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How CALGreen is Changing Up Design, Construction Practices

January 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED® AP BD+C | Blogs | Comments

As a food manufacturer, you should understand that CALGreen is changing the way the building industry does business. To incorporate sustainability into building construction and design, California established the California Green Building Standards Code.

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so...

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended...

What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the...

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Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

Assessing Your Risk For a Cyber Breach and Minimizing the Fallout

January 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Risk Management Services, Assurance | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

10 Key Initiatives to Drive Value From Supply Chain Networks in 2015

January 26, 2015 11:45 am | by Elemica | Articles | Comments

Using these 10 key initiatives, business leaders will gain greater profitability, improve productivity, and increase customer satisfaction to drive more value out of their supply chains.                 

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Report Offers Framework to Analyze Effects of Possible Changes to US Food System

January 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

To assist U.S. regulators on decisions about the nation’s food system, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council issued a new report. The study focuses on assessing the health, environmental, social and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.

New Video Examines Role of Technology in Raising Animals

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some call for a return to "simpler" practices. A new video examines the role of technology in raising animals and challenges the claim that a return to lower tech livestock production and processing would improve our food supply. 

Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 23, 2015 1:25 pm | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

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Campbell Named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World List

January 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Campbell Soup Company | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company has been named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights — a media, research and financial products company — for the third year in a row.       

Elder Boom: How Food Makers Can Appeal to the Senior Demographic

January 22, 2015 8:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

An unparalleled demographic shift is taking place worldwide as record numbers of people are living longer — sometimes much longer. For food and beverage makers and retailers, this change opens up huge and exciting opportunities.   

FDA Removing Non-Renewed Food Facility Registrations from its Database

January 21, 2015 1:42 pm | by Registrar Corp | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facilities to renew their FDA registrations every even-numbered year between October 1 and December 31. Any food facility that did not renew its registration by December 31, 2014 should re-register with FDA before it continues to ship food products to the United States, as its registration is now invalid.

Proposed Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

Avocados, Blueberries and Cocoa Beans: The ABC's of Keeping the Doctor Away

January 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Articles | Comments

Times have changed. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away. But three recent studies indicate this mantra could be changed to “a blueberry- avocado-cocoa-bean-smoothie a day” keeps the doctor away — if the doctor is a cardiologist.

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Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

3 Ways to Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

In every product company, bottlenecks occur that can delay the processing of an order, the production of goods, or perhaps delivery to a customer site. To understand where your organization could increase efficiency, first look to the areas where the entire process slows or even grinds to a halt.

"Greening" the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment — it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. 

The 3 Topics Food and Beverage Executives Are Thinking About

January 16, 2015 9:45 am | by Chris Nay, Senior Managing Director, Food and Beverage, GE Capital | Articles | Comments

GE Capital recently surveyed c-suite executives at middle market food and beverage companies. The survey found that in addition to maximizing financial performance, food and beverage leaders are looking to maximize their engagement with consumers by responding to their evolving tastes. 

OSU, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to Offer Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This training is designed for small fruit and vegetable producers and processors, dairies and milk processors, shell egg producers and feed manufacturers. It will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Microsoft's Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

January 15, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things. 

What's Ahead in 2015? Five Mom Bloggers Share Advice For Food Makers

January 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

You don’t’ need a crystal ball to predict that food manufacturers and Mom Bloggers will continue to forge great partnerships throughout the year. So I asked the Mom Bloggers in my network what trends food manufacturers should be aware of in the new year.

Safe, Compliant Ammonia Management Reduces Risk

January 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael J. Curato, P.E., Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers of food and beverages have a common concern: the need to keep ingredients, processes and the final product cold. In most applications, the refrigerant of choice is anhydrous ammonia, but recent changes to OSHA’s enforcement approach have created new risks.

7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

5 Ways Loyalty Marketing Can Transform CPG Brands

January 14, 2015 1:35 pm | by Greg Engen, Vice President, consumer packaged goods, Aimia | Articles | Comments

CPG marketers are naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the tried and true. But the days of standing pat with the same old marketing tactics are over. Those marketers who embrace this transformation, rather than shy away from it, will be the brand leaders of tomorrow.

Keys to Building a Culture of Food Safety

January 14, 2015 9:00 am | by Jan Lillemo, Principal Consultant at Lillemo and Associates and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions at MetricStream | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, food safety programs have focused on more tactical activities such as auditing and product testing. Today, though significant strides have been made to ensure food safety, organizations are still looking for more comprehensive programs that can integrate food safety activities into core business functions and processes.

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