Hormel's first-quarter earnings climbed about 18 percent, thanks in part to its acquisition of Skippy peanut butter, as well as a widespread hankering for bacon. The profit from the company's refrigerated foods product segment jumped 59 percent.
A new study, funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers, finds that the practices of outsourcing and offshoring jobs appear to have both positive and negative effects on American jobs and wages.
Whether it is missing a delivery promise because of a freeway jam or losing water pressure in a food plant, infrastructure problems will continue to increase business costs and make business less competitive. Despite the cost of repairing or replacing our infrastructure, it is a good investment for the country.
The cost of producing goods and services in the United States rose slightly in January, with higher food prices partly offset by cheaper gas. Overall, inflation remains mild. The Labor Department said the producer price index rose 0.2 percent in January.
Activist investor Nelson Peltz is ramping up the pressure on PepsiCo, reaffirming his call for the company to separate its global drinks division from its snack unit. The call for a split comes as PepsiCo's drinks have lost ground to bigger rival Coca-Cola Co. in recent years.
Central Valley Meat Co., which was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions, has reopened. Company officials said they took immediate action to fix the cleanliness problems. Neither the company nor federal officials discussed the problems in detail.
By analyzing current performance, leveraging the creativity of employees and moving internal setup steps to external, food and beverage manufacturers can manage current demands with existing capacity and respond to new market opportunities as they arise.
Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes, who say the planned bottling operation could deplete wells and the aquifer.
Infant formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes. Mead Johnson said in October that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into its business practices in China.
The practice of populating rivers with hatchery fish rather than making greater efforts to restore wild runs is facing a battery of court challenges in Oregon, California and Washington state. The disputes illustrate a crucial tension in the Pacific Northwest, where salmon and steelhead are iconic fish.
Watchdog groups are asking the U.S. Justice Department to block the formation of what would be the nation's largest flour mill in Colorado. The American Antitrust Institute and Food & Water Watch filed objections to Arden Mills on Tuesday.
How does the use of quality management software affect overall business performance? The relationship seems to be unequivocally positive. In a 2011 survey, the Aberdeen Group found that “best-in-class manufacturers” had substantially higher quality management software usage rates than everyone else.
The Food Channel has released its "Top 10 Dessert Trends for 2014." The list identifies the significant behaviors of consumers, foodservice professionals and manufacturers, with original recipes and photographs to illustrate each trend.
Kellogg Co. says it will buy palm oil only from companies that don't destroy tropical rainforests to produce the additive used in many processed foods. The announcement drew praise from environmental groups, which staged a rally at Kellogg's headquarters in November.
All around the country there are manufacturing jobs that employers are looking to fill, but the problem stems from not enough skilled workers to fill them. According to Businessweek.com, there are more than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs that remain unfilled due to a lack of trained workers.
Coca-Cola says that its fourth-quarter profit fell as the world's biggest beverage maker once again sold less soda in North America. The maker of Sprite, Dasani and Vitaminwater water says sales volume declined 1 percent in North America.
Pratt Street Ale House, which brews its suds as Oliver Breweries, makes its beers on the premises of its bar and restaurant across Pratt Street from the convention center in Baltimore. Because of increasing demand, the company is expanding its operations into a 12,000-square-foot industrial space.
Vodka is the czar of Russian drinks — ubiquitous, powerful and sometimes crude. Russia's wines are like a provincial nobleman, little-known but aspiring to refinement. So local wine producers are aiming to educate Olympics visitors by setting up sales booths and conducting tastings.
Joe Atikian, the author of Industrial Shift: The Structure of the New World Economy, addresses how misconceptions about manufacturing decline began, America as a viable manufacturing hub in the future, and why we can't overlook Mexico.
The tiny California olive industry is pushing the federal government to give more scrutiny to imported varieties. One congressman-farmer even goes so far as suggesting labels on imported oil say "extra rancid" rather than "extra virgin."
Coca-Cola's advertisement at this year's Super Bowl, which featured the song, "America the Beautiful," sung in various foreign languages, has met with disapproval by some viewers. Now the company is speaking out against the ad's critics.
Pesticides are often the method used to control pests in food processing facilities, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.
ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality.
Veuve Clicquot is a French champagne house known the world over. The house does not compromise on quality and its motto is 'Only one quality — the finest.' In order to ensure it always makes the finest champagne, it also needs to be able to closely supervise its production systems.
A blogger called the 'Food Babe' launched a petition asking Subway to remove the ingredient azodicarbonamide from its bread. While the restaurant is in the process of removing the chemical, Subway argues that it made the decision to make the ingredient switch before the petition was launched.