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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.            

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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.               

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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.           

VIDEO: Top 5 Solutions to Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to avoid making these inventory mistakes.

Everybody Loves Chocolate! Lindt & Sprungli to Expand

August 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Lindt USA | News | Comments

The new storage and distribution facility will allow the company to continue to produce at an increased capacity to meet growing consumer and market demand.                        

Automate These 3 Processes to Increase Throughput

August 29, 2014 9:15 am | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The increase in varying products, flavors and packaging is making it less profitable to utilize manual processes. Although it may be cost-prohibitive to automate the entire facility, there are a few key areas that can greatly reduce changeover. 

Labor Day Infographic: Beer Puts People to Work

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

Beer serves America: For every one job at a brewery or beer importer, there are 45 jobs created in supplier industries and in local communities across the country.                        

Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 2:34 pm | by MARTIN BENEDYK, DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. Nine out of 10 bottles of Scotch are sold overseas for a value of 4.3 billion pounds ($7.1 billion) a year.

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe. People tend to make decisions based on a single significant factor and in retail settings that factor tends to be price.   

Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | News | Comments

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to the report, the typical number of beverage SKUs per distributor in 2013 was 665.5, which was up more than 100 from 2011.         

Q&A: How 1 US Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. "Factory Man" tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back.

KeHE Completes Acquisition of Nature's Best

August 18, 2014 2:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Already the largest distributor of specialty food products and the second-largest distributor of natural food products in North America, KeHE will now employ over 4,000 employees, operate 14 warehouses, distribute to over 35,000 store doors weekly and export to 32 countries.

Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud Fray

August 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.

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