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Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

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Colbert: The Adventures in Snackology

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" brings the news of a scientific breakthrough giving millions of Americans hope for a better tomorrow: Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. PepsiCo delivers on its promise to "drinkify" snacks by unveiling this odd hybrid.

J.M. Smucker's Stock Drops After Disappointing Profit, Sales Outlook

November 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker, maker of Jif, Pillsbury and Hungry Jack, lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015 as customers recoiled from rising prices for its coffee brand, Folgers. Its preliminary second-quarter forecast also disappointed Wall Street and shares slid more than 3 percent.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

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Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

Chobani Launches Incubator For Emerging Food Startups

November 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani plans to open the Chobani Food Incubator, a first-of-its-kind program to invest in and cultivate emerging food entrepreneurs. The Incubator will invest in, support and scale young and growing companies inspired by Chobani's belief in making nutritious food.

SmartPace Conveyor

November 12, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. The conveyor uses HMI interface to control the spacing, speed and orientation of products.

Former CEO of Artificial Sweetener Plant Sentenced to 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground.

Growing Number of Pot Shops Face Antagonism From Neighbors

November 11, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by Mark Adair, Avid Solutions | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?  

Open Farm is First Canadian Pet Food Company to Receive Certified Humane Label

November 11, 2014 1:59 pm | by Humane Farm Animal Care | News | Comments

Open Farm, a Canadian-based pet food company, launches its Certified Humane dog food products in stores across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The company plans to expand its pet food product line into the United States in 2015.

Pros vs. Cons of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 10:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant's payment system.    

6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp | Articles | Comments

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the company.

Mondelez to Buy Control of Vietnamese Snack-Food Business

November 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez is buying an 80 percent stake in a Vietnamese snacks business for $370 million as it seeks to offset flagging U.S. sales in Asia. The deal is targeted to close in 2015's second quarter.               

Hellmann's Seeks Justice vs. 'Just Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs. The suit claims false advertising for labeling its egg-free product "Just Mayo."

VIDEO: John Oliver Calls Out the Sugar Industry

November 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Last Week Tonight | Videos | Comments

How much sugar are you eating? Odds are you don't know, and as John Oliver pointed out on "Last Week Tonight," it's because food makers are doing their best to make sure you never find out.               

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

Powerhouse Enclosure Cooler

November 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

For enclosure cooling, this company has introduced a powerful new thermoelectric air conditioner. The AHP-690 Model features compact dimensions and 55 percent more cooling capacity than coolers of similar size. 

Dean Foods Soars on Strong Results

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods Co. shares soared Monday after the dairy company reported a much smaller loss than expected for its third quarter and projected a profit for the fourth quarter and a smaller loss than expected for the full year.       

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

VIDEO: Jay Z Likes His Champagne, Buys the Company

November 10, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

When you're Jay Z, you don't just buy bottles of your favorite champagne. You buy the whole company. The Hip-Hop singer purchased the champagne company Armand de Brignac, whose bubbly is also referred to as 'Ace of Spades.'       

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