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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages and More Training

January 21, 2015 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014.       

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Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

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Millennials Drive High-Protein Snack Innovation

January 14, 2015 1:00 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs

Two trends have come together to help drive the growth of new snack foods: consumers are snacking more and sometimes using snacks to replace meals. Meanwhile, they're also trying to avoid empty calories and search for convenient snacks with nutrition.

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Growing Consumer Interest in Tea Due to Rising Awareness of Health Benefits

January 7, 2015 1:25 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

There’s National Chocolate Day, National Beer Day and pretty much a time of year dedicated to every popular food or beverage item you can think of. But did you know January is deemed National Hot Tea Month?         

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Increasing Options for Healthy Eaters

January 6, 2015 2:30 pm | by Jessica Cravero, Senior Business Development Associate, Technomic, Inc.

A recent study covered in a story by The Globe and Mail showed that from 2010 to 2013, many restaurant chains failed to reduce sodium in menu items or even added salt to their dishes. The study found that just 30 percent of food items included in the survey saw salt levels decline in that time period.

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Do Eggs Deserve the 'Superfood' Crown?

January 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If your New Year’s resolution includes eating healthy or losing weight, eggs just might be your golden ticket. In a recent release, Gemperle Farms even went as far as to promote the egg as the “ultimate superfood in 2015.”     

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The 'Original' Paleo Diet: What You Should Know

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to researchers at Georgia State University and Kent State University, there were many more than just one Paleo diet. The findings, published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, state there is very little evidence that any early hominids had specialized diets.

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Should the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 11:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines stand to change a good deal in 2015, as an advisory panel advising the process is pushing to include new environmental considerations.

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How Adult Beverage Brands Are Prioritizing Sustainability

December 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Christine LaFave Grace, Technomic, Inc.

Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed ran an article with the headline “How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It.” The piece discusses how climate change likely will have a significant impact on which wine grapes can be grown where.   

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Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A new study is looking at rebuffing hot dogs into a low-fat alternative form. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods?   

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing Pt. 2

December 3, 2014 9:25 am | by Bill L. Barrett, Sales/Marketing Manager, Gemco Manufacturing

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on critical issues. In this issue, we ask: how will the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing change the way we design and create?

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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 2, 2014 2:10 pm | by HR Resource Force

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.        

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 

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Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 2:34 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The FDA announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers of prepared foods to include calorie labels on all menus. I believe the overhaul will act as a great source of information, but only for those who care.

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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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What's in a Cup?

November 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

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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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.

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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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Meet the Newest Pioneer For Women in STEM: Goldie

October 30, 2014 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

While scrolling through emails, I stumbled upon GoldieBlox — a building toy equipped with axles, pulleys, blocks and ribbon designed to promote engineering interest in girls. The GoldieBlox site boldly declares, “We aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” 

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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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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Lori Payne

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges. 

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