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Antibiotics and Pigs’ Blood: You Are What What You Eat Eats

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.


ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed by Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?


Butter Tales and Saturated-Fat Stories

March 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged

For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.


What Does a Billion Dollar Brand Look Like?

March 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

Brand Finance has put all of America’s listed companies to the test to determine how much their brands are really worth. According to the study, of the more than 15,000 listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands.


Food Additives Go Au Natural

March 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

A quick Google search of “food additives” yields first-page results including the terms “avoid,” “scariest,” “evil” and “sketchy.” The court of public opinion has handed down a verdict that food manufacturers would be wise to heed. By popular demand, the natural additives are coming.


The Strict Control of Tennessee Whiskey

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.


Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 18, 2014 9:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. It yields loads of free market research and advertising. The best way to forecast upcoming demand? Ask consumers and let them broadcast their creativity with your product through social media.


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.


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?


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

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

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.


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.


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.


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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