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Creating A Memorable Brand

June 2, 2011 5:01 am | by Richard Kopelman, Partner at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP

In marketing and sales, it’s all about getting people to remember your company, your products and your brand. It’s the core philosophy behind business development. Creating a close rapport with customers determines where a company takes and makes its future. According to the 2010 Georgia Manufacturing Survey, an ever-increasing number of food manufacturers are realizing this and valiantly attempting to execute well-defined marketing and sales programs to make immediate and lasting impressions with customers.

Q&A: The Future Of Food Packaging

May 31, 2011 10:47 am | by Susan E. Cullen, Ph.D, Director, IP Consulting, Thomson Reuters

A Thomson Reuters report, Convenience vs. Conscience – Food Packaging in the 21st Century , explores innovation in the food and beverage packaging sectors. Food Manufacturing spoke with Susan E. Cullen of Thomson Reuters about the report and the latest packaging trends. Q: What are some of the recent innovations made in the food packaging industry? A: Recent innovations in the food packaging industry, as showcased in the report, revolve around making packaging more convenient for consumers and making it more environmentally friendly.

Freaky Friday: May's Weirdest Food News

May 27, 2011 5:21 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

On the last Friday of each month, Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for May: A class action lawsuit alleges a "potato cartel" secretly fixes the prices of spuds across the country. The Alabama legislature is fighting for your right to eat as many cheeseburgers as you want — as long as you're willing to accept the consequences.

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Temperature Control Keeps Your Facility Clean And Safe

May 26, 2011 5:04 am | by Nick Tallos, Vice President of Engineering, Therm-Omega-Tech

As those who operate food manufacturing and distribution plants know, there are a multitude of regulations from both the FDA and OSHA that are intended to help keep them safe and clean. What most do not realize is how important water temperature is in the right place at the right time for complying with those regulations.

Q&A: Utilizing Information To Improve Product Quality

May 25, 2011 4:59 am | by Michael Gay, segment leader, Consumer Packaged Goods Industry, Rockwell Automation

As the food industry continues to become more automated, manufacturers are faced with the challenge of closely monitoring their equipment, employees and processes to ensure that product quality remains high. Food Manufacturing spoke with Michael Gay of Rockwell Automation about how food companies can organize data to manage product quality and safety more effectively.

FSMA: Responding To A New Era Of Regulations

May 24, 2011 4:38 am | by James Dobbs, Qualtrax, Inc.

With world-leading technology and transportation supported by regulations and laws, the food supply in the United States is considered relatively safe and secure. Yet each year about 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne diseases, according to Home Food Safety. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die every year.

Bun Facility Finds Vacuum Worthy Of Its High-Tech Operation

May 23, 2011 4:59 am

Supplying hamburger buns for the fast food giant McDonalds, the Turano Bakery facility in Orlando, FL must run an exceptional operation in order to bake a quality and consistent product that billions have come to expect. For nearly half a century, the Turano family has followed European traditions to bake the freshest, highest quality artisan-style breads such as Ciabatta, Focaccia, Hearth-baked Peasant breads, and a variety of rolls.

Using Talent Management To Create A Development-Focused Culture

May 20, 2011 5:23 am | by JP Guay, Regional Manager, Halogen Software

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Basic American Foods (BAF) is an innovator and leader in convenience and refrigerated foods. With several patents to its credit, BAF is an acknowledged leader in research and development, earning universal respect for innovation, quality, and customer service.

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What Does Your Cell Phone Have To Do With The Food Supply?

May 19, 2011 4:51 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Cell phones have come a long way since the first clunky models debuted more than half a century ago. And like all developing technology, cell phones have had their share of critics, such as those who claim cell phone usage causes cancer.

The Right Extruder: Process, Sizing And Options

May 18, 2011 4:49 am | by Jeffery P. Schweizer, Diamond America Corp.

This is the article follows last week's piece: The Right Extruder: Design Considerations Common problems associated with the selection and use of food product extruders include lower than desirable throughput, high scrap rates, long post-extrusion cooking or drying times, excessive energy consumption, and high equipment costs.

