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Food Fraud: Are Your Ingredients at Risk?

March 1, 2013 11:47 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Food fraud is on the rise across the globe, and it is impacting all forms of products — from milk and olive oil to seafood and beef. While some cases of food fraud are due to the efforts of unscrupulous processors, some honest food companies are unknowingly producing items containing fraudulent ingredients.

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FDA’s New Rules: What We Know

February 4, 2013 12:36 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

In January, the FDA released two proposals for new rules under 2011’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules are being touted as a significant overhaul of the nation’s food safety system and are largely supported by industry. 

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Rising to the Gluten-Free Challenge

January 25, 2013 4:46 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

As gluten-free products become a necessity for a growing number of consumers being diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, food companies will need to develop more gluten-free options. While gluten-free manufacturing is no easy undertaking, it offers unique rewards for companies willing to accept the challenge.

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My First Trade Show & The Digital Revolution

December 10, 2012 9:16 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

For companies in modern America and across the globe, the digital revolution is every bit as unsettling today as the financial crisis was in 2008. The ways in which we interact today are so different from what we have encountered in the past.

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Perception Is Everything

December 3, 2012 9:25 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

More Americans are concerned about where their food comes from and how it is produced. As more shoppers search for food free from chemicals and lengthy, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, it is more important than ever for food companies to carefully consider how they market their products and communicate with shoppers.

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Business On The Move, Across The Globe

November 29, 2012 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Mobility is about visibility, efficiency, and actionable business transactions — and it's time we shine our light on the benefits rather than just the expenses. For many of us, mobility is not some massive undertaking, full of risk and implementation time, rather an opportunity to fire off a few time-sensitive emails from the airport or view the inventory levels in our warehouse when a customer asks us about delivery timelines.

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Addition, Subtraction, Division

November 8, 2012 9:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Food processing mergers and acquisitions can be rough water to navigate, especially for plant floor employees and plant managers who initially might seem immune to the effects of such high-level corporate decisions. Kraft’s experiences offer the food industry a glance into both the challenges and opportunities which result from mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs.

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A Manufacturing History Lesson

November 6, 2012 12:32 pm | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

The skeletal remains of a female metal worker have been found in a grave in Vienna dating back to the Bronze Age (which began more than 5,000 years ago). Previously, it was assumed that only men worked in such fields during the Bronze Age.

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Diet Soda Stays Sweet Amid Scientific Debate

November 6, 2012 8:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Much attention has been given to the potential health benefits of switching regular soda for diet. But studies citing the danger of artificial sweeteners in diet drinks continue to pop up every few years, confusing consumers about which soda options are safest.

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How To Lose Your Job To A Robot

October 25, 2012 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

A recently posted video entitled Are Droids Taking Our Jobs? explores the job market and how the recession is affecting workers, as well as robot welfare. As our society progresses, robotics and algorithms are becoming more advanced at an exponential rate. This has been apparent for quite some time. So, are droids really taking our jobs?

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Beer Bombs

October 24, 2012 9:30 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D

Back in 1956, three executives from the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute wrote a report titled “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” Their motivation was simple: In the event of a nuclear explosion, what, if anything could be consumed after the fallout?

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It’s A Wrap

October 15, 2012 9:47 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

PACK EXPO and packaging manufacturing professionals and consultants can guide food manufacturers toward the kinds of packaging solutions that will provide increased product value and maintain brand integrity. When food packaging is good, the industry and consumers can both feel good.

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Let Them Eat Horse

October 12, 2012 12:26 pm | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Right now, a war is being waged over the newly legalized practice of slaughtering houses, and I have a hunch that the idea of every little girl’s dream gift ending up on a dining room table has something to do with the stalling in regard to the controversial topic of opening horse slaughterhouses in the United States.

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Sitting With America

October 11, 2012 10:06 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Some people buy American because they, as Americans themselves, think it’s simply the right thing to do. Some buy American because, to them, seeing the “Made in America” label means that they’re getting a superior product. Others, because they’ve heard the grave statistics outlining the importance of a strong manufacturing base in the United States.

Moving Up In The World

October 9, 2012 4:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Technology has improved over time to ensure that most winches, hoists, and cranes serve their purpose safely. However, advanced equipment technology isn’t the complete solution, and this critical area of material handling still requires some user know-how when it comes to accurate selection and maintenance.

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Visiting the 'Detroit' Of Southeast Asia

September 25, 2012 8:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of flying across the Pacific to visit Thailand and to tour the county’s burgeoning automotive industry. The trip was at the behest of Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) agency, which has developed a number of policies and incentives to help bring more manufacturing into the country, regardless of industry.

Investing In Labor Pays Off With Productivity

September 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Keeping labor costs down has long been a preferred method for manufacturers around the globe to achieve sustained success and profitability. However, lately it seems manufacturers have found investing in efforts to raise workforce productivity to be a reasonable and desirable alternative.

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Drought Looms Large For Food Processors

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

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.  

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The IP Bogeyman

August 14, 2012 9:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

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.

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Sugary Drinks: Industry Challenges And Opportunities

August 3, 2012 12:17 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

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.

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