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Q&A: The Workings of Supplier Relationship Management

August 25, 2014 | by Bill Michels, President, ISM Services | Comments

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 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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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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Non-Traditional Packaging Excels in Beverage, Dairy Industries

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

U.S. producers have been catching on to the benefits of aseptic cartons, which were first developed for shelf-safe dairy products in 1961. But much has changed in the past 15 years, with growing segments of the dairy, beverage and food industries embracing carton technology so enthusiastically that it now dominates certain categories.

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Providing Protein in On-the-Go Breakfast Foods

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | by David G. Sabbagh, Senior Group Manager - Applications Innovation, Michelle Braun, Ph.D, Senior Researcher

The unhurried breakfast of the past has given way to an average of just 12 minutes a day for consuming breakfast, according to recent research. Now, food manufacturers are looking for innovative ideas to change how Americans kick-off their day.

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Preventing Pests From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Rotex

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation. 

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Rethinking Business Processes to Boost Margins

August 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Brian Shannon, Principal Business Process Management Strategist, Dolphin Corp.

Companies across the spectrum of food manufacturing, whether it be a purveyor of customized ingredients for the food and beverage industry or a multi-national food company, have all found a recipe for success and profitability by optimizing their near-cash processes.

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11 Questions to Ask a Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 12, 2014 2:35 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM

To bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Sweeney

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important. The question which should be asked is “where is the best place to manufacture?"

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Q&A: Collaboration is the Key to Improved Supply Chain Visibility

August 11, 2014 10:09 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

While food manufacturers large and small may have diverging business interests, working together with their trading partners to agree upon standards can make the supply chain operations more efficient, less complex and less costly.     

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How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

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Combating the Talent Gap With Targeted Training

August 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME

The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models. 

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Can MRSA be Controlled in Our Food Supply Chain?

August 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Jim Praechtl, CEO, Clearstream, LLC

MRSA and other resistant microorganisms on their own will not control themselves. The industry has to take proactive measures to bring this and similar pathogens that affect livestock operations and production processes under control.      

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Why CPG Manufacturers Need Digital Product Content Now

August 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Sue Sentell, President and CEO, Gladson

Digital product content is the foundation of a compelling shopping experience for consumers. With the right product content strategy, manufacturers can rise to the challenge and keep their customers — both retailers and shoppers — happy. 

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Reusing Water in Food, Beverage Facilities

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Nate Maguire, Business Unit Director, Xylem

Water reuse, including reclaimed and recycled water, is one method food and beverage facilities can employ to alleviate business risk, enhance sustainability practices and safeguard water quality standards by decreasing the plant’s dependency on external water sources.

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Dairy Energy From Acid Whey

August 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lauren Toretta, President, CH4 Biogas

The need for environmentally sound disposal solutions for acid whey has created mutually beneficial opportunities for the dairy industry, yogurt producers and manufacturers of biodigesters. With tax credit from the government, these industries can reap all the benefits.

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Energy Efficiency May be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP

Operational savings are a critical component of the food and beverage industry business model. By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.

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5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC

There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity, increased accuracy, improved space utilization or better accommodation of demand spikes. Here are five ways to improve your company's strategies.

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Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by National Safety Council

Recently, the National Safety Council released a guide for employers, The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace, to help companies understand how employee prescription painkiller use or abuse could directly impact business.

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