Category: Industry Briefs

Inside Team Training: Strengthening Your Core (Guest Column)

At the core of every business is an operational team that’s responsible for transforming materials, labor, and technology into the production and delivery of goods and services. Their work requires constant planning, coordinating, managing, and streamlining of facilities, equipment, and processes. With such full plates, it’s little wonder operations team members can become so focused on getting the job done, they lose sight of the greatest asset and strongest predictor of success: your people. It’s vital to hire the right people for your operational team, treat them with dignity and respect, provide fair pay and equal benefits, and create...

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2018 New Product Preview

Here’s some of the equipment, systems, and devices coming your way in 2018: Hartness Connect turns Hartness’ proven packaging solutions into smart, connected devices that better integrate into the manufacturing plant and process through apps designed to improve efficiency and implementation in all aspects of owning, operating, and maintaining Hartness equipment. Through a simple, intuitive interface and a suite of powerful apps, the operator and machine can better partner to improve efficiency, reducing mean time to recovery (MTTR), increasing mean time between failure (MTBF), and providing valuable information to help focus continuous improvement efforts and root cause analysis. The...

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Inside Beer: Top 10 Trends Shaping Craft Beer

If there’s one constant in craft beer, it’s how quickly the landscape continues to change. From mergers and acquisitions to strategy and packaging, here’s a look at some trends that will continue to impact the industry into 2018 and beyond. Big beer flexes its muscle. Even casual beer drinkers can’t help but notice the buying spree that juggernauts such as AB InBev, MillerCoors, and Constellation Brands have been on. Cult favorites Wicked Weed and Funky Buddha are just the latest in a long line of breweries to hand over their craft credentials in favor of the distribution muscle, resources,...

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USACM Standardizes Cider Descriptions

With a nod to the pioneering work of Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) and the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) announced its first-ever set of style guidelines in October. Ten distinct cider and perry styles are identified and divided into two main categories (standard and specialty), then further delineated based on aroma, flavor, appearance, ingredient criteria, and, in some cases, production and/or aging methods. According to the document, the guidelines were designed to “build a foundation for the lexicon we use to discuss cider. We hope they will...

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