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'90s Kids Rejoice: Coca-Cola's Surge is Back!

September 16, 2014 4:25 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Ready for a totally awesome ‘90s flashback? The Mountain Dew-like, citrus-flavored soda, Surge, is backThe blast from the past is only being sold online via Amazon.com.                  

US Consumers Embrace Carbonated Water

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

The U.S. is predicted to have one of the...

When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under...

General Mills Among the Top 5 Best Companies

September 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by General Mills | News | Comments

General Mills was recognized among the top five "2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for...

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Diageo Welcomes Visitors to Historic Distillery

September 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liquor giant Diageo PLC said it is opening a visitors' center at Stitzel-Weller, part of a $10 million investment that includes a new bottling line and a small batch craft still that will bring whiskey production back to the distillery southwest of downtown Louisville.

September 2014: Sweet Business is Budding

September 16, 2014 11:22 am | by Food Manufacturing | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to check out a Denver food company's dive into the new edibles business, focusing on transparency, technology and consumer-education in a new, controversial market.   

Market to Manufacturing: It's Time to Digitize

September 16, 2014 9:53 am | by John Paul Williams, Director of Industry Solutions, Polycom | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation, but companies need to leverage big data, cloud, social and mobile capabilities to create businesses that get them closer to their customers.     

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Hop Growers Face Worker Shortages as Craft Beer Industry Booms

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

To keep up with the surging growth of a national craft beer industry that opens a brewery a day, Washington commercial growers, located exclusively in the Yakima Valley, boosted their hop acreage by 7 percent and expect the largest crop in five years. 

Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

FreshPet Files For IPO Valued at up to $100M

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FreshPet Inc. didn't say when it plans to go public or how many shares it plans to sell. FreshPet says it makes its foods out of fresh meats and vegetables in a refrigerated facility and does not use contract manufacturers.        

Infographic: Manufacturers Notice Consumer Sweetener Indifference

September 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

Mintel's team hit the supermarket aisles to better understand new food and beverage product introductions in the U.S. market, paying particular attention to: "No HFCS" claims, other health-related claims and product introductions switching back to formulations with high fructose corn syrup. 

How Sustainable Design is Good For Your Business, Brand

September 15, 2014 1:15 pm | by Julia Russell, Editor, SmartBlogs | Blogs | Comments

From a business standpoint, incorporating things like sustainable design makes sense because it helps the bottom line. But having a strong message of sustainability associated with a business is also advantageous in the food and beverage industry from a branding perspective.

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10 Tips For a Successful ERP Implementation

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

Large Number of Salmon Return to Columbia River

September 15, 2014 10:25 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fish hatcheries have been used to help rebuild fish populations, with mixed results, and millions of dollars have been spent on dam passage improvements. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead are now listed as endangered or threatened in the Columbia River basin.

Consumers Can Now Make Direct Investments into Food Companies

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers, is allowing consumers to make direct investments big or small into local food businesses.              

Craft Brewers Placing Greater Emphasis on Quality

September 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Craft brewers increasingly are turning to employees of much larger shops like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to tap their experience in creating beer with a consistent flavor and quality time after time on a large scale.          

Calif. Produce Company Issues Tomato Recall

September 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.                                 

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Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by its rival SABMiller. The Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company.                    

VIDEO: Expect a Smorgasbord of Deals in Natural, Organic Industry

September 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Deal | Videos | Comments

Not only will food giants be looking to buy growth by picking up companies in the fast-growing segment, but private equity firms are also seeking to invest.                                      

Why Synchronize Time? 3 Ways it Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Dieter Pape | Articles | Comments

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

Consumer Trends: 'Duck Dynasty' Snacks to Make Debut

September 12, 2014 1:30 pm | by Smithfield Specialty Foods Group | News | Comments

Smithfield Specialty Foods Group has signed a two-year agreement with A&E for a line of snacks from Duck Dynasty, the hit TV show that follows the Robertson family and their duck-call business, to produce a line of nut-based snacks.  

Tea Blender: US Imports Will Absorb Greater Food Safety Responsibility

September 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by QTrade Teas & Herbs | News | Comments

QTrade Teas & Herbs, the largest supplier of organic and fair trade tea in North America, says the most significant reform of U.S. food supply in 70 years is underway — and it will affect tea importers, too.        

Research Center Now Offers HACCP Award for Food Companies

September 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Leatherhead Food Research | News | Comments

Leatherhead will now be offering Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturers with HABC, as well as Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing.                                 

Infographic: Top 5 Trends in Food Inspection

September 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Thermo Scientific | News | Comments

Consumer safety has always been a primary concern for food processors. However, with the enactment of the FSMA and continuing recalls, the intensity has been turned up even higher. Here are the top five trends we see in the packaged product inspection industry. 

Hershey Wins Dow Jones Sustainability Award, North America Index

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey’s heritage of engaging with consumers and communities began with the company’s founding more than 120 years ago and is rooted in a tradition of ethical business practices, remarkable employees and giving back to its communities.   

What's in a Company Logo?

September 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A customer is much more likely to remember your business if you have an eye-catching symbol that goes along with it. This is probably the number one reason why it is important that companies incorporate a logo into their brand image.     

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 11, 2014 9:15 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks.                 

Salmonella Defendant Claims He Was a Customer, Not a Conspirator

September 11, 2014 8:45 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say the Parnell brothers conspired to ship contaminated peanuts and hide positive salmonella tests from customers. The attorney for one of the three people charged in the deadly outbreak says his client was a customer, not a co-conspirator.

VIDEO: How Chocolate is Made

September 11, 2014 8:00 am | by TRR56, Discovery/Science Channel | Videos | Comments

Ever wonder how that delicious chocolate bar was made? Working in a chocolate factory may seem like the ultimate dream if you grew up watching Willy Wonka, but this video shows the tedious processes that confectionery manufacturers undergo each day.

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