Experts aren't sure about the long-term impact the Midwestern drought will have on food prices across North America. Media reports have conflicted on the severity of the drought's effect on crop yields and consumer food costs.
Besides IT resources, it’s important to remember all of the other items of value that exist within the walls of your facility. In a processing environment, sequencing and recipes can be the intellectual property that means retaining your competitive edge.
Whether or not evidence linking sugary drinks and obesity is conclusive, it is clear that consumers are curbing soda consumption. Such a purchasing shift presents obvious challenges to the beverage industry but also a wealth of growth opportunities.
Supporting a mobile workforce is one thing, but do you have the right strategy that not only improves productivity, but also keeps your corporate information secure and protects you from liability?
Skilled laborers suddenly finding themselves out of work are looking for unskilled jobs in the food industry out of necessity, and employers can pick up needed labor for bargain prices. But at what cost?
Even when pointing to the characteristics (or price) of your products, never assume that these “benefits” are a no brainer.
With fraud in the manufacturing sector continuing to rise, businesses need to look for ways to protect themselves. Steps to secure your business might include reviewing online banking and transactional accounts daily, dedicating a computer to just banking transactions (no email or web browsing on this computer), and using spyware detection and authenticated applications.
As college is becoming more and more common, there has been an emergence of a new type of education, or rather a new format; the concept of Technical Education High Schools (TEHS).
If food companies take the time to learn the concerns of animal activists and consumers, they can take action before a potentially detrimental situation occurs at their facility, as well as gain the respect and trust of their customers.
This May alone, a number of companies have been hit with deceptive marketing charges, padding their pocketbooks by giving false hope to their consumers.
Sometimes it takes a room full of ghosts, shaking the flour dust from their clothes, to speak to the enormity of this history behind us, and the task ahead.
New “Right to Know” bills raise the possibility for the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. How the food industry reacts will impact the direction of the public conversation about genetic engineering.
Are there small or seemingly insignificant issues in your place of work that have the potential to evolve into potentially serious, or even catastrophic, problems? Whether its data management, energy efficiency, or another area, it seems every company could point to something where one or two wrong moves has created a small issue that could eventually make a significant impact on the overall bottom line.
Many say manufacturing isn’t “sexy.” Perhaps this thinking is so ingrained in our culture that a strategy targeting college students is, for some, just too late. But is it ever wasted effort to start influencing the opinions of these kids before they’re ready to graduate?
The BPA debate demonstrates an all too common issue facing the food industry today: Despite scientific evidence of a product’s safety, a deeply engrained negative perception will lead consumers to avoid that product.
Section 402 of the FSMA states that companies across the supply chain cannot "discharge an employee or otherwise discriminate against an employee with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment" for revealing "any violation of, or any act or omission the employee reasonably believes to be a violation of any provision of this Act."
I’ve heard time and time again how critical a successful training program is in the industry—and the cost of an untrained worker might just be a bit higher than a masticated remote.
Are factories safer today than they were in 1911? Most definitely — but that doesn’t mean that we can let our guards down.
In many cases, a CEO’s pay is directly tied to the performance of the company since a large portion of the compensation package is generally in company stock. This part of their pay has a major impact on compensation, both positively and negatively. But most companies include a variety of pay options in a CEO’s compensation package: base salary, stock options, travel expenses, insurance packages and incentive pay.
While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, they fall short in their attempts to do so.