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Wheat: What Are We Really Eating?

August 28, 2014 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Wheat today is not the same grain our forebears ground into their daily bread. While wheat has naturally evolved, the drastic changes have come in the past 50 years from agricultural scientists. Has no one stopped to ask whether these features are compatible with human health?

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Automate These 3 Processes to Increase Throughput

August 29, 2014 9:15 am | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar

The increase in varying products, flavors and packaging is making it less profitable to utilize manual processes. Although it may be cost-prohibitive to automate the entire facility, there are a few key areas that can greatly reduce changeover. 

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4 Factors Driving the Emergence of Digital Manufacturing

August 27, 2014 2:25 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

The powerhouse combination of mobility, cloud computing, security and predictive analytics is becoming the ‘holy grail’ across the manufacturing industry.                         

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Taking Risks in Ice Cream Industry: Ben & Jerry's Includes 'Everything But' GMOs

August 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Daniel Granderson, Contributor

Ben & Jerry’s takes the responsibility of providing conscientiously crafted ice cream very seriously. In 2013, the company announced intentions to elminate GMOs from its products. The switch is ongoing with several notable ingredient adjustments already in place.

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Is Burger King's 33-Year-Old CEO Paving the Way For Younger Execs?

August 27, 2014 7:45 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Is experience everything when choosing corporate leaders? As the trend of startup tech companies being run by more and more Millennials takes hold, that average age is dropping. But should age really matter in company leadership?     

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Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

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How Much Does Fantasy Football, Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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Sanitary Process Installation: What to Ask When Selecting a Subcontractor

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by Mike Murdaugh, Senior Process Engineer, Stellar

Plant owners often spend significant time and money to acquire the right equipment with the proper sanitary construction. However, if you do not carefully screen installation subcontractors, you could put your plant at risk of a food safety issue.

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Investing in America’s Manufacturing Future

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  Will these initiatives bring a resurgence to U.S. manufacturing? 

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Process Solutions For Adding Gluten-Free to Your Product Mix

August 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar

Food facilities that work with allergen products can design dedicated process lines to avoid cross-contamination issues. Yet, with gluten-free products being relatively new, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

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Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

August 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar

Food producers often find themselves saddled with too many different products, or SKUs, all in an effort to appease customers. Too many SKUs can drag down profits with frequent changeovers that drive up production costs and decrease throughput.

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods and Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action lawsuit against Quaker Oats and its parent company, PepsiCo, for exploiting Anna Short Harrington and not paying royalties to her estate.     

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A Uniform Way to Avoid Class 1 Recalls in Food Production

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Clean Rental

A recall can potentially cost a food company millions of dollars from lost sales, the recall execution process and brand reputation management. To prevent food contamination and recalls, food manufacturers should be proactive when it comes to public safety.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open to Attack

August 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack. On average, 25 vulnerabilities were found per device, totaling 250 vulnerabilities.

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Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

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5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc.

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

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Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

I recently read about a product that “hacks” a part of life that I happen to rather enjoy — eating. Soylent is a liquid food replacement made of a slurry of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates that its inventors are calling the future of food. 

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The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 25, 2014 3:14 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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China’s Meat Scandal and Food Fails

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

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Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

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

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

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11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

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