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The Power Of Perception

April 23, 2012 10:16 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

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.


FSMA Provisions May Protect 'Pink Slime' Whistleblowers

April 19, 2012 9:30 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

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."


The Cost Of The Untrained

April 16, 2012 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

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.


Let Bygones Be Bygones? Not So Fast

April 13, 2012 8:15 am | by Editor

Are factories safer today than they were in 1911? Most definitely — but that doesn’t mean that we can let our guards down.


How Much Is Too Much?

April 12, 2012 9:03 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

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.


Talk Is Cheap

March 28, 2012 10:00 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, they fall short in their attempts to do so.


Slow Motion Sandwich

March 28, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Whether it’s on an automotive production line or over bins of lettuce and banana peppers, there is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail. Do you know which members of your team are choosing which outcome for your business?


Floor It

March 27, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The typical problem with plant flooring is that it’s nearly impossible to replace without a major shutdown, meaning most plants elect to address the problems of an existing floor with patch work, seals, chemicals or coverings. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so what’s the best solution for you?


Leaving A Legacy

March 20, 2012 9:44 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Often overlooked in the midst of attacks against the food industry are the companies and business owners investing in ways to make food safer and Americans healthier.


The New Face Of The Company

March 15, 2012 9:13 am | by Anna Wells, Exective Editor, Industrial Distribution

As technology moves faster, the online community will only expand, and it's up to you to make sure your brand is in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Hey, Hey We’re The Best

March 14, 2012 11:32 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor,

Customer retention can be boiled down to three key essentials: price, quality and customer service.


Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 6, 2012 9:32 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

More manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Philips, L’Oreal and Unilever are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.


How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 22, 2012 1:22 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Manufacturers around the globe have been awash with new thinking on how to manage a global supply chain that is, despite better technology, still remarkably delicate.


Could Gov’t Reorganization Impact The Food Industry?

January 30, 2012 9:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

The Obama administration says that combining overlapping agencies could curb “unnecessary waste and duplication,” with the added benefit of “saving taxpayer dollars.”


Where The Buck Stops

January 27, 2012 10:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

As the legal consequences for selling faulty products falls more and more on the shoulders of retailers, food processors’ customers may push for greater protections for consumers and themselves.


PETA Offers Reward For Successful Lab-Grown Meat

January 23, 2012 11:26 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Daily Mail, animal welfare group PETA has offered a $1 million reward to the first scientist who can prove laboratory-grown chicken is viable by 2016. Proponents of lab-grown meat say it would be more environmentally friendly and reduce animal suffering.

Live Mouse Found In McDonald’s Buns

January 20, 2012 11:25 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Huffington Post reported that a former McDonald’s employee shot a cell phone video of a live mouse in a bag of Big Mac buns at a McDonald’s in Philadelphia. The employee alleged that mouse droppings were often found on buns at the fast food restaurant, and the manager ordered workers to serve the buns after wiping off the droppings.

Crowdsourcing A Beer On Facebook

January 19, 2012 11:05 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Mashable, Sam Adams has released a Facebook app will allow users to crowdsource their own brew. Users will be able to choose various characteristics, such as color, clarity, body, hops and malt. The choices that prove most popular will be utilized to craft a “collaborative ale” that will be brewed next month.


FSMA: One Year Later

January 18, 2012 9:56 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Last January, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the largest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun implementing various guidelines for the food industry.

Stormtrooper Gets Caked

January 17, 2012 11:44 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Amanda Oakleaf Cakes created a life-size Stormtrooper  for the Arisia Sci-Fi Convention in Boston. The creation comprised of both cake and Rice Krispie treats, stood 6’4″ tall and weighed at least 300 pounds. Check out their blog to see how this monster cake was created.


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