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FDA Responds to Concerns of Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Ruling

January 7, 2015 10:20 am | by Smitha Stansbury, Anne Allen, King & Spalding Law Firm | Articles | Comments

This proposed rule would, among other things: (1) modernize the current good manufacturing practice (“cGMP”) requirements for human food; and (2) require registered food facilities to establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. 

Idaho, Texas Companies to Build $100M Meatpacking Plant in SW Idaho

January 7, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers plan to build a $100 million meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho. Simplot officials in an announcement yesterday said the plant near Kuna will employ 600 workers.    

Keurig Brews Deal With Dr Pepper Snapple Group For Cold-Drink Machine

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

If you are anything like the typical consumer of today, anything that is quick and convenient is at the top of your list. Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr Pepper Snapple to start making single-serve capsules for use in its soon-to-be-released cold beverage system.

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Monsanto Earnings Fall on Lower Corn Seed Sales

January 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those foodstaples to their lowest levels in years. That has resulted in farmers in South America and elsewhere reducing the number of acres they dedicate to corn. 

No More French Fries? More Than 100 McDonald's Franchises Run Out

January 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. McDonald's franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country.

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Omni-Channel: To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

January 6, 2015 9:10 am | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

The truth is, there is no one solution for every company. While many traditional vendors would have a business conform their processes to fit the abilities of the solution, it’s important that companies choose solutions that can adapt to their business’ needs.

Despite Pressure, EU's Sanctions Against Russia Could Last

January 6, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, toward easing the tensions behind sanctions that have hit Russia's economy, sent the ruble sinking and affected European companies such as food giants.   

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VIDEO: Is This the Perfect Bourbon?

January 5, 2015 1:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Buffalo Trace Distillery is on a mission to make the perfect bourbon and its new 'Warehouse X' could help them get the recipe just right.                               

Little Change Seen in Fast Food Portion Size, Product Formulation Between 1996 and 2013

January 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served at three national fast-food chains between 1996 and 2013. They found that average calories, sodium, and saturated fat stayed relatively constant, albeit at high levels. 

6 Critical Questions to Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 10:20 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers can not only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what is often considered proprietary and sensitive information from the plant floor into the Cloud.

VIDEO: Inside Jacques Torres' New Chocolate Factory

January 5, 2015 9:50 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

You might think that Valentine's Day would be the number one holiday for chocolate, but it's actually Christmas. Jacques Torres' stores are stocked with edible eye candy, and it all comes from this 40,000 square foot chocolate factory.    

Bow Tie Disperser

January 5, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

These Bow Tie Dispersers, also called High Viscosity Dispersers, are designed for mixing heavy pastes and viscous liquids. Driven by an explosion-proof inverter-duty motor, the bow tie agitator quickly wets out solids and incorporates them into a liquid vehicle.

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Elmer Chocolate Expanding Louisiana Plant

December 31, 2014 6:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 9:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next year. In the world of food packaging manufacturing, how do you make sure you’re not just riding that wave of growth but also capitalizing on emerging trends?

Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

December 30, 2014 7:15 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported.

Virginia Agriculture Grants Sprout Jobs, Development

December 29, 2014 8:45 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Projects that have received funding range from dairy operations, a hydroponic tomato growing operation, a packaged foods facility, a poultry processor and a commercial-scale production and processing facility for hops — an important ingredient in brewing beer.

Atlanta’s Diaz Foods Acquires Cuban-American-Owned La Cena Fine Foods

December 24, 2014 7:55 am | by The DAK Group | News | Comments

Diaz will introduce La Cena into its existing 24-state distribution network. Simultaneously, Diaz will introduce 5,000 product offerings throughout the northeast.              

Good Source Solutions Announces Acquisition of Dori Foods

December 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Good Source Solutions | News | Comments

Good Source Solutions, a national specialty foodservice distributor, has acquired Dori Foods, a member of Frosty Acres Brands. The combined companies create a strong national distribution platform, offering greater value and product selection for existing and new customers.

Seven Reasons Stocking and Using OEM Replacement Parts Makes Financial and Operational Sense

December 23, 2014 8:15 am | by Corey Calla, Director, Lifecycle Support Team, Intelligrated | Articles | Comments

Distribution center and warehouse operators invest heavily in capital projects to satisfy growing customer demand, but often neglect to adopt a lifecycle strategy to realize the true value of that asset over its useful life.    

Thai Farm Workers May Not Get Any of $8.7M Award

December 23, 2014 8:10 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a California-based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money.    

Food Processing Plant Site Due Diligence: Soft Costs to Expect

December 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Wyatt Payne, Vice President Distribution, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Before selecting a site for your food processing plant, are you sure you’re accounting for all of the costs involved? These include pre-construction permits, impact fees and utility connection fees. To help you with your site due diligence, be sure to account for these soft costs commonly associated with new facility sites.

Maple Leaf Foods to Close Winnipeg Plant Permanently on Last Day of 2014

December 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The company's plant on Panet Road in Winnipeg will be the sixth closure under a multi-year reorganization of the Toronto-based food giant's operations. The remaining two of eight previously announced closures, in Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto, will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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December 22, 2014 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

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