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Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

VIDEO: Milk Journeys From Farm to You in 48 Hours

July 14, 2014 9:36 am | by MidwestDairy | Videos | Comments

How long does it take fresh milk to get from the farm to your table? In this video from Midwest Dairy, find out what duties and processes take place before you pick up that gallon of milk at the store. Take a look at milk's journey of 48 hours in 48 seconds.

Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Chuck Fuerst | Articles | Comments

In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.

Ukraine to Sign EU Trade Deal That Could Revive Economy

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Ukraine will sign a trade agreement with the European Union, a 1,200-page document crammed with rules on everything from turkeys to tulips, cheese to machinery. The deal is accompanied by a 10-year plan for the country to adopt EU product regulations.

VIDEO: Researchers Put the Crunch Back into Vegetables

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

When frozen and defrosted, spinach leaves wilt, but Lund University scientists say they have the answer with a natural sugar. The cells are kept alive longer, making it possible for farmers to harvest and freeze their products for months at a time.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power | Articles | Comments

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

Scheduling Your Way to Customer Service Success

June 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Danna Nelson, Aptean | Articles | Comments

The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, it's become a harsh reality.

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Rabobank: Whisky Distillers Face Supply-Demand Swing

June 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

Scotch whisky is enjoying a boom due to growing demand in the U.S. The industry is ramping up production to rebuild the declining stocks of longer-aged whiskies. Rabobank believes that distillers should consider three things to better prepare for sustainable growth.

Tenn. Drops Diageo Storage Investigation

June 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcohol regulators ended the investigation into whether Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee inside Kentucky warehouses. Distiller John Lunn testified that the liquor stored in Kentucky would be blended with other Diageo spirits.

Oregon Grocers Drop Liquor Privatization Measure

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Grocers who sponsored ballot measures to end Oregon's liquor monopoly have given up for this year, saying there is not enough time left for to round up signatures. They will continue seeking privatization of liquor sales through the legislature or the 2016 ballot.

American Manufacturing: Can it Be Revived?

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action.

US Trade Deficit in April Hits $47.2B

June 5, 2014 8:00 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

While exports dropped for the fourth month, imports climbed to an all-time high of $240.6 billion, reflecting record shipment levels of food and other goods. The cold winter partly explains why the U.S. is importing more and exporting less.

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jonathan Wright | Articles | Comments

The very term "supply chain" implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

C.H. Robinson Creates New Fresh Brand

May 15, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

C.H. Robinson, known for third-party logistics, has created a new global brand, Robinson Fresh, to focus on the produce industry. The launch of Robinson Fresh unifies the C.H. Robinson, FoodSource, Rosemont Farms, and Timco Worldwide entities under one brand.

New Refrigerated Rail Service Connects Midwest, West Coast

May 12, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

The first refrigerated boxcar unit train connecting the Midwest and West Coast in over half a century could offer produce growers and meat and dairy producers the opportunity to distribute products more cost-effectively and within the same timeframes as trucking.

Why The Can Could Be The Right Choice For Your Products

May 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Hella Gourven, CROWN Food Packaging North America | Articles | Comments

Like many inventions, the can was created to solve a specific problem: feeding European armies in the early 19th century who needed to carry their own food supplies for long distances in harsh conditions without opportunities for re-supply. Now, the use of cans is having a significant impact on food safety, supply chain security, sustainability and shelf life.

What Does 'Made in America' Actually Mean?

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | News | Comments

"Made in America" is a label typically associated with durable goods, but food products are coming under increasing regulation and labeling restrictions, such as Country of Origin Labeling. The National Retail Foundation delved into a topic that applies to food.

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

Reducing Fruit and Vegetable Waste

April 30, 2014 8:00 am | by SAVE FOOD Initiative | Articles | Comments

Beside bad weather conditions during growing or delayed harvesting, storage and transport are among the biggest risk factors when it comes to fruit and vegetable losses. On a global scale, the proportion of food becoming unfit for human consumption during transport and distribution is as high as one-fifth.

Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC | Articles | Comments

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

Logistics Software

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic iQ software extends beyond traditional warehouse control systems into knowledge-based logistics optimization.

Storage Wall System

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Storage Wall System is a cost-effective solution for flexible, modular storage.

Coca-Cola to Build New Chattanooga Facility

April 28, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city. The $62 million distribution center will be built at the site of an old facility at Olan Mills.

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