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Infographic: Eggscellent Facts About the US Egg Industry

March 13, 2015 8:00 am | by American Egg Board | News | Comments

This egg business is a growing industry and today there are approximately 175 egg producing companies in the U.S. with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. Take a look at this infographic to see which five states are the largest egg producers in the nation.

Sanderson Farms to Build Poultry Plant in NC

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials said Thursday that Sanderson Farms will build a processing plant and hatchery in Robeson County that will create about 1,100 jobs during the next three years.

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Opens Largest Smoked Salmon Facility in US.

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Acme Smoked Fish Corporation | News | Comments

The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was meticulously built to initially produce 10 million pounds of cold smoked salmon per year with the highest quality and food safety standards in the industry.

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Re-Skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

March 11, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution operation to Tennessee, according to reports.

Life is Better With Manufacturing

March 11, 2015 12:00 pm | by MAPI Media | Videos | Comments

Not only do Americans rely on manufactured goods in every waking — and sleeping — moment of their lives, but businesses do as well. No sector generates more economic activity across society than manufacturing.

Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More For Pollution Control

March 11, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

Good News For Some Of Us: Other People Are Quitting Jobs

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Workers who quit typically do so to take higher-paying jobs. That's why rising numbers of quits typically signal confidence in the economy and the job market. As the trend takes hold, employers are often forced to offer higher pay to hold on to their staffers or attract new ones.

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10 Often Forgotten ERP Implementation Faux Pas

March 11, 2015 8:20 am | by Daniel Erickson, Director of Product Strategy, ProcessPro | Articles | Comments

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementation disasters are the result of assorted smaller, and seemingly unrelated, actions that converge in a monumental event.

Alchemy Systems Acquires Chilton Consulting Group

March 11, 2015 8:10 am | by Alchemy Systems | News | Comments

Alchemy Systems, the global leader in food and workplace safety for the food industry, has acquired Chilton Consulting Group. Chilton is an industry-recognized consulting firm that helps food companies navigate complex food safety standards, improve regulatory readiness, and drive frontline employee performance.

Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek to Expand US Business

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Del Monte Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, Inc., producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Company, a producer of specialty vegetables for the Foodservice and Retail markets headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

More Turnover at Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

How Robots Are Saving the Dairy Farm

March 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe. Cows go to robotic milking stations on their own, where they are identified, milked, and sent back out to the barn until the next milking.

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 2

March 10, 2015 1:10 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

In order to deliver on customer expectations, distributors need to work even more collaboratively than previously with manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers so that everyone involved in the supply chain shares and has access to real-time customer and product information including inventory.

Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed at 2nd Turkey Farm in Missouri

March 10, 2015 11:30 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Department of Agriculture said that avian influenza has been found at a facility in central Missouri's Moniteau County that houses 21,000 turkeys. On Sunday, the state also said bird flu had been confirmed at a turkey farm in Jasper County.

ConAgra to Close Batesville Facility; Ozark Mountain Poultry Deal in Works

March 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra announced Friday that it will close the plant in July, leaving 250 employees out of work. ConAgra spokesman Dan Hare said the chicken-making operations at the plant will be moved to improve efficiency and competitiveness.

5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 1

March 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.    

Soy Sauce Maker Makes 'Miracle' Comeback in Tsunami-Wrecked Japan

March 10, 2015 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory.

Blackmailers Threaten to Poison New Zealand Infant Milk Formula

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An anonymous blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand to protest the country's use of poisonous baits for pest control, and sent dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder laced with pesticide.

Top 10 Resolutions For Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

Kellogg Company Named One Of World's Most Ethical Companies

March 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kellogg Company | News | Comments

According to Ethisphere, an independent research center promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, honorees understand the impact ethics has on reputation and their brand. Companies on the list not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices.

Juicy Juice Parent Buying American Beverage for $55M

March 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which owns Juicy Juice, will become one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S. when the acquisition becomes official.

U.S. Bank Invests $7.6M to Expand Virginia Snack Foods Plant

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Bank | News | Comments

U.S. Bank has invested more than $7.6 million in tax credit equity to enable Monogram Food Solutions to build a 54,000-square-foot addition to its plant and add 200 jobs to the area with Virginia’s highest unemployment rate.

Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

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