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Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

Hillshire Gives Pinnacle Foods $163M Breakup Payment

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods Inc., known for their Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man dinners, announces its termination of the merger agreement with Hillshire Brands. The Chicago-based Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May.

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Snack Foods Raise the Bar with Nutritional Ingredients

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Marilyn Stieve, Business Development Manager - flax, Glanbia Nutritionals | Articles | Comments

In line with consumers’ pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, protein bars have exploded onto the mainstream nutrition scene. Manufacturers are now honing in on the potential that this offers, looking closely at the requirements of the mass market. 

Relay Foods Plans $735K Va. Expansion

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The online grocer Relay Foods has plans for a $735,000 expansion of its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has committed to buying at least $350,000 worth of meats, produce and dairy products from Virginia producers over the next three years.

Long-Time Recording

July 1, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This technology makes it possible to seamlessly analyze long-running processes at high speeds and eliminate error sources. With an LTR system, users from all industries can gain new insights in production and research.

5 Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.

Treehouse Foods to Buy Flagstone Foods in $860M Deal

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treehouse Foods, based out of Oak Brook, Ill., is purchasing Flagstone Foods, maker of store-brand snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit, for $860 million. Treehouse hopes the purchase will help them gain a name in the growing healthy snacks industry.

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ConAgra Completes Oregon Potato Plant Expansion

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant ConAgra Foods Inc, popular for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has completed the $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon. The expansion will create more than 100 additional jobs.

Pneumatic 90 Degree Push Transfer

June 30, 2014 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

This multi-conveyor's pneumatic 90 degree transfer was designed for a packaged meat operation that required products that are two or three abreast to be transferred at 90 degrees at 20 cycles per minute. 

Coca-Cola Builds $100M Green Plant in China

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Coca-Cola | News | Comments

Coca Cola's new green plant in South Harbin Industrial City, China, will accommodate nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola and Minute Maid. The plant is part of a three-year plan that underscores the company's confidence in China.

McCormick Mulls Move, I Want My Old Bay

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

With Maryland's historical spice and ingredient manufacturer, McCormick, debating moving out of state, a big question comes to mind. What's really more important: the company's history near Baltimore or the efficiency to be gained from consolidating?

Japan's Mizkan Group Receives $2.2B Loan to Buy Ragu Brand

June 27, 2014 11:31 am | by Kyodo News International ,Tokyo | News | Comments

In a deal with Unilever that toals $2.15 billion, Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan Holdings Co. secured a loan from four banks on Friday worth $2.2 billion. Mizkan will purchase several major food brands from food giant Unilever, including Ragu and Bertolli.

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Maryland-Based McCormick Considers Relocation

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by JONATHAN O'CONNELL, The Washington Post | News | Comments

McCormick, the sixth-largest company in the state of Maryland, is considering a relocation of its headquarters that could move it out of state. Founded in 1889, McCormick is now a $9.3 billion company with spices and seasonings that sell to more than 110 countries.

Survey: Industrial Sector Plans to Add Jobs As Optimism Grows

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period, according to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor.

Food Safety Update: Lab Testing

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.

Smart Alert Audible Alarm

June 27, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new smart alert and MP3 series audible alarms are used for commercial, manufacturing, industrial, institutional and public settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation.

Hinge-Mount Safety Gate

June 27, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

A manufacturer of self-closing industrial safety gates announces the addition of its first universal hinge mount safety gate to the full line of safety gate products. 

Current Sensing Contact Switch

June 27, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized.

Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Chuck Fuerst | Articles | Comments

In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.

Restructuring Charges Hurt ConAgra in 4Q

June 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim, reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, hit by impairment and restructuring charges. Its revenue slipped but topped Wall Street's expectations. Conagra lost $324.2 million for the period.

Indiana Developer Turns Manure into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 11:25 am | by JEFF PARROTT, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms. Culver Duck, a duck processor near Middlebury, has a similar operation in which it uses the blood, heads and tails to generate methane and make electricity.

Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Serious

June 26, 2014 8:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth. How are educational institutions, government entities and businesses working to develop these skills?

Minn. Sugar Company Fights Subpoena for Confidential Documents

June 26, 2014 8:15 am | by KFGO-AM, Fargo, North Dakota | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Company, based out of Moorehead, Minnesota, say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries. The company is being asked to provide information on genetically-modified sugar beets.

Workers Seek Better Conditions to Tackle Radiation Levels at Fukushima Plant

June 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

A Japanese government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the site.

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