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Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

All-Plastic Pallet

January 12, 2015 7:45 am | by ORBIS Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The all-plastic pallet is designed to optimize the supply chain of small footprint retailers by eliminating product touches during the order replenishment process, from distribution center to store to floor. 

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5 Food Processing Industry Trends for 2015

January 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Todd Allsup, VP, Food & Beverage Facility Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Each new year carries a fresh set of trends, opportunities and challenges. To celebrate the start of 2015, Todd Allsup of Stellar has forecasted five trends he expects to drive food manufacturing in the months ahead.     

Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. I recently had the chance to talk about these trends with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie.

Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

Elmer Chocolate Expanding Louisiana Plant

December 31, 2014 6:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

Good Source Solutions Announces Acquisition of Dori Foods

December 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Good Source Solutions | News | Comments

Good Source Solutions, a national specialty foodservice distributor, has acquired Dori Foods, a member of Frosty Acres Brands. The combined companies create a strong national distribution platform, offering greater value and product selection for existing and new customers.

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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.

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.

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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.        

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.

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.                           

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