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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tractor-trailer has overturned and spilled about 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lempert Report reports on a new kind of food truck. The innovative company Saffron Road has taken advantage of a current cultural phenomenon.
The average food item in the United States travels more than 5,000 miles from farm to fork. To get a berry's-eye view of this long journey, two National Geographic journalists followed a strawberry truck from a field in California to a grocery store in Washington, D.C.
The Mexican Healthy Products Summit offers an exclusive opportunity for healthy products companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend.
Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.
Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer brewers in the country, is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. The company claims the Alcoholic Beverage Control has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days.
By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth. Retrofitting opens the door for many new opportunities and benefits that new construction would not provide.
A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.
The U.S. will show itself off as "Food Truck Nation" in Milan, Italy by bringing six authentic food trucks to the Expo as part of its participation in the event opening in May for six months. The Expo theme is food and nutrition.
Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.
From a changing global economy and a shift away from outsourcing to newer technologies and consumer demands, distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. Here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.