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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say...

Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over...

Pet Food Market an Intriguing Acquisiton Target For Food Giants

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

In the $28 billion U.S. pet food market, mergers and acquisitions have dominated the headlines...

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance.

Meat Company Specializing in Bacon Coming to Missouri

March 31, 2015 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally smoked bacon, will build a 100,000-square-foot plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 31, 2015 10:05 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility.

Jury Awards $38.5M in Fatal Shooting at Kraft Foods Plant

March 31, 2015 8:00 am | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4½ years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday.

Traceability in Food Manufacturing: Harvest Benefits Beyond Compliance and Consumer Protection

March 30, 2015 2:49 pm | by Monika Pelz, CPA, Audit Partner, Armanino | Articles | Comments

The food supply chain is long and complex, including foreign- and domestically sourced farms, processors, ingredients, manufacturers, packagers, distributors, shippers, stores and consumers. Regardless of your business and its place in the food supply chain, you’re required to maintain good records.

Ferrara Candy Enhances Manufacturing Network, Creates More Than 100 New Jobs

March 30, 2015 1:00 pm | by Ferrara Candy Company | News | Comments

Ferrara Candy Company announced a series of enhancements to its manufacturing network, including increasing the manufacturing capacity and capabilities of its Bellwood, Ill. manufacturing facility, and opening a new packaging center in Bolingbrook, Ill.

Keurig Green Mountain and Reily Foods Company Announce Partnership

March 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Keurig Green Mountain | News | Comments

With this new agreement, consumers in at-home and away-from-home channels will be able to enjoy their favorite New England brand coffee, French Market brand coffee, and Luzianne brand iced teas at the touch of a button in a variety of Keurig formats. The companies plan to launch the new, licensed K-Cup pods in fall 2015.

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Q&A: Plant Safety, Security Surrounding Food Facilities

March 30, 2015 10:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Terry Smith, Executive Vice President of Operations at Jack Link's Beef Jerky, and Kip Dowding, Manager at A.T. Kearney's Strategic Operations Practice, to discuss trends and topics related to plant safety and security in the food manufacturing industry.

Dairy Farms Asked to Consider Breeding No-Horn Cows

March 30, 2015 9:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.

Bird Flu Found in Top Minnesota Turkey Producing County

March 30, 2015 9:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory to Move to High-Tech Plant

March 30, 2015 8:35 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for April's Passover holiday, and distributed worldwide.

Forget Zipcar: Contract Manufacturing Pioneered Sharing Economy

March 30, 2015 8:10 am | by Nelson Alor, Manager, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

Contract packaging has proven to be a boon for the food and beverage industry and for innovation in processing and packaging. The lowered entry barriers such companies offer pave the way for first adopters to select state-of-the-art processing and innovative packages without taking the plunge and investing in a new line.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce Is Changing The Manufacturing Business

March 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

​Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business.

Food Processing Plant Down? 3 Solutions to Keep Operations Moving

March 27, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

If a disaster puts your plant’s operations on pause, know your options for continuing production outside the walls of your facility. Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down. Here are the key things to know about each.

From Farm to Table: How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

March 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle | Articles | Comments

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail –- product lifecycle management. 

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No.1

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the last installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, we reveal No.1.

Monsanto Fined For Not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 8:10 am | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 3

March 26, 2015 2:25 pm | by Sean Brady, Marketing Director, Ready Meals / Case Ready, Sealed Air’s Food Care Division | Articles | Comments

In the third part of this four-part series, we ask: which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Mental Exam Ordered For Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the fourth installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, we reveal No.2.

Kudos to Food Manufacturers That Sweeten the Pot for Mom Bloggers

March 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

While Mom Bloggers love to review food and food-related products, they really appreciate food manufacturers and their representatives who make the experience extra special. Six Mom Bloggers tell about other niceties that lift their spirits when they review food and food-related products.

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

Supply Availability for Food and Beverage will Trump Price: Manage Your Supplier Relationships

March 26, 2015 8:45 am | by Dave Donnan, Partner and Leader of A.T. Kearney’s Global Food and Beverage Practice | Articles | Comments

Building strategic supply relationships today can give companies a disproportionate advantage as global forces impact resource availability, commodity availability, and pricing and consumer tastes. But at the same time determining when and with whom to partner be a fundamental challenge for food industry executives. Here are some examples of companies that are thinking about supply partnerships strategically.

NAMI Foundation to Host Training on Fundamentals of Meat Specifications

March 26, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

The training features a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood. 

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