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Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates...

Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator...

Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville,...

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

A Global Survey and a Mobile App: What They Tell Us About Mitigating Risks

July 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP | Articles | Comments

According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.

Campbell's Turns to Organic Soup to Boost Struggling Sales

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is turning to organic ready-to-eat soups in rectangular cartons to help falling soup sales. It's one of the many moves the 145-year-old company is planning in hopes of driving sales in its flagship unit.

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the size of the facility, the first hurdle most plant managers and engineers encounter in meeting facility-wide energy management is the absence of detailed data about how energy is being used within their facilities — beyond the metered usage.

Thirsty for Growth: US Craft Brewers Flourish Overseas

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. craft beer scene is so fresh and dynamic, Europeans are becoming as excited about it as Americans. Many large American craft breweries are setting up businesses in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in hopes to make the industry grow.

Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western Sugar Cooperative, fining the company $194,000 for numerous fall hazards, inadequate signage and failing to place safety guards around moving equipment.

Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

How Can Plastic Pallets Impact Cleanliness and Drive Change?

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Bob Klimko, Director of Marketing, Food and Beverage, ORBIS Corp. | Articles | Comments

Today, as in the past, standard operating procedures decree that anything moved into a food production area is moved on a pallet. This can introduce significant risk if these pallets have not been specifically designed for sanitation and adhere to FSMA.

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VIDEO: Which Country is the Top Player in Food Innovation?

July 21, 2014 8:00 am | by Sanderson Group | Videos | Comments

Which country claims the most food and beverage manufacturing innovations? A quick look at the food and drink sector reveals why the United Kingdom and the United States are at the top of the class in innovation. Is it the frozen dinner or the microwave that takes the prize?

Compound & Filling Vessel

July 21, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 60-liter vessel features an aseptic magnetic mixer designed to stir a low-viscosity suspension as it is being discharged under pressure of nitrogen and filled into its final container.

Why Failing to Deliver on Time is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers, or even worse, drive them toward a competitor. While many small manufacturers would acknowledge the importance of on-time delivery, it happens more often than most would admit.

German Sausage Makers Fined $460M for Price Fixing

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority is imposing fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers, including Nestle subsidiary Herta and Meica, for colluding to push through higher prices and agreeing on price ranges for various products.

Inspection Agency Suspends License of Saskatchewan Beef Plant

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Northern Natural Processing LP, a beef slaughter plant in southeastern Saskatchewan, had its license suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The suspension is due to the operator of the plant failing to use corrective measures to ensure the safety of the meat.

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Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired | News | Comments

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

Quickbooks in the Cloud: How Mobile Does Your Company Want to be?

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.

Plastic Display Pallets

July 18, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New plastic display pallets allow for easy set up in a warehouse or co-packing facility. The ability to move from truck to retail floor seamlessly reduces packaging waste by eliminating wood pallet disposal.

Automation Suite Software

July 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New automation suite software for packaging, food and converting applications, means more accurate web tracking, sealing, gluing, cutting and slitting. 

Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission | News | Comments

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota | News | Comments

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America | News | Comments

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

Slicing System

July 17, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The slicing system reduces giveaway and increases yields with a patented technology that provides complete automated control of each log being delivered to the blade.

Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

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