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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 11:44 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can't drive profitability. They're finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

Semi-Automatic Filler

May 15, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Liqui-Box 900, a semi-automatic filler, delivers fast and accurate filling, easy-to-use controls and ergonomic, 5-gallon filling at up to 4 bags per minute, making it the ideal filler for start-up and low-volume beverage and juice filling operations.

April Producer Prices Rise, Food Prices Remain Volatile

May 15, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Prices that U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose in April by the most in 19 months, boosted by higher food prices. Some see this as a sign of rising inflation, but others caution that it will take more evidence to establish a growth trend.

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VIDEO: Texas vs. California in a Sriracha Scandal

May 15, 2014 9:41 am | by Taiwanese Animators | Videos | Comments

The Taiwanese Animators take on the news that Texas is courting Irwindale, California's scandalous Sriracha hot sauce company. The saucemaker has been under pressure to eliminate odors that bother local residents. Texas invited Sriracha to relocate.

Distributor Announces $60 Million Expansion in Little Rock

May 14, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Arkansas food distributor Ben E. Keith recently announced plans for a $60 million expansion that's expected to add 74 new jobs. The new 300,000-square-foot facility will serve as the company's Mid-South Regional headquarters, with construction expected to begin this summer.

Unilever Investing $100 Million In Missouri Plant

May 14, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Unilever will be revamping its Independence, Missouri facility and adding 70 jobs in the process. Built in 1962, the 350,000 square-foot facility currently employs 180 people and produces Wish-Bone and Hellmann's products. The investment will allow for producing dry-mix soups, sauces and gravies.

Growth & Profitability Solutions

May 13, 2014 3:02 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | News | Comments

Over the last decade, many companies have been “making do” with what they had to in order to run their businesses. The stories of companies delaying capital investment and squeezing more years out of equipment than they were designed for have been told over and over again. More importantly, they have also continued to utilize outdated IT systems.

How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit from these latest technologies.

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Idaho Milk Processing Plant Faces Heavy Fines

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Idaho Milk Products said in a statement that it has taken steps to make sure future discharges meet standards. Improper acidity levels can cause corrosion, reduce the ability of bacteria to break down sewage, and lead to potential leaks. Between March 2009 and July 2012 the company exceeded its acidity limit 138 times.

Why The Can Could Be The Right Choice For Your Products

May 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Hella Gourven, CROWN Food Packaging North America | Articles | Comments

Like many inventions, the can was created to solve a specific problem: feeding European armies in the early 19th century who needed to carry their own food supplies for long distances in harsh conditions without opportunities for re-supply. Now, the use of cans is having a significant impact on food safety, supply chain security, sustainability and shelf life.

Unilever Plans Missouri Factory Expansion

May 9, 2014 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever plans to expand a food processing facility in the Kansas City area with the help of some incentives from Missouri.                     

Cargill Must Pay Texas Union Meatpackers

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor ordered Cargill to pay extended unemployment and other benefits to 2,000 former workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant. It closed in February 2013 after drought conditions left an inadequate cattle supply to process. 

Unilever Announces Plant Closure

May 8, 2014 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont., that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.       

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Snyder's-Lance Sells Private Brands and Two Manufacturing Plants

May 7, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Charlotee, N.C.-based snack maker Snyder's-Lance will sell its private-label business and two manufacturing facilities to Shearer's Foods LLC for $430 million in order to focus on name brands. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                 

VIDEO: A Closer Look at Mars' Massive Wind Farm

May 6, 2014 11:28 am | by Mars, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Mars, Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites. One is Mequite Creek in Texas.

Floor Waste Recycling Boxes

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s Zero Waste Boxes offer a place for factory and facility employees to recycle ear plugs and hair and beard nets. Boxes help facilities reduce their environmental impact.

Coupling

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quick Clamp No-Ledge coupling delivers a machined tolerance joint, unlike a compression coupling, which can have frequent pipe misalignment during installation. This ensures proper alignment and creates a ledge-free interior environment on connection points.

Ultrasonic Leak Detection System

May 5, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MDE-2000NC Marksman™II is an ultrasonic diagnostic tool that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. This tool allows the technician to “hear” even the smallest compressed air, natural gas, propane tank, vacuum, steam, and other pressurized leaks before they lead to major breakdowns.

Walmart to Host Open Call Summit For U.S. Manufacturers

May 2, 2014 1:12 pm | News | Comments

Walmart plans to host the first ever domestic manufacturing Open Call Summit on July 8, 2014 in Bentonville, Ark., to find suppliers for the company's pledge to spend and additional $250 billion on U.S.-made products as part of its commitment to American jobs.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

Consumer Trends: Americans Crave Salty Snacks

May 1, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

More than 90 percent of households in the U.S. report consuming a salty snack in the past 30 days, according to Research and Markets. Two out of three American households routinely have at least three varieties of salty snacks on hand.

U.S. Sugar Program to Cost Americans $629M over the Next 10 Years

May 1, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The Coalition for Sugar Reform has released a statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s April 2014 Baseline for Farm Programs, which forecasts that the U.S. sugar program will cost American taxpayers $629 million between 2014 and 2024.

Maple Leaf Foods Reports 1Q Loss of $124.6M

May 1, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is reporting a first-quarter loss of $124.6 million, impacted by restructuring costs and a virus in the U.S. hog industry. The loss amounts to 89 cents per share and compares with a loss of $30.6 million in the same quarter last year.

Mars’ Wind Farm Will Provide Electricity to All U.S. Operations

May 1, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Mars, Inc. has announced plans for a new 118-turbine wind farm that will generate 100 percent of the electricity needs of the company's U.S. operations. The energy created from the wind farm will represent 24 percent of Mars' total global factory and office carbon footprint.

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