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Hershey’s Profit Rises But Sales Fall Short

April 24, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Hershey said its profit rose 4.4 percent in the first quarter but noted that sales growth was weaker than expected. The company noted "irregular purchasing patterns" at major retailers during the period in the U.S. and that people made fewer trips to certain stores.

Ronald McDonald Gets Modern Makeover, Takes on Twitter

April 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using...

Chiquita Asks Court To Toss Colombia Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 12:28 pm | by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued...

7 Guidelines for Today's ERP Project

April 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Articles | Comments

It’s a given that ERP has to stay current to meet today’s business requirements. One best...

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Consumer Trends: Health Concerns Drive Flavored, Functional Water Market

April 24, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

An increasing obesity rate, a rising aging population and changing consumer preferences are the major growth drivers for the global flavored and functional water market. Growing health concerns are compelling consumers to opt for flavored and functional water.

Heineken Returns to Growth in Western Europe

April 24, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales — a figure which strips out the effects of currencies and acquisitions — grew by 3.4 percent.

Warren Buffett Deems Coca-Cola Pay Plan ‘Excessive’

April 24, 2014 10:21 am | by CANDICE CHOI and JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Warren Buffett criticized Coca-Cola's pay plan for its executives on Wednesday. Buffett, whose company is Coca-Cola's largest shareholder, called the plan "excessive" in an interview on CNBC after it was approved at the beverage maker's annual meeting.

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Chobani Secures $750M from Investment Firm

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth. The food maker said Wednesday that as part of the deal, TPG will have representation on the the company's board.

Vt. Lawmakers Pass First State Bill Requiring GMO Labeling

April 24, 2014 10:14 am | by DAVE GRAM and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it.

Photos of the Day: Irwindale Delays Decision on Sriracha Plant

April 24, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

Irwindale Calls a Two-Week Truce with Sriracha Maker

April 24, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between Huy Fong Foods and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy. The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

The Craft Beer Revolution

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | by MSNBC | Videos | Comments

Ninety percent of the domestic beer market in America is dominated by two companies: Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. But smaller brewers now are challenging that long-held dominance. Brewer's Association spokesperson Barbara Fusco discusses the revolution in craft brewers.

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Is a Pabst Return Good for Milwaukee?

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of its beer-producing history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. and returning the brand to its birthplace. Supporters consider this brand almost like a birthright. But there is another point to consider: funding.

On-Vehicle Computers

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Vehicle Asset Communicator® (VAC) is an intelligent, highly configurable, RFID-based, vehicle-mounted computer that forms the backbone of Company's wireless Vehicle Management Systems (VMS) for lift trucks and other industrial vehicles.

Smartwatch Warehouse Control System

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shiraz Warehouse Control System now works on a smartwatch. The system allows warehouse managers to gather critical key performance indicators to better manage their distribution and fulfillment operations from their wrist.

Software Improves OEE

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

CLARiSUITE™ WebServer Edition offers functionality to help drive sustainable improvements in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by helping manufacturers remove inefficiencies and the risk of operator error, including data entry and job selection.

Report: Organic Companies Make Supply Chains Greener

April 23, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

According to the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s second annual Member Sustainability Progress Report, the organic food industry is taking significant strides to reduce its footprint in 11 areas throughout the entire supply chain. 

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Yum’s Profit Climbs as KFC Sales in China Rebound

April 23, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Yum Brands reported a higher-than-expected profit for its first quarter highlighted by a rebound in KFC sales in China, where concerns about the safety of the chain's chicken supply eased. Sales at established locations in China rose 9 percent for the period.

PepsiCo to Bottle Taco Bell Baja Blast Drinks

April 23, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo is again mining its partnership with Taco Bell, with plans to start selling the Mexican chain's popular Mountain Dew Baja Blast drinks in bottles and cans for the first time next month. The drink will be available for a limited time starting May 5.

Benchmark Against the Best

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

I believe it's possible that the best are hiding from you — and that's why it's important to find ways of getting to know your peers. Even the most minimal networking can yield the kind of feedback you'd never get internally or from a customer.

Consumer Trends: Plain Vodka Takes the Cake

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

While the global spirits market continues to be saturated with flavored vodkas, a study of the 2013 distilled spirits sector by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States shows consumers still prefer the pure, unadulterated quality offered by unflavored vodkas.

Sugar, Water Companies Settle Maui Water Dispute

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Native Hawaiian and environmental groups have settled a dispute with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar and Wailuku Water Co. over the diversion of water from four Maui streams. Sugar plantations have been irrigating their fields with water diverted from the streams for more than a century.

McDonald’s CEO Doesn’t Flinch Under New Breakfast Pressure

April 23, 2014 10:12 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Without specifying names, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said the company hasn't seen any impact from the "most recent competitor" in the breakfast space. The comments came after Taco Bell's launch of its national breakfast menu late last month.

Dr Pepper Snapple 1Q Profit Beats Expectations

April 23, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Dr Pepper Snapple on Wednesday reported a higher first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations, as reduced costs offset weak sales growth. The company said lower costs for ingredients and productivity improvements helped boost operating profit.

Baby Lobster Decline in Maine Worries Producers

April 23, 2014 10:01 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline. The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on dinner tables nationwide.

Photos of the Day: 'Modern Family' Star Opens Beer Eatery

April 23, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

‘Modern Family’ Actor Ty Burrell Opens Beer Restaurant

April 23, 2014 9:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

Vertical Lift Module

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shuttle XP 1000 Vertical Lift Module (VLM) features an overhead crane mounted on the unit for easy handling of heavy goods.

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