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Q&A: Communicating Your Brand in the Digital Age

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As more consumers utilize mobile apps as a part of their shopping experiences, it is crucial for consumer packaged goods companies to jump into the digital conversation. Steve Cole of Gladson spoke with Food Manufacturing about how companies can harness this new technology to enhance their brand image.


Consumer Trends: Revolutionizing the American Breakfast

April 24, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Rabobank has published a new report on the U.S. morning eating occasion, particularly the breakfast cereal market, examining factors that are contributing to a decline in breakfast cereal consumption, and leading consumers to turn away from the cereal bowl in favor of other breakfast options. Rabobank also explores various strategies by breakfast cereal companies to inject new growth into the category.


Heineken: Full Year Sales Growth Not As Strong

April 24, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

Heineken NV says its sales and profits rose in the first quarter, due to recent acquisitions. The Dutch brewer blamed austerity policies for weak European markets, and said growth in revenues for the full year would not be quite as strong as it hoped. It has not set any specific target.


New Beef Ads Ask ‘What’s Your Dinner Made Of?’

April 24, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

The new "Beef. It's What's For Dinner." consumer advertising campaign is premiering this month, bringing the recognizable tagline to older millennials and Gen-Xers. The new campaign, funded by the beef checkoff, will feature sizzling beef recipes, juicy details about essential nutrients and the voice of one of Hollywood's most promising new talents. 


EEOC: Disabled Workers Were Exploited, Abused

April 24, 2013 9:33 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company profited from dozens of mentally disabled men working at a turkey processing plant in rural Iowa where they were physically and verbally abused and forced to live in filthy, rodent-infested conditions, a government attorney told jurors on Tuesday.


CSPI: 'Defensive Eating' Can Protect Against 'Risky Meats'

April 24, 2013 9:31 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

In a press conference held yesterday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest identified chicken and ground beef as the meats most likely to carry foodborne illness while ham, sausage and chicken nuggets are categorized as "lowest risk" products.


Judge Orders New Deadline for Food Safety Reforms

April 24, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

A federal judge is siding with two California advocacy groups in ruling that the Food and Drug Administration must set a new timetable to implement delayed food safety reforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton in Oakland, Calif. handed down the decision on Monday.


Study: Chicken, Beef Are Riskiest Meats

April 24, 2013 9:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats. The report by the Center for Science in Public Interest says chicken nuggets, ham and sausage pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness.


Photo of the Day: 'An Atmosphere of Fear and Intimidation'

April 24, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Henry's Turkey Service on behalf of 32 former workers whom it housed and oversaw while they worked at West Liberty Foods. The commission is expected to seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against Henry's for allegedly subjecting the men to abuse that "created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation," court filings show.


Make Decisions Quicker & Easier

April 24, 2013 9:08 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The Lean methodology of process improvement defines at least 7 classical forms of waste.  Going through notes, over and over again, as to the root cause of wastes we experience indicates that indecision often drives waste, even if it appears to be a circumstantial cause and not a regular or systemic cause of the system.


Lead Screw Assemblies

April 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company has expanded the capabilities of its precision lead screw products.


Filling & Portioning Depositors

April 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

These C-Frame Depositors are engineered to deposit fillings for stuffed sandwiches, multiple layered products, stuffed seafood, appetizers, and rolled or wrapped product.


Compressed Air Monitoring

April 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SmartLink is a new compressed air monitoring program which will increase connectivity between Company and its customers with advanced, 24/7 data monitoring.


Rugged Computers Enable Workforce Mobility

April 23, 2013 12:57 pm | News | Comments

We’re in the midst of a radical shift in the way people live, work and communicate. New and continually improving technological advancements are opening the doors to a truly mobile future for the global workforce. Does this sound like old news?


Daily Sound Bite: Claims of Abuse at Turkey Company

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm | News | Comments

The EEOC is suing a now-defunct company that helped disabled men find work at turkey processing companies. The federal commission is alleging abuse that "created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation" by a couple who supervised the men.


Mich. Brewer Plans Escanaba Plant

April 23, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Bells Brewery Inc. is seeking the Escanaba City Council's approval Thursday to buy property and build a manufacturing plant in the Upper Peninsula city. reports that the Kalamazoo-based beer-maker on Friday offered $35,000 for 3.15 acres in the Whitetail Industrial Park.


Beef Association Challenges Greenhouse Gas Regs

April 23, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with the Coalition for Responsible Regulation filed a petition April 18 in the United States Supreme Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, its rule to limit GHG from passenger vehicles and its “timing” and “tailoring” rules that govern GHG permit applicability at stationary sources.


Starbucks To Report 2Q Results

April 23, 2013 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Starbucks reports its fiscal second-quarter results Thursday, which should give investors an indication of how international expansion and new products are affecting the coffee company's profit. The Seattle-based company, which has more than 18,000 locations around the world, reports global sales growth for cafes open at least a year, with a breakdown of the figure by region.


Companies Still Reluctant To Make Acquisitions

April 23, 2013 12:28 pm | by PAN PYLAS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies around the world are still reluctant to go on the acquisition trail even though they are becoming more confident about the global economy, a survey found Monday. In its half-yearly assessment of the intentions of big companies, accounting and consultancy firm Ernst & Young said the growing optimism has yet to be translated into more investment or corporate deal-making.


NM Slaughterhouse Is Ground Zero in Horse Debate

April 23, 2013 12:25 pm | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press | News | Comments

Valley Meat Co. is a former cattle slaughterhouse whose kill floor has been redesigned for horses to be led in one at a time, secured in a huge metal chute, shot in the head, then processed into meat for shipment overseas. It's also ground zero for an emotional, national debate over a return to domestic horse slaughter that has divided horse rescue and animal humane groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes.



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