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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                  

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more companies are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices. The report defines sustainable manufacturing as “Using less energy and fewer resources to produce a product that is just as effective."

Budweiser Clydesdales Receive Pink Slip For the Holidays

November 25, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The country's number three beer brand, Budweiser, says the horses will not appear in its holiday advertising this year. A spokesman for owner Anheuser-Busch InBev was unable to say if the horses would be featured in the Super Bowl advertisements.

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Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 25, 2014 8:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City.

Mobile Processor Helps Washington Turkey Farmers

November 25, 2014 8:25 am | by TAD SOOTER, Kitsap Sun | News | Comments

A custom trailer which contains a mobile poultry processing unit is one of only a few of its kind in the state. A group of partners recently banded together to buy the $20,000 unit, and it's being offered for rent to members of the Western Washington Poultry Farmers Cooperative.

Protecting Workers and Your Business This Holiday Season

November 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers are gearing up for what is expected to be a robust holiday buying season in 2014. During this peak season, safety is sometimes relegated to the back of the pallet in the haste to fulfill orders. But it’s more important than ever to have safety strategies in place.

Handheld Readers For Traceability

November 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The DataMan 8600 Series of handheld direct part mark (DPM) barcode readers provide unparalleled barcode reading performance for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs.   

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 1

November 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the first installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Commercial Hop Facility Planned in Virginia

November 24, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Black Hops Farm LLC will invest about $1 million to initially convert 15 acres in Leesburg into a hop farm and build a processing facility, which will allow other Virginia hop growers to efficiently process their crops for market, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

Apparent Settlement Reached in National Beef Case

November 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing. Workers at the southwest Kansas plant are seeking unpaid wages and overtime.

Booming Quinoa Demand Fuels Bitter Feud Between Bolivia, Peru

November 24, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia.

What Can A Viewing Gallery Do For You?

November 24, 2014 9:26 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Whether its specialty is baked goods, meats or sodas, your facility deserves to be showcased. A viewing gallery helps shine that spotlight, serving as an isolated structure that gives guests a glimpse into your plant’s processes. It’s a moderate added cost for your facility, outweighed by a great deal of benefits.

Construction Begins on North Dakota's Micro-Distillery

November 24, 2014 9:23 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze.

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A New Kind of Holiday: Pot-Infused Pumpkin Pies

November 24, 2014 9:07 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers.

Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

Digital Label Printing Press

November 24, 2014 8:03 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The CDT 3600 Series is the newest digital print system to join the Production class family. The printer is a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet technology. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: Flexible Chain Conveyor

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Customers in the packaging and food industries know it's smart to have their equipment be flexible. The new 2200 SmartFlex is the newest flexible chain conveyor platform that provides maximum flexibility.

VIDEO: Organic, Free-Range Tofurkey Farms

November 21, 2014 3:30 pm | by Team Coco | Videos | Comments

Many people this Thanksgiving will be making the ethical choice of eating Tofurkey. This week on "Conan," McClellan Farms reminds consumers of the importance of making sure your Tofurkeys come from organic, free-range Tofurkey farms.           

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

Metal contamination represents one of the most common forms of foreign bodies in food products. If not detected, it can become a major safety hazard for consumers. Food can be contaminated by metals at any stage of the food processing chain.

Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes | News | Comments

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.

Yum Brands Approve $1B Stock Buyback Plan

November 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. The program runs through May 2016 and can help the company boost its earnings per share.             

Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

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