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3-D Printing Might Mean Big Changes For the Future of Food

February 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps one day you'll saunter into your kitchen, load ingredients in a combination printer/cooking machine and flip through scores of recipes before deciding what to print up for supper. You might find yourself eating foods you'd never currently consider, such as powdered crickets printed up as a palatable alternative meat.

OSHA Proposes $51K Fine Against Seaboard Foods

February 11, 2015 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a $51,000 fine against Seaboard Foods LLC for allegedly exposing workers at a plant in Guymon to anhydrous ammonia.

Q&A: Quality Assurance, Quality Control Processes

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Jorge Hernandez about the quality assurance and quality control processes at US Foods, and other topics related to QA/QC in the food manufacturing industry.

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Frito-Lay Snacks Help PepsiCo Deliver Quarterly Profit

February 11, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stronger sales of Frito-Lay snacks helped PepsiCo deliver a quarterly profit that came in above Wall Street expectations on Wednesday. During the period, PepsiCo said revenue for its Frito-Lay North America division rose 3.5 percent, boosted by a mix of stronger volume and higher prices.

Molson Coors 4Q Profit Disappoints on Falling Beer Sales

February 10, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street's forecasts. Its worldwide beer volume fell 0.3 percent. Molson Coors said a spate of issues including stronger U.S. currency will leave it with less free cash in 2015.

Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

February 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This year is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. As the number of manufacturers looking to capitalize on IoT efficiencies grows, so will the amount being invested in related equipment, platforms, components and systems.

Capri Sun to Replace High-Fructose Corn Syrup With Sugar

February 10, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods says it will start sweetening its Capri Sun drinks with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. The company says the change will apply to its original Cpari Sun drinks, and the number of calories will decrease from 60 per pack to 50.

Sysco, US Foods Merger Faces Skepticism, Doubts About Remedies

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

Consumer advocates warn that the deal merging the top two broadline foodservice distributors — the only two with national industry footprints and national customers — would eliminate a significant competitor from the broadline industry and also reduce competition.

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VIDEO: Colorado Pot Shops Bring Upgrades, Unlikely Benefits to Community

February 10, 2015 10:25 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Colorado is about to release marijuana tax figures for December, which will give a complete picture of how much the state made in the first year of recreational sales. Meanwhile, residents in Aurora, Colorado, say they are pleasantly surprised by their new pot-selling neighbors.

Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor. Technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress.

Coke Profit Pops on Higher Prices in North America

February 10, 2015 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker is struggling to boost global sales volume amid economic volatility overseas and a shift away from soda back at home. To make up for weak volume gains, it's using a variety of tactics, including a focus on smaller bottles.

Dean Foods Profits in 4Q, Misses Street Forecasts

February 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the three months ending on Dec. 31, Dean Foods Co. earned $5.3 million, or 6 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $37.7 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.    

MillerCoors CEO Plans to Retire in June

February 10, 2015 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

MillerCoors CEO Tom Long plans to retire from the brewer over the summer. The 56-year-old Long intends to retire on June 30 after serving as CEO since 2011. MillerCoors is a joint venture between SABMiller PLC and Molson Coors Brewing Co.   

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. This change will present massive implications for individual internet users and businesses alike. 

7400 Ultimate Series Conveyor

February 10, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product incorporates the latest engineering designs to provide the highest sanitation level, and the fastest cleaning times — which means more time for production and higher return-on-investment for customers in industries such as ready-to-eat foods and raw meat.

More Americans Are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The average hourly wage jumped 0.5 percent between December and January — the sharpest monthly gain since 2008 — the government's survey of businesses found. The average has now risen 2.2 percent over the past 12 months to $24.75, comfortably above inflation.

Engaging Millennials Through Customization, Curation

February 9, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ira Gleser | Blogs | Comments

Consumers can now create their own customized supply chains and design products to meet their particular health goals. This creates an interesting question for food retailers — how do you deliver this trend towards customization in a brick and mortar store?

Cover Story Extra: 'Suite' Success for Berner Food & Beverage

February 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage — an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods — stays on top of nearly every aspect of its operation through its use of Aptean's Process Manufacturing Suite.

Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' to Artificial Hormones

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Breyers, the largest ice cream brand in the Unilver portfolio, will begin selling its rBST-free products as soon as March.

Key Performance Indicators For the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions.

Cognac Comeback: How the Cognac Market is Growing in the US

February 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Distilled spirits make up more than 35 percent of the U.S. market for alcoholic beverages. Consumers are trading up by spending more on small volume products made by specialists. Michael Quinttus, president and CEO of Vintus, discusses the growing market for premium cognac.

Jan/Feb 2015: Dried-And-True

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | Digital Editions | Comments

California-based Seawind Foods is a trusted producer and supplier of all-natural dehydrated fruits, vegetables and spices. To read this cover story, exclusive features on crisis management and factory fire risks, among other stories, please click on the image below. 

See's Candies Issues a Not-So-Sweet Recall on Chocolates

February 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Got a sweet tooth? Be sure to tell your Valentine to be cautious of what he or she buys this holiday, as See's Candies has issued a recall on some of its heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. There has been no reports of illnesses thus far, according to the Associated Press.

Arizona Lawmakers Sponsor Clashing Beer-Production Bills

February 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Competing beer-production bills will be up for a vote before an Arizona Senate committee today, but lawmakers are nudging the two sides to work things out. The Senate will hear legislation that has come out of conflict between breweries and wholesale alcohol distributors.

Safety Footwear

February 9, 2015 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The most lightweight safety-toe style to-date, the athletic silhouette Aurora is a hybrid style perfect for indoor manufacturing. 

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