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  • Fast Food Chains Feed a Hungry Market

    Americans say they want to eat healthier. But not many are putting their money where their mouths are. Fast food and mid-range restaurants are getting a big, fat lesson about the vast difference in what people say ... and what they actually do. They’ve learned 'eating healthy' is a big, noisy bandwagon with limited seating.

  • Demographic Segmentation Becomes Common Packaging Strategy

    Demographic segmentation, the time-tested tool of mass media advertisers, is becoming a more common packaging strategy as food companies develop line extensions to appeal to every conceivable sliver of the population.

    Kate Bertrand, Packaging Editor
  • UK Consumers in Control of their Health

    The opportunity lies in maintaining taste and offering real product improvement while also remaining true to your product category.

    Barbara Katz, HealthFocus International
  • Use Leading KPIs to Spot Trouble

    Does your plant have reliability issues and a hard time meeting production targets? Metrics such as key performance indicators (KPIs), when identified and aligned properly, can save your plant, your job and your career. So grab a pen, open your mind and get ready to learn.

    Ricky Smith, CMRP, Contributing Editor
  • Industrial Maintenance Job Fairs Can Help You Find Talented People

    Deferred maintenance is reaching chronic levels as current equipment ages and sophisticated, new equipment needs more care and custom configuration. One way to find talented people is through industrial maintenance job fairs. Here’s how they work and what you should do to maximize your return on participation.

    Joel Leonard
  • Troubleshoot Hydraulics the Smart Way

    Plant managers, building engineers and project managers have an inherent stake in the productivity and health of their hydraulic equipment. When there’s a recurrent or chronic problem, it’s imperative to have background information or, better yet, a strong suspicion of what’s wrong before the service providers, inside or outside the company, are called.

    Steven P. Thomsen, P.E.
  • Robot Sales Fall in North America

    New orders received by North American based robotics companies fell 38% in the first half of 2006, according to statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

  • Food Safety Warnings

    Two developments regarding the preemption of state food safety warnings the food industry should know.

    Leslie Krasny
  • Americans Dieting Their Own Way

    More than 80 percent of American dieters are dieting their own way. A new report from Mintel finds many dieting consumers are creating their own diet plans.

  • The 400-pound Guarana in the Room

    Natural caffeine is abundant in our modern, high-energy society. The sun never sets on the Starbuck’s empire. And talk about teas, once we discovered antioxidants and EGCG, variety in the tea market went through the roof.

    Mark Anthony, Ph.D.
  • Organic By Any Other Name

    The boom in demand for organic foods and ingredients threatens to outpace supply. Yet some companies are coming under fire for allegedly “fudging” what is truly organic. The question is, do the cows have to be happy for the milk to be organic?

  • Optimum ReBound Cereal

    Nature’s Path helps morning exercisers refuel their muscles with Optimum ReBound cereal.

    Hollis Ashman and Jacqueline Beckley, Consumer Understanding Editors
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