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Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The FDA announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers of prepared foods to include calorie labels on all menus. I believe the overhaul will act as a great source of information, but only for those who care.

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How Adult Beverage Brands Are Prioritizing Sustainability

December 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Christine LaFave Grace, Technomic, Inc.

Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed ran an article with the headline “How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It.” The piece discusses how climate change likely will have a significant impact on which wine grapes can be grown where.   

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 

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Here's What the Astronauts Are Having For Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 11:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN magazine

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. This fact alone puts the meal miles ahead of Thanksgiving in space. 

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What's in a Cup?

November 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I am continually amazed by the constant flow of new technologies on the market to help consumers maintain a healthy diet. While innovation is essential in the food industry, some inventions I have to question. The latest: IQhydr8.   

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.

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5 Recycling Opportunities For Food Manufacturers

November 5, 2014 1:59 pm | by Maggie Caldwell, Federal International

Diversion is key to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. Since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream. 

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Meet the Newest Pioneer For Women in STEM: Goldie

October 30, 2014 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

While scrolling through emails, I stumbled upon GoldieBlox — a building toy equipped with axles, pulleys, blocks and ribbon designed to promote engineering interest in girls. The GoldieBlox site boldly declares, “We aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” 

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Rate Your Plate: What Score is Your Food?

October 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I think the idea of providing detailed information about our food products is a beneficial and healthy-minded decision. While I already consider myself knowledgeable about the food I choose to eat — or more importantly not eat — many Americans are not so educated.

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Lori Payne

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges. 

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Strategic Growth: Should You Retrofit or Build a New Facility?

October 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar

The question of whether to renovate an existing facility or build a new plant is becoming more complex as processors balance their equipment and production needs with meeting food safety requirements.              

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Cinnamon Dials Up the Heat at the Bar

October 23, 2014 2:16 pm | by Technomic

The runaway success of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Canada’s hottest spirits export, is prompting on-premise operators and competing adult beverage suppliers to try to capitalize on consumer interest in red-hot cinnamon flavor profiles.   

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.    

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Beautiful Beer: Packaging Matters!

October 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

With a flurry of products on the market, food companies have a much greater competition today than in years past. Exclusive packaging is a great way for a company to showcase its personality. That’s why I have compiled a list of some of the most unique beer packaging that I have ever seen.

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

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Why You Should Be Feeding Your Pets High-Quality Food Brands

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Our four-legged friends are often fed over-processed and chemically altered foods. Am I saying pet owners should only feed their animals raw food? Not necessarily. But I do think we should be mindful in the food brands we are purchasing for them.

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Is the Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 14, 2014 10:34 am | by Mike Collins, Author

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt, and could lead to political turmoil.”

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5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Site For Your New Plant

October 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Jim Hale, Senior Civil Engineer, Stellar

If your organization does, in fact, require an entirely new plant, here are five factors to consider that will help keep you on track during your site-selection process.                       

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                      

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

Recently, Americans were split on the idea of California Governor Jerry Brown's state-wide plastic ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store and liquor shop check-out counters in the crosshairs.

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