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How New W-2 Requirements Affect The Food Industry

March 6, 2012 12:51 pm | by Mariann Krieger, CPA, Partner, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

As the manufacturing industry transitions from recession into recovery mode, the underlining drivers of success — pricing discipline, proactive cost management, quality systems and supply chain management — are once again front and center as companies struggle to keep up.


Wisconsin Dairy Has Record-Setting Year

March 6, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

The state's dairy industry harvested 26.1 billion pounds of milk last year. That's only an increase of less than 1 percent over 2010 production, but it's still good enough to set a state record.


Colo. Governor To Sign 'Cottage Foods' Bill

March 6, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

A "cottage foods" measure to allow home cooks to sell prepared foods commercially is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.


Cupcake ATM Dangerous For Dieters

March 6, 2012 12:44 pm | by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, will launch a cupcake dispensing machine at its flagship store. Founder and owner Candace Nelson said her company is rolling out the first high-tech vending machine on Tuesday, with three more in the works for New York City by the summer.


Mass. Overhauls Manufacturing Regulations

March 6, 2012 12:40 pm | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

In the case of food manufacturing, 10 separate regulations will be rolled into one.


Campbell Soup To Phase Out BPA In Cans

March 6, 2012 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Campbell's Soup Company announced to shareholders recently that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. However, the company did not provide a timeline or identify what alternative can-lining materials it will use.


Consumer Trends: Authenticity Is Key Ingredient In Ethnic Fare

March 6, 2012 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Ethnic food preparation and consumption has been on the rise over the past several years and according to Mintel's latest research, it will continue its growth – but what's most important to consumers when it comes to their favorite ethnic fare? Authenticity.


Annual Pet Spending Passes $50 Billion

March 6, 2012 10:07 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans spent $50.96 billion on their pets in 2011. That's an all-time high and the first time in history more than $50 billion has gone to the dogs, cats, canaries, guppies and the like, the American Pet Products Association said in a report issued Thursday.


Jamaica's Coffee Industry Faces Hard Times

March 6, 2012 10:02 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press | News | Comments

A few years ago, steep slopes were quilted with some of the world's most valuable coffee trees. Today, much of the terrain is overgrown with underbrush and bamboo as a declining luxury market in Japan and a voracious beetle drive thousands of frustrated small farmers away from tiny plots of leased highlands.

Woman Sells Presidential Nugget For $8,100

March 6, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.


Activists To Investigate GMOs At Expo West

March 6, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

At Expo West, members of the Occupy movement within the organic sector have formed a Genetic Crimes Unit to investigate increased spraying of food with toxic weed killers like 2,4 D , contamination of the organic food supply, and other risks associated with genetically modified food.


BP To Settle With Gulf Fishermen Sickened By The Spill

March 6, 2012 9:49 am | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press | News | Comments

A settlement that BP is hammering out with victims of the massive Gulf oil spill finally provides a system for monitoring health concerns and compensating people whose illnesses are found to have a link to the disaster.


Old Cookie Has Yet To Expire

March 6, 2012 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Oreo Cookie, CBS's "This Morning" delves into the big history of this little cookie.

Photo Of The Day: McWashington

March 6, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

A McDonald's Chicken McNugget found by Rebekah Speight sold for $8,100 on eBay. Speight believes the nugget resembles President George Washington.


Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 6, 2012 9:32 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

More manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Philips, L’Oreal and Unilever are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.


Bulk Bag Conditioner

March 5, 2012 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The BLOCK-BUSTER™ Bulk Bag Conditioner with two hydraulic rams and specially contoured end plates presses opposing sides of bulk bags, loosening material that has solidified during storage and shipment and enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge it through bag spouts.


Clear Screen Covers

March 5, 2012 4:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Clear, plastic screen covers provide a window for constant, visual monitoring of product in process to quickly detect screen blinding without requiring removal of the cover, machine disassembly or shutting down the operation.


Serial Device Connector

March 5, 2012 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3rd Generation NEWPORT® iServer3G connects any Serial Device (RS-232, RS-485) to an Ethernet network or the Internet in minutes. The system can send notifications by email, and has SNMP for remote management.


Addressing The Skilled Trades Shortage

March 5, 2012 1:36 pm | by Karin Lindner, founder of Karico Performance Solutions | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered how we can give manufacturing the recognition and attention it deserves? Have you ever wondered if we're doing everything we can to attract the next generation of skilled workers to the manufacturing industry?


Recall: Pizza Sticks Produced Without Inspection

March 5, 2012 1:24 pm | News | Comments

Pasou Foods, a Syracuse, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.



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