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Worker Dies at Chattanooga's Wrigley Plant

February 4, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigley plant, home of Altoids and Life Savers, has a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this week when a 54-year-old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

Haddon House Food Products to Expand Chester County Operations

February 4, 2015 12:05 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

The largest privately-owned distributor, importer and exporter of specialty, natural, organic, ethnic and kosher foods, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $4.6 million to expand its operations in Richburg, S.C.

Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 1

February 4, 2015 11:20 am | by John Kane, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services | Articles | Comments

In part one of this three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 4, 2015 10:05 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

No matter what type of business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

JM Smucker Buys its Way Into Pet-Food Business

February 4, 2015 8:55 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. wants to feed the entire family — including the pets. The Orville, Ohio-based food company said that it's buying pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands in a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, giving it a presence in the fast-growing petfood industry.

New Rule Allows Idaho Dairies to Dump Waste Without Losing Permits

February 4, 2015 8:25 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies that are part of Idaho's $2.4 billion dairy industry are no longer at risk of losing their operating permits if caught illegally dumping waste into streams and waterways. The rules come after lawmakers passed the Dairy Environmental Control Act in 2014.

UV/White LED Leak Detection Lamp Kit

February 4, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The EK-365 EagleEye UV/White Light LED Leak Detection Lamp Kit enables maintenance professionals to locate industrial leaks in cramped or hard-to-reach areas where larger lamps can't. 

Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...           

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent poll found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year. Of the 111 professionals surveyed, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes.

Ky. Bourbon, Tenn. Whiskey Sales Up in US; Exports Top $1B

February 3, 2015 12:20 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey scored another round of U.S. sales growth in 2014, while exports topped $1 billion for the second straight year. Mixed together, U.S. revenues for bourbon and Tennessee whiskey rose by 9.6 percent to $2.7 billion.

VIDEO: Should Americans Be Drinking More Milk?

February 3, 2015 11:45 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Milk sales in the U.S. have dropped to a 30-year low, a trend the dairy industry describes as devastating. Industry executives say it's because their products and packaging are old fashioned and in need of innovation, but some families also have health concerns. 

How HARPC Affects Frozen Food Manufacturers

February 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Marc Masterson, IceMachinesPlus.com | Articles | Comments

Regulations on the food industry received a major overhaul when the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law. The key component of the plan for frozen food makers is to create and maintain a Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control plan.

VIDEO: Diageo Says Vodka Acquisitions Are 'Unlikely'

February 3, 2015 10:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Diageo's Chief Executive Officer Ivan Menezes says Vodka acquisitions are unlikely, even though the market is getting more competitive. Menezes talks with Jonathan Ferro on Bloomberg Television's "On the Move."           

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Budweiser Ad Stirs Controversy Among Craft Brewers, Drinkers

February 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Regardless of which team you were cheering for during the Super Bowl, chances are you probably had a beer in your hand. Many beer drinkers were offended by Budweiser's "Brewed the Hard Way" commercial because of its slap to the craft brew industry.

Hundreds Express Opposition to Sanderson Farms' NC Poultry Plant

February 3, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project.   

How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016

February 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Here is an agency-by-agency look at how President Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1. In the agricultural department, for example, Obama has proposed a new food safety agenda dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe.

Vermont's Dairy Industry Milking in the Money, Study Says

February 3, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new study says Vermont's dairy industry brings in big money. The assessment, which was funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, looks at the value that the state's top agriculture product brings to its people. Find out what some of the top findings are here.

Coca-Cola Bets the Farm on 'Premium Milk'

February 3, 2015 8:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Fairlife, which Coca-Cola formed in partnership with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers in 2012, says its milk goes through a filtration process that's akin the way skim milk is made. Fairlife says its milk has 50 percent more protein than regular milk and is lactose free.

North American Meat Institute Honors 121 Meat and Poultry Plants with Environmental Recognition and Achievement Awards

February 2, 2015 2:05 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are won by member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program.       

Sysco in Deal to Sell 11 Distribution Centers

February 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food supply company Sysco has agreed to sell 11 distribution centers to Performance Foods Group in order to alleviate Federal Trade Commission concerns over its pending $3.5 billion acquisition of rival U.S. Foods.     

Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 8:30 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

Profile Advantage Metal Detector

February 2, 2015 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

This inspection system’s new metal detection technology delivers unrivalled levels of detection sensitivity to maximize detection and ensure end-user’s brand protection.

5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

January 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

Nebraska-Based Company to Close Minneapolis Cracker Factory

January 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a statement released this week, ConAgra has decided to stop making RyKrisp crackers due to low demand, although the product was once popular among dieters and Scandinavians. The company said the plant in Southeast Minneapolis will close after production ends in March.

Dean Foods Closing Century-Old Wisconsin Plant

January 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan, Wis. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere.    

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