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VIDEO: The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 22, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.    

Anheuser-Busch Sues Kenutcky Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer brewers in the country, is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. The company claims the Alcoholic Beverage Control has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days. 

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VIDEO: Blue Bottle Focuses on the Art of Making Coffee

October 22, 2014 11:09 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The California-based company has been focused on quality over quantity for over a decade. Every batch of coffee they serve is tested and evaluated, just like fine wine.                       

Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets, Accommodate Growth

October 22, 2014 10:43 am | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth. Retrofitting opens the door for many new opportunities and benefits that new construction would not provide. 

Mars Food Expands in Mississippi With $31M Investment

October 22, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant. The company plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the 35-year-old operation.

Heineken Blames Sales Drop on Poor Weather

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch Brewer Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower. Revenues in its largest, most profitable market, Western Europe, fell 4.1 percent.               

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.               

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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, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.        

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 debut of CSW Online, a brand new format for its much-lauded Certified Specialist of Wine credential preparation program.                       

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 farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has formed a strategic alliance.

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.

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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.     

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.           

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.

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.               

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