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Coming Soon to the US: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, with the embargo still in place, the rum won't be flooding bars or the market.   

US Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

December 22, 2014 10:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky | News | Comments

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

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McDonald's in Japan Limits Serving Size of Fries

December 17, 2014 2:30 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's in Japan began rationing its fries Wednesday. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of processed spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business.  Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.  

Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

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Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

Warehouse Fire Won't Keep Fannie May From Making Chocolate

December 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Fannie May Fine Chocolates | News | Comments

On Thanksgiving Day, a fire destroyed the Fannie May Fine Chocolates warehouse and distribution facility in Maple Heights, Ohio. The company has been working around the clock to produce more of its iconic chocolates at its state-of-the-art production facility.

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) of Onshoring

December 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 3

December 3, 2014 12:10 pm | by Arlan Purdy, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation | Articles | Comments

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the final installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Fuji Food Products to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

November 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by Fuji Food Products, Inc. | News | Comments

Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.      

VIDEO: Port Labor Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:36 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. From apples to iPhones, business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.

25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spill on Calif. Highway

November 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A tractor-trailer has overturned and spilled about 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving.                           

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government's immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.

In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall | News | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Buyers are interested in buying from distributors that are online and easy to use, so manufacturers should partner with distributors that have adopted ecommerce strategies to meet the growing demand for more mobile, digital, and automatic shopping.

Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

Alleviating Shipping Capacity Crunch

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | by Legion Logistics, LLC | Articles | Comments

How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     

VIDEO: A New Kind of 'Food Truck'

October 28, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report reports on a new kind of food truck. The innovative company Saffron Road has taken advantage of a current cultural phenomenon.                             

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