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The Role of Cloud-Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 21, 2014 4:20 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock | Articles | Comments

The migration of manufacturing to offshore locations became a flood in the first decade of the 21st century as nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs left America for China and other Asian countries.               

3 Tips for Moving Operations Management to the Cloud

October 21, 2014 4:12 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective,...

Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School | News | Comments

San Francisco Wine School announces the...

Organic Trade Group Reaches Out to More Farmers

October 21, 2014 4:03 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

The Farmstead Membership is open to organic...

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.      

General Mills Complete's Annie's Acquisition

October 21, 2014 3:20 pm | by General Mills, Inc. | News | Comments

General Mills and Annie's, a natural and organic food company, subsequently completed the acquisition by merging a subsidiary of General Mills with and into Annie's, with Annie's surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Mills.

Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to the report by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.     

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

VIDEO: 3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 21, 2014 11:09 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

5 Issues McDonald's is Facing in the US

October 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's (14,000 U.S. locations) is far bigger than Chipotle (1,700 locations), making it more difficult for the chain to boost sales. But McDonald's nevertheless acknowledges it needs to work on fixing some problems. Here is a look at five problems McDonald's is facing.

Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? America Says No!

October 21, 2014 9:34 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese.           

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McDonald's Profit Plunges in 3Q

October 21, 2014 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In the U.S., McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition and shifting tastes toward food people consider more wholesome. To improve its performance, McDonald's launched a social media campaign inviting customers to ask questions about its food.

Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

VIDEO: What's So Sweet About Ice Cream?

October 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Cooler weather doesn't always mean warmer foods. Ice cream is often an indulgence that many consumers enjoy year round. Reactions looks at the chemistry involved in making the treat creamy and sweet.             

WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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Colorado Seeks Ban on Marijuana Edibles

October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.               

Now Serving: 10 Food Trends of 2015

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

The restaurant industry is evolving faster than ever, according to leading food research. Technomic lays out 10 trends that its consultants and experts believe may be transformative in 2015.              

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 

VIDEO: Is Craft Soda the Next Big Thing?

October 20, 2014 10:37 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Judann Pollack, deputy editor of Ad Age, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss who is getting in on the craft soda game.                                  

VIDEO: Businessman Hopes to Save Oldest Distillery in the World

October 20, 2014 10:31 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The Chinese drank 11 million liters of Baijui last year, making it the most consumed spirit by volume. After suffering a significant loss in revenue, CEO of China's Sichuan Swellfun Jim Rice is hoping to save the oldest distillery in the world.  

Nebraska Turkey Producer Branches Out to Raising Chickens

October 20, 2014 10:03 am | by NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star | News | Comments

Bill Bevans, one of only three large-scale turkey producers in Nebraska, produces hundreds of thousands of turkeys on two properties, but the market for the birds has reached a limit. So recently, Bevans has decided to expand his operations to include chickens.

Idle Iowa Beef Plant Prepares to Reopen This Month

October 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa Premium Beef, a long-idle beef processing plant in Tama, Iowa, is getting ready to reopen later this month. The plant has undergone a $46.8 million renovation to prepare to process about 1,100 cattle a day.         

Small Producers Have New Crop Insurance Option

October 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and mid-size producers who were once unable to insure their crops, including cattle and other livestock, now have the chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. The provisions come under the new federal Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. 

Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.                     

Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by Michael Bialko | Articles | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

Infographic: Common Causes of Factory Fires

October 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | News | Comments

To help extinguish factory fire risks, Zurich provided this infographic to determine the top causes of factory fires and ways to prevent them from happening.                         

The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance

October 17, 2014 2:26 pm | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 

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