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Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

Coca-Cola Outlook Falls Short as Consumers Shy Away From Soda

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target. The Atlanta-based company has been struggling with declining soda consumption in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.                 

US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

December 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and Cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers.

Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

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VIDEO: Is Organic Here to Stay?

December 16, 2014 9:40 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Shoppers may love their favorite organic food and beverage brands, but this love may quickly dissolve if their go-to brand is scooped up by a major non-organic corporation. Recent data indicates the potential for major financial implications for the acquiring companies.

Food Manufacturers Tap Into Public Sector Market

December 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Food and Beverage Ontario | News | Comments

The local movement and call for more "Made in Ontario" products in public institutions is opening the doors for food and beverage processors to tap into the multi-million dollar market potential of this sector.           

Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As the software landscape has advanced, new technologies like Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT are facilitating easier open integration and increased digitization of information. In addition, solution providers have also begun to tailor applications to better fit the needs of today’s manufacturers.

Aseptic Pouch Form-Fill-Seal Machine

December 16, 2014 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering product-specific filling systems with high filling accuracy, the SAS 20/30 FFS Machine can produce stick packs from 60-225mm in length, 26-80mm wide and at volumes of up to 250ml. It can produce as many as 24,000 stick packs per hour.

Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.           

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 11:50 am | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | News | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 11:30 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy has thrived despite the global slowdown. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.         

Waterloo May Purchase Idle Hostess Factory Downtown

December 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Waterloo, Iowa is considering buying the idle former Hostess plant downtown to encourage development. The Council will vote on a plan to spend $400,000 on the building that used to serve as a Wonder Bread bakery and up to $15,000 on closing costs.

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.

Bulk Bag Discharger

December 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This unit features the exclusive Flo-Master bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow. The product includes a round bag spout access chamber with "gull wing" doors for easy operator access.

Cheaper Food Costs Help Lower US Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

5 Ways to Reduce Preventive Maintenance Costs in Food Processing Plants

December 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Steve Hawkins, VP, Stellar Refrigeration Services | Articles | Comments

While equipment upkeep and parts replacements are necessary, there are ways you can reduce your preventive maintenance costs without decreasing your food processing facility’s operational efficiencies.             

Photo of the Day: NY Brewery Builds Christmas Tree Out of 300 Kegs

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd | News | Comments

A two-story Christmas tree made of 300 half-barrel beer kegs lights up the sky outside the Genesee Brew House in downtown Rochester, N.Y. The keg tree is trimmed with 600 feet of green lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.     

Pet Food Manufacturer to Open $2M Kentucky Facility

December 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A pet food facility is opening in northern Kentucky. FreshChoice Complete Diet Products is planning to move into a former food processing plant in Gallatin County, creating 22 jobs. The company touts its products as having "real, whole and fresh ingredients."

Japan Calls For 'Emergency Imports' of Butter to Ease Major Shortages

December 12, 2014 11:30 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores are limiting customers to a maximum of two packages of butter each. Last week the government announced its latest plan for "emergency imports" to ease shortages of the spread.    

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