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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 9:00 am | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller. Because these small towns often go overlooked, many people probably don't know about the little things that make them so unique.

Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts the Web

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately-held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important. The question which should be asked is “where is the best place to manufacture?"

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A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council | News | Comments

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

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Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) | News | Comments

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

VIDEO: Where Did the Superfood Acai Come From?

July 24, 2014 9:38 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report Innovation Series, which features food innovations in processing and packaging, this week features two brothers who through their company Sambazon took a little known superfood from Brazil and introduced it to America. Introducing: the acai berry.

Sara Lee Recalls 41 Tons of Smoked Sausage

July 24, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin is recalling Smoked Sausage Rope. More than 41 tons of the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a well known allergen that wasn't listed on the original labels.

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Seafood Ice Mats

July 24, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ice mats are soaked in saltwater and then frozen. Once frozen, they are laid over the crates containing live seafood to help maintain freshness. Perfect for lobster and crab.

Food Packaging Company Sealed Air Moves HQ to Charlotte

July 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food packaging company Sealed Air is consolidating its operations in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey and relocating its headquarters to the Charlotte area. The new headquarters will create nearly 1,300 jobs within three years.

VIDEO: Land of the Free Market? Not When it Comes to Beer Trade

July 23, 2014 8:20 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

While most beers sold in the U.S. are named either Coors Light or Bud Light, craft brews are growing. How did we end up with an explosion of craft brews, but when it comes to buying them from other states, you find nothing but restricted markets.

Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

Why Failing to Deliver on Time is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers, or even worse, drive them toward a competitor. While many small manufacturers would acknowledge the importance of on-time delivery, it happens more often than most would admit.

What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

VIDEO: Milk Journeys From Farm to You in 48 Hours

July 14, 2014 9:36 am | by MidwestDairy | Videos | Comments

How long does it take fresh milk to get from the farm to your table? In this video from Midwest Dairy, find out what duties and processes take place before you pick up that gallon of milk at the store. Take a look at milk's journey of 48 hours in 48 seconds.

Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Chuck Fuerst | Articles | Comments

In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.

Ukraine to Sign EU Trade Deal That Could Revive Economy

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Ukraine will sign a trade agreement with the European Union, a 1,200-page document crammed with rules on everything from turkeys to tulips, cheese to machinery. The deal is accompanied by a 10-year plan for the country to adopt EU product regulations.

VIDEO: Researchers Put the Crunch Back into Vegetables

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

When frozen and defrosted, spinach leaves wilt, but Lund University scientists say they have the answer with a natural sugar. The cells are kept alive longer, making it possible for farmers to harvest and freeze their products for months at a time.

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