Manufacturing News

Tell me something good

September 2, 2004
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
Measuring productivity provides a good indication of the economic efficiency of the food manufacturing industry, according to a report from the UDSA economic research service (ERS).

Measuring productivity-how effectively inputs (materials, labor, capital and energy) are turned into outputs (food products)-provides a good indication of the economic efficiency of the food manufacturing industry, according to a report from the UDSA economic research service (ERS).

Productivity in US food manufacturing has been growing more slowly than US manufacturing overall. Between 1975 and 1997, US food processors averaged 0.19 percent per year in productivity gains while other manufacturing industries averaged 1.25 percent.

The ERS study concluded that less processed industries such as meat packing and fluid milk showed little productivity growth. Industries which rely on elaborate packaging and sophisticated processes, such as beverage and baking, had productivity gains of about 1 percent per year.

According to a recent Gallup Organization survey of four million workers, there may be an easier way than investing in the latest technology to increase productivity: employee recognition and praise. Gallup's research shows that 65 percent of people surveyed said they received no recognition for good work in the past year. Among that 65 percent are 22 million American workers who said they are actively disengaged or extremely negative in the workplace.

Companies that provide employees with regular recognition and praise increase individual productivity, obtain better safety reports, experience fewer accidents, retain more employees and report higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers.

For more information visit www.ers.usda.gov and www.gallup.com.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering December 2014 Cover

2014 December

In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive

THE FOOD ENGINEERING STORE

Food-Authentication-Flyer-(.gif
Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit www.foodmaster.com to learn more.