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PACK EXPO Coverage: Without A Trace

October 26, 2012 9:00 am | by SOURCE Acsis | Articles | Comments

Recent years have involved a number of serious — and even deadly — safety incidents in food facilities, which means the need to protect your supply chain is key for survival. Any weak link in the supply chain, no matter how obscure and (seemingly) insignificant, can inflict million-dollar damage, not to mention threaten public health.


Snack Maker Saves $250K Annually By Upgrading Barcode Reader

October 26, 2012 8:00 am | by SOURCE Cognex | Articles | Comments

A snack food manufacturer with multiple brands ran into problems when it tried using a laser-based barcode scanner to direct boxes to different shipping areas. The company solved the problem by switching to a DataMan 500 image-based barcode reader from Cognex.


Goya Knows What Bean You Like

October 26, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Goya says it became the U.S.'s biggest Hispanic-owned food company by catering to the tastes of varied Latin-American groups. The company was founded by an immigrant to New York who missed tastes from home and figured other newly minted Americans might be looking for more authentic food as well.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Resealable Closure, Booth #2002

October 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company will launch Vector™, a resealable matrix, at PACK EXPO. The product provides an easy-to-close option.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Shrink Wrapper, Booth #4106

October 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 598 Tritium™ Shrink Wrapper is a continuous motion multi-packer capable of handling applications in the food and beverage industries.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Long Dwell Flow Wrapper, Booth #2212

October 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pack 301 ID inverted long dwell flow wrapper gently transports products by carrying them on top of the film from the former through the cutting head, minimizing jams and protecting package appearance.


New York Gov’t To Boost Beer, Wine And Liquor Sales

October 25, 2012 12:56 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state government will put the promotion of beer, wine and liquor made in New York "on steroids" to boost jobs and help the small, yet growing industries. Cuomo met with farmers, orchard growers, beer breweries and distillers of whisky, vodka, brandy and vermouth Wednesday in Albany for a "Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit."


UK To Introduce New Food Labeling System

October 25, 2012 12:54 pm | News | Comments

The UK Government has announced that by 2013 a new consistent front-of-pack food labeling system is to be introduced. The new system is still voluntary but the UK government is confident that the food industry will utilize the new system. Plans are to amalgamate the existing colour coded traffic lights and guideline daily amounts used.


Coca-Cola 3Q Suffers On European Woes

October 25, 2012 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit and revenue Thursday as the bottling company struggled with the weak economy in Europe and the drag of currency translations. It also announced plans to restructure parts of its businesses but did not disclose how many jobs would be cut.


Beverage Industry Responds To Aspartame Study

October 25, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

In response to a study on artificial sweeteners published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the American Beverage Association maintained the safety of aspartame's use in beverages. The group said that aspartame has been deemed safe for decades by the world's leading toxicologists, as well as the National Cancer Institute and other regulatory agencies and public health experts around the world.


Kellogg To Pay $500K In Emissions Case

October 25, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The government says Kellogg Co. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty to resolve Clean Air Act violations at manufacturing facilities in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. The agreement with the Battle Creek-based company was announced Thursday by the U.S. attorney's office in Grand Rapids.


Consumer Trends: Outlook Strong For Snack Bar Market

October 25, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Rabobank has published a new research report on the tremendous increase of the U.S. snack bar market over the past ten years, which has grown at twice the rate of other snack foods and nearly three times the rate of the overall packaged food sector.


Peco Foods Expanding In Arkansas

October 25, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville. The company says the expansion will bring its total employment in Independence County to 866. The company says it plans to invest a total of $13.8 million in the two facilities.


Dr Pepper Snapple 3Q Revenue Falls Flat

October 25, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s net income climbed 16 percent in the third quarter as the company continued to raise prices. But revenue was flat and it lowered its full-year revenue forecast. The company, which makes 7Up, Sunkist, Mott's and other drinks, earned $179 million, or 84 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.


Pepsi Builds Thai Factory

October 25, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. has invested $170 million in a new factory in Thailand to stay ahead in one of the few markets where it outsells Coca-Cola after ending a longstanding bottling agreement with a local company. The plant, located in an industrial estate in Rayong, 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is one of PepsiCo's largest beverage facilities in the world.


Former Sweetener CEO Granted Public Defender

October 25, 2012 9:40 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California developer Bruce Cole initially arrived in rural Missouri with promises of an international business that would provide the town of Moberly with hundreds of jobs. On Monday, the former Mamtek U.S. CEO was back in Missouri's Randolph County, too broke to afford a lawyer to answer criminal charges of theft and fraud connected to the failed artificial sweetener factory.


Testimony Ends In Closely-Watched Poultry Pollution Suit

October 25, 2012 9:36 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Testimony concluded Wednesday in an environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry producer Perdue Farms Inc. that is being closely watched by environmentalists and agriculture interests. The Waterkeeper Alliance claims that the Hudson Farm is polluting a nearby river, violating the federal Clean Water Act.


MES Implementation: It's All In The Approach

October 25, 2012 9:30 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

There’s no one way to complete a manufacturing execution systems project. It’s easy to see the benefit of undertaking the effort to implement an MES system. They effectively collect, process, and translate valuable business data related to the plant floor and the enterprise resource planning system. But the adoption process can be fraught with risk and uncertainty, depending on the approach a manufacturer takes.


Photo Of The Day: Navigating Food Production

October 25, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) today unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology.


How To Lose Your Job To A Robot

October 25, 2012 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A recently posted video entitled Are Droids Taking Our Jobs? explores the job market and how the recession is affecting workers, as well as robot welfare. As our society progresses, robotics and algorithms are becoming more advanced at an exponential rate. This has been apparent for quite some time. So, are droids really taking our jobs?



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