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Va. Distilleries Ask Gov. to Nix Booze Price Hike

October 31, 2014 3:58 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Earlier this month, McAuliffe directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to increase liquor prices as part of a move to close a $2.4 billion budget gap, garnering concerns from consumers and industry alike.     

Simulation Software Provides Food Facility Secret Recipe to Production Success

October 31, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abbey Hatke | Articles | Comments

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Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

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Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

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Campbell CEO: 'Food Has to be Different' in Today's Market

October 31, 2014 11:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says 'The American family has changed ... so food has to be different.' Despite the soup business struggling, Campbell's is planning to launch 200 new products in fiscal 2015.            

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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AB InBev Profits Up 5.5 Percent in 3rd Quarter Despite Weak Volumes

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.             

General Mills Partners With Latin Pop Group to Connect With Hispanic Consumers

October 30, 2014 2:21 pm | by General Mills Inc. | News | Comments

General Mills announced its exclusive U.S. partnership with Grammy Award-winning group Camila for the company's 2014-2015 Musica y Sabor campaign focused on connecting with Hispanic consumers through one of their biggest passion points: music. 

Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. The organic frozen food company plans to hire 200 workers in December and could hire up to 1,000 workers within a few years.       

VIDEO: Are You Eating Plastic For Dinner?

October 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

This video dives into how our consumption of plastics has affected marine species deaths and increased human health risks, and it explores possible long-term solutions. Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner educates viewers on all aspects of plastic production, consumption and breakdown.

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.              

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FTC Sues Gerber For False Advertising Claims

October 30, 2014 1:16 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.               

Changing Tastes: Kellogg's Cereal Sales Fall Again

October 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, is contending with growing competition in the breakfast category, with people turning to alternatives such as Greek yogurt or breakfast sandwiches from fast-food chains.         

Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made in USA'

October 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Jolie Darrow | Articles | Comments

A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be approaching its greatest peak in popularity since the 1940s (amidst the frenzy of WWII). But it was only recently that we realized to what extent the “Buy American” movement has resurged in the American consciousness.

Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a mixture of organic spices and botanicals that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and extend the life of quickly perishable produce, is featured in the week's segment of The Lempert Report Innovation Series.

Meet the Newest Pioneer For Women in STEM: Goldie

October 30, 2014 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

While scrolling through emails, I stumbled upon GoldieBlox — a building toy equipped with axles, pulleys, blocks and ribbon designed to promote engineering interest in girls. The GoldieBlox site boldly declares, “We aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” 

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Organizations Team Up to Provide Effective Recall Management Course

October 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Inmar | News | Comments

Inmar announced that its product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to facilitate “Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management,” a course for manufacturers and their retail trading partners.

Alabama Chicken Producer Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

OSHA issued 11 citations to the poultry processing plant, including nine serious, one repeat and one other-than serious violation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a complaint from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

Dutch Company Announces New Food Packaging Plant in Georgia

October 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Netherlands-based company has announced plans to build a new plant in Augusta. Royal DSM plans to build a new polymer plant with focus on making materials that are used in food packaging. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2016. 

Is Ebola Affecting Cocoa Production? Experts Say 'No'

October 29, 2014 1:23 pm | by Food Nutrition & Science | News | Comments

West Africa is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans with an estimated 73 percent of the world's beans coming from the area, according to the International Cocoa Association. To date, the disease has not affected cocoa production.   

Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 12:33 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | Articles | Comments

For several years now, the prevailing position of manufacturing executives was to strategically locate plants across mainland China. “Offshoring,” as it was aptly labeled, was originally driven by China’s competitive advantage relative to the U.S.

Penn. to Host Reshoring Initiative: Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to the US

October 29, 2014 12:24 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) announced that they will be hosting Mr. Harry Moser, Founder of the National Reshoring Initiative, on November 5th from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hanover Office Plaza. All Pennsylvania manufacturers are invited to attend at no cost, but registration is required.

FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Updates to Redbook

October 29, 2014 10:27 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold an open meeting on December 9, 2014 to receive input from the public on updating the Guidance for Industry “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” also known as the “Redbook.”

Alleviating Shipping Capacity Crunch

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | by Legion Logistics, LLC | Articles | Comments

How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     

Economy 101: 5 Things to know About US Growth

October 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. 

VIDEO: Why Campbell Soup Didn't Desert Camden, NJ

October 29, 2014 9:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Campbell Soup Company has been headquartered in Camden, New Jersey for 145 years. CEO Denise Morrison says the investment in the community can be a 'model' for other cities and 'good for America.'             

Hershey's 3rd-Quarter Results Mixed

October 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey's third-quarter net income fell 4 percent as costs rose. The chocolate bar and candy maker's adjusted profit missed analysts' expectations, while revenue met Wall Street's view.                

Internal Gear Pumps

October 29, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Pumps have been used for more than 100 years on low-hazard foods like chocolate, confectionery, oils and sweeteners, and are now available in truly hygienic models suitable for dairy, egg, meat and processed foods.

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