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In Defense of Food Manufacturers

February 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

“Fed Up,” which debuted at Sundance Film Festival, “reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history,” according to a synopsis. I can’t help but raise one brow and furrow the other at this conspiracy theory of a statement.


Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Dig deep enough on the corporate website for many software-based companies and you’ll find documents called “post-mortems,” in which an employee explains in detail the nature of a recent downtime or failure. Manufacturing has no real equivalent, and I wonder if that isn’t a problem, or, at least, an opportunity.


Are There Spiders Lurking in Your Food?

November 22, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The reduction of pesticide use in food production has resulted in increasing cases of consumers finding spiders in their produce. Using preventative measures, both growers and food manufacturers can help increase consumer safety — and prevent an unwelcome shock at the supermarket.


Innovation Goes Viral

November 18, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Food manufacturers must maintain a focus on continuing innovation to keep their products and processes ahead of the curve. There is a multitude of innovative technologies available to the industry, from food safety solutions to R&D initiatives.


Staying Ahead of the Regulatory Game

November 15, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Industry players know that not only is the development of healthy products beneficial to consumers, but it also positively impacts their bottom lines, as well as their ability to stay one step ahead of ever-changing regulatory requirements.


The Center of the Universe

November 13, 2013 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

An industrial facility doesn’t function without a team of people working together and, since that’s the foundation to its efficiency and profitability, the relationships between co-workers are arguably the most important threads holding things together.


A Close Call With The Beloved Sriracha

November 6, 2013 7:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

More than anything else, the lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods proves just how important it is for manufacturers to find a municipality that is not only happy to have a business, but will fight for its existence. I feel that too few companies fully take advantage of that dynamic.


Food Manufacturing Welcomes New Editor

November 1, 2013 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor

The food industry has been an ever-present influence in the life of Food Manufacturing's new editor, Holly Henschen. Holly has a wealth of experience covering the food industry, and she looks forward to sharing her expertise with our readers.


Putting Waste to Work

October 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The industry must work continually to decrease the amount of food waste sent to landfills, in order to reduce the expenditures of waste disposal and help meet corporate sustainability expectations. And when companies are able to find innovative ways to put their waste to work, manufacturers also have the potential to increase profits and efficiencies.


A ‘Monster’ Look On Manufacturing Jobs

September 19, 2013 9:05 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Not too long ago,, the well-known online job marketplace, conducted a comprehensive survey on the state of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and came to some compelling, if not worrying, results. In general, workers in U.S. manufacturing are largely unhappy with their current positions.


FDA Gives Meaning to "Gluten Free"

September 9, 2013 9:20 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

As consumer interest in gluten-free food products rises, food manufacturers have been cashing in. But until last month’s announcement by the FDA, delivered after six years of deliberation by the agency, the label had little actual meaning.

Taking Success Full-Time

September 6, 2013 9:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As the rise in temporary workers continues to affect our industry, it’s important that plant managers have a strategy for managing this new crop of personnel. Many plant-wide initiatives, like a strong safety culture, for example, are grassroots efforts that come from the ground up.


A ‘Made In America’ Walmart: Truth Or Gimmick?

September 3, 2013 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Based on many of the comments left behind on last week’s announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would be holding a summit on U.S. manufacturing, there’s a fair amount of skepticism over the company’s motives, particularly considering its long history of sourcing a vast majority of products from overseas.


Food & Energy: Parallel Pyramids?

August 21, 2013 9:19 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Numerous studies show that getting adequate nutrition through plant-based foods can ease or reverse so many physiological aches and pains. Much like improving your health is a series of small steps, improving the health of your organization can be similar.


Report Paints Bitter Picture of Artificial Sweeteners

July 24, 2013 9:06 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

As obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S., many Americans are turning to food and beverage products which use artificial sweeteners. But a new report suggests that products containing these “faux sugars” may not be as sweet as they seem.

Prevent Your Kidnapping with Re-Shoring?

July 17, 2013 4:22 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Who, at this point, hasn’t heard about Chip Starnes, the American co-owner of a medical supply company, who was held against his will for five days by his own Chinese employees? Many advocates of re-shoring say that doing business in China is too unpredictable, particularly when it comes to labor.


Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 2:22 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.


Consumers Growing to Like Organic

July 1, 2013 9:13 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

A growing number of shoppers are choosing organic food and beverage products at the grocery, opening up a profitable opportunity for companies looking to venture into the organic market. According to a study by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. families are purchasing organic products at higher rates than ever.


Manufacturing American Jobs

June 27, 2013 9:10 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Just because internal processes are streamlined and ideas are well crafted, doesn’t mean a business is immune to external pressures. Sometimes it means getting creative and going outside the four walls of your company in search of resources and guidance.

'Saving' The Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers

June 20, 2013 11:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

When it comes to the monumental task of training another generation of manufacturing employees, armed with the high-tech skills that the technology-heavy processes of the future will require, it’s easy to come down hard on the educational system.



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