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Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

The Importance of Resin Flooring within the Safe Design of a Food Processing Facility

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

Food safety is critical for consumer confidence and the hygienic design of food processing facilities is vital to the production of safe food and beverage products.

UV LED Flashlight For Industrial Leak Detection

April 8, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LeakTracker features a high-output UV LED that delivers superior fluorescent dye response, making industrial leaks easier to spot.

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by John Hinchey | Articles | Comments

For the retail supply chain, e-commerce is rapidly shifting the entire paradigm. While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

A Cheese Cave in NYC?

April 7, 2015 10:50 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Murray's Cheese in New York City is aging cheeses in its very own cheese caves. CNNMoney's Vanessa Yurkevich goes inside to see if it makes a difference to your taste buds, and your wallet.

US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.

Meat Processor Sentenced to 30 Months For Horse Meat Fraud

April 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch court has sentenced a meat processor to 30 months imprisonment for a massive fraud operation in which he illicitly sold horse meat as more expensive beef. 

Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

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Study Finds Internet of Things Vital to Future of Transportation and Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 2:45 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

Diminishing Oyster Supply Threatens Florida Town's Economy

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The local oyster industry is under threat from water-flow issues, environmental concerns, health and safety regulations and economic realities. Restaurants from New Orleans to Tampa and beyond tout Apalachicola oysters as the tastiest oysters around, but the annual harvest has been in decline.

VIDEO: Blue Bell Plant Temporarily Shuts Down Due to Listeria

April 6, 2015 9:25 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell announced its decision to halt operations at its Oklahoma plant due to listeria concerns. The decision comes after five other listeria cases were reported at a Kansas hospital.

Readybag Pouches

April 6, 2015 8:40 am | by EMD Millipore | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore’s Readybag® pouches with granulated culture media are now available in larger pack sizes to enable pathogen testing of composite food samples. 

Oreo Debuts in Morocco

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The food and beverage conglomerate Mondelez recently announced the beginning of Oreo cookie sales in Morocco following completion of the cookie's largest production line in Africa. The new production follows the company's acquisition of Moroccan cookie company Biscuiterie Industrielle du Moghreb two years ago.

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success in 2015

April 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by John Renick | Articles | Comments

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

Taiwan Expanding Into Indoor LED-Lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.

Will We See More Kraft-Heinz Types of Mergers?

April 2, 2015 12:45 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Morgan Stanley Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Jim Head discusses the mergers and acquisitions environment. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Candy Lovers Take Notice: Ferrara is Expanding Chicago Facilities

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The candy company, known for its variety of confections, including Lemonheads, Trolli, Super Bubble Bubble Gum, Fruit Stripe Gum, Now & Laters and Atomic Fireballs, will erect the new facility alongside its existing 750,000-square-foot operations.

Following Sanitary Design Best Practices Key to Avoiding Food Safety Recalls

April 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Joe Bove, PE, Vice President, Design, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

As food recalls litter the headlines and impact the health of consumers, food safety continues to be a crucial area of focus. A sound food safety program begins on the plant floor, and it all starts with following sanitary design best practices.

Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The seventh annual poll by Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based purchasing aggregator, indicated that half of the participating chief financial officers anticipated growth in the U.S. economy this year, a four percent increase over the 2014 poll and a record high for the survey.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say the Blacksburg school's 500-head dairy herd and production facility will be relocated to the university's Kentland Farm in Montgomery County.

Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

Pet Food Market an Intriguing Acquisiton Target For Food Giants

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

In the $28 billion U.S. pet food market, mergers and acquisitions have dominated the headlines in recent years. Among the most noticeable pet market merger and acquisition trends has been companies traditionally known for producing food for humans entering the pet food category.

Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance.

Meat Company Specializing in Bacon Coming to Missouri

March 31, 2015 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally smoked bacon, will build a 100,000-square-foot plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

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