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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for Alcoa Foundation | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the...

Nevada Leads the Nation in School Nutrition

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids | News | Comments

The American Heart Association is thrilled to...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

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Here's What Marketers Should Learn About Generation Alpha

October 20, 2014 11:01 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

Generation Alpha — children born since 2010 — will be the most highly educated, diverse and technologically proficient yet. Since they are still very young, though, their consumption patterns are being shaped by their socially, ecologically and budget-conscious Millennial parents. 

Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by Michael Bialko | Articles | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

Infographic: Common Causes of Factory Fires

October 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | News | Comments

To help extinguish factory fire risks, Zurich provided this infographic to determine the top causes of factory fires and ways to prevent them from happening.                         

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The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance

October 17, 2014 2:26 pm | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 

The Generational Divide

October 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

How do the youngest crop of workers best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.

Natural Pet Food Maker Uses Color-Coded Packaging as Brand Recognition

October 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by "I and love and you" | News | Comments

Natural pet care maker "I and love and you" launched new packaging designs with color-coding and iconography so pet parents can quickly find the right food.                          

Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

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EPA Approves Popular Weed Killer For Genetically Modified Crops

October 15, 2014 2:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month.

Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Disconnects are a major issue for many companies, and without an ERP system, they are almost inevitable. In the end, ERP may not be right for every company. However, an ERP system that matches a company’s size and product can streamline the manufacturing process.

VIDEO: Food Security vs. Food Sovereignty

October 15, 2014 10:25 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

The Lexicon of Sustainability's Know Your Food is a short film series that introduces consumers to key terms and principles that can help them make more informed decisions about the food they eat. This part of the series focuses on food security and food sovereignty.

Whole Foods to Begin Ranking Produce by Eco-Friendliness

October 15, 2014 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.           

Two Takes on the Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate.                                      

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VIDEO: Companies Are Cutting Calories

October 14, 2014 3:06 pm | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

In addition to companies cutting calories and serving sizes, Supermarkets can help guide shoppers to easy, healthy meal solutions.                                 

Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

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

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

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.

Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.

VIDEO: The Secret Behind Wisconsin Cheese

October 14, 2014 10:13 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

PBS Food ventures north to the land of Cheeseheads to discover exactly what is so special about Wisconsin cheese. What they find is a fascinating mix of strategic farming, homogenized cultures and immigration politics.        

OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

5 Tips to Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 13, 2014 7:50 am | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), property losses at U.S. factories total nearly $1 billion each year. To help reduce these annual losses, Zurich recommends that manufacturing facilities make a commitment to the following five steps.

Mini-Cupcake Maker Doubles Sales by Creating Special Containers

October 13, 2014 7:45 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The owner of Baked by Melissa, a miniature-cupcake company, wanted to quickly expand her business by shipping nationwide. But the cupcakes, which are slightly larger than the diameter of a quarter, didn't travel well. Success came with what's called a clamshell package.

Extended LEAN Best Practices

October 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eric Lail | Articles | Comments

With an Extended LEAN approach, companies examine the whole supply chain — both manufacturing and logistics — connect end-to-end value streams and use actionable intelligence to ensure a continuous adoption of change.   

October 2014: Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.  

Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

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

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.                      

What Does a Sustainable Shopping List Look Like?

October 10, 2014 9:42 am | by TakePart | Articles | Comments

Today's Americans are eating healthier, but we still have a long way to go in terms of sustainability. A recent survey showed that American consumers eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables of the 18 countries ranked.

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