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Pneumatic 90 Degree Push Transfer

June 30, 2014 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

This multi-conveyor's pneumatic 90 degree transfer was designed for a packaged meat operation that required products that are two or three abreast to be transferred at 90 degrees at 20 cycles per minute. 

Coca-Cola Builds $100M Green Plant in China

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Coca-Cola | News | Comments

Coca Cola's new green plant in South Harbin Industrial City, China, will accommodate nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola and Minute Maid. The plant is part of a three-year plan that underscores the company's confidence in China.

McCormick Mulls Move, I Want My Old Bay

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

With Maryland's historical spice and ingredient manufacturer, McCormick, debating moving out of state, a big question comes to mind. What's really more important: the company's history near Baltimore or the efficiency to be gained from consolidating?

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Japan's Mizkan Group Receives $2.2B Loan to Buy Ragu Brand

June 27, 2014 11:31 am | by Kyodo News International ,Tokyo | News | Comments

In a deal with Unilever that toals $2.15 billion, Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan Holdings Co. secured a loan from four banks on Friday worth $2.2 billion. Mizkan will purchase several major food brands from food giant Unilever, including Ragu and Bertolli.

Food Safety Update: Lab Testing

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.

Survey: Industrial Sector Plans to Add Jobs As Optimism Grows

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period, according to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor.

Maryland-Based McCormick Considers Relocation

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by JONATHAN O'CONNELL, The Washington Post | News | Comments

McCormick, the sixth-largest company in the state of Maryland, is considering a relocation of its headquarters that could move it out of state. Founded in 1889, McCormick is now a $9.3 billion company with spices and seasonings that sell to more than 110 countries.

Hinge-Mount Safety Gate

June 27, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

A manufacturer of self-closing industrial safety gates announces the addition of its first universal hinge mount safety gate to the full line of safety gate products. 

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Smart Alert Audible Alarm

June 27, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new smart alert and MP3 series audible alarms are used for commercial, manufacturing, industrial, institutional and public settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation.

Current Sensing Contact Switch

June 27, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized.

Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Chuck Fuerst | Articles | Comments

In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.

Restructuring Charges Hurt ConAgra in 4Q

June 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim, reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, hit by impairment and restructuring charges. Its revenue slipped but topped Wall Street's expectations. Conagra lost $324.2 million for the period.

Indiana Developer Turns Manure into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 11:25 am | by JEFF PARROTT, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms. Culver Duck, a duck processor near Middlebury, has a similar operation in which it uses the blood, heads and tails to generate methane and make electricity.

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Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Serious

June 26, 2014 8:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth. How are educational institutions, government entities and businesses working to develop these skills?

Minn. Sugar Company Fights Subpoena for Confidential Documents

June 26, 2014 8:15 am | by KFGO-AM, Fargo, North Dakota | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Company, based out of Moorehead, Minnesota, say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries. The company is being asked to provide information on genetically-modified sugar beets.

Workers Seek Better Conditions to Tackle Radiation Levels at Fukushima Plant

June 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

A Japanese government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the site.

Machine Automation Controller

June 26, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's machine automation controller now provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL and Firebird and is an ideal solution for food packaging.

Shrimp Disease in Asia Causing High US Import Prices

June 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kristen Reed and Sharon Royales, Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Demand for shrimp has increased over the years and is currently the largest imported seafood species, accounting for 29 percent of seafood imports by dollar value. In 2013, consumers found themselves paying higher prices with less availability in supermarkets.

General Mills to Cut Costs After 4Q Sales Decline

June 25, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and other packaged foods, announced further cost cuts as sales declined for its latest quarter. The Minneapolis-based company has been struggling to boost its cereal and yogurt sales, so it's looking to reduce overhead costs.

Consumer Confidence Reaches 6-Year High

June 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in more than six years. The Conference Board's confidence index rose to 85.2 this month. The June figure is the highest since January 2008, a month after the Great Recession began.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power | Articles | Comments

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

Vapor Proof Lights

June 25, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

These vapor proof string lights are hand lamps connected by 10 feet of cable between each unit, terminating in a 25 foot cable with a standard 5-15 straight blade plug.

Scheduling Your Way to Customer Service Success

June 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Danna Nelson, Aptean | Articles | Comments

The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, it's become a harsh reality.

Dietz & Watson to Build Philly Center After Massive Fire

June 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food products manufacturer Dietz & Watson, supplier of deli meats and cheeses to supermarkets and delis, will expand its Philadelphia operation and add 158 jobs following a massive fire last year that devastated a company warehouse in southern New Jersey. 

Managing Idle Time to Improve Productivity

June 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Harris | Articles | Comments

It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.

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