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Blackmailers Threaten to Poison New Zealand Infant Milk Formula

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An anonymous blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand to protest the country's use of poisonous baits for pest control, and sent dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder laced with pesticide.

Top 10 Resolutions For Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

Kellogg Company Named One Of World's Most Ethical Companies

March 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kellogg Company | News | Comments

According to Ethisphere, an independent research center promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, honorees understand the impact ethics has on reputation and their brand. Companies on the list not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices.

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Juicy Juice Parent Buying American Beverage for $55M

March 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which owns Juicy Juice, will become one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S. when the acquisition becomes official.

U.S. Bank Invests $7.6M to Expand Virginia Snack Foods Plant

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Bank | News | Comments

U.S. Bank has invested more than $7.6 million in tax credit equity to enable Monogram Food Solutions to build a 54,000-square-foot addition to its plant and add 200 jobs to the area with Virginia’s highest unemployment rate.

Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 2:20 pm | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA, eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time and medical compensation. When it comes to workplace safety, words of caution from the experienced follow us into adulthood, for good reason.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

Bourbon Master Tester For Brown-Forman: 28-Year-Old Marianne Barnes

March 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

8 Ways to Prevent, Respond to Food Manufacturing Plant Explosions

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Phil Turner, Director of Field Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

If your food processing or beverage plant houses an ammonia refrigeration system, an explosion is your worst nightmare. Because your facility is at risk for this type of emergency, it’s imperative to understand both the proactive and reactive measures you must take in the event of an explosion.

Seafood Producers Affected By 2011 Quake Slow to Recover Sales

March 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A poll of Japanese processed seafood producers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showed Friday that only 40 percent have seen sales recover to 80 percent or more of pre-disaster levels.

Local Meat in High Demand; Butcher Profession Dwindling

March 6, 2015 8:10 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for locally produced beef is surging as never before, but the butchers who for generations have prepared and sold meat to customers and markets are a dwindling profession. Thousands of butchers are approaching retirement age across the country.

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4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

March 5, 2015 12:55 pm | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

Whether budget, competing IT priorities or required time away from day-to-day operations stand in the way, the resources required to get your supply chain project implemented can be scarce.

The State of Women in the Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.  

Co-Founder of K-Cups Doesn't Own a Keurig Machine

March 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain made $4.7 billion in revenue last year and much of that money was thanks to its K-Cups — the small pods used for easy coffee brewing. But in a recent interview, co-founder John Sylvan admitted to not even owning a Keurig.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

 There is another group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence — regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace.

How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping.

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling in 2015

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

Case Study: Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Drive-in rack system helps Coloma Frozen Foods expand, cut costs and improve safety.

Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 8:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include...

5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 3:10 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing mobile ecosystem in order to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re performing safety inspections or tracking inventory across the plant, manually managing complex processes is no longer an option.

Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

Q&A: Talking Food/Plant Safety and Security

March 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with George Gansner, Director, Marketing & Business Development, IFS Management, to discuss trends, topics and issues related to plant safety and security.

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