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Wild Turkey Bourbon Maker Reaches 60th Year in Business

September 10, 2014 9:11 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Celebrating his 60th year in the business, Jimmy Russell has overseen production of about 3 million barrels of bourbon as Wild Turkey's master distiller — enough to fill about 20 million cases, according to the brand's parent company, Italian-based Gruppo Campari.

Jake Leinenkugel Retires From Craft Brewery

September 10, 2014 8:30 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Leinenkugel's, with its 147 years of family history, picturesque Northwoods brewery and expanding line of flavored beers, has been a near-perfect fit for the millennial market. Eighteen- to 25-year-olds crave variety, but they also want authenticity. 

The Importance of Leadership, Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 8:04 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

While automation, IT and software solutions can play an important part of many Operational Excellence initiatives, in reality technology can only be as effective as the people and processes to which it supports.           

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Infographic: Traceability For Standard Compliance, Process Improvement

September 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mettler Toledo | News | Comments

Good traceability helps a manufacturer comply with legal and regulatory requirements and also shows how the right systems and equipment can contribute to production efficiency. Find out more by taking a look at this infographic from Mettler Toledo.

Are You Meeting Demand?

September 9, 2014 2:28 pm | by Thierry Giroux, Global Account Manager, Nestle EMEA | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers have to balance the demands associated with branded products versus private label to maintain a foothold in existing markets, while competing against global and local food manufacturers in emerging markets, such as China, India and Latin America.

Photos: Louisville Bourbon Scene

September 9, 2014 12:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Kentucky's bourbon country, the classic American whiskey isn't just for sipping anymore. Louisville touts itself as the gateway to bourbon country, and for many visitors the restaurants and bars are part of a day-night bourbon experience. 

Mondelez Highlights Progress Against Well-Being Goals

September 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Mondelez International | News | Comments

Mondelez International released its first ever Call For Well-Being Progress Report, which details how the company is tracking against its global well-being goals.                         

5 Tips For Equipment Financing in 2014

September 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Kurt Kolesha, Sales Manager, EverBank Commercial Fiance's Packaging & Plastics Group | Articles | Comments

Today, banks are healthy and offering lower rates, which means manufacturers in the packaging space can pursue growth by employing strategic financing models. As a result, many would suggest that it is a perfect time to access capital.   

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McDonald's Aug. Sales Continue to Plummet From China Scandal

September 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said earlier this month that it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt its sales and reputation.                     

Study: CPG Companies Must Plan For a Digital Future

September 9, 2014 9:05 am | by The Boston Consulting Group | News | Comments

A report by The Boston Consulting Group highlights how CPG companies can best position themselves for growth and unlock digital and e-commerce opportunities.                         

General Mills to Buy Annie's For $820M

September 9, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Annie's will join General Mills' U.S. natural and organic products portfolio, which includes the Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, LARABAR and Food Should Taste Good brands. The acquisition will expand General Mills' fast-growing natural and organic foods business. 

Monarch Beverage Co. Keeps Up Indiana Liquor Law Fight

September 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity.                  

VIDEO: The Story Behind 3M Petrifilm Plates

September 9, 2014 8:00 am | by 3M Food Safety | Videos | Comments

For more than 25 years, food safety professionals all over the world have put their trust in 3M Petrifilm Plates. For a quarter of a century, the little red dot has been changing the way scientists across the globe look at microbiology testing. 

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Food-Grade Mill

September 9, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Simpactor FID pin mill is the perfect solution for milling dry food ingredients to precise fine particle sizes of 50-200 mesh with no screens to blind and an easy to clean mill area. 

ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

Diageo Taps Tech Start-Ups to Tackle Irresponsible Drinking, Retail Theft

September 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Diageo | News | Comments

Diageo, the world's largest maker of spirits, has created a technology to help find solutions to some of the liquor industry's most pressing problems.                             

Obama Administration to Limit Profitability of Overseas Shifts

September 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to reduce their U.S. taxes. The maneuver is known as a corporate inversion. The Obama administration is deciding what actions to take to make it less profitable for companies to shift overseas.

Campbell Soup Posts 4Q Profit

September 8, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Its adjusted profit met Wall Street's view, but revenue fell short of estimates. Its profit outlook for this fiscal year also disappointed investors, and shares fell in morning trading Monday.               

VIDEO: How Food Regulations Make Us Less Healthy

September 8, 2014 10:17 am | by Learn Liberty | Videos | Comments

How do you choose what to eat? Most people don't realize what big impact government policy has over the food they buy and consume. Rentseeking, lobbying and regulatory barriers all change the way food is produced.                   

Technological Advances in Food Processing Creates Regulatory Gaps

September 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager | Articles | Comments

New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   

Anheuser-Busch Converts Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

September 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during the third quarter.               

Processing Alligators For Food is a Growing Business

September 8, 2014 9:30 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press | News | Comments

Processing facilities must be certified by the USDA in order to legally sell meat to the public or restaurants. Securing the certification is not the only challenge. The smell produced when skinning and processing alligator meat is somewhat gamey — somewhere between a fish market and a pile of hamburger meat.

Aug. Hiring Was Slowed by Manufacturing, Retail

September 5, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several industries basically stopped hiring. Retailers shed 8,400 jobs, led primarily by food and beverage stores. Compare that with the previous five months, when retailers added an average of 28,040.      

Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meat, Cheese Maker to Build Indiana Plant

September 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Boar's Head Brand, maker of premium meats and cheeses, announced its plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana. The company says the facility will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.        

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