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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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The Skills Gap and Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 6, 2014 12:30 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24 percent in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States...

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Bringing Back a Brand: The Power of Social Media

October 3, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Fans all across the nation have been fighting to bring back some of their favorite discontinued food items. The most interesting part of it, though, is that the brands are listening! From last month's resurgence of Surge to this week's return of M&M's Crispy, you have to wonder what's next.

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Is Food Addiction Real?

October 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I’m sure we’ve all had days — perhaps more than we'd like to admit — where just one small piece of cake has turned into three large slices. Is food addiction a real problem or would it be more accurately described as an eating addiction — an unhealthy relationship to ALL foods?

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Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point

A new report praises early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models.

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Food Companies Should Pay Attention to Gen. Z

September 30, 2014 9:00 am | by Kelly Weikel, Senior Consumer Research Manager, Technomic, Inc.

If you think Gen Z isn’t worth your time yet due to a lack of spending power, think again. Many are teens or college students, already with an estimated $250 billion in spending power and primary decision makers for both their retail and foodservice food and beverage purchases.

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8 Steps in Water Treatment to Protect Your Products and Equipment

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Marc Weaver, PE, LEED, AP and Taylor Wilson

Whether you're designing a new food processing plant or upgrading an existing facility, determining necessary water treatment is a critical step in protecting and maintaining your plant's systems. Here are some steps to develop the most-effective water treatment program. 

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The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 29, 2014 8:38 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                      

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Brands Cater to Healthier Kids' Snacking Trends

September 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs

Companies including Bolthouse Farms, Stonyfield Farms and Chobani are feeding kids’ snacking trends with products designed to appeal to childrens' tastes and also appease parents’ worries about nutrition and weight. 

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Not New Coke: Coca-Cola's Sugar Quandary Necessitates New Thinking

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Hartman Group Blog

Coca-Cola, which ironically was created as a healthy drink alternative for the pro-temperance crowd, has had trouble with recipe change. The failure of New Coke is the most glaring example, but just this summer its VitaminWater brand faced a backlash for switching to a stevia-and-sugar combination. 

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America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”           

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How to Swab For Bacterial Contamination in Your Brewery

September 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Puritan Medical Products

Sanitation is essential to producing the best product possible, and as Oktoberfest approaches, more and more small-scale breweries are ramping up their production, and thus, their sanitation procedures.

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Craft Beer: The Worries of a Niche Industry

September 22, 2014 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

From 2012 to 2013, the U.S. has seen a 15.3 percent increase in craft breweries. While there seems to be no shortage of people willing to jump into the craft brewing industry, the distribution channels, shelf space and tap handles aren’t so quick to expand.

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New Trends in Sanitary Equipment Are Improving Food Safety Standards

September 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar

In this day and age of heightened throughput and productivity, the sanitary design of equipment is driven primarily by food processors themselves, who are interested in increased efficiency, faster/effective cleaning procedures and reduced changeovers. 

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Look What's Coming to Dinner

September 18, 2014 8:50 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, Wireless Design & Development

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend and noticed a kiosk at our table. The restaurant’s failed attempt of being more convenient to the consumer reminded me how aloof our society continues to be. And I question if interactive technology in restaurants really needs to be the next big thing.

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