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What's in a Cup?

November 11, 2014 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

I am continually amazed by the constant flow of new technologies on the market to help consumers maintain a healthy diet. While innovation is essential in the food industry, some inventions I have to question. The latest: IQhydr8.   

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Here's What the Astronauts Are Having For Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 11:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN magazine

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. This fact alone puts the meal miles ahead of Thanksgiving in space. 

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5 Recycling Opportunities For Food Manufacturers

November 5, 2014 1:59 pm | by Maggie Caldwell, Federal International

Diversion is key to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. Since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream. 

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Rate Your Plate: What Score is Your Food?

October 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I think the idea of providing detailed information about our food products is a beneficial and healthy-minded decision. While I already consider myself knowledgeable about the food I choose to eat — or more importantly not eat — many Americans are not so educated.

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Strategic Growth: Should You Retrofit or Build a New Facility?

October 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar

The question of whether to renovate an existing facility or build a new plant is becoming more complex as processors balance their equipment and production needs with meeting food safety requirements.              

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Cinnamon Dials Up the Heat at the Bar

October 23, 2014 2:16 pm | by Technomic

The runaway success of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Canada’s hottest spirits export, is prompting on-premise operators and competing adult beverage suppliers to try to capitalize on consumer interest in red-hot cinnamon flavor profiles.   

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.    

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Beautiful Beer: Packaging Matters!

October 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

With a flurry of products on the market, food companies have a much greater competition today than in years past. Exclusive packaging is a great way for a company to showcase its personality. That’s why I have compiled a list of some of the most unique beer packaging that I have ever seen.

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

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Why You Should Be Feeding Your Pets High-Quality Food Brands

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Our four-legged friends are often fed over-processed and chemically altered foods. Am I saying pet owners should only feed their animals raw food? Not necessarily. But I do think we should be mindful in the food brands we are purchasing for them.

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Is the Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 14, 2014 10:34 am | by Mike Collins, Author

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt, and could lead to political turmoil.”

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5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Site For Your New Plant

October 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Jim Hale, Senior Civil Engineer, Stellar

If your organization does, in fact, require an entirely new plant, here are five factors to consider that will help keep you on track during your site-selection process.                       

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                      

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

Recently, Americans were split on the idea of California Governor Jerry Brown's state-wide plastic ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store and liquor shop check-out counters in the crosshairs.

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Keep the Lean Going

October 9, 2014 8:24 am | by Mike Noonan, Joe Panebianco TBM Consulting Group

It can be tough to maintain the early excitement of a lean manufacturing initiative, especially when its champion moves on, or other, more pressing corporate priorities push it to the back burner. Fortunately, there are practical ways for leaders to keep the momentum going over the long haul.

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Beer Industry Mourns Lost Youth

October 8, 2014 10:57 am | by Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director, Technomic, Inc.

The consumer group once owned by the major brewers now spreads the love among spirits, wine and beer. Beverage selection is driven not only by cost, but also by occasion, desired flavor attributes, food and the suggestions of those around them.

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Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 7, 2014 2:26 pm | by Hartman Group

In a recent study by The Hartman Group, 76 percent of consumers said they prefer companies that avoid inhumane treatment of animals. Many people believe that content animals who lived good lives will provide more nutritious meat.     

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4 Reasons to Start Eating Insects

October 7, 2014 1:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While the practice of eating insects may seem extreme, it’s been the way of life for many people around the world for centuries. If Americans could just get over the ick-factor, perhaps they would see the nutritional benefits insects actually provide.

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Mike Pantoleano

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.           

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

October 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Workplace deaths are rarely “accidental” — they don’t occur because of chance or randomness. Instead, they are almost always preventable. With few exceptions, OSHA investigations find workers were killed as a result of decisions made by employers not to protect them from obvious dangers.

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