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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.                     

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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.                             

VIDEO: Average Food Item Travels 5K Miles From Farm to Fork

October 28, 2014 10:21 am | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

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.

Health Food Companies Interested in Expanding in Mexico to Meet at Summit

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Mexican Healthy Products Summit | News | Comments

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. 

Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Brittingham | Articles | Comments

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 Sues Kenutcky Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

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Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets, Accommodate Growth

October 22, 2014 10:43 am | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

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. 

No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

US Represents Itself as 'Food Truck Nation' at Milan Expo

October 15, 2014 9:44 am | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

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.      

October 2014: Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.  

5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider by 2015

October 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

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.

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Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

Bakers Push Congress to Address Grain Shipping Crisis

September 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by American Bakers Association | News | Comments

The American Bakers Association urged the Senate to continue its oversight of the freight rail shipping crisis. Bakers have struggled to receive flour shipments in a timely fashion, which is a major concern for the baking industry.     

1 Killed, 1 Injured in Stabbing at Oklahoma Food Company

September 26, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two women were stabbed — one of them killed — at Vaughan Foods' distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City. The suspect was said to be an "angry employee."                         

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. The closures are scheduled for the end of October.                              

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 shows how the right systems and equipment can contribute to production efficiency. Find out more by taking a look at this infographic from Mettler Toledo.

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 wine market.  Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry's success in 2013.        

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.

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.           

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