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8 Tips for Managing Moisture for Pest Prevention in Food Facilities

December 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Pat Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Buildup of water and organic debris can contribute to pest problems in food facilities. Here are some essential tips for ensuring facilities and restaurants are cleaned properly.

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big...

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on...

Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As the software landscape has advanced, new...

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Study Shows a 'Stronger' Chickpea May Fight Malnutrition

December 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Genome | News | Comments

Malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients.

Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.           

6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

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European Food Allergen Rule Causes Confusion Among Consumers

December 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.               

Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 11:50 am | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | News | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.

Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

December 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Mike Cameron, Technical Specialist, 3M | Articles | Comments

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives. A good starting place is the five most common misconceptions about fall protection.         

Q&A: How Kellogg Company Manages a Distributed Workforce Across 19 US Facilities

December 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with John Whitaker, the senior business analyst of the Kellogg Company, to find out how Kellogg manages a distributed workforce across 19 U.S. facilities. This article originally appeared in our November/December 2014 print edition.

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.     

4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business.  Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.  

Study: Control Obesity With Potato Extract

December 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by McGill University | News | Comments

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

Congress Eases Whole Grain Standards For School Lunches

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.

Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

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Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Pt. 3

December 9, 2014 8:40 am | by Dave Shumaker, Microbiologist, GOJO | Articles | Comments

In the final part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?      

Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group | Articles | Comments

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers on Food Safety Sectors

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.

GOP Pushes to Give Schools a Break From Healthy Lunch Standards

December 8, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The school meal rules, phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama, require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line. The standards also limit sodium, sugar and fat.            

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 2

December 5, 2014 2:10 pm | by Kurt Warzynski, Vice President of Process Engineering, Stellar | Articles | Comments

In the second part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?        

Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Recycling is no longer a consumer fad focused solely on the end of the life cycle, but a market force that is shaping corporate America’s manufacturing processes. Brian Kennell, Tetra Pak’s president and CEO, examines this next generation of recycling.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

Want to Boost Profits? Invite Employees to Be 100 Percent Honest

December 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Brad Oberwager, CEO, Bare Foods | Articles | Comments

At Bare Foods, I wanted to collect employee feedback in a systematic way, but I knew I’d never have time to respond to individual emails, nor could I require employees to stare at a blank email each week and expect them to come up with insightful feedback.

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 1

December 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by David Beal, Senior Management Consultant, TBM Consulting Group | Articles | Comments

In this three-part series of the Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?             

SAP-Centric EAM

December 4, 2014 8:30 am | Events

You will leave SAP-Centric EAM with a network of professionals at your fingertips to call upon throughout the year. Join SAP, ASUG and The Eventful Group March 8-11, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California.

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) of Onshoring

December 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

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