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Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives to a U.S. commercial strategy office in New  York.

Vehicle Restraint

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

This exclusive, new restraint uses a patented "shadow hook" design to secure traditional trailers, as well as intermodal container chassis and trailers with rear-impact guard obstructions.

Chinese Demand For Dairy Products Spurs US Exports

December 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

What’s behind this trend, and how can U.S. processors benefit? Milk and cheese are relatively new to the Chinese diet, says Todd Shilk, dairy category manager at Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, but consumers’ taste for them is growing.   

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Q&A: Trends in Manufacturing and Logistics

December 10, 2014 9:30 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries — vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not being replaced.”

Large UK Pub Chain, Heineken Clash Over Beer Cost

December 10, 2014 8:15 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the United Kingdom's biggest pub chains has dropped Heineken products from its 926 properties in a confrontation over the Dutch brewer's demand to sell products at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland.          

Almond Industry Generates More Than 100K Calif. Jobs

December 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Almond Board of California | News | Comments

According to a study, the almond industry supports California's economy by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion in gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion to the size of its total economy.

Powder Injection Mixer With Hopper

December 10, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Typical solids dispersed using the SLIM include CMC, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, alginates, pectin, calcium carbonate, starch, carbomers, sugar, salts, dye powders and other additives or fillers. 

Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Labor Department has proposed fining the MInnesota-based company $30,900 for violations found after the June 19 death.

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How Fresh Produce Companies and Bloggers Produce Fresh Results

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

Food and Mom Bloggers provide produce companies access to new audiences, encourage consumer engagement, create recipes and authentic content along with quality videos and photographs, and truly understand how difficult it is to get kids to eat green. 

80 Years of Bays English Muffins

December 9, 2014 11:50 am | by Bays Corporation | News | Comments

This year, Bays English Muffins celebrates eighty years of baking the world's best English muffins. It all began in 1934 when George Bay opened a bakery in Chicago's Loop selling English muffins with a recipe his English grandmother brought to the U.S. in the 1800's.

Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Pt. 3

December 9, 2014 8:40 am | by Dave Shumaker, Microbiologist, GOJO | Articles | Comments

In the final part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?      

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Produce Company to Open $52M Atlanta Facility

December 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Castellini Group is investing $52 million in a new produce processing and distribution center in metro Atlanta and will create 300 new jobs over the next several years. The facility will be built in Conley, about 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Continuous Ink Jet Printer

December 9, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Building on the heritage of the i-Tech range, this highly resilient printer is designed for challenging production environments and comes wrapped in an IP55 marine grade stainless steel cabinet, with IP66 sealed electronics enclosure. 

Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System

December 9, 2014 7:45 am | Eastern Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System is a gravimetric meter used to dynamically measure the bulk density of flowable solids while in process. 

Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

US Unemployment Rates Drop For Vets, Women

December 8, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs. Recent veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan made even bigger strides. The unemployment rate for that group dropped to 5.7 percent from 7.2 percent in October.  

2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group | Articles | Comments

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers on Food Safety Sectors

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.

5 British Columbia Poultry Farms Quarantined for Bird Flu

December 8, 2014 9:35 am | by JEREMY HAIINSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized.

VIDEO: Why Are We All Getting Fat?

December 8, 2014 9:00 am | by The Guardian | Videos | Comments

We are constantly on the run; snacking as we go. According to The Guardian, as increasing numbers of us become obese, food manufacturers want us to think it is our fault — all while aggressively marketing more junk to satiate our new eating habits.

70' Long Shuttle Conveyor

December 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel constructed plastic belt conveyor is designed for accumulating flat or low-in-height products. This particular product was designed for raw foods but the concept can be used for many applications. 

US Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.         

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