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Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek to Expand US Business

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Del Monte Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, Inc., producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Company, a producer of specialty vegetables for the Foodservice and Retail markets headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

More Turnover at Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

How Robots Are Saving the Dairy Farm

March 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe. Cows go to robotic milking stations on their own, where they are identified, milked, and sent back out to the barn until the next milking.

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 2

March 10, 2015 1:10 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

In order to deliver on customer expectations, distributors need to work even more collaboratively than previously with manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers so that everyone involved in the supply chain shares and has access to real-time customer and product information including inventory.

Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed at 2nd Turkey Farm in Missouri

March 10, 2015 11:30 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Department of Agriculture said that avian influenza has been found at a facility in central Missouri's Moniteau County that houses 21,000 turkeys. On Sunday, the state also said bird flu had been confirmed at a turkey farm in Jasper County.

ConAgra to Close Batesville Facility; Ozark Mountain Poultry Deal in Works

March 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra announced Friday that it will close the plant in July, leaving 250 employees out of work. ConAgra spokesman Dan Hare said the chicken-making operations at the plant will be moved to improve efficiency and competitiveness.

5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 1

March 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.    

Soy Sauce Maker Makes 'Miracle' Comeback in Tsunami-Wrecked Japan

March 10, 2015 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory.

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Blackmailers Threaten to Poison New Zealand Infant Milk Formula

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An anonymous blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand to protest the country's use of poisonous baits for pest control, and sent dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder laced with pesticide.

Top 10 Resolutions For Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

Kellogg Company Named One Of World's Most Ethical Companies

March 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kellogg Company | News | Comments

According to Ethisphere, an independent research center promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, honorees understand the impact ethics has on reputation and their brand. Companies on the list not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices.

Juicy Juice Parent Buying American Beverage for $55M

March 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which owns Juicy Juice, will become one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S. when the acquisition becomes official.

U.S. Bank Invests $7.6M to Expand Virginia Snack Foods Plant

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Bank | News | Comments

U.S. Bank has invested more than $7.6 million in tax credit equity to enable Monogram Food Solutions to build a 54,000-square-foot addition to its plant and add 200 jobs to the area with Virginia’s highest unemployment rate.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 2:20 pm | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA, eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time and medical compensation. When it comes to workplace safety, words of caution from the experienced follow us into adulthood, for good reason.

Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

Bourbon Master Tester For Brown-Forman: 28-Year-Old Marianne Barnes

March 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

8 Ways to Prevent, Respond to Food Manufacturing Plant Explosions

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Phil Turner, Director of Field Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

If your food processing or beverage plant houses an ammonia refrigeration system, an explosion is your worst nightmare. Because your facility is at risk for this type of emergency, it’s imperative to understand both the proactive and reactive measures you must take in the event of an explosion.

Seafood Producers Affected By 2011 Quake Slow to Recover Sales

March 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A poll of Japanese processed seafood producers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showed Friday that only 40 percent have seen sales recover to 80 percent or more of pre-disaster levels.

Local Meat in High Demand; Butcher Profession Dwindling

March 6, 2015 8:10 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for locally produced beef is surging as never before, but the butchers who for generations have prepared and sold meat to customers and markets are a dwindling profession. Thousands of butchers are approaching retirement age across the country.

4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

March 5, 2015 12:55 pm | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

Whether budget, competing IT priorities or required time away from day-to-day operations stand in the way, the resources required to get your supply chain project implemented can be scarce.

The State of Women in the Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.  

Co-Founder of K-Cups Doesn't Own a Keurig Machine

March 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain made $4.7 billion in revenue last year and much of that money was thanks to its K-Cups — the small pods used for easy coffee brewing. But in a recent interview, co-founder John Sylvan admitted to not even owning a Keurig.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

 There is another group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence — regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace.

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