the security of their intellectual property and compliance with food safety laws.           

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5 Tips For Manufacturers to Protect Against IP Theft

September 2, 2014 2:32 pm | by Salo Fajer

This may seem like a no-brainer, but despite all of the chatter in the C-Suite about cyber security, very few companies have meaningful data protection programs in place today.                    

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To Make Crowdsourcing Work, Move From Contents to Continual Innovation

September 2, 2014 10:42 am | by John Paul Williams

Crowdsourcing is all the rage. The Internet is rife with breathless coverage of companies inviting the public to submit videos, create new food flavors or submit product ideas to company and open platforms.            

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Three Keys to Great Warehouse Management

August 28, 2014 1:00 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity

Information is the key to running a successful warehouse. With an automated management solution in place, staying in sync ought to be as easy as opening an app on your smartphone or tablet. The results are greater efficiency, lower costs and improved revenue.

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Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

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Q&A: The Workings of Supplier Relationship Management

August 25, 2014 7:45 am | by Jennifer Brusco, Director, Media and Content, TraceGains

What is supplier relationship management? Which suppliers should you focus on? Who should manage the supplier relationship? Bill Michels, CPSM, CPM, MCIPS, president of ISM Services sat down with TraceGains to discuss the answers to some of these questions. 

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What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

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3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

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Q&A: How Can Manufacturers Keep Up With Protein Beverage Trend?

August 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Greg Paul, PhD, global marketing director at DuPont Nutrition, says the demand for protein is only going to continue to grow as brands highlight the value of protein. Paul points out that manufacturers can keep up with increasing demand by pinpointing consumers' needs. 

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Economic Development: What's in it for Food Manufacturers?

August 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Charles Ching, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Fairfield, Calif.

Fairfield officials see a bright road ahead for its food manufacturing cluster because of a business-friendly environment, available space to attract additional businesses and its impressive list of attributes, like its ample supply of water. 

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