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It's Time To Learn More About Humidity

September 29, 2010 4:50 am | by Ken Appel, Manager for Regulated Markets for Veriteq, a Vaisala Company

Have you seen the FDA’s web site home page recently — www.fda.gov ? Here are some other recent headlines to consider: September 2, 2010 (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ) “We expect El Niño to strengthen and persist through the winter months, providing clues as to what the weather will be like during the period,” says Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

The Evolution Of Clean Pumping

September 28, 2010 4:22 am

Not surprisingly, safety has always been a top concern for food and beverage companies. So, it goes without saying that this is a precise industry, one that requires the highest standards in hygienic and sanitary production processes. Despite this emphasis on food safety, there still have been a number of scandals that have combined to give the consuming public reduced trust in the safety that the industry can provide.

A Post-Brunch Wave of Regret

September 27, 2010 4:19 am | by Anna Wells , Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO)

This past weekend, I returned to eggs for the first time since the recall. After five weeks of brunch abstinence, I went back to my favorite local southwestern restaurant for the breakfast quesadilla. Sunday brunch is a staple, and I’d been avoiding it due to the recent bad press. This past weekend I was starting to waver.

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5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

September 27, 2010 4:18 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF

Jim Bail , Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Pecan Processor Enhances Safety With Metal Detector

September 24, 2010 4:41 am

Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons.

The Union Debate

September 24, 2010 4:39 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Being from Wisconsin, I hear, in many ways, the rumble of Harley-Davison. Whether it’s the motorcycles themselves, or the manufacturing plants in which they are built, it’s hard for a cheesehead to get too far away from the venerable hog. Because of this, I also pay close attention to the hundreds of local Milwaukee and Tomahawk jobs that have recently been threatened by upper management's aims to streamline the struggling company.

Formulating Your Energy Master Plan

September 22, 2010 4:30 am | by Jerry Cater, Senior Associate, LEED AP BD+C and Zach Platsis, LEED AP O+M and Energy Specialist, SSOE Group's Sustainable and Renewable Solutions

Not too long ago, making decisions about a company’s energy management and sustainability was a fairly uncomplicated process for most facility managers. Switching to fluorescent lighting, replacing the HVAC to a more efficient system or upgrading to a more integrated process controls architecture to streamline production.

America's Most Wanted: Skilled Workers

September 22, 2010 4:27 am | by Gerald Shankel, President and CEO, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

Consider a manufacturing career amid media reports of shuttered factories, job losses and the worst economy since the Depression? Although certainly counter-intuitive, the answer to that question is a resounding yes! Despite the shaky economy, scores of American manufacturers are reporting a dire need for skilled labor.

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‘Healthy’ Food Labels Miss The Mark

September 21, 2010 5:13 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Americans are growing increasingly concerned for their health and nutrition, and for good reason. One-third of Americans are now classified as obese , and deaths from diet-related conditions like diabetes and heart disease continue to rise. A new army of health-conscious shoppers are looking for more nutritious options, and food manufacturers have responded to these preferences —  though perhaps not in the best way.

The Promise of POD Labeling Fulfilled

September 20, 2010 4:46 am | by Del Williams

Advanced Print on Demand labeling is helping manufacturers enhance their brand,enter new markets, streamline operations, and lower total cost. While adhesive labels are typically the last thing manufacturers consider when bringing a product to market, too often in the ever-changing marketplace traditional pre-printed labels have proven inflexible, cumbersome, and costly.

Versatile Grains: Rice As A Food Ingredient

September 17, 2010 4:45 am | by Molly Johnson, Director, Retail Trade and Special Promotions, USA Rice Federation

Consumers are becoming more health-conscious, and their buying habits are changing accordingly. When it comes to food products, shoppers are searching for items with less fat and salt and more nutrients and ingredients like whole grain. Adding whole grains to products is an easy way for food manufacturers to tap in to the healthy food market.

Taking Cost And Complexity Out Of The Beverages Supply Chain

September 17, 2010 4:43 am

In this document, we reveal the top five inhibitors — the most common pitfalls — to cost effective distribution within the beverages supply chain. We reveal a practical solution that makes a quick and sustainable cash contribution, straight to the bottom line. Balancing distribution costs and service levels within the beverages sector is fraught with complexities.

Creative Destruction and the Middle Class

September 15, 2010 4:50 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturing is not the total answer to a declining middle class, but for every eight manufacturing jobs created, six other jobs are created in the economy. Joseph Schumpeter in his classic book “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” called eras of great change in a capitalist system creative destruction.

Improving Performance Through Intelligent Safety System Design

September 15, 2010 4:48 am | by George Schuster , CFSE, Senior Industry Consultant, Safety and Sustainability Solutions, Rockwell Automation

Ask any food production line manager about the importance of safety, and they will likely tell you the critical role it plays in protecting personnel, reducing injuries and meeting compliance demands. These are all valid objectives, but food processors, packaging companies and machine builders are missing opportunities to respond to the challenges of global consolidation and changing consumer preferences if they only focus on avoiding negative consequences.

Fine-Tuning Pump Performance Bands, Part Two

September 10, 2010 8:49 am | by Wallace Wittkoff, Hygienic Director, Dover’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG™)

Last time , we looked at how pump performance can be affected by a number of changing variables and how regulating “tight” vs. “loose” pump operation, in the form of controlling “slip” in continuous in-line blending operations, can optimize a pump’s performance.

Survival of the Fittest

September 10, 2010 8:43 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net

September 13, 2010 The BP oil spill has been drawing focus to the environmental damage such a disaster has on an already fragile ecosystem. But certain industries within manufacturing have their own endangered ecosystems — just take a look at any long, complicated supply chain.  Just like an ocean ecosystem, long, drawn-out supply chains can easily wreck havoc on partners up or down the chain.

Consumer Perceptions Of Food Technology

September 10, 2010 8:42 am | by Dave Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) conducts a survey each year gauging consumer perceptions of food technology. Food Manufacturing spoke with Dave Schmidt, President & CEO of IFIC, to discuss this year’s survey results and their implications for the food industry. Q: How have consumer perceptions of food technology changed over the years the survey has been administered? A: Consumer perceptions of food biotechnology have been remarkably stable during the years we’ve been doing the Survey (1997-2010).

10 Tips to Better Pricing

September 9, 2010 11:38 am | by Rafi Mohammed, Ph.D, author of The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow

Pricing is one of the most powerful — yet underutilized — strategies available to businesses. A McKinsey & Company study of the Global 1200 found that if companies increased prices by just 1 percent and demand remained constant, on average operating profits would increase by 11 percent.

Crafting the Perfect Brew: The Great American Beer Festival

September 9, 2010 11:37 am

Craft beers are growing in popularity and now make up more than 95 percent of today’s 1,600 U.S. breweries. Annual production of beer for a craft brewer is less than 2 million barrels, and less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.

Ensuring Product Safety With Performance Monitoring Applications

September 8, 2010 4:44 am | by Ed Orvidas, Strategic Account Manager, Culligan International

The importance of water quality cannot be overlooked in the food and beverage industry, which is why many manufacturers continually make investments in personnel and equipment to lower the risk of contamination and improve product quality. However, the task of ensuring the water that is used in the manufacture of products is high quality can still seem daunting.

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