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Clock Is Ticking On Anaerobic Digester Grant

October 26, 2010 5:10 am

Food manufacturers debating the value of installing an anaerobic digester on their property have good reason to get off the fence.  An unprecedented offer by the U. S. government to jump start renewable energy projects, like anaerobic digestion, is expiring at the end of the year.  What’s particularly significant is the fact that this is not a tax credit.

There Were Heroes Amidst the Gulf Oil Spill Fiasco

October 25, 2010 4:44 am | by Scott Prouty, Dover’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG™), Director of Industrial Sales, North America

When the traditional tally of the top news stories of the year is taken in a few months, there is one that is sure to be at the top of nearly every list: the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that put the Gulf, the area’s marine industry and the coastlines of the Gulf states in peril for nearly four months as crude oil gushed from an uncapped well several miles under the water.

Minimizing The Risks Of Business Termination

October 25, 2010 4:42 am | by Roberta F. Howell, Foley & Lardner LLP

Terminating a business relationship can be difficult and costly, but sometimes necessary. This is the first of four columns that will discuss how a supplier can minimize the risks of termination at various stages of the relationship, starting at the beginning. Later columns will focus on similar issues during the relationship, when first considering termination, and, finally, when termination becomes inevitable.

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Making Safety The New Toilet Paper

October 18, 2010 11:41 am

I am writing this on an airplane... One of those sinus-frustrating sojourns from the west coast, seemingly airborne for days... The business that jetted me across the skies was in San Diego, attending the National Safety Congress & Expo, in order to get the first glance at new technologies relating to the safety arena (I also saw a ten foot tall robot on the show floor, but I digress.

HACCP In The Food Industry

October 18, 2010 11:25 am | by Mike Gay, CPG Industry Segment Lead, Rockwell Automation

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is quickly becoming one of the most important issues in the food industry. Food Manufacturing spoke with Mike Gay of Rockwell Automation to discuss the latest HACCP technology and trends and how food manufacturers can utilize these tools to improve efficiency, increase cost savings and strengthen product quality control.

EcoFlour Program Helps Customers Reduce Environmental Impact

October 18, 2010 10:30 am | by Kyle Marinkovich, Marketing Manager, EcoFlour

Sustainability and environmental impact drives many of today’s purchasing decisions. In an effort to help bakery customers satisfy growing consumer demand for eco-friendly products, Cargill introduced EcoFlour™ sustainability solutions, a customizable ingredient program that utilizes precision agriculture to use fertilizer more efficiently to reduce energy inputs and improve yields.

Manufacturers Worried About Absenteeism During Flu Season

October 18, 2010 10:26 am

New Survey Finds Support for Hand Hygiene Education & Preventive Measures On the heels of last year’s H1N1 scare, manufacturers are taking a closer look at how to avoid wide-spread workplace absenteeism and productivity declines if faced with another flu pandemic. According to a recent survey conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 87 percent of manufacturing industry professionals polled said they are concerned about declines in productivity at their workplace due to absenteeism or presenteeism related to a flu pandemic.

Outsourcing Without Compromising Total Involvement And Control

October 18, 2010 9:11 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

William Gindlesperger, Chief Executive Officer of e-LYNXX Corporation Outsourcing can provide food manufacturers with many competitive advantages, including cost reduction, quality enhancement and reduced risk. Food Manufacturing spoke with William Gindlesperger, CEO of e-LYNXX Corporation, about how the food industry can maximize the benefits of outsourcing while reducing any negative effects.

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Open Source ERP Improves Traceability For Less

October 15, 2010 6:59 am | by Ned Lilly, President and CEO, xTuple

This past August, a recall of over half a million eggs rocked the food manufacturing world. The FDA attributed more than 1,500 cases of salmonella to eggs sourced from a couple of large producers in Iowa. The recall removed the eggs from circulation, but the producers now face a class action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Brick By Brick

October 15, 2010 6:31 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Aggressive investments in personnel and equipment, as well as proactive approaches to market trends, have helped Davisco build its cheese processing operations. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” is how boxing legend Muhammad Ali described his approach in the ring. And while neither family-owned Davisco Foods’ or their Lake Norden, South Dakota cheese factory are looking to pick a fight, parallels to this famous quote can be drawn in the way Davisco operates with extreme fluidity in making quick decisions that deliver a big impact for the company and customers like Kraft Foods.

