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PepsiCo Joins Calls for Action on Climate Change; Announces Goal to Phase Out HFC Equipment

September 19, 2014 3:00 pm | by PepsiCo | News | Comments

PepsiCo announced a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the United States, will be free of hydroflourocarbons.            

PepsiCo Closing 2 Warehouses in Maine

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo has announced it is closing the two beverage warehouses in Portland and Augusta, Maine....

Infographic: Traceability For Standard Compliance, Process Improvement

September 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mettler Toledo | News | Comments

Good traceability helps a manufacturer comply with legal and regulatory requirements and also...

US Wine Consumption At 'All-Time High'

September 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group | News | Comments

U.S. wine consumption has expanded for the 20th straight year, surpassing France as the largest...

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Global Food Supply May Not Meet Escalating Demand

September 8, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

A new University of Virginia study, published online in the American Geophysical Union journal, Earth’s Future, examines global food security and the patterns of food trade that — until this analysis — have been minimally studied.     

Anheuser-Busch Converts Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

September 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during the third quarter.               

Legislators Discuss Relaxing Wine-Shipping Laws

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislators on the Alcohol Distribution and Shipping committee met in Pierre to discuss a proposed bill that would allow residents to buy up to 12 cases of wine per year directly from wineries, which is currently illegal in South Dakota and eight other states.

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The Contract Manufacturing Agreement: What Food Makers Need to Know

September 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Dori E. Brewer, Perkins Coie LLP | Articles | Comments

Before taking the outsourcing plunge, it is critical that businesses commit to processes that ensure the safety of consumers, the security of their intellectual property and compliance with food safety laws.           

VIDEO: Top 5 Solutions to Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to avoid making these inventory mistakes.

Everybody Loves Chocolate! Lindt & Sprungli to Expand

August 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Lindt USA | News | Comments

The new storage and distribution facility will allow the company to continue to produce at an increased capacity to meet growing consumer and market demand.                        

Automate These 3 Processes to Increase Throughput

August 29, 2014 9:15 am | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The increase in varying products, flavors and packaging is making it less profitable to utilize manual processes. Although it may be cost-prohibitive to automate the entire facility, there are a few key areas that can greatly reduce changeover. 

Labor Day Infographic: Beer Puts People to Work

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

Beer serves America: For every one job at a brewery or beer importer, there are 45 jobs created in supplier industries and in local communities across the country.                        

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 2:34 pm | by MARTIN BENEDYK, DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. Nine out of 10 bottles of Scotch are sold overseas for a value of 4.3 billion pounds ($7.1 billion) a year.

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe. People tend to make decisions based on a single significant factor and in retail settings that factor tends to be price.   

Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | News | Comments

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to the report, the typical number of beverage SKUs per distributor in 2013 was 665.5, which was up more than 100 from 2011.         

Q&A: How 1 US Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. "Factory Man" tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back.

KeHE Completes Acquisition of Nature's Best

August 18, 2014 2:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Already the largest distributor of specialty food products and the second-largest distributor of natural food products in North America, KeHE will now employ over 4,000 employees, operate 14 warehouses, distribute to over 35,000 store doors weekly and export to 32 countries.

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Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud Fray

August 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.

Photos: OREO Surprises 50 of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 9:00 am | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller. Because these small towns often go overlooked, many people probably don't know about the little things that make them so unique.

Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts the Web

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately-held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important. The question which should be asked is “where is the best place to manufacture?"

A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council | News | Comments

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) | News | Comments

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

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