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Big Food Companies Are Innovating to Compete Against Healthier Upstarts

Every week seems to bring some new revelation of trouble for the manufacturers that once dominated the U.S. and global processed-food business: Kellogg, General Mills, Kraft, Campbell Soup, PepsiCo, ConAgra and the like. And it equally brings news of some upstart brand that is helping to reorder this massive business with some new innovation in products, packaging, marketing or all three: Annie’s, Amy’s, Plum Organics, Chobani, Lifeway cultured-yogurt drinks, and Vita Coco coconut water.

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How to Make Innovation Systemic

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The following ideas were shared by approximately 30 participants in the “How to Make Innovation Systemic” breakout session at the Smart Manufacturing Summit on April 30, 2015 in Indianapolis. General notes were taken and transformed into more “readable” sentences. As such, not all of these comments are “exact quotations”.

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Big Data Has Come to the Factory Floor

Most manufacturers now have automated, Internet-enabled technology on their factory floors. These technologies allow for the collection of data from all types of equipment, and analysis of that data can improve the efficiency and quality of production, as well as quality of the product itself.

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