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Not New Coke: Coca-Cola's Sugar Quandary Necessitates New Thinking

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Hartman Group Blog | Blogs | Comments

Coca-Cola, which ironically was created as a healthy drink alternative for the pro-temperance crowd, has had trouble with recipe change. The failure of New Coke is the most glaring example, but just this summer its VitaminWater brand faced a backlash for switching to a stevia-and-sugar combination. 

America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It looks like foreign investors are taking one...

5 Tips to Increase Productivity

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kara Simon, General Manager, 3Cheers Recognition & Rewards | Articles | Comments

Supply chains are only as good as the people in...

Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 2

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brad Polen, Sector Manager, Processed Foods, Sealed Air | Articles | Comments

In this four-part series, we ask: Which...

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Pabst Brewing Explains Intentions of Selling Business

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by Pabst Brewing Company | News | Comments

Pabst has been an American company since 1844 and will continue to be an American iconic brand with its headquarters in the U.S. The future owners of Pabst are "deeply committed to Pabst's future as an American company."        

More Than Half of US Companies Project Increased Efficiency in 2015

September 23, 2014 9:06 am | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

A recent survey by Schneider Electric reveals acceleration in efficiency funding, convergence of information technology and operational technology, and infrastructure upgrades and sustainability as some of the biggest trends impacting businesses. 

Infographic: Baking Through the Ages

September 23, 2014 8:45 am | by Craft Bakers Week | News | Comments

Many bakeries have been at the heart of their high street for decades — or in some cases even centuries — but when did the story begin? Craft Bakers Week is celebrated Sept. 29-Oct. 5.                  

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VIDEO: Big Data Just Killed Happy Hour

September 23, 2014 8:20 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

One of the hottest fields in high-tech right now is big data — making sense of huge amounts of information on everything from shopping to dating. And now for beer. Bloomberg's Elliott Gotkine reports.              

How to Swab For Bacterial Contamination in Your Brewery

September 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Puritan Medical Products | Blogs | Comments

Sanitation is essential to producing the best product possible, and as Oktoberfest approaches, more and more small-scale breweries are ramping up their production, and thus, their sanitation procedures.

Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 1

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Articles | Comments

In part one of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?             

4 Ways to Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production and need to be engaged with at every step.

The Secret to High-Fiber 'Super Spaghetti'

September 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Lead South Australia | News | Comments

Australian scientists have spent two years determining how to make a bowl of spaghetti healthier without compromising on taste. Two lines of durum wheat not currently being used in pasta production were discovered to possibly be able to increase fiber by up to 20 percent.

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Explosion at Nestle Purina Halts Production of Arizona Plant

September 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Flagstaff, Arizona pet food plant's explosion will stop production for several weeks. Four contract workers were injured in Nestle Purina's explosion last week.                         

US Meat Supplier in China Meat Scandal Lays Off 340 Workers

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shanghai Husi Food Co. has been under investigation since July, when the company was acused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains.                             

3 Found Guilty in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury convicted three people Friday in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia.

Hillshire Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit

September 19, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs entered into an agreement with Hillshire — formerly Sara Lee Food and Beverage. The suit contended that there was a hiring disparity for male workers because fewer of the positions they were being diverted to were available.

Jury Won't Consider Deaths in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. Jurors were scheduled to continue Friday morning.     

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VIDEO: Child CEO Builds Cookie Company From Scratch

September 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

He's the 10-year-old founder and CEO of Mr. Cory's Cookies, and he hopes to conquer the world before graduating high school. Who is this mini mogul?                           

Marijuana Edibles: Sweet Business is Budding

September 18, 2014 2:22 pm | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Denver-based Dixie Elixirs expands its facility to produce THC-infused edibles with a focus on transparency, technology and consumer education.                                

5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg , AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security, and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.      

New Trends in Sanitary Equipment Are Improving Food Safety Standards

September 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

In this day and age of heightened throughput and productivity, the sanitary design of equipment is driven primarily by food processors themselves, who are interested in increased efficiency, faster/effective cleaning procedures and reduced changeovers. 

Nestle Creates 8K New Positions in Europe

September 18, 2014 10:20 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The alliance of major companies, including Nestle and Google, aims to create tens of thousands of additional jobs for Europe's young jobseekers over the next several years. Nestle has created 8,000 of the 20,000 new positions it promised to generate by 2016. 

PepsiCo Closing 2 Warehouses in Maine

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo has announced it is closing the two beverage warehouses in Portland and Augusta, Maine. The closures are scheduled for the end of October.                              

Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Significant changes are in store — and in many cases already underway — for all businesses. That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.      

Food Industry Leaders Together Sell 6.4 Trillion Fewer Calories

September 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | News | Comments

Sixteen major food and beverage companies, including ConAgra Foods and Unilever, sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the U.S. in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.   

Group Levels Abuse Allegations Against NM Dairy

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Mexico Livestock Board is launching an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded a secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables.       

North Carolina's Cumberland County Puts Poultry Plant on Hold

September 17, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cumberland County has delayed a decision on a proposed $113 million poultry plant in Cedar Creek near Fayetteville, N.C., after the county commissioners were unable to agree on an incentives package.             

Maine's Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven's Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers. Haven's was founded in 1915 by Herbert Haven in Portland.                        

Infographic: Milk Production From Farm to Table

September 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Food Insight | News | Comments

Ever wonder where your milk in the grocery store comes from and how it gets there? This seven-step infographic takes you through the entire milk production process from the farm all the way to the grocery store.           

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