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Tech Company Spices Things Up with Food Production Planning Software

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

A new partnership was announced on Monday between software company PlanetTogether and spice specialists, Illes Seasonings & Flavors of Carrollton, TX. Illes’ Production Scheduling Manager Ed Czysz acknowledges that the company’s “sustained growth. . . presented a manufacturing challenge.” They needed a more robust scheduling system and turned to supply-chain software leader Planet Together for solutions. Les Howell, Executive Director …

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3 New Tech Products to Boost Line Productivity

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Advancements in technology are beginning to strongly impact the food industry. Automation, robotics, and the Internet of Things all change the way we work and the skills our work requires. New products are constantly becoming available for food and beverage applications in processing packaging, software, instrumentation, and material handling. Here are three recent offerings to help improve line productivity. Temperature Data …

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Be Heard! 2016 State of the Food Processing Industry Survey Now Open

In News, Processing by Krista Garver0 Comments

What are the year’s biggest challenges and opportunities for the food processing industry? Where do the most successful companies spend their marketing dollars? Take the 2016 State of the Food Processing Industry survey today and automatically receive the results for free. Click here to take the State of the Food Processing Industry survey (Closes March 18) Here’s what you’ll learn from this …

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Snack Foods Start a Bite-Sized Revolution

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

According to Food Manufacturing and the Associated Press, America’s grazing habits seem to be turning everything snack-sized, from peanut butter to SPAM. Snacks now account for half of all eating occasions, says food industry consultancy the Hartman Group. We like things that can substitute for meals, that don’t require assembly, and that we can carry around with us. Demand for …

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3 Ways the Internet of Things Can Smarten Up Food Processing

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown1 Comment

Things get smarter every day. More and more objects contain embedded technology that communicates, senses, or interacts with its own internal states or the external environment. Gartner estimates there are currently 6.4 billion devices connected to the Internet, and that number is expected at least to triple by 2020. A recent Food Engineering article predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will soon …

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FDA Food Safety Funding for Tribal Communities and Local Producers

In Processing, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

FDA Funding is available now through April 21, 2016 for outreach, education and training for Native American Tribes and Local Food Producers to enhance food safety and FSMA compliance. Community-based and grassroots organizations, as well as local government entities, are encouraged to develop projects that will facilitate these two groups’ understanding and integration of federal food safety regulations, relevant to their production …

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FSMA Is Here: Avoid Recall by Being Ready

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

2015 was a high-profile year for food safety recalls. Many of the FDA’s final rules went into effect in 2015. With only a few more to go in 2016, now is the time to attend to your processes. December survey findings from global enterprise software company Aptean showed 81% of food manufacturers are already feeling some degree of impact from FSMA …

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Cornell Study Argues for Transparency in GMO Labeling

In News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

A Cornell University study has found that public debate over food labeling carries considerable weight with consumers in their support of subsequent labeling decisions. The study gave 450 participants four fictitious news articles about the same agro-food company’s decision to label the GM content of their products. The articles varied on four key points: whether or not to label the presence of …

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Assemble the Pieces of Your Food Safety Puzzle

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The implementation of new FSMA rules requires leaders in the food processing industry to be more prepared than ever. Preventing problems before they begin defines every new set of compliance measures. Within those rules, proactive attention to food safety is a top priority. Last year, Food Safety outlined five Pieces of the Food Safety Puzzle. Those pieces are Culture, Commitment, Organizational …

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The Hybrid Cloud: Managing Data in the Food Industry

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Enterprise cloud computing pioneered by Salesforce and Amazon Web Services has been around for over a decade. With the advent of Web 2.0, however, cloud technology has developed exponentially and is becoming increasingly useful in all kinds of industries, including food manufacturing. Mika Javanainen, Director of Product Management at M-Files Corporation, recently shared his thoughts with FoodManufacturing.com about the best kind …