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Dean Foods Soars on Strong Results

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods Co. shares soared Monday after the dairy company reported a much smaller loss than expected for its third quarter and projected a profit for the fourth quarter and a smaller loss than expected for the full year.       

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

AAM Responds to Manufacturing Job Growth

November 10, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Labor reported that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. The #AAMeter, which tracks President Obama's promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, boosts to +218,000 jobs, after positive revisions to September and August's data. 

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NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc. The company recently posted a sign at the former plant but largely has remained mum.

91-Year Old Meat Processing Company on a Roll

November 10, 2014 10:45 am | by ARNOLD S. PLATOU, The Herald-Mail | News | Comments

Hoffman's Quality Meats has increased its business and employment since it was purchased in 2011 by a family partnership headed by two young entrepreneurs who wanted to find, nurture and grow longtime businesses like Hoffman's.    

Mondelez Invests $50M For UK Coffee Site

November 7, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mondelez International | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the second largest player in the global coffee market, announced plans to invest $50 million (£30 million) in its Banbury, UK factory to build two new lines that will manufacture Tassimo beverage capsules.  

MES Toolkit an Easy Solution for Manufacturers

November 7, 2014 3:19 pm | by LNS Research | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing realm, challenges can emerge quickly. Manufacturers looking for an easy solution should adopt the next-generation Manufacturing Execution System, or MES.                    

ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 7, 2014 11:08 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government's immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

VIDEO: Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                   

What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean For Manufacturers

November 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Dean Sonderegger | Articles | Comments

While the simplified regulations allow for more manufacturing firms to qualify for tax benefits, they also introduce many compliance challenges. Firms will need to look at their tax practices with a new set of eyes to ensure they reap the full potential benefits.

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.

Girls Only: A Way to Close the STEM Gender Gap?

November 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.             

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5 Recycling Opportunities For Food Manufacturers

November 5, 2014 1:59 pm | by Maggie Caldwell, Federal International | Blogs | Comments

Diversion is key to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. Since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream. 

US Businesses Report 230K New Jobs

November 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.                        

In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall | News | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

How to Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

November 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful. 

Walk, Don't Run: A Security Framework for Midsize Organizations

November 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.       

Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been gaining a majority of the publicity devoted to manufacturing over the past year. From appearances on popular television shows to packed booths at trade shows, 3-D manufacturing has captured the imagination of manufacturing professionals and the general public.

Do's and Don'ts of IT/OT Collaboration

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Paul Brooks | Articles | Comments

The adoption of Internet Protocol in manufacturing is prompting a new era of cooperation and collaboration between IT and OT. Both have essential roles to play in helping manufacturing companies successfully transition to a single, secure IP-based network.

China Slowdown Could Bruise Global Economy

November 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, but its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.       

Campbell Soup CEO Shares Lessons Learned During Leadership Ascent

November 3, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Virginia Darden School Foundation | News | Comments

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, shared her journey to become the first woman to lead the company and how she evolved to compete in the ever-changing global environment. Campbell Soup is a growing global food company with annual sales of more than $8 billion. 

Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society | News | Comments

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

Dust Collector

November 3, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The MCF is built to handle heavy dust loads including abrasive materials, and comes in configurations to fit most industrial air quality applications.

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