Recent Articles

September 20, 2016 9:00 am
John Dart, Senior CPG Industry Consultant, Rockwell Automation
How smart manufacturing can help improve productivity, yield and efficiency in food and beverage operations.
September 19, 2016 9:00 am
Cindy Collins, Product Manager, Rapid Roll; and Alison Schuitema, Product Manager, Pharmaceuticals, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials
As profit margins grow tighter, manufacturers continue to seek new solutions to ensure freshness and product integrity while reducing waste. Certainly operational improvements and inventory management play a major role in profitability. But manufacturers that partner with label and packaging converters are discovering new ways of increasing their margins and maintaining quality throughout their supply chain.
September 16, 2016 8:30 am
Tom Katen, Technical Service Representative, Cargill
Demand for lean protein is on the rise, as are meat block prices. Given that convergence of trends, it’s no wonder meat processors are taking a second look at their meat extension options.
September 15, 2016 8:55 am
Judy Black, Board Certified Entomologist (BCE), Vice President of Technical Services, Rentokil Steritech
While the Food Safety Modernization Act shouldn’t require major upgrades to facilities or procedures, it should trigger a few changes to food manufacturers’ mindset regarding pest control.
September 12, 2016 2:55 pm
Craig Powell, CEO, Motus
By 2020, mobile workers will account for 72 percent of the total U.S. workforce. The food and beverage industry is part of this growing mobile workforce.
September 6, 2016 8:45 am
Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E. Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC
If you haven’t designated pest management as a top priority for your facility, then you should start today. A substantial chunk of an audit score — up to 20 percent — is pest control related, so it can play a major role in your facility receiving a passing grade. Auditors are looking for more than just a few traps and a fly light to keep pests at bay. They’ll be looking for a pest management plan and records of everything that a facility is doing to prevent pests. With this in mind, you’ll need to be prepared ahead of time.
September 1, 2016 8:45 am
Doug Niemeyer, General Manager, TEKLYNX International
Supply chain efficiency continues to be one of the hottest topics in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. And as the globalization of our food supply continues, the need for supply chain accuracy and efficiency is more important than ever. Enter technology partners. They’re helping manufacturers navigate these complexities while mitigating supply chain risk. Doug Niemeyer, General Manager of TEKLYNX International, and he shared his perspective on how RFID and barcode labeling software plays a role in this.
August 31, 2016 8:45 am
Jack Payne, vice president of product management and solution consulting, Aptean
When it comes to allergens, ignorance is not bliss. Allergic reactions to food result in more than 300,000 outpatient visits per year among children under 18. Strict avoidance of allergens is important to prevent serious health consequences. Use of an ERP system to manage recipes, establish production schedules and execute precise recalls can help a company comply with FSMA regulations and protect vulnerable consumers.
August 26, 2016 8:30 am
Dave McNeece, Vice President, Flowcrete Americas
When choosing a floor for a refrigerated area it is important to analyze the demands that the coating will have to withstand and then carefully discuss these with the supplier and applicator to ensure that the system under consideration will provide all the properties required to create a high performance and long lasting finish.
August 25, 2016 8:45 am
Paul Denny-Gouldson, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at IDBS
Food is of great importance to everyone and the value of data to companies that operate within this space should not be underestimated. However, the structure and type of data that is collected and how it is collected is of great importance if it is to be of use and value.
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