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Take Profitability To The Next Level

March 14, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models. Collectively, we can stand up to the competitive pressures by making sound decisions.

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Millennials Want to Ruin Everything

March 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye. But do Millennials really wield the power to tank every business with their reported anti-consumerism?

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The Parmesan Showdown

March 13, 2014 9:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The European Union wants the names of its cheeses back in a move to purify its products and increase sales. While it’s understandable that tradition is a powerful force in EU companies, at what point does the whole idea become ridiculous and fall flat?

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Manufacturing Groups Split on Obama's Budget

March 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

President Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget to immediate backlash from Republicans and a mixed response from manufacturing organizations. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on the proposed budget. Interestingly, they don't agree.

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Food is Going to Pot

February 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Edibles, special brownies or adult cookies. Call the THC-infused foods now legally on the market in Colorado and Washington what you will. The regional legalization of recreational marijuana opens a door for niche food manufacturers, though some consumers are finding it hard to swallow.

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Putting Trust on the Table: Boosting Consumer Confidence in the Food Industry

February 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Only 17 percent of consumers trust food companies, according to a new report. Recent research suggests that much of this mistrust stems from little knowledge about how food is produced, as well as consumer perceptions that food makers lack transparency and place profits above values.

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2014: The Year of the Label

February 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.

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Now Showing: Food in 3D

February 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

3D printers are revolutionizing various industries, from toy making to the production of iPhone cases. But one of the latest trends in 3D printing is especially tasty. These machines now are capable of producing various food items, including confections, pastas and more.

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In Defense of Food Manufacturers

February 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

“Fed Up,” which debuted at Sundance Film Festival, “reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history,” according to a synopsis. I can’t help but raise one brow and furrow the other at this conspiracy theory of a statement.

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Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Dig deep enough on the corporate website for many software-based companies and you’ll find documents called “post-mortems,” in which an employee explains in detail the nature of a recent downtime or failure. Manufacturing has no real equivalent, and I wonder if that isn’t a problem, or, at least, an opportunity.

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Are There Spiders Lurking in Your Food?

November 22, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The reduction of pesticide use in food production has resulted in increasing cases of consumers finding spiders in their produce. Using preventative measures, both growers and food manufacturers can help increase consumer safety — and prevent an unwelcome shock at the supermarket.

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Innovation Goes Viral

November 18, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Food manufacturers must maintain a focus on continuing innovation to keep their products and processes ahead of the curve. There is a multitude of innovative technologies available to the industry, from food safety solutions to R&D initiatives.

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Staying Ahead of the Regulatory Game

November 15, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Industry players know that not only is the development of healthy products beneficial to consumers, but it also positively impacts their bottom lines, as well as their ability to stay one step ahead of ever-changing regulatory requirements.

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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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