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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Articles | Comments

Every so often, the National Motor Freight Classification will make changes to freight classifications. Savvy shippers who are keeping up with all the changes or shippers who outsource to a logistics service provider who stays on top of these changes will have a competitive edge.

Possible Booze Price Hike Looms over Washington

February 24, 2014 10:13 am | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Booze prices at bars and restaurants in Washington may go up this year as multiple interests fight over rules following the voter-approved privatization of the state's liquor system. The possible price hike could be a hangover from battles among two giant national distributors.

United Natural Foods Plans $38M Plant

February 12, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

A large distributor of natural and specialty foods in North America plans to build a $38 million plant in northwestern Wisconsin. United Natural Foods Inc. is expected to begin construction of a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Prescott in May.


Q&A: How Amazon Could Change 'B2B'

February 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Amazon Supply aims to take on the role that industrial distributors have been doing for decades — supplying much-needed parts or MRO products to manufacturers in a timely, regular fashion. Linda Taddonio, co-founder and eCommerce strategy officer at Insite, provides insight on this development.

Going Global: Navigating Import and Export Safety Regulations

February 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Thomas F. Segalla, Andrew J. Scholz and Leah A. Brndjar, Goldberg Segalla | Articles | Comments

As food manufacturers capitalize on expanding opportunities to source locally and globally, they are required take a proactive approach to navigate through different governments’ complex laws in order to minimize potential risks like confiscation, regulatory enforcement, outbreak and liability.

Drone-Delivered Beer Grounded by FAA

February 7, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Minnesota-based company Lakemaid Beer had big plans to use drones to deliver its beer to local ice fishermen, but the Federal Aviation Administration heard Lakemaid's president discussing the plans on the radio and grounded the project.

FDA Proposes New Rules for Safe Transport of Foods

February 3, 2014 9:53 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported. The rules would require many larger companies that ship, hold and otherwise transport food by roads or rail to prevent contamination as the food is moved.

Craft Brewer’s Drone Delivery Plans Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lakemaid Beer recently tested its drone delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs. The craft brewer says it still has hopes of one day using the drones to deliver its beer to ice fishers, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials.


American Crystal CEO: Rail Slowdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve. The cooperative plans to limit output at three of its five plants because it's running out of storage space while waiting for rail cars.

The Fresh Drive for Direct Store Delivery

January 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor and Allen Dickason, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Numeric Computer Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As the demand for fresher and healthier foods grows, the shelf life of many products is decreasing. The result is a challenging quality dilemma for manufacturers. As companies are reformulating their products to make them fresher, they must also evaluate how they are delivering their products to maintain the quality.

January/February 2014 — LEEDing the Way with Sustainable Packaging

January 29, 2014 11:26 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Nestlé Waters North America is the largest bottled water company by volume in the United States. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, including its many LEED-certified facilities and eco-friendly packaging.

Heavy-Duty Bulk Container

January 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The P-341 Ship Shape extra heavy-duty bulk container features an internal design combined with perimeter steel bracing to accommodate payloads up to 2,000 lbs.

PepsiCo, Nestle Announce Mexico Investments

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Mexico is getting a big cash infusion as PepsiCo and Nestle plan to boost their presence in the country, the companies announced Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Emerging markets are increasingly important for food and beverage growth.


British Shop Sold Illegal Foods in Canada

January 23, 2014 10:18 am | by Lasia Kretzel, CKOM, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The future of a British specialty shop in Saskatoon is in limbo after several popular foods were deemed illegal and pulled from the shelves. Brit Foods' owner says he’s sold products like Irn-Bru, Marmite and Ovaltine in his three stores since 1997. 

Software for Storage Bins

January 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced a new version of the eBob software that is designed to help users gather real-time inventory data from storage bins.

Food Distribution Company Gets New President

January 6, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Suisan company Ltd., a 106-year-old food distribution company, has a new president. Glenn Hashimoto of Hilo has replaced Rex Matsuno, who served as president since 1967. The Hilo-based business serves supermarkets, schools, hotels and restaurants.

Setting the Table For Successful Supply Chain Management

January 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer, E2open | Articles | Comments

Successful Supply Chain Management (SCM) is, in a way, like a hearty holiday meal. A lot of time and effort goes on in the background before you set the table. Your meal won’t be a hit with your family and friends if everything doesn’t come together in a timely fashion.

Cheese Recall Issued Over Salmonella Concerns

December 27, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say a recall has been issued for cheeses being sold in Georgia and Florida. Officials said Thursday that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Inspectors are checking stores and warehouses. 

Ga. Ag Commissioner: Food Safety Rules May Hurt Farmers

December 24, 2013 3:42 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New food safety rules proposed by the federal government could prove cumbersome and costly for Georgia farmers, the state's agriculture commissioner said. FDA officials plan to reconsider some of those proposed rules and accept public comment.

Nissin Foods Plans to Expand Noodle Production Capacity in China

December 20, 2013 1:32 pm | News | Comments

Nissin Foods Holdings on Friday announced plans to expand its instant noodle business in China between 2015 and 2016 to meet growing demand. The company, which already owns six instant noodle-making plants in China, will add three more in three provinces.

Plastic Storage Bins

December 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

ShelfMax8™ 8" high plastic storage bins include sizes designed for shelving systems and many Vertical Carousel Automated Storage Retrieval Systems.

Q&A: The FDA and Mandatory Recalls

December 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI, provides more details on these rules.

Whole Foods to Stop Stocking Chobani Yogurt

December 19, 2013 10:22 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Whole Foods has lost its taste for Chobani. The natural and organic grocery chain said Wednesday that it will be phasing Chobani Greek Yogurt out of its stores in early 2014 to make room for other products. Chobani is now available in most supermarkets.

IP65-Rated Cart Mover

December 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The IP65 CartMover™ is an IP65-rated version of the battery-powered CartMover.

Automated Data Collection and Sensors

December 17, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Xsense® automated data collection and analytics system now has expanded capabilities. The system can now provide data collection and analysis for fresh produce, as well as meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy, ice cream, chocolate, and snacks.

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