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Mar 6, 2012

Chasing consumer demands means automating with flexibility.

By Bob Sperber, Plant Operations Editor | 03/06/2012

Why should a plant manager care about the trendy new food he saw on a cable show last night? Because it could end up in the R&D lab tomorrow and in his own plant's machinery shortly thereafter. While some trendy dishes are flashes in the pan, the ones that aren't can end up affecting factors from machinery design and selection to plant productivity and throughput.

How might your plant be affected by the demand for hand-held sandwiches? What if instead of bread, biscuits or bagels, marketing says you need to make pancakes or waffles? If the traditional oil in the formula is replaced by a trans fat-free one, what will that do to your machines? Likewise, changes in how you make potatoes, mini muffins, cereals or anything can mean an upgrade to your equipment and processes.

The flexibility to adapt to ever-changing trends is a...

Mar 6, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Get ready for an ATM where your dough comes out freshly baked -- with icing on top.

Sprinkles, a gourmet cupcake chain with 10 locations nationally, is set to open its first 24-hour cupcake vending machine on March 9 at its original store in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Company spokeswoman Nicole Schwartz says that there will be ten of the machines in operation by this summer, and even more by the end of the year.

At first, the Cupcake ATMs will all be within Sprinkles stores, but accessible from outside so that customers can indulge even when stores are closed.

Eventually, Schwartz said the machines will be at remote locations apart from the stores.

Watch the Video on Cupcakes: http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2011/06/30/smb_cloud_9.cnnmoney/

Innovation in vending machines


Feb 17, 2012







According to the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Oreo brand cookies were introduced to the American public by the National Biscuit Company (now Nabisco) on March 6, 1912. It is registration #0093009. Nabisco is now owned by Kraft Foods.

"On April 2, 1912, the company's [National Biscuit Company] operations department announced to its managers and sales agents that it was preparing "to offer to the trade...three entirely new varieties of the highest class biscuit in a new style...The three varieties of...

Feb 3, 2012

Marissa Lopez is the Grand Prize Winner on Season 2 of Next Great Baker. Even after being denied for entry in Season 1, Marissa pushed forward, tried out again and won! Not bad, $100,000 plus a gig with Buddy over at Carlos Bakery.

No stranger to a little sass and having her own opinion, 35 Marissa Lopez is a girl that can back it all up with the talent she brings forward. Joe Baker and Marissa have some casual one on one about Next Great Baker and her own personal take on life.

1.  After trying out for Season 1 and not making it, was it a hard decision to try out again for Season 2?...

Feb 3, 2012

New report on efforts to protect consumers from foodborne illness.

In preparation for the holiday season, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued a progress report highlighting the accomplishments and strategies of President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) combined with useful information for consumers on safe food handling.  The interagency group, chaired by Sebelius and Vilsack, was established in 2009 to advise the President on how to strengthen the U.S. food safety system for the 21st century through a coordinated federal agency approach.

“As families across the country share in this holiday season, it is important to reiterate our commitment to protecting the food supply and our desire to remain vigilant to protect the American people,” said Secretary Vilsack.  “We have taken a number of steps to improve the safety of America’s meat and poultry supply in...