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Daily Sound Bite: Raw Milk Producer Claims Free Speech in Advertising Ban

November 20, 2013 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Interstate raw milk sales are illegal, but an Oregon raw milk producer is claiming free speech rights are being hampered amid a ban on in-state advertising. Oregon farmers who sell milk on the farm directly to consumers are prohibited from advertising.

USDA Grants Farm-to-School Food Funds for 42 States

November 20, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved grants to 71 organizations in 42 states working on getting locally grown farm products into school cafeterias. In Iowa, Decorah-based Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative will get $95,600.

Folgers Plans $5M New Orleans Expansion as J.M. Smucker Consolidates

November 18, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent company J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production. A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker said.

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Starbucks to Restate Results on Kraft Payment

November 14, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. leaders say it may be hard to get over the sticker shock, but that the company will be better off in the long run without Kraft Foods. The company announced late Tuesday that it must pay at least $2.23 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution.

Starbucks to Pay $2.76B in Distribution Dispute with Kraft

November 13, 2013 9:39 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Kraft began exclusively marketing Starbucks roasted and grounded coffee in stores in 1998 and renegotiated the contract in 2004. The contract was set to expire in 2014. But in November 2010, Starbucks told Kraft it was severing its agreement.

Weighing, Labeling and Sorting System

November 8, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Weighing, Labeling and Sorting System automatically weighs, labels and sorts a range of package, box and envelope sizes to reduce costs and improve accuracy in food processing warehouse shipping operations.

Calif. Men Admit to Attempted Theft from Tyson Plant

November 6, 2013 9:37 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two California men admitted to taking part in an attempted theft of packaged beef valued at $87,500 from the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb, Kan., in which prosecutors say the would-be thieves posed as a legitimate trucking firm to try to steal beef.

New Wisconsin Brewer Slated to Produce 20K Barrels in First Year

November 4, 2013 12:10 pm | by BARRY ADAMS, Wisconsin State Journal | News | Comments

Besides its size and lofty production goals, Wisconsin Brewing Co. has a management team with decades of experience in brewing, distribution, finance and construction. Its $11 million facility has a brewhouse that can make 80 barrels per batch. 

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Bin Level Sensor

October 29, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The BinMaster RL level sensor is designed to provide highly reliable bin level data in challenging environments where dust levels are extremely high.

Italian Vintners Seek Sales Abroad as Domestic Wine-Drinking Drops

October 28, 2013 12:15 pm | by FRANCESCO SPORTELLI and MICHELE BARBERO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wine-drinking in one of the world's biggest producers is hitting record lows, forcing many vintners to seek buyers abroad. Consumption is at its weakest since Italy was unified as a country. The most immediate cause has been the economic downturn.

Door for Use with Vertical Storing Dock Levelers

October 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Answering the demand for a cost-effective and energy-efficient dock door for use in Vertical Storing Dock Leveler applications, Company created the VertiCool door.

Using the Supply Chain to Bolster Success

October 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Ranga Bodla, director of vertical marketing, and Roman Bukary, vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Wholesale/Distribution Industries at NetSuite, took a moment with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) to discuss how manufacturers can leverage supply chain management to be successful.

Daily Sound Bite: Thieves Steal Food Cargo

October 22, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Some thieves are posing as truckers to load food and beverage freight into their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it. This alarming pattern is hurting commerce, pushing up consumer prices and potentially putting public health and safety at risk.

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Trucker Thefts Result in Tons of Stolen Food

October 22, 2013 12:35 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it. It's an increasingly common form of commercial identity theft that has allowed con men to make off each year with millions of dollars in food and beverages.

How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

October 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

Just like the cost of our groceries doesn’t stop at the checkout line, the cost of your inventory doesn’t stop at the receiving dock. So as we head downstairs to rummage through our stockpiles, now might be a good time for you to head to your raw material and MRO storerooms and ask yourself, “How much do our groceries really cost?”

The Days Of Squeezing Suppliers Are Over

October 9, 2013 8:00 am | by Diane Palmquist, Vice President of Manufacturing Industry Solutions, GT Nexus | Articles | Comments

Squeezing suppliers can be counterproductive to manufacturers, but a fast-moving evolution is occurring in the way suppliers are managed. As a result, an internal shift is happening that is breaking down barriers between the treasury, procurement and supply chain departments.

LED Dock Light

October 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Flex Neck LED Dock Light offers more adjustments, flexibility and features than traditional LED dock lights.

Campbell Soup Selling European Simple Meals to CVC

October 1, 2013 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Co. is selling its European simple meals business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for 400 million euros ($542 million). The deal includes Campbell's national brands of soups, sauces and simple meals, including Liebig and Royco in France, Erasco in Germany, Blå Band in Sweden and Devos Lemmens and Royco in Belgium.

Interlocking Wheel Chock

September 26, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Salvo™ Chock is an interlocking wheel chock designed for restraint of straight trucks and other vehicles that cannot be locked out with a glad hand lock.

Custom Fabric Compactor Enclosure

September 26, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The CE Series Compactor Enclosure is a flexible, custom-designed product that encloses compactors and dumpsters at the loading dock.

The ‘One-To-Many’ Supply Chain

September 24, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Most everyone in manufacturing is aware that today, supply chain is, more or less, “king” of the manufacturing lifecycle. With more globalized supply chains and the trend of working with more and more third parties, it’s critical that manufacturers keep a strong hold on the flow of materials from one location to the next.

When to Incorporate Warehouse Automation (Part II)

September 24, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Golladay, Business Development Manager, and Bill Daniels, Director of Business Development, ITW Warehouse Automation | Articles | Comments

With the right solutions and planning, a warehouse can be a product and inventory manager, a dynamic process enabler, a key factor in rationalizing new SKUs, a sales growth catalyst, a business planning tool and a flexible entity that adapts to new market forces as they arise.

Electric Cushion Tire Forklifts

September 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The FBC22N2-FBC30LN2 series of 4,500-lb. to 6,500-lb. capacity electric 4-wheel cushion tire forklift trucks is equipped with a variety of productivity-enhancing standard features.

When to Incorporate Warehouse Automation (Part I)

September 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Golladay, Business Development Manager, and Bill Daniels, Director of Business Development, ITW Warehouse Automation | Articles | Comments

What is a warehouse? Posing and answering this question will help you better understand the role of automation in your warehouse. A well-planned and managed warehouse can be a critical part of the supply chain, the tools you use can make your operations more efficient and saving money can give you a competitive advantage.

Dock Lifts with Galvanized Construction

September 23, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Dura-Dock™ Series loading-dock lifts transfer loads quickly and safely from any truck bed to any dock height, and vice versa, without ramps or inclines.

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