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Connecticut Brewery Settles Dispute With Anchor Brewing

January 15, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hartford brewery and restaurant has agreed to change the label on its bottled beers following a trademark dispute with the Anchor Brewing Co. in California. A settlement calls for City Stream Brewing to change the name on its bottle beer from "City Steam" to "Citysteam."

What's Ahead in 2015? Five Mom Bloggers Share Advice For Food Makers

January 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

You don’t’ need a crystal ball to predict that food manufacturers and Mom Bloggers will continue to forge great partnerships throughout the year. So I asked the Mom Bloggers in my network what trends food manufacturers should be aware of in the new year.

Safe, Compliant Ammonia Management Reduces Risk

January 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael J. Curato, P.E., Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers of food and beverages have a common concern: the need to keep ingredients, processes and the final product cold. In most applications, the refrigerant of choice is anhydrous ammonia, but recent changes to OSHA’s enforcement approach have created new risks.

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US Wholesale Prices Drop 0.3 Percent in December

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that its producer price index declined 0.3 percent last month, the biggest decline since a similar drop in October 2011. In November, wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent.               

Hawaiian Host to Buy Rival Firm Mauna Loa

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

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it's buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of Hawaii-based owners for the first time in 15 years.

Kellogg Acquires Majority Stake in Egyptian Biscuit Maker

January 15, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Kellogg Company has acquired a majority stake in the Egyptian biscuit maker Bisco Misr. The transaction of Bisco Misr, which is the number one packaged biscuits company in Egypt, allows Kellogg to advance its global snacks business in growing emerging markets.

Pallet Systems

January 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The pallet systems provide users with greater customization capabilities to benefit assembly and other similar processes. Pallet system components include merge and divert kits, a lift and locate station and pallet stops. 

7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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5 Ways Loyalty Marketing Can Transform CPG Brands

January 14, 2015 1:35 pm | by Greg Engen, Vice President, consumer packaged goods, Aimia | Articles | Comments

CPG marketers are naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the tried and true. But the days of standing pat with the same old marketing tactics are over. Those marketers who embrace this transformation, rather than shy away from it, will be the brand leaders of tomorrow.

Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed to Calif.-Based Family Operator

January 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill announced the future closure of Lockney, related to the shutdown of the company's Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility on February 1, 2013. The plant closed primarily due to drought that had severely limited the region's cattle supplies. 

Washington Lawmaker Proposes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A Washington state legislator introduced a bill emulating Idaho's controversial "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. Animal rights activists, though, are strongly working to overturn the bill.

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people. 

Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

For manufacturers to find the new competitive advantage, it will depend on social and environmental responsibility, and ultimately how to stand out with customization and added services for business viability. Manufacturers are — and must — change their mindset. 

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Patty Fill System

January 14, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. 

66 Percent of US Workers Admit to Workplace Mistakes Due to Tiredness

January 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Red Bull | News | Comments

To be more productive at work, pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks and tea are more popular choices than energy bars, smoothies or juices. About 93 percent of respondents said they have taken action to boost their energy at work, with caffeine as a top workplace necessity.

Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

How Restaurants Can Cope With Higher Food Prices in 2015

January 13, 2015 9:10 am | by Andrew Kanzer, Head of Sales, Swift Capital | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the industry’s increases, food prices are expected to reach their highest annual increases in three years, which could hinder many businesses. In July, average food prices were up 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Soda Giants: Smaller Cans Means Less Guilt

January 13, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans they say contain fewer calories and induce less guilt. The goal is to offset falling consumption with packages that cost more per ounce and are appealing for their portion control.

Latest Poll Shows Consumers Have a Big Appetite For GMO Labeling

January 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new poll reports that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring food manufacturers to label any products that contain genetically modified organisms. That statistic is higher than the number of consumers who say it's important to know whether a food is organic. 

Belted Conveyor Platforms

January 13, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 3200 Series platform includes the Flat Belt and Precision Move conveyors. The Flat Belt is perfect for heavy-duty part handling, while the Precision Move conveyor offers the lastest in timing belting and drive technology for low profile belt conveyors.

VIDEO: Ramen Makers Open 'School of Ramen' Learning Lab For Diners

January 12, 2015 12:35 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Ramen, the traditional Japanese noodle soup, is booming in popularity in the U.S. Sun Noodle, a major ramen manufacturer, has opened the Ramen Lab, a small eatery in New York City where diners can learn about the dish from a Japanese chef.  

Food Manufacturers Downgraded on Foreign Exchange Woes

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

A number of food manufacturer shares slipped after a Citi analyst lowered his rating on some of the biggest names in the sector. Analyst David Driscoll does not expect sales volumes to improve, given economic challenges overseas and ongoing soft sales in the U.S. 

Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.       

Cargill Celebrates 150 Years

January 12, 2015 11:00 am | by Cargill | News | Comments

In 1865, William Wallace Cargill became the owner of a single grain warehouse in Conover, Iowa, at the end of the McGregor Western Railroad. Today, the company he founded is one of the largest privately-held enterprises in the world.     

The Future of the Frozen Foods Market and How 'Natural' Products Could Save It

January 12, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. In a recent release, Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle said frozen foods of every kind are being challenged.

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