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Crispy M&M's Are Back After 10-Year Hiatus

October 2, 2014 10:42 am | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced today M&M'S® Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.    

Report: 99 Percent of Sales Growth for CPG Companies is From Lower-Calorie Foods

October 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Hudson Institute | News | Comments

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF)...

Lean and Food Safety Certification Go Hand in Hand

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by George Gansner, IFS Management GmbH and Steve Weise, TBM Consulting Group, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Most food manufacturers and suppliers have two...

Food-Grade Spray Lubricant

October 2, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

 Non-Toxic Food Grade Spray Lubricant is i...

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Report: Global Dairy Consumption Will Increase 36 Percent by 2024

October 1, 2014 2:22 pm | by Tetra Pak | News | Comments

Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing packaging solutions, released its seventh Dairy Index. The report highlights the opportunities and challenges posed by rising global dairy demand, which is set to overtake the available supply over the next decade. 

Morton Salt Girl Voted into Advertising Walk of Fame

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Morton Salt | News | Comments

Brand icons are nominated for the Advertising Week Walk of Fame each year, and are decided by the general public. Advertising Week administered a poll on its Facebook page so fans could vote for their favorite icons.         

Mondelez to Build $90M Biscuit Plant in Bahrain

October 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mondelez International, Inc. | News | Comments

In the initial two- to three-year phase, the new plant will operate four biscuit-manufacturing lines with a total capacity of nearly 90,000 tons per year. That's the equivalent of about nine-times the weight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Like other, state-of-the-art Mondelez International plants, the facility is scalable.

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Pepsi Pops Open a Stevia-Sweetened Soda

October 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. said the latest version of its flagship soda will have 30 percent fewer calories than regular and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia. The drink will go on sale later this month on Amazon.com before eventually being rolled out to supermarkets.

Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     

Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

A new report praises early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models.

In Defense of Frozen: Natural Sector Continues to Boom

October 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Licata, President, CEO, Blake's All Natural Foods | Articles | Comments

If a clean ingredient deck is the primary driver of the shift toward Natural and Organic meals in the frozen aisle, another contributing factor in consumers’ decisions to abandon their long-standing relationship with legacy brands is the desire to know more about the company who makes their food.

FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

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Photos: World's Largest Six-Pack of Beer

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cluster of 100-foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city's Lake Erie waterfront. 

French Brand Starts Selling Sparkling Wine in China

October 1, 2014 9:05 am | by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Moet Hennessy has launched the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis company that owns Betty Crocker and Green Giant brands said in a regulatory filing that the 700 to 800 job cuts will take place mostly in the U.S. This is the second time General Mills has trimmed its workforce in a month.  

Risk, Opportunities With Used Equipment

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Cutting costs and accommodating production schedules are two of the major factors driving the purchase of used equipment in the food manufacturing marketplace. On average, a manufacturer can save 25 to 50 percent when compared against purchasing new equipment.

8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

HoneyBaked Ham to Hire 10K Employees

September 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts and other products by providing part-time jobs for more than 10,000 people.     

Reiser Honors Ruiz Foods' 50 Years by Gifting Vemag DP3

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by Reiser | News | Comments

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Ruiz Foods, Reiser participated in the celebration in Denison, Texas by gifting them a Vemag DP3. Ruiz Foods purchased their 100th Vemag earlier this year, and Reiser made good on their promise of "Buy 100 Vemags and then get one free."

8 Steps in Water Treatment to Protect Your Products and Equipment

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Marc Weaver, PE, LEED, AP and Taylor Wilson | Blogs | Comments

Whether you're designing a new food processing plant or upgrading an existing facility, determining necessary water treatment is a critical step in protecting and maintaining your plant's systems. Here are some steps to develop the most-effective water treatment program. 

Nestle to Sell 2 German Baby Food Brands

September 29, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss-based food and drink company Nestle SA is selling two baby food brands in Germany to an investor consortium for an undisclosed sum. The company says it plans to concentrate its baby food business in Germany and Austria.     

Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 4

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tony Reed, Business Development Manager for Food Safety, Dow MIcrobial Control | Articles | Comments

In the last part 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?           

How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth

September 29, 2014 11:38 am | by Plex | News | Comments

Take part in the upcoming webinar: How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth by Plex. The Wednesday, Oct. 1 conversation will focus on how to build a high-growth, value-added operation.                   

Hummus-Maker to Expand Va. Plant, Double Production Capacity

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sabra Dipping Co. is doubling its production capacity and creating 70 jobs in 2015 by expanding its Virginia operations. Sabra first opened its factory in 2010, making 4,000 tons of hummus monthly.              

Charges Expected in Vaughan Foods' Beheading

September 29, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The man suspected of attacking two women, beheading one of them, at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma is expected to face charges. The suspect is expected to face murder and other charges from the attack at the food distribution center.     

The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 29, 2014 8:38 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                      

North Dakota's Flour Mill to Become Largest Wheat-Grinding Factory in US

September 29, 2014 8:35 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's state-owned flour mill is currently undergoing a $27 million expansion that will make it the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S. The mill's manager said the expansion is necessary to meet growing flour demand.     

Groups Launch Oregon Campaigns on GMO Labeling

September 29, 2014 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Pres | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. It would be effective January 2016.  

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