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Ergonomic Casters

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

The TWERGO™ wheel (Multiple Wheel Ergonomic) is designed for a variety of industrial applications.

McDonald’s Profit Dented by Weak Sales

April 22, 2014 12:51 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 percent in the first quarter as guest counts fell. The company also saw customer counts decline last year as it struggled to manage an array of new menu items and fend off intensifying competition.

Oroville, Calif. Courts Sriracha Maker

April 22, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

As the controversy continues to heat up over the possible relocation of the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif., Oroville Economic Alliance announced its ambition to have the Sriracha plant relocated to Oroville, Calif., near San Francisco.

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Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Trends in France, Spain and Germany

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

RnRMarketResearch.com reports on consumer trends and drivers of behavior in the dairy market in France, Spain and Germany. According to the reports, health, convenience and a desire to indulge are key factors driving dairy consumption in these countries.

Portable, Explosion-Proof Light

April 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-16BS-1X150LED-100 portable, explosion-proof LED light is an easy-to-maneuver work light for use in hazardous locations.

Vt. Program Helps Satisfy New Americans’ Craving for Goat Meat

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont Goat Collaborative is a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Dairy farmers can send goats to Colchester, Vt., where they will be raised and sold to refugees.

Hillshire Adds Non-Meat Offerings with Van’s Natural Foods

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands reached a deal to buy Van's Natural Foods from private equity firm Catterton Partners for $165 million, marking the company's expansion into non-meat foods. Van's makes gluten-free foods, including cereal, chips and snack bars.

What to Look for When Considering Mexico

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

You will never be able to cover all of your bases prior to setting up in Mexico for the first time, and you’re certain to make missteps along the way. But choosing a service provider with deep knowledge of the country will help you on your way.

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Bulk Wine Takes Share from Bottled Exports

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The international wine trade reached somewhat of a watershed moment in 2013, said Rabobank, as bulk wine now makes up half of all New World exports. Although bulk wine clearly has taken share from bottled exports, recent data suggests the two segments can co-exist.

Brewers Say Proposed FDA Rule on Spent Grain Would Spike Costs

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Northwest beer brewers say a proposed rule from the FDA would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers. The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers.

TreeHouse Foods Buys Protenergy for $150M

April 21, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is acquiring private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (approximately $150 million). Canada's Protenergy is mostly known for its private label broth, soups and gravies.

Suntory Mulls Moving Liquor Business to U.S. After Beam Buyout

April 21, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering moving its liquor and beer business headquarters to the United States after completing the buyout of Beam Inc. Suntory is expected to make Beam its subsidiary following the completion of the buyout by early May.

General Mills Scraps Controversial New Legal Terms

April 21, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. A notice on the General Mills website informed visitors that by using its websites or engaging with the company online, they would have to give up their right to sue.

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Q&A: Working with Packaging Closures

April 21, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

To get a better understanding of the issues surrounding closures, and how best to deal with them, Food Manufacturing spoke with experts with different responsibilities at CROWN Closures Americas, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc.

Implementation Accelerator for PLM System

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Infor Implementation Accelerator for Infor Optiva allows organizations to implement and utilize the integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product with a preconfigured database and supporting documentation.

Warehouse Management System

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) version 6.5 is built on Company's unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform version 3.0.

Blasius Chocolate Factory Resolves Tax Issue

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Blasius Chocolate Factory says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. The company says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."

WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

Lean and Beyond: Increasing the Awareness of MRO

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

Consumer Trends: Americans Will Spend Less This Easter

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to NRF’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, through the Vermont legislature, calling it "a step in the wrong direction for consumers."

Chipotle Plans First Price Hike in 3 Years

April 18, 2014 9:49 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Chipotle said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer.

Photos of the Day: Belgian Brewers Look to Regain Local Support for Beer

April 18, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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