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What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Comments

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. While the the FDA and European labels are different, both are focused on better legibility, more comprehensive information, and specific nutrient information (fats and added sugars, etc.).

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argue those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades.

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Dan Blacharski

Managing extended sales channels has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.         

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Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 28, 2015 9:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the comfort of your own home. The team behind the robotic bartender began researching the technology after experiencing automated beer dispensing in Tokyo three years ago.

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Assessing Your Risk For a Cyber Breach and Minimizing the Fallout

January 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Risk Management Services, Assurance

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

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10 Key Initiatives to Drive Value From Supply Chain Networks in 2015

January 26, 2015 11:45 am | by Elemica

Using these 10 key initiatives, business leaders will gain greater profitability, improve productivity, and increase customer satisfaction to drive more value out of their supply chains.                 

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 23, 2015 1:25 pm | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

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Elder Boom: How Food Makers Can Appeal to the Senior Demographic

January 22, 2015 8:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

An unparalleled demographic shift is taking place worldwide as record numbers of people are living longer — sometimes much longer. For food and beverage makers and retailers, this change opens up huge and exciting opportunities.   

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World's Smartest Oven Knows What to Cook

January 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine

The aptly named MAID Oven knows what to cook, how to cook it, and will even learn your personal preferences and stream your favorite cooking show. The founders wanted everyone to be able to cook — a task that is harder for some than others. 

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FDA Removing Non-Renewed Food Facility Registrations from its Database

January 21, 2015 1:42 pm | by Registrar Corp

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facilities to renew their FDA registrations every even-numbered year between October 1 and December 31. Any food facility that did not renew its registration by December 31, 2014 should re-register with FDA before it continues to ship food products to the United States, as its registration is now invalid.

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Avocados, Blueberries and Cocoa Beans: The ABC's of Keeping the Doctor Away

January 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff

Times have changed. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away. But three recent studies indicate this mantra could be changed to “a blueberry- avocado-cocoa-bean-smoothie a day” keeps the doctor away — if the doctor is a cardiologist.

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

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Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

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Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

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3 Ways to Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Stewart Florsheim

In every product company, bottlenecks occur that can delay the processing of an order, the production of goods, or perhaps delivery to a customer site. To understand where your organization could increase efficiency, first look to the areas where the entire process slows or even grinds to a halt.

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"Greening" the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Monica Gomez

Going “green” is not only good for the environment — it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. 

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The 3 Topics Food and Beverage Executives Are Thinking About

January 16, 2015 9:45 am | by Chris Nay, Senior Managing Director, Food and Beverage, GE Capital

GE Capital recently surveyed c-suite executives at middle market food and beverage companies. The survey found that in addition to maximizing financial performance, food and beverage leaders are looking to maximize their engagement with consumers by responding to their evolving tastes. 

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Why Stainless Refrigerant Piping is a Better Investment than Carbon Steel

January 16, 2015 9:36 am | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar

When deciding on refrigerant piping for your food processing facility, you’re faced with two major options: carbon steel or stainless. While carbon steel, or black pipe, is the industry standard, stainless is a far better investment for your food manufacturing plant due to lifetime costs, maintenance and durability.

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Microsoft's Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

January 15, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sanjay Ravi

By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things. 

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