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France Cracks Down on Food Waste by Supermarkets

May 22, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.

Distributed Refrigeration: The Benefits of Ammonia Refrigeration Without the Risk

May 22, 2015 9:00 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The majority of industrial refrigeration systems in the U.S. are central-station ammonia systems...

Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 4

May 21, 2015 10:35 am | by Blake Svejkovsky, Heat and Control, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Look for the latest technology in safe conveyors that are sanitation-friendly, reduce cross...

Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 3

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jill Batka, President, Dynamic Conveyor | Articles | Comments

The latest trends with conveyors in the food processing industry revolve around food safety and...

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The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.

Beech-Nut Is First US Baby Food Company To Reveal Exact Ingredient Amounts

May 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Beech-Nut | News | Comments

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company today announced that it has listed the percentage of each ingredient for all of its jars and pouches on its website. Beech-Nut is the first U.S. baby food company to provide this information to parents.

Why There's So Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By the Numbers

May 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

Honeybees have felt the sting of an environment working against them in recent years. Habitat loss, fungal diseases, mite infestations and — most controversially — pesticide use have all been cited as the biggest factors causing massive declines in the U.S.’s honey bee population.

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Consumer vs. Industry Perspectives on a Partnership in Food Safety

May 20, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“Today, we talk to our kids about stranger danger and Internet safety,” Darin Detwiler said. “But somehow when it comes to food, we have this sense of ‘It’s gotta be fine.’ We trust too easily.” Detwiler lost his son, Riley, in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak.

FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 2

May 19, 2015 1:50 pm | by Jim Paulsen, Sales/Account Manager, Multi-Conveyor | Articles | Comments

Sanitation is the top trending conversation in building conveyors for the food industry. Staying ahead of the requirements that the food industry dictates is key to developing sustainable designs that can work across various food manufacturing segments.

The Value of Properly Testing Dry Powder Filling Machines Prior to Installation

May 19, 2015 12:00 pm | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing — Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery | Articles | Comments

Not all testing facilities are the same. Knowing what to look for in a pre-installation test will help ensure accurate data and expectations are met. 

Social Media and Food: The Perfect Pair?

May 19, 2015 11:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The power of the social media community is immense, with consumers quickly disseminating information and starting and following trends and movements. So for food and beverage brands, learning to listen and understand the inevitable tides of change is crucial.  

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The Buzzing Trend of Eating Insects

May 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Jarrod Goldin, Co-Founder, Next Millennium Farms | Articles | Comments

Yes, those little critters that slither, hop and crawl are super-packed with nutrients that our bodies need, while being low in fat and calories. From Bangkok to China to Mexico, people are eating more than 1,900 different species of edible insects that roam this planet in abundance.

The Facility That's Trying to Save the Future of Chocolate

May 18, 2015 10:20 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Chocolate may not technically be considered a natural resource, but for millions of people it’s a treasure, and one that is to be protected at all costs. Charlie D’Agata reports from a research center in London that may be responsible for ensuring the world’s chocolate fix.

Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 1

May 18, 2015 9:10 am | by Crystal Willey, Cambridge Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

In part one of this five-part series, we ask: What are the latest trends in conveying related to the food industry?

5 Challenges Faced by CPG Players in Emerging Markets

May 18, 2015 8:25 am | by Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata | Articles | Comments

Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata, has outlined five major challenges that CPG companies are facing in dense markets and how using data analytics has proved to be a great tool for CPG manufacturers to address these challenges.

Knowledge About Corrosion Prevention Crucial for Success in Food Manufacturing Industry

May 18, 2015 8:15 am | by Stephanie Ellis, Director, Corrosion College | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturing facilities are highly corrosive environments due to the continual exposure to chemicals, water and other corrosive elements used during processing and daily sanitization. It is critical to prevent corrosion in order to avoid the high costs of equipment repair, replacement and downtime that is often the result of corrosion damage.

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Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean Collaborate to Improve Hand Hygiene in Foodservice, Food Processing Industries

May 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Georgia-Pacific Professional | News | Comments

Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean™ LLC have entered into a strategic alliance to offer a unique hygiene compliance solution designed to help improve hand washing participation rates of food workers in the food service, food preparation and food processing industries.

Manufacturing Automation: Finding The ROI In A Digital Strategy

May 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.

Are You Prepared for Summer?

May 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

As summer draws closer and temperatures begin to rise, there are many safety factors that need to be taken into consideration.  

Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 13, 2015 2:21 pm | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.

Food Safety Summit Resource Center Returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas

May 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Food Safety Summit Resource Center, a regular PACK EXPO feature since 2010, brings together experts in food production and food safety for a series of educational opportunities.

Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry For Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals. Tyson Foods Inc. indicated it would conform to the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standard.

The Evolution of the Refrigeration Environment

May 12, 2015 8:15 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Ammonia, a natural refrigerant, has long been one of the most highly used refrigerants in large, industrial applications due to its many benefits. However, while ammonia may be gentler on the environment, it has hazards of its own.

3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

May 11, 2015 11:45 am | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure. Here are three methods that can help gauge your compressor’s fitness.

Reducing Supply Chain Costs With Better Transporation Logistics

May 11, 2015 8:50 am | by Brad Forester | Articles | Comments

Establishing an environment of end-to-end supply chain visibility leads to more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and fewer incidents of a mismatch between supply and demand.

Q&A: How the Kraft/Heinz Merger Will Affect the Supply Chain

May 8, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

While the merger of Kraft and Heinz has sparked mostly positive comments from investors and the media alike, the move does not come without some concerns. One, in particular, is how the supply chain will be affected.

Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

Fries at the Doorstep: Fast-Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

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