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Earthbound Farm Reveals Results of its 'Salad Sign' Quiz

November 6, 2014 3:19 pm | by Earthbound Farm | News | Comments

Earthbound Farm, a pioneering organic food company and the nation's leading grower of organic produce, announced what the results of its Salad Sign quiz reveal about people who gravitate to organic food.            

Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

Applications For US Unemployment Fall to 278K

November 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,250 to 279,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years.           

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VIDEO: Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                   

What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean For Manufacturers

November 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Dean Sonderegger | Articles | Comments

While the simplified regulations allow for more manufacturing firms to qualify for tax benefits, they also introduce many compliance challenges. Firms will need to look at their tax practices with a new set of eyes to ensure they reap the full potential benefits.

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.

McDonald's Japan Logs 7.5B Yen Loss on Meat Scandal

November 6, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of a food safety scandal involving a China-based meat supplier, sales slumped for McDonald's Japan. The company reported a group net loss of 7.54 billion yen for the January to September period.            

Molson Coors Reports 3Q Loss

November 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Company reported a third-quarter loss of $34.4 million. The Denver-based company said it had a loss of 19 cents per share.                             

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Rising Beef Costs Cut Into Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expected profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were "much higher than our initial projections." It also said it expects the "record high" costs to continue.          

Digital Color Printing System

November 6, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 2600 Series upgrade brings several value added benefits to the Digital Color Printing System, including faster speeds and improved print resolution. 

Girls Only: A Way to Close the STEM Gender Gap?

November 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.             

VIDEO: Why Starbucks CEO Wrote a Book About Veterans

November 5, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

In a new book, Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran argue that fewer than 1 percent of Americans served in Iraq and Afghanistan, post-9/11, and many feel disconnected from civilian society.                

Diageo Introduces 'Learning For Life' Program

November 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by Diageo | News | Comments

Learning for Life is the cornerstone of Diageo's Sustainability and Responsibility strategy, and was created in response to growing levels of youth unemployment. The program has now supported over 100,000 individuals across 35 countries.    

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Anheuser-Busch Buying an Oregon Brewing Company

November 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has agreed to buy 10 Barrel Brewing of Oregon. The companies did not disclose terms of purchase, which they expect to complete before the end of this year.         

5 Recycling Opportunities For Food Manufacturers

November 5, 2014 1:59 pm | by Maggie Caldwell, Federal International | Blogs | Comments

Diversion is key to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. Since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream. 

US Businesses Report 230K New Jobs

November 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.                        

VIDEO: What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by McDonald's | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about our food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of our U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

2 Arkansas Businesses Cited for Alleged Violations

November 5, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports 14 violations at Little Rock-based Good Old Days Foods Inc., which specializes in unbaked frozen bread and pastry products.                

In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall | News | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

Infographic: The Snackification of Breakfast

November 5, 2014 10:40 am | by New Nutrition Business | News | Comments

In 2014, $300 million was wiped off breakfast cereal sales in the U.S. But this money didn't disappear. Instead, $70 million of it was diverted to increase the sales of one of the biggest disruptive innovations in the breakfast category, Belvita breakfast biscuits.

VIDEO: Salty Potatoes Spur Food Revolution

November 5, 2014 10:34 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

A Dutch farmer is using diluted sea water to successfully grow crops, a breakthrough that could potentially minimize the impact of increasingly salinated fresh water reserves due to climate change, as well as save thousands of coastal farms around the world. 

Mondelez Tops 3Q Forecasts

November 5, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolate and Trident gum posted revenue of $8.34 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Mondelez shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.      

Solvang, Calif: Danish Sweets and Fine Wines

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | by SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press | News | Comments

I've never had much of a sweet tooth, but even I couldn't escape the sugary appeal of Solvang's multiple family-owned Danish bakeries, including Mortensen's Danish Bakery, Olsen's Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop and the Solvang Bakery. 

How to Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

November 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell

November 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Overall, the U.S. economy has shown signs of strength. The Commerce Department reported last week that U.S. economic growth came in at an annual rate of 3.5 percent from July through September.               

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