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How to Build a Better Capital Budget for Your Food Processing Plant

December 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Scott Mark, Vice President Operations, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When estimating your numbers for food processing projects on the horizon, don’t just base your predictions on what you did the last time around. You shouldn’t be estimating costs based solely on square footage, either. However, there are ways to build a higher confidence level behind your budget and ensure its accuracy — it all lies within the data.

Meat Processing Facility to Open in Virginia

December 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven Hills Food, LLC will invest $3 million and commit to purchasing Virginia-grown beef and...

Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Set for $150 Million Expansion

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal...

Plea Hearing Set for Ex-Manager in Halal Food Case

December 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a...

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How Single Point Automatic Lubricators can Increase Productivity, Safety in the Food Industry

December 18, 2014 1:45 pm | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Kluber Lubrication North America | Articles | Comments

When it comes to enhancements in food safety from a lubricant perspective, previously unknown terms such as NSF H1 and CFIA have become commonplace. Now, food industry professionals have myriad options when choosing products that help achieve targeted levels of food safety for their facility.

Kraft Foods Group Announces Appointment of New CEO

December 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group | News | Comments

John Cahill will succeed Tony Vernon, who will retire as CEO on Dec. 27, 2014, the last day of the company's fiscal year. Cahill was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Bottling Group.       

High Liner Foods Opens New U.S. Headquarters

December 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by High Liner Foods Incorporated | News | Comments

High Liner Foods Incorporated announced the official opening of its newly-constructed U.S. headquarters, a 38,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.     

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8 Tips for Managing Moisture for Pest Prevention in Food Facilities

December 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Pat Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Buildup of water and organic debris can contribute to pest problems in food facilities. Here are some essential tips for ensuring facilities and restaurants are cleaned properly.

OEE Gets a Boost from the Industrial Internet

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered ‘World Class’.

Reading Bakery Systems Expands Oven Manufacturing Facility

December 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Reading Bakery Systems | News | Comments

The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will double the existing Oven Works manufacturing facility to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will also include a 480 square foot, environmentally controlled paint booth.

Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky | News | Comments

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

'Nut Rage' Gives Hawaii Macadamia Nuts a Boost

December 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that's also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

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Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

Coca-Cola Outlook Falls Short as Consumers Shy Away From Soda

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target. The Atlanta-based company has been struggling with declining soda consumption in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.                 

US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

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7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

December 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and Cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers.

Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

VIDEO: Is Organic Here to Stay?

December 16, 2014 9:40 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Shoppers may love their favorite organic food and beverage brands, but this love may quickly dissolve if their go-to brand is scooped up by a major non-organic corporation. Recent data indicates the potential for major financial implications for the acquiring companies.

Food Manufacturers Tap Into Public Sector Market

December 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Food and Beverage Ontario | News | Comments

The local movement and call for more "Made in Ontario" products in public institutions is opening the doors for food and beverage processors to tap into the multi-million dollar market potential of this sector.           

Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As the software landscape has advanced, new technologies like Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT are facilitating easier open integration and increased digitization of information. In addition, solution providers have also begun to tailor applications to better fit the needs of today’s manufacturers.

Aseptic Pouch Form-Fill-Seal Machine

December 16, 2014 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering product-specific filling systems with high filling accuracy, the SAS 20/30 FFS Machine can produce stick packs from 60-225mm in length, 26-80mm wide and at volumes of up to 250ml. It can produce as many as 24,000 stick packs per hour.

Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.           

6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 11:50 am | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | News | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 11:30 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy has thrived despite the global slowdown. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.         

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