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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.

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A Close Call With The Beloved Sriracha

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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A ‘Monster’ Look On Manufacturing Jobs

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

Not too long ago, Monster.com, 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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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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, Manfuacturing.net

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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Manufacturing.net

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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Food Safety & Collaboration

June 6, 2013 9:28 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

While open innovation has been adopted slowly here in the U.S., companies like General Mills (see Food Manufacturing, June 2012, p. 34) are beginning to publicize their own successes with open innovation.

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Campylobacter on the Rise

May 7, 2013 9:16 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

According to new reports released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), incidences of campylobacter, commonly contracted from poultry and raw milk, are on the rise.

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Legos on the Plant Floor?

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Apple’s campus-in-progress will feature an orchard for engineers to wander through, while Facebook is wrapping up work on campus that features a B-B-Q shack, a sushi house and a bike shop. At the same time, Google is offering ping pong tables, video game arcades and Lego stations.

How to Be Heard

April 22, 2013 9:15 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Every plant manager I’ve met in my career values the well-being of their employees over all else, so I have no doubt the safety team is on board with whatever needs to be done here — and if you can prevent a listening problem, you can likely prevent a hearing problem.

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Please Turn Out the Lights

April 12, 2013 9:27 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

The U.S. manufacturing sector has decrease total energy consumption by 17 percent between 2002 and 2010, according to a report released last month by the EIA. After years of advice, prodding, urging and incentivizing, manufacturers are greener than ever, and so are their pocket books.

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