Turn Your Warehouse Into A 'Green House'

May 17, 2011 5:32 am | by Mikael Trapper, Managing Partner, Bridgenet Solutions, Inc.

There are two high-impact things you can do both make your warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) greener and streamline your company’s supply chain at the same time. The first and easiest thing you can do is begin using environmentally-friendly packaging materials and reusing old packaging materials.

Q&A: Cataloging Taste And Health

May 13, 2011 7:57 am | by Interview by Krystal Gabert, Editor

As consumers continue to look for a wider variety of food items with varrying health benefits and unique tastes, food manufacturers must seek out a growing number of ingredients and food additives to meet these demands. Innovadex has developed a comprehensive, searchable database of ingredients, simplifying the product development process.

Do Customers Expect Too Much?

May 13, 2011 4:49 am | by Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, Founder, President & CEO, Quickparts.com

Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, Founder, President & CEO, Quickparts.com What an interesting question to ask in a capitalistic market where, theoretically, there are many companies competing to serve customers with their products. Why wouldn’t the obvious answer be that the customer should expect the ultimate experience in service, quality, and even price? Serving the customer is a standard requirement across most capitalistic market companies.

Modular Conveyors: Low Visibility Components In Eco-Efficiency

May 12, 2011 4:52 am

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the focus in the manufacturing arena has been directed towards doing things smarter, cheaper, and faster. Today, with what history may deem the ‘environmental revolution’, manufacturers must also take into account how to get it done faster and smarter while also using fewer resources, creating less pollution and waste, and still finding a way to do it cheaper.

The Right Extruder: Design Considerations

May 11, 2011 4:28 am | by Jeffery P. Schweizer, Diamond America Corp.

Common problems associated with the selection and use of food product extruders include lower than desirable throughput, high scrap rates, long post-extrusion cooking or drying times, excessive energy consumption, and high equipment costs. Frequently, these stem from choosing an extruder design that is ill suited for the application.

Q&A: Recall Prevention & Monitoring The Food Supply Chain

May 10, 2011 4:10 am | by Gale Prince, Founder and President, SAGE Food Safety Consultants

The safety of the nation’s food system continues to be increasingly scrutinized by both regulatory agencies and consumers as more food products are recalled daily. Food Manufacturing spoke with Gale Prince of SAGE Food Safety Consultants, which released a new Comprehensive Recall Data Analysis Report that analyzes this growing number of recalls as well as how manufacturers can increase food safety by monitoring their supply chains.

Loading Dock Seal Technology Changes For The Better

May 9, 2011 4:33 am | by Mary Blaser, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Frommelt Products Corporation

Loading dock seals have been notoriously subject to damage for a wide variety of reasons. Yet much has changed with dock seals since they were first introduced decades ago. Advances in materials and engineering have led to dock seals that withstand the abuses of today’s trailers and dock conditions.

Maximizing Employee Productivity

May 6, 2011 4:51 am | by Karin Lindner, founder of Karico Performance Solutions

Why do you think some people believe that employees will be more productive when they are controlled? Well, it is a sad reality that there are a lot of people who will work a little bit harder when they feel they are under the influence or control of someone else.

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk From 200 To 10,000 Miles

May 5, 2011 4:40 am | by Danny Halim, Vice President, Industry Strategy at JDA Software

The recent natural and nuclear disasters in Japan have resulted in stories of unthinkable devastation and human loss. Because of that country’s position as a global center of commerce and trade, it has also provided perhaps the most sweeping example of supply chain upheaval.

X-Rays Rid Raisins Of Refuse

May 3, 2011 10:21 am

Chooljian Brothers processes 10,000 tons of raisins annually, with the majority harvested from the company's own grape vineyards in the fertile San Joaquin Valley, according to owner Michael Chooljian.  "The grapes are grown until they reach a certain sugar maturity, usually somewhere around late August and early September," says Chooljian.

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