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5 Ways Technology is Transforming the Food Supply Chain

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

As sources diversify and consumer demands evolve toward transparency and wholeness, technology must play an ever-increasing role at every point in the food manufacturing supply chain. Some traditional processes will collapse, while others will expand in non-linear networks near and far around the globe. Here are five ways technology is transforming the food supply chain in response to its changing …

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Food Executives, to Your E-Commerce Starting Blocks

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It looks like the food industry can add e-commerce to its list of smart capital investments for 2016. Half of all market growth is now online, more for certain categories and markets. It’s a “winner-take-all world” for CPG, according to this just-released report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report recommends that all CPG …

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FSMA Opens Doors to Safety and Efficiency

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Door technology is trending in the wake of FSMA’s effects. As best practices become law, Food Manufacturing reports, doors are making a bigger difference in safety and energy efficiency. New wash-down doors roll up instead of sideways, and they’re made of anti-microbial, anti-corrosive polypropylene to eliminate “harborage” of harmful bacterias. Faster-moving doors are boosting both energy efficiency and productivity. They …

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Tech Company Spices Things Up with Food Production Planning Software

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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

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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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3 Ways the Internet of Things Can Smarten Up Food Processing

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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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FSMA Is Here: Avoid Recall by Being Ready

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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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The Hybrid Cloud: Managing Data in the Food Industry

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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 …