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Smarties: A Halloween Favorite And An American Candy Classic, Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For three generations Smarties candies have been a favorite among Halloween trick-or-treaters who love the pastel-colored wafers that are even good for some allergen-sensitive children. On Wednesday the Smarties Candy Co. celebrates its 70th anniversary at its manufacturing headquarters in Union, New Jersey.

The company, founded by 96-year-old patriarch, Edward Dee has a lot to celebrate. It is one of the few family-owned mass-production confectionery companies left in the United States, and it turns out more than 2 billion rolls of the candies every year.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Food Technology, Infor, CloudSuite Food & Beverage

The Top 5 Challenges F&B Manufacturers Are Facing Today

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The high-level issues facing food and beverage manufacturers today might feel like the same challenges the industry has been dealing with for years, but the context in which these challenges exist have changed dramatically. Consumer demand for greater product innovation and transparency, ever-increasing quality and compliance pressures, tighter profit margins, new channel opportunities, and a dynamic workforce are just some of the factors that are shifting market dynamics to the point where food and beverage manufacturers need to take a fresh approach to how they do business.

In some cases, technology is driving the change; in other cases, technology offers the solution. In this changing environment, successfully managing growth and profitability depend on how well food and beverage manufacturers can evolve while embracing modern technology.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage

Go Big By Going Small

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

How food and beverage companies can succeed in the microvertical space.

You can see it happening in supermarket aisles. Shoppers are moving their carts away from the big food brands and toward niche brands and specialized, fresher products.1 You can see it in the financials as well. The top US food and beverage companies have lost about $18 billion in market share since 2009, reports Fortune.

In this period of change, companies are differentiating themselves by focusing on specific niche, microvertical markets. By going niche, they can offer consumers unique products that appeal to highly specific consumer demand. But, developing a microvertical or niche business means taking on a range of new challenges. You must learn new skills, develop new and unique products, and rely on smaller production runs to produce higher margins.

You can only go big by going small.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Food Technology

The Food And Beverage Industry Is Poised For Further Growth

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For everything there is a season, as those in the Food and Beverage Industry are keenly aware. In parts of the world, harvest season is here; for others, it is spring planting. And, as 2018 coasts to year-end, it is also the season for summarizing achievements and setting new goals. Eager to capitalize on the growth momentum, F&B companies will soon be planning 2019 budgets and prioritizing the major initiatives for the coming year. With many game-changing innovations now available, companies should start early to strategize on the technology investments that will be key to seizing new opportunities.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Process Manufacturing, Food Technology

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