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Calif. Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 10:11 am | by KEN SWEET, ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. Napa is California's best-known winemaking region. The earthquake adds to what has already been a difficult year for the state's winemakers.  

Infographics: What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

Baby boomers occupy the majority of skilled trade positions, while younger workers are mostly employed in other professions. So while baby boomers are aging out of the manufacturing industries, what will happen to the once booming industry?

Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

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Calif. Hot Sauce Plant's Tour Offers Whiff of Excitement

August 25, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As many as 3,000 people are expected to visit the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce over the weekend in the Los Angeles' suburb of Irwindale. During a 20-minute walk through the 650,000-square-foot facility, visitors can watch chili grinding at Huy Fong Foods.

Q&A: The Workings of Supplier Relationship Management

August 25, 2014 7:45 am | by Jennifer Brusco, Director, Media and Content, TraceGains | Articles | Comments

What is supplier relationship management? Which suppliers should you focus on? Who should manage the supplier relationship? Bill Michels, CPSM, CPM, MCIPS, president of ISM Services sat down with TraceGains to discuss the answers to some of these questions. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: Bakery Depositor

August 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Unifiller | Product Releases | Comments

The depositor is perfect for depositing custards, jams, batter and just about any flowable product directly from a mixing bowl or bucket. 

What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

Jif Introduces On-the-Go Snack Dippers

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand's Jif To Go line of convenient snack solutions which currently includes four varieties of peanut butter packaged in portable 1.5 oz cups. The snack is available in creamy peanut butter or chocolate silk peanut butter.

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Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Jell-O sales have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years, with alternatives such as Greek yogurt surging in popularity. Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand. But their efforts so far have been a disappointment.

Keurig Coffee Strikes a Deal With Kraft Foods

August 22, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain, the maker of the popular at-home brewing machines that let people make cups of coffee one serving at a time, says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems.

Is the Death of the Twinkie Near...Again?

August 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The closure of the Hostess Brands Schiller Park bakery has me wondering: are healthier options and cheaper alternatives a sign that the time may be near to say our final farewells to the beloved Twinkie? Hostess Brands CEO says competition pushed the plant to close.

3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

VIDEO: Pabst Looks to Resurrect Ballantine IPA

August 22, 2014 8:10 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

After the renaissance of 'PBR', Pabst Brewing Company is reviving Ballantine's India Pale Ale, which was first brewed in 1878.                                                                      

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Diageo Breaks Ground on $115M Kentucky Distillery

August 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Diageo | News | Comments

Diageo broke ground on its new Kentucky distillery, which has officially been named "The Bulleit Distilling Co." The company aims to have the distillery operational in late 2016.                   

Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

Blue Buffalo Factory Opens $90M Plant in Joplin

August 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, Joplin, Missouri | News | Comments

Blue Buffalo Co., the parent company of Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing, is opening a plant in Joplin, Missouri. The company had been contracting out its pet food production by using other plants, but now 75 percent of its dry products will be handled at the new plant. 

Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

How Much Does Fantasy Football, Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

Sanitary Process Installation: What to Ask When Selecting a Subcontractor

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by Mike Murdaugh, Senior Process Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Plant owners often spend significant time and money to acquire the right equipment with the proper sanitary construction. However, if you do not carefully screen installation subcontractors, you could put your plant at risk of a food safety issue.

US Foods Worker Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

August 21, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 43-year-old worker for U.S. Foods Inc. has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $400,000. Cesar Raphael Barretto was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud. Barretto worked for the company helping customers place orders.   

Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An Alberta court has fined Cargill, the largest beef processing plant in Canada, $80,000 for failing to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples from the company's High River plant.             

Happy 150th Birthday, Jim Beam!

August 20, 2014 2:56 pm | by Beam Suntory | News | Comments

Fans named Jim Beam are invited to make history in Kentucky by joining in on toasting their "namesake" during the legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150th birthday celebration. Jim Beam Bourbon is now the world's number-one selling bourbon whiskey.

Investing in America’s Manufacturing Future

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  Will these initiatives bring a resurgence to U.S. manufacturing? 

Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | News | Comments

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to the report, the typical number of beverage SKUs per distributor in 2013 was 665.5, which was up more than 100 from 2011.         

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