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Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

Metal contamination represents one of the most common forms of foreign bodies in food products. If not detected, it can become a major safety hazard for consumers. Food can be contaminated by metals at any stage of the food processing chain.

Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious...

If Milk Can be Made in a Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 19, 2014 10:00 am | by TakePart | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process...

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in...

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VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter

November 18, 2014 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Meet Baxter, the new face of manufacturing.   

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.  

Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

Challenges, Opportunities For Nontraditional Food Retail Channels

November 11, 2014 3:11 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

While online and nontraditional grocery shopping options proliferate, research shows that shoppers, including the 25 percent who already shop for groceries online, rate traditional "brick-and-mortar" retailers significantly higher on a large number of key attributes. 

Pros vs. Cons of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 10:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant's payment system.    

What's in a Cup?

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

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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Powerhouse Enclosure Cooler

November 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

For enclosure cooling, this company has introduced a powerful new thermoelectric air conditioner. The AHP-690 Model features compact dimensions and 55 percent more cooling capacity than coolers of similar size. 

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

Professor Developing Wearable Device to Track Diet

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by University of Alabama | News | Comments

Sensors and software used to track physical activity are increasingly popular, as smart phones and their apps become more powerful and sophisticated, but when it comes to food, they all rely on the user to report meals. A University of Alabama professor hopes to change that. 

Shopping Apps Offer Cash Back at the Grocery Store

November 10, 2014 9:58 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SavingStar, Snap, Checkout 51, and others, let users earn money back if they buy certain products. Recent offers include getting $5 back for buying a Jennie-O frozen turkey, 25 cents back on a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter and $1 back on Dole pineapple juice.

What is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

If you seek to improve innovation, then a good strategy is to maximize your quotient. The first step is to have good processes and systems in place to diligently watch your surrounding marketplace including customer behaviors and competitive actions. 

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VIDEO: Food Trend Predictions of 2015

November 7, 2014 10:41 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report takes a look at what's brewing in the food industry and predicts the food and beverage items that will blossom in 2015. From snacking to same-day grocery deliveries, what do you believe will be a top consumer trend in the coming year?

Firmware For Meters, Controllers

November 7, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Newly added Gas Select Composer permits finer control of changing gas mixtures for food packing. 

What's Your Hydration IQ?

November 6, 2014 3:37 pm | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

This new "smart bottle" helps consumers track daily water consumption by measuring and reminding consumers to drink more often. IQhydr8 technology is in the bottle's cap and can be used as a tool to help "take care of yourself."      

Starbucks is a Dominant Leader in $35B US Mobile Payments Market

November 6, 2014 3:31 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently claimed that mobile payments at the popular coffee chain are growing almost 50 percent annually, and that 90 percent of all mobile payments in 2013 were made at Starbucks.      

VIDEO: Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                   

Digital Color Printing System

November 6, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 2600 Series upgrade brings several value added benefits to the Digital Color Printing System, including faster speeds and improved print resolution. 

Nutrition Analysis Made Easy With New Technology

November 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by Edamam | News | Comments

Edamam, a semantic technology company revolutionizing the nutrition information market with a data-driven approach, launched its Nutrition Wizard Plus product, a faster, cheaper cloud-based alternative to traditional nutrition analysis tools.

Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful. 

Walk, Don't Run: A Security Framework for Midsize Organizations

November 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.       

Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been gaining a majority of the publicity devoted to manufacturing over the past year. From appearances on popular television shows to packed booths at trade shows, 3-D manufacturing has captured the imagination of manufacturing professionals and the general public.

Do's and Don'ts of IT/OT Collaboration

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Paul Brooks | Articles | Comments

The adoption of Internet Protocol in manufacturing is prompting a new era of cooperation and collaboration between IT and OT. Both have essential roles to play in helping manufacturing companies successfully transition to a single, secure IP-based network.

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | 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.   

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