As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea. The cogs of the mind are intricate mechanisms.
When it comes to understanding pneumatic conveying systems, entire books have been written and many white papers published with diagrams and complicated equations to explain how the process works. It could be said that designing a pneumatic conveying systems is like operating a sailboat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A comprehensive wiring devices audit contributes to increased efficiency, reduced downtime, code compliance and workplace safety recommendations for Georgia-based Crown Candy Corporation.
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.
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.
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.
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.