Food Manufacturing Guest Contributors

  1. Packaging For #Millennials: Capturing The Loyalty Of This Coveted Generation

    Millennials — typically identified as those between the ages of 18 and 37 — are the largest generation in U.S. history. Currently, this group represents almost 30 percent of the country’s population and, as they age, their purchasing power rises. By 2020, millennials’ spending is expected to reach $1.4 trillion — an increase of approximately 70 percent over the next six years. As millennials are one of the most important audiences for companies to target, brand owners can benefit from a deeper understanding of this group’s needs and preferences, particularly when it comes to product packaging.

  2. How Much Does That Packaging Machine Cost?

    This sounds like a simple question, no? Don't be fooled; it is actually a quite complex one and you need to know that if you don't know how much a machine costs, it is very easy to spend too much money on one.

  3. Understanding The Impact Of Digital Printing On Flexible Package Laminating

    Digital printing is an emerging print technology for flexible food packaging that’s enabling brand owners and converters to effectively deliver shorter run lengths, improve shelf appeal, and meet speed-to-market demands. There are several digital technologies in the market, but presses that require attention to detail regarding the packaging design, especially the adhesives, are emerging as the dominant technology. Selecting the proper laminating adhesive is imperative to the integrity of the packaging structure, preventing tunnels, leaks, and other packaging defects. It also impacts the substrate choice, which will affect chemical migration.

  4. I’ve Purchased And Implemented An Electronic Traceability System: Now What?

    In part one of How To Choose And Implement The Right Food Traceability System, we explored five key points in determining your company’s readiness to implement an electronic food traceability system. In part two of How To Choose And Implement The Right Food Traceability System, we looked at which approach to traceability is right for your business. This article focuses on how to get the most value and ROI out of your traceability system.

  5. Key Factors Of Successful Packaging Design

    "Nothing happens until somebody sells something." I forget where I heard this expression, but it's stuck with me. Package design is a large part of selling and marketers must always have the last word in design. On the other hand, price is also a key success factor. Even small price reductions can really goose sales, and package design can have a big impact.

  6. Ignorance Is No Excuse: Criminal Liability In The Produce Industry

    We’ve all heard the reports about the salad plant in Springfield, OH that closed as the federal government continues to investigate a listeria outbreak. The phrase “federal investigation” should be enough to send chills down any produce executive’s spine. While no one yet knows what the government’s investigation at the Springfield, OH salad plant will yield, it wouldn’t be the first time a produce executive faces criminal charges — and a possible prison sentence — following a food-borne illness outbreak.

  7. Do You Have The Necessary Tools To Complete Your SQF Internal Audit? (Part Two Of Three)

    In the first part of the series, I described the importance of defining the scope of your internal audit and following a verification schedule for auditing all clauses of the SQF scheme. Here, in part two of the series, I want to discuss the importance of food safety objectives as key performance indicators, as well as the importance of participation from senior management in defining these food safety objectives.

  8. How Can Food Producers Overcome Packaging Migration Challenges?

    Brand owners have scarce information on food packaging’s chemical composition. However, they ultimately carry the risk of economic damage if the packaging turns out to be problematic.

  9. The Packaging Landscape: Global Trends & Regional Factors Impacting Demand, Packaging Machinery, And Market Growth

    Here is what you need to know: the global packaging market is sustaining growth. According to Smithers Pira, the 2015 global packaging market was valued at about $400 billion. Growth underlines a shift in balance toward emerging markets, such as BRIC. North America showed a moderate increase from the prior year and is valued at $108 billion. Food packaging is the largest segment, accounting for 51 percent of the total market value. Beverage packaging accounts for 18 percent, followed by 6 percent for pharmaceutical.

  10. Small Growers Require Big Food Safety

    Small growers always have to fight to be viable businesses. They don’t get the bulk discounts that larger growers get on rents, supplies, chemicals, water, or even labor. If there is bad weather or bad market in any one season, they lose everything. And during the growing season — even if everything else goes well — they must wear all hats, all the time, and the work never stops. So, small growers are not left a lot of time to ponder, or even more importantly, implement food safety practices.