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The Next Decade Will Make or Break Food Industry Companies

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

Today's major foodservice and retail food brands, along with their suppliers, face increasing challenges in recognizing and responding to ever-more-diverse consumers and their rapidly changing expectations. At the same time, companies must remake their businesses to leverage emerging channels and technology platforms.

Kellogg First-Quarter Earnings Fall 44 Percent

May 5, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $227 million, down 44 percent from...

USDA Report: Labeling Costs Producers Without Benefits to Consumers

May 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural...

Lean and Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

May 5, 2015 11:15 am | by Travis Mai, eCommerce Sales and Training Manager, CURT Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is...

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Coca-Cola Accepts Challenge to Commit to GMO Education

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

At last week's annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Center for Public Policy Research urged the beverage giant's CEO, Muhtar Kent, to do far more to promote the safety and benefit of GMOs, as the food industry is under near-constant assault from activists who seek to demonize these ingredients.

Q&A: End-of-Line Packaging and Automation Trends

May 5, 2015 8:45 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond via email with Neil Weisensel, Brand & Marketing Director for Muller LCS, about trends and topics regarding end-of-line packaging and automation in the food industry.

Three Ways Improved Visibility Can Help the Manufacturing Ops Leader

May 5, 2015 8:40 am | by Kelly Cabatuan | Articles | Comments

Here are three ways that improved visibility helps you deliver accuracy, efficiency and better profits for your manufacturing team.

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Washington Fruit Distributors Expand to Meet Demand

May 5, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the state's apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make it a year-round business.

Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks at Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald | News | Comments

Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at Northeast Iowa Community College, said the use of robots is a relatively new phenomenon for local manufacturers.

Strange But True Twinkie Facts

May 4, 2015 1:15 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How the Hostess Twinkie grew from a Great Depression experiment to a billion dollar brand.   

Honolulu Food Festival Explores the Wonders of Canned Meat

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by CALEB JONES, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don't eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam lovers in Hawaii, Hormel Foods released a new flavor — Portuguese sausage Spam.

Growers Hoping to Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 11:20 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger | News | Comments

Automated harvesting is the Holy Grail for most agricultural commodities, so a group of knights errant from the Florida strawberry industry have begun a quest to build a robotic strawberry picker.

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Low Milk Prices, Glutted Market Put Strain on Dairy Farmers

May 4, 2015 10:40 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An increase in milk production combined with sharply lower exports and declining sales of fresh milk have combined to depress milk prices paid to farmers from a 2014 high of about $28 per hundred pounds — about 9 gallons — to below $18 this spring.

Bud Light Withdraws Slogan After Outcry

May 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev is reacting to public protests on social media for a marketing campaign slogan on bottles of its Bud Light brand. 

From Farm to Fork and Back Again: Traceability Could Save Your Company

May 1, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During an educational seminar at the Food Safety Summit, food lawyer Shawn Stevens said although an employee may care about traceability, if the owner, upper management, suppliers and the customers don't care -- it's not going to get you too far.

Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 1, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the past week from the Food Manufacturing website.  

LiDestri Foods and G's Fresh Create Partnership, 140 Jobs in New York

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Greater Rochester Enterprise | News | Comments

LiDestri Foods Inc. of Fairport and G’s Fresh Ltd. of the United Kingdom have partnered to form Love Beets USA, LLC, a $17 million Rochester-based joint manufacturing venture for the processing and packaging of fresh, marinated and organic beets and beet products.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

4 Charged After Undercover Video Shows Cows Whipped, Punched

May 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four men have been charged with cruelty to animals after undercover video showed employees at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals.

Cheese, Poultry Facilities to Open in Virginia

May 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Turkeys USA LLC will invest $1.4 million in its first U.S. poultry processing facility, creating 33 jobs and Ewes Guys LLC will do business as Twenty Paces and invest $321,000 in a cheese facility at Bellair Farms.

3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

April 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

At one time or another, all food processors and beverage manufacturers will be in the market for a refrigeration compressor rebuild or replacement. Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

Q&A with Michael Desso, Nestlé USA Director of Safety, Health and Environment

April 30, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Earlier this month, Nestlé USA announced that all 23 of its factories are now landfill-free and contributing zero waste for disposal, reflecting the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A on the topic with Michael Desso, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Nestlé USA.

Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

April 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.

Navajo Pride Flour Mill to Close, 26 Jobs Lost

April 30, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down. The Daily Times reports that the closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

Best Practices for Sharing Data across the Enterprise

April 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Khris Kammer, Information Partner and Competency Manager, and Keith McPherson, Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations

5 Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking To Go Lean

April 30, 2015 7:15 am | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

Because we are living in an age where increased efficiency is not only desired, but also required in order to stay competitive, every manufacturing company can benefit from implementing a sustainable lean strategy.

Departmental Cooperation For Food Safety Success

April 29, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“As leaders, there is nothing more important in our industry than building relationships,” Donnie Temperley, VP of Operations at Hormel Foods Corporation, said during the 2015 Food Safety Summit keynote address.

Goya Foods Opening Headquarters Built with Help of NJ Tax Credits

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The new facility is receiving $82 million in state tax credits to help pay for the company's move from nearby Secaucus.

Using WiFi Data Loggers in Cold Storage Applications

April 29, 2015 7:10 am | by CAS DataLoggers | Articles | Comments

The benefits of WiFi connectivity for the food and beverage industry include cold chain integrity/validation, product protection, inventory tracking, documentation for receivers, temperature management in shipping compartments and more.

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