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Health Food Companies Interested in Expanding in Mexico to Meet at Summit

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Mexican Healthy Products Summit | News | Comments

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit offers an exclusive opportunity for healthy products companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend. 

Mars Recognized as One of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces

October 24, 2014 9:48 am | by Mars, Incorporated | News | Comments

Mars, known for its M&M's, Snickers and Twix brands, was recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work. Employees benefit from free candy, Mars drinks and opportunity to bring their pet to work. 

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date For Efficiency

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive.    

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Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Brittingham | Articles | Comments

Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.    

Can a New Marketing Chief Put the Fizz Back Into Coke Sales?

October 23, 2014 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is naming a new chief marketing officer as the world's biggest soda maker works to boost flat soda sales. The Atlanta-based company says Marcos De Quinto, a company veteran, will replace Joe Tripodi starting Jan. 1.     

Sustainable Food Production: How it Will Impact Agronomic Practices

October 23, 2014 9:50 am | by American Society of Agronomy (ASA) | News | Comments

Food companies, agribusinesses and retailers have recently been making commitments to shift their production practices to be more sustainable. What does that mean for and how will it impact agronomic production practices on the farm?    

Detection Laser Scanner

October 23, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Potential applications include detecting protrusions or obstacles over large area, collision avoidance on overhead monorails, detecting small overhangs such as damaged pallets, monitoring entryways and exits, controlling the height of pallets on palletizers, and verifying empty, full, or overfilled cartons on conveyors.

Packaging Design 101: Colors and Special Finishes

October 22, 2014 3:13 pm | by Sheila Heath, Director of Marketing, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A. | Articles | Comments

It is important to remember that there must always be a balance between following a design trend that has been proven to resonate with consumers and finding ways to stand out among competitors.               

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Edward Marc Chocolatier Plans $2.5M Expansion in Pittsburgh

October 22, 2014 2:54 pm | by Pa.gov | News | Comments

Edward Marc Brands has entered into a lease of a 50,000-square-foot space in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The company plans to invest more than $2.5 million at the new site, and has committed to creating at least 51 new jobs over the next three years. 

VIDEO: The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 22, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets, Accommodate Growth

October 22, 2014 10:43 am | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth. Retrofitting opens the door for many new opportunities and benefits that new construction would not provide. 

The Role of Cloud-Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 21, 2014 4:20 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock | Articles | Comments

The migration of manufacturing to offshore locations became a flood in the first decade of the 21st century as nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs left America for China and other Asian countries.               

3 Tips for Moving Operations Management to the Cloud

October 21, 2014 4:12 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.        

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Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School | News | Comments

San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online, a brand new format for its much-lauded Certified Specialist of Wine credential preparation program.                       

Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 

VIDEO: Ebola Impact's Nestle's Cocoa Supply

October 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke says the company might have to dip into its cocoa reserves to offset the impact of Ebola.                                       

As Yogurt's Named NY Snack, Plant Lays Off Workers

October 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack.                             

Once-Shuttered Pork Plant Ready to Expand Again

October 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rantoul Foods, an eastern Illinois pork processing plant, plans to build a 48,000 square-foot expansion. The facility closed in 2009 amid financial troubles and reponed in 2011 with 150 employees.               

The Generational Divide

October 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

How do the youngest crop of workers best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania | News | Comments

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

Peanut Industry Slow to Rebound Following Salmonella Outbreak

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peanut farmers are expected to bring in 6 million pounds less this year, according to forecasts released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents nearly a 30 percent drop in production in New Mexico from the year before.

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