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Wilmington Port, Dole Reach Tentative Agreement

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with the Diamond State Port Corp. and Dole Food Co. announced an agreement in principle Tuesday for Dole to continue using Wilmington's port for its cargo for the next 15 years. The agreement gives Dole two options for 10-year extensions.

Price Planning Solution

July 29, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Distributor Price Management (DPM) solution manages profitability throughout the distribution channel via creation and management of price structures.

Rotating Hook Restraint

July 22, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Dok-Lok® RHR-4000 Rotating Hook Restraint incorporates a shadow hook which adds another layer of protection against trailer separation accidents.

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Walkie End Rider Pallet Trucks

July 19, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s series of walkie end rider pallet trucks provides top performance for transport, order picking and dock operations.

Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 2:22 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

Smithfood: Food Safety Threat?

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Concerns deepen over a recent deal by which Chinese meat processor Smithfield Foods would buy American meat giant Smithfield Foods. Critics of the deal are now saying that increasing U.S. exports to China could have a serious and negative impact on U.S. food safety.

Pa. House OKs Direct Shipments of Wine to Buyers

June 28, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Wineries are closer to being able to ship their products directly to Pennsylvania consumers after the passage of a bill in the state House. The vote Thursday sent the bill to the state Senate. It would allow wine producers to obtain a license through the Liquor Control Board.

Wegmans, Cornell Boost NY Cheese Industry

June 28, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

The Wegmans supermarket chain is partnering with Cornell University in a project showcasing and promoting New York's specialty cheese industry. Wegmans announced Wednesday that a selection of New York cheeses from five artisan cheesemakers will be available at its store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.

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Lubricant Storage & Dispensing System

June 28, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s lubricant storage & dispensing systems feature 130-gallon containers and 3-way diverter valve assemblies.

Spring Assist Door

June 27, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s new spring assist door was adapted as a cost-effective option for dock doors and internal doors that do not endure heavy forklift traffic and high wind loads.

New Rules Let Wis. Meatpacker Sell to Other States

June 19, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

Meatpacking companies usually can't ship across state lines unless their products are inspected by the USDA. But Wisconsin is one of three states to sign a deal with the federal government under USDA rules finalized in 2011. That pact makes interstate sales of state-inspected meat acceptable.

Tank Cleaning Validation

June 13, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Alfa Laval Rotacheck is designed to fulfill the demands for a safe and validated tank cleaning verification in the brewing, dairy, and food and beverage processing industries.

Does Your Storeroom Database Do This?

June 4, 2013 11:45 am | by Mike Dyson and James Rogers, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Years of “thinking Lean” led many manufacturers to install systems offering visibility to the flow of direct production parts from suppliers to the assembly line. Very few, however, have had the same discipline or success tracking indirect inventory or MRO data.

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Document Printer and Inserter

June 4, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The UltraSert document printer and inserter can automatically print and insert documents into mixed carton sizes at up to 25 pages per minute per unit for food processing packaging and shipping operations.

Manufacturers Lack Supply Chain Visibility

May 30, 2013 12:18 pm | by KPMG | Articles | Comments

Global manufacturers are putting their supply chains at the center of their business strategies to serve as the foundation for operational efficiency and collaborative innovation, according to KPMG's 4th annual Global Manufacturing Outlook.

Mobile Transporation Tracking System

May 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The AccellosOne SkyTrack Mobile solution provides seamless, real-time visibility for dispatchers and drivers by enabling information transfer between Prophesy DispatchSeries software and Android smartphones or tablets.

New Zealand Resumes Meat Exports to China

May 23, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said Thursday exports of frozen lamb, beef and mutton to China should resume next week after a paperwork problem resulted in hundreds of tons of meat getting stranded at Chinese docks.

Cold Storage Company Cuts Energy Use by $100K

May 20, 2013 9:37 am | by Michael Schratz, Global Marketing Director, Dialight Corporation | Articles | Comments

Aiming to reduce energy consumption and eliminate ongoing, costly lighting maintenance, Zero Mountain Cold Storage Warehouse, a leader in cold-storage service, recently upgraded two of its facilities to next-generation LED lighting by Dialight Corporation.

Craft Distillers See Profits Soar

May 20, 2013 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Craft and micro-distilleries continue to gain in popularity and market share with sales doubling over a two-year period and 30 percent in the last decade. The craft whiskey, bourbon and rye industries seem to be following the trail blazed by craft brewers in the 1990s.

Tons of New Zealand Meat Stranded on Chinese Docks

May 20, 2013 8:04 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute. China is New Zealand's largest export market and its largest consumer of sheep meat.

What Food Manufacturers Need From MRO for a Reliable Plant

May 14, 2013 11:47 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions | Articles | Comments

There are maintenance, repair and operations surveys that show that “quick response and product knowledge” combine for over 75 percent of what was important to plant management; price is less than 8 percent of the consideration and fulfillment programs just 3 percent.

Food Industry Apps

May 10, 2013 9:16 am | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Jim Cramer joins panelists from The Street and Mad Money to discuss new technology at work in the food industry, including an app that facilitates direct-to-consumer sales between farmers and those looking to cut out food supply chain middlemen.

Warehouse Management Solutions

May 10, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces new iWAREHOUSE Essential™ and iWAREHOUSE Enterprise™, two solutions that combine fleet efficiency, warehouse optimization and professional services.

Belcampo Dominates its Supply Chain

May 9, 2013 9:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Belcampo is a new food start-up that has a laser focus on burgers. The food company is so serious about its beef that it has chosen a unique supply chain strategy — total domination. The company owns its entire supply chain, from farm to butcher to table.

Storage Space Can Be Found by Simply Looking Up

May 2, 2013 12:04 pm | by Paul Mihelich, Director of Sales, Wildeck | Articles | Comments

For many food manufacturing facilities, the loading dock and warehouse can be busy areas. With employees passing through, forklifts and hand pallet trucks moving about, and conveyor systems and storage racks fixed to the ground, space is often a premium in these areas.

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