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Company Introduces First Real Dairy, Lactose-Free Cream Cheese in US

November 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Green Valley Organics | News | Comments

In response to increasing demand for lactose-free dairy products, Green Valley Organics is expanding its line with the introduction of the first real dairy, lactose-free cream cheese available in the U.S. market.          

Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been gaining a majority of the publicity devoted to manufacturing over the past year. From appearances on popular television shows to packed booths at trade shows, 3-D manufacturing has captured the imagination of manufacturing professionals and the general public.

McDonald's: Is It a Super-Sized Target For Activists?

November 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Christopher Rowane, portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor, talks with Betty Liu about whether or not McDonald’s may become a target of activist investors. He speaks on “In The Loop.”                  

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Do's and Don'ts of IT/OT Collaboration

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Paul Brooks | Articles | Comments

The adoption of Internet Protocol in manufacturing is prompting a new era of cooperation and collaboration between IT and OT. Both have essential roles to play in helping manufacturing companies successfully transition to a single, secure IP-based network.

China Slowdown Could Bruise Global Economy

November 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, but its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.       

Share a Coke With Green Mountain?

November 3, 2014 10:26 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain is the best performing stock in the S&P 500 this year. Shares have nearly doubled thanks to a big investment by Coke. Should Coke buy all of it? Keurig CEO Brian Kelley used to work for Coke.         

Diageo Sells Irish Whiskey to Jose Cuervo

November 3, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British drinks company Diageo is selling its Northern Ireland whiskey brand, Bushmills, to tequila king Jose Cuervo in a swap deal that will give Diageo sole ownership of an upmarket Mexican tequila maker, Don Julio.          

Campbell Soup CEO Shares Lessons Learned During Leadership Ascent

November 3, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Virginia Darden School Foundation | News | Comments

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, shared her journey to become the first woman to lead the company and how she evolved to compete in the ever-changing global environment. Campbell Soup is a growing global food company with annual sales of more than $8 billion. 

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Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society | News | Comments

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 3, 2014 9:02 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

Beer, Wine Flow in the Booze Baron of the West Bank

November 3, 2014 8:51 am | by TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A tiny Christian enclave in the Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer fest. Now, it is adding wine to its list of libations, hoping a boutique winery will be another tourist draw.

Va. Distilleries Ask Gov. to Nix Booze Price Hike

October 31, 2014 3:58 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Earlier this month, McAuliffe directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to increase liquor prices as part of a move to close a $2.4 billion budget gap, garnering concerns from consumers and industry alike.     

Simulation Software Provides Food Facility Secret Recipe to Production Success

October 31, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abbey Hatke | Articles | Comments

Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.

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Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.

Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Buyers are interested in buying from distributors that are online and easy to use, so manufacturers should partner with distributors that have adopted ecommerce strategies to meet the growing demand for more mobile, digital, and automatic shopping.

Campbell CEO: 'Food Has to be Different' in Today's Market

October 31, 2014 11:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says 'The American family has changed ... so food has to be different.' Despite the soup business struggling, Campbell's is planning to launch 200 new products in fiscal 2015.            

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

AB InBev Profits Up 5.5 Percent in 3rd Quarter Despite Weak Volumes

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.             

General Mills Partners With Latin Pop Group to Connect With Hispanic Consumers

October 30, 2014 2:21 pm | by General Mills Inc. | News | Comments

General Mills announced its exclusive U.S. partnership with Grammy Award-winning group Camila for the company's 2014-2015 Musica y Sabor campaign focused on connecting with Hispanic consumers through one of their biggest passion points: music. 

Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. The organic frozen food company plans to hire 200 workers in December and could hire up to 1,000 workers within a few years.       

VIDEO: Are You Eating Plastic For Dinner?

October 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

This video dives into how our consumption of plastics has affected marine species deaths and increased human health risks, and it explores possible long-term solutions. Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner educates viewers on all aspects of plastic production, consumption and breakdown.

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.              

FTC Sues Gerber For False Advertising Claims

October 30, 2014 1:16 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.               

Changing Tastes: Kellogg's Cereal Sales Fall Again

October 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, is contending with growing competition in the breakfast category, with people turning to alternatives such as Greek yogurt or breakfast sandwiches from fast-food chains.         

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