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AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations Worth $92K

August 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Columbus, Ohio brewery makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers.

Oreo-Maker Mondelez Says Price Hikes Scared Off Customers

August 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident reported lower sales in its second quarter due to price increases on its products. Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld said the company expected its pricing actions to hurt sales, but didn't expect such a big impact. 

US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council | News | Comments

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

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Molson Coors 2Q Profit Climbs on Europe Strength

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Co., based in Denver and Montreal, experienced a 9 percent rise in its second-quarter profits as better pricing offset a decline in the volume of beer globally. In Europe, net sales per hectoliter climbed 1.9 percent from increased sales in the U.K.

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

Why CPG Manufacturers Need Digital Product Content Now

August 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Sue Sentell, President and CEO, Gladson | Articles | Comments

Digital product content is the foundation of a compelling shopping experience for consumers. With the right product content strategy, manufacturers can rise to the challenge and keep their customers — both retailers and shoppers — happy. 

Palletizing Machine

August 6, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The fully automated bag palletizing machines are primarily used for handling bags in the food and pet food industries. Machine stacks bags that are made of various materials and filled with a wide range of dry bulk products to form compact bag stacks.

US Job Growth Tops 200K For 6th Consecutive Month

August 5, 2014 2:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers added 209,000 jobs last month. The economy has now produced an average 244,000 jobs a month since February — the best six-month string in eight years. The manufacturing sector added 28,000 jobs in July, the most in eight months.

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Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's sales are hurting from a scandal over a meat supplier in China late last month. The hamburger chain said there has been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up 10 percent of the chain's revenue.

Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

Maine Meat Plant to Build Slaughterhouse

August 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Meats, a meat processing facility in Gardiner, Maine, is planning to open a slaughterhouse a few miles away from its plant. The company bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park. The facility would slaughter poultry and red meat. 

Reusing Water in Food, Beverage Facilities

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Nate Maguire, Business Unit Director, Xylem | Articles | Comments

Water reuse, including reclaimed and recycled water, is one method food and beverage facilities can employ to alleviate business risk, enhance sustainability practices and safeguard water quality standards by decreasing the plant’s dependency on external water sources.

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VIDEO: Sierra Nevada Brews Up a Craft Beer Empire

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Many of America's best beers are now being produced by small, local brewers you've probably never heard of. But most people, beer-enthusiasts especially, do know about Sierra Nevada. The brewery is the largest privately-owned craft brewery in the country.

Dairy Energy From Acid Whey

August 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lauren Toretta, President, CH4 Biogas | Articles | Comments

The need for environmentally sound disposal solutions for acid whey has created mutually beneficial opportunities for the dairy industry, yogurt producers and manufacturers of biodigesters. With tax credit from the government, these industries can reap all the benefits.

Consumers Can Create Wine on the Internet With Virtual Vineyard

August 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by Columbia Crest | News | Comments

Wine-lovers are invited to become virtual winemakers with the first crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon by Columbia Crest winery. Fans join the process of winemaking by determining how the grapes are tended, irrigated, harvested and blended through weekly votes.

Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason to Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc. | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer expands bacon beyond the breakfast table with new Bacon Jerky snacks. As the average American is transitioning from eating full meals to snacking more throughout the day, the company wanted to make the meat available to bacon-lovers all day long.

Energy Efficiency May be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | Articles | Comments

Operational savings are a critical component of the food and beverage industry business model. By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.

USDA: Poultry Companies Not Allowed to Speed Up Production

August 4, 2014 9:50 am | by National Council of La Raza | News | Comments

After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.

Prosecutors: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Lab Results

August 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Known as one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history, prosecutors say the Georgia peanut plant Peanut Corp. of America shipped products that were untested and products that it knew were tainted to customers, including food giant Kellogg's.    

Jersey Shore Reels in Visitors With Major Seafood Business

August 4, 2014 9:05 am | by JACQUELINE L. URGO, The Philadelphia Inquirer | News | Comments

Commercial fishing and its related industries produce about 50,000 jobs in New Jersey, of which about 3,000 commercial fishermen operating about 1,500 vessels are employed to supply the 15 seafood processing facilities and 81 wholesalers operating in the state.

2 Hurt in NJ Food Lab Explosions

August 4, 2014 8:54 am | by The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey | News | Comments

A New Jersey food laboratory experienced two explosions from a mechanical failure, leaving two employees injured. Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when the blasts occurred.

Stuffers

August 4, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

With some of the smallest footprints available, both the 55-pound and 88-pound stuffers fit right into production lines.

NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) | News | Comments

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

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