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Anheuser-Busch Plant in NH Plans to Add Canned Beer

April 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Anheuser-Busch plant in New Hampshire is planning for an addition to produce canned beer. The Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300-square-foot brewing facility and 50,000 square feet in warehouse and packaging buildings.

Veteran-Owned Distillery Uses New Bottle For Military-Inspired Spirits

April 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the distillery was founded in 2013 by Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, his wife, Hilary, and a small group of friends. They use high-quality local ingredients and have the distinction of being the first disabled veteran-owned distiller in the U.S.

Hershey Says Growth in China Weaker Than Expected

April 23, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey's expansion into China hasn't been so sweet. The maker of Reese's peanut butter cups, Twizzlers licorice and other candies and chocolates said sales in China during the country's New Year holiday were weaker than it expected.

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135 Meat, Poultry Plants Recognized for Worker Safety Performance

April 23, 2015 8:10 am | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute recognized 135 meat and poultry plants for achieving high levels of workplace safety performance as part of the industry’s continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness rates

Synchronized Sidewalls For DynaClean Food Conveyor Line

April 23, 2015 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using synchronized sidewalls on a DynaClean conveyor offers improved control and containment of small or fragile food products.

Earth Day: A Two-Step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It may sound like a boring topic, but without packaging, more food would be wasted. Granted, food waste is already at critical levels, with more than 30 percent of food in the U.S. being wasted annually, but packaging plays a positive role in this equation.

Nestlé USA Announces All 23 Factories Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill

April 22, 2015 12:05 pm | by Nestlé USA | News | Comments

Nestlé USA announced today that all of its 23 factories – spanning confections, dairy, frozen and refrigerated meals, ice cream, baking ingredients, and beverages – are now landfill-free, contributing zero waste for disposal.

Food Companies Mark Earth Day With Lobbying Effort

April 22, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Several large food companies, including Kellogg, Unilever, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nestlé and Mars, will send representatives to Washington this week to urge Congress to combat climate change.

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US Lets In Thai Fish Caught By Slaves Despite Law

April 22, 2015 10:20 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press National Writer | News | Comments

In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.

Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

Maximizing supply chain flexibility and managing multiple supply chain configurations is becoming paramount, especially as the increasing use of online channels is forcing supply chain managers to reduce their response times and fill smaller, more personalized customer orders.

NY Cheese Packing Plant to Close, Putting 53 Workers Out of a Job

April 21, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Heluva Good cheese packaging plant and country store in Wayne County are shutting down, 90 years after the company's founding.

Manufacturers Are Looking to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that confirms our worst fears: the ozone regulation under consideration by EPA right now will be the most expensive regulation of all time. This could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy a solid $140 billion per year.

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Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 1:15 pm | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

With today's growing desire for greater productivity and efficiency, manufacturing processes and equipment are being subjected to increased demands for additional capacity, testing accepted limitations

Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area that often gets overlooked is waste. For businesses, the amount of waste generated and disposed of can be considerable. And, the costs to remove this waste can also be pricey.

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, How's the Seafood?

April 20, 2015 10:05 am | by WCTV | Videos | Comments

Today, April 20, marks five years since what has been described as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history; the BP oil spill. WCTV takes a look back at how the local fishing industry has recovered since then.

Blue Bell Working to Get Past Listeria Contamination Scare

April 20, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of money, experts said.

Kraft Mac and Cheese to Get a Healthy Makeover

April 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kraft Foods Group | News | Comments

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese announced today that starting in January 2016, Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the U.S. will no longer be made with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies on the plant floor. However, implementing significant change — such as investing in automation — can be daunting. 

How Production Loads in Your Food Processing Plant Affect Refrigeration Efficiency and Stability

April 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Michael Griffith, Lead Automation Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When cooling loads change gradually, your refrigeration equipment and controls undergo gradual changes and your system remains stable and efficient. However, if rapid load fluctuations occur as a result of production or sanitation activities, many systems experience pressure or temperature fluctuations, which can cause sanitation and quality issues as well as increased energy usage.

3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 16, 2015 1:35 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee | Articles | Comments

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in the manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

One vision of the future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and full automation. 

KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.

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