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5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of ...

Goya Foods to Open New Calif. Facility to Support Healthy Product Line

October 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by Goya Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

As the only Hispanic food company to offer...

Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

October 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by FrankCrum | News | Comments

Running a business is hard enough without...

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Strategic Growth: Should You Retrofit or Build a New Facility?

October 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by Michael Smith, Director of Project Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The question of whether to renovate an existing facility or build a new plant is becoming more complex as processors balance their equipment and production needs with meeting food safety requirements.              

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. 

The Perils of Navigating Legal Issues in Bringing a New Product to Market

October 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Glenn Pogust, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

One of the most notable areas in dispute is the question of when a manufacturer can use the term “natural” or “100 percent natural” in describing its product, given the likelihood that nearly every food product will contain ingredients that have been “processed” to some degree. 

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Scientist Works to Increase Protein, Fiber in Food Products

October 24, 2014 11:45 am | by South Dakota State University | News | Comments

Food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market. With a $576,000 project budget for the grant, he will work with food and ethanol industries with the goal of bringing food-grade dried distiller’s grain to the commercial marketplace.

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.    

Q&A: The Under-Representation of Women in Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 9:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis, founder and executive director of Women in Manufacturing, talks about the under-representation of women in manufacturing, why this occurs and what companies can do to balance out their workforce.         

The 3 Primary Sources of Food and Packaging Waste

October 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Keith Yeater | Articles | Comments

According to a recent study of American grocery shoppers, there is a growing concern about how much food is being wasted. People are reportedly more concerned about food waste than air pollution, water shortages, climate change and genetically modified foods. 

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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.    

VIDEO: Big Chocolate Goes Small on Ebola Donations

October 23, 2014 2:23 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The chocolate industry gets 70 percent of its cocoa supply from West Africa — the region hardest hit by the Ebola virus. But Nestle, Mars and other major producers only scraped together $600,000 to fight the disease.         

Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel?

October 23, 2014 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whiskey-making into fuel.                   

France Reclaims Title as World's Largest Wine Maker

October 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent. Total world wine production is set to fall 6 percent this year to 271 million hectoliters.     

VIDEO: Holy Guacamole! Chipotle Stumbles

October 23, 2014 11:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Chipotle's stock had been hotter than a Serrano pepper. But investors aren't happy about slowing growth. Is Qdoba, the burrito chain owned by Jack in the Box, stealing customers?                    

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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.     

Pet Food Sales to Reach $33B in 2018 as Consumers Spend More For Health

October 23, 2014 11:05 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Driven by increased focus on pet health and the powerful role in pet owner lives of the human-animal bond, U.S. sales of pet food will rise 16 percent between 2015-2018 to reach $33 billion.               

Social Exploration: Discovering the Person Behind the Purchase

October 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch | Articles | Comments

As the power of the consumer grows, many brands are struggling to capture a holistic understanding of who that person is, what he/she cares about, and how he/she makes purchasing decisions. Thoughtful use of social media leads to a better understanding of the person behind the purchase and a strengthened relationship with the consumer.

Manufacturing eCommerce and the New Professional Online Consumer

October 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Sean Cook | Articles | Comments

The need to address evolved hyper connected self-service customers online, especially in the less prominent B2B and manufacturing landscape, is further driven by the fact that 34 percent of savvy consumers switched suppliers in order to make a purchase online.

VIDEO: Wheat or White?

October 23, 2014 10:18 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

Learn the difference between whole wheat and white and meet the people preserving grains. As consumers, we must learn how to tell the difference between whole wheat and white, while farmers can tell a rich story of heritage and identity grains and innovative bakers are reintroducing the grains of their youth.

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?    

Coca-Cola Tops 3Q Earnings Expectations

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises reported third-quarter net income of $238 million. The seller of Coca-Cola drinks in Europe posted revenue of $2.14 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts.                  

Food Giants Funding State Ballot Initiatives

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures to be considered next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Food industry giants Monsanto, the J.M. Smucker Co., Coca-Cola and Pepsi are spending $3 million opposing an Oregon ballot measure that would require vendors to label genetically modified foods.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Beats Street 3Q Forecasts

October 23, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Plano, Texas- based company reported profit of $188 million in its third quarter. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said it had profit of 96 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for severance costs and non-recurring costs, were 98 cents per share.  

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.               

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. 

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