Fresh Produce Company Grows Web Presentation Capabilities

October 15, 2010 4:46 am

For over 70 years, Pandol Bros., Inc.  has been providing customers with the world’s finest produce and service that’s second to none. What are the ingredients for this decades-long track record of success? Top products--fresh fruit and table grapes from the world’s leading growers, and innovative services that help bring these crops to market.

Food Show On Ice

October 15, 2010 4:37 am | by Julie Henderson, Vice President of Communications, National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association

The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) Convention takes place Oct.16-19 in San Francisco. Food Manufacturing spoke with Julie Henderson of the NFRA to see what’s new for this year’s show and what cool trends have developed in the industry. Q: What is new for this year’s convention? A: The NFRA Convention is unlike your typical food show.

Brainstorm: Software Purchasing

October 13, 2010 5:20 am | by Lisa Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aspen Systems, Inc.

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What are important factors for food manufacturers to consider when deciding whether to make a software expenditure? Food manufacturers have unique considerations when performing a cost/benefit analysis for the purchase of software.

Audit Increases Safety At Candy Facility

October 13, 2010 5:19 am

A comprehensive wiring devices audit contributes to increased efficiency, reduced downtime, code compliance and workplace safety recommendations for Georgia-based Crown Candy Corporation.

Food Fight: New Pallet Solutions For Food Manufacturers

October 12, 2010 4:54 am

Wooden pallets are no longer the only option for food manufacturers and others when shipping and receiving goods to customers and from suppliers. In this installment of Food Fight, industry experts go head-to-head on the topic: Andy Mintz, President/CEO, CorrPa k Bulk Packaging Systems, LLC.

End Packaging Artwork Disasters

October 11, 2010 5:17 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso and Stephen Birtsas, Manager, Kalypso

It’s a food and beverage (F&B) company’s nightmare…a missing reference to an ingredient or a language translation error on the label causes a product recall, or an incorrect 800 number on the package connects consumers to an adult phone line. Just last week boxes of a new cereal, Ochocinco’s, were removed from store shelves after the discovery that a phone number on the package connected to an adult phone line instead of a children’s charity.

Sorry, I Can’t Hear You, I’m Eating Sun Chips

October 11, 2010 5:15 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Yikes, Frito-Lay, your environmentally responsible packaging is making it harder for me to sneak a few delicious potato chips. For shame! About six months ago, Frito-Lay launched the new biodegradable bag for Sun Chips with a splashy marketing campaign that played up that the bags are compostable.

Chocolate Candies Treated To Automation Upgrade

October 5, 2010 11:24 am

Since Gertrude Hawk Chocolates was founded in 1936, the Dunmore, Pa.-based confectioner has been well known throughout the candy industry as a manufacturer of high-quality, premium chocolates. The company’s products are created with great care in an efficient manner. The candies are sold under its own brand and from its own stores throughout New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dead Wood Rising

October 5, 2010 11:22 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

When we think of dead wood, we will always think termites before we think family. "This economy is lumpy.” The statement didn’t launch the event with the flash and bang that I had anticipated. Then again, I was a first-timer and had no idea what to expect. For some reason, as I was munching on food from the journalist trough on the SolidWorks campus, I pictured a press event with musical overtures, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun blast to kick it off.

Baking Up The Perfect Batch

October 5, 2010 11:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

After nearly 20 years, Zingerman’s Bakehouse is still serving artisanal bread to the residents of Ann Arbor, driven by a commitment to quality products and the community they feed. In 1992, when the owners of local Ann Arbor business Zingerman’s Deli decided they wanted to begin baking their own bread, they contacted Frank Carollo, a man with a passion for artisanal bread.

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