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Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

Slicing System

July 17, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The slicing system reduces giveaway and increases yields with a patented technology that provides complete automated control of each log being delivered to the blade.

Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

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Food Guide to Enhance Productivity, Increase Profits

July 16, 2014 11:20 am | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

In the newest Food Productivity Guide published by METTLER TOLEDO, food and beverage manufacturers are given a food process and equipment selection reference tool in topics from filling and batching to checkweighing and inspection techniques.

Compliance for Food-Grade Product Manufacturing

July 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management | Articles | Comments

Producing safe food demands food safety management and compliance from all who contribute to the final food packaging and contact materials—those supplying materials, making the packaging, manufacturing food contact materials and distributing the final products.

Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

VIDEO: Can Traceability Prevent Seafood Fraud?

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Lexicon of Sustainability | Videos | Comments

Did you know one third of all fish you buy isn't what you think it is? Approximately 57 percent of the time, what is labeled as White Tuna is actually Escolar, a fish that is dangerous enough to cause serious health concerns. So, what's the solution to seafood fraud?

Explosion Proof Portable LED Lights

July 16, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

This light provides 9,000 square feet of work area coverage and is mounted on a spun aluminum base that is powder coated for added durability and aesthetics.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? Lay's Thinks So

July 15, 2014 2:39 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Frito-lay announces cappuccino-flavored chips for its Lay's brand beginning in late July. The coffee-flavored chips are part of the four finalists of its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S., which allows people to create a new potato chip.

New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

Purchase Order Management Must Go Beyond Tracking Orders

July 15, 2014 11:20 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Many ERP packages have fallen short, because they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of methods. 

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

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VIDEO: Wild Turkey Distiller Reveals Secrets to Success

July 15, 2014 8:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Jimmy Russell, master distiller of Wild Turkey and worker since 1954, speaks to USA Today's "The Street" host about 60 years of the bourbon business. Russell says Wild Turkey has become an enduring brand by making its product the old fashioned way.

Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

Steel-Toe Socks

July 15, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New men's work socks feature a high-tenacity blend of fibers which are 15 times stronger than steel. These fibers blended into the heel and toe areas provide comfort and safety.

ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor for $93M

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods, famous for its Hunts and Healthy Choice brands, bought TaiMei Potato Industry, a Chinese processor, for $93 million. ConAgra said the purchase will help the company sell more frozen potato products, like french fries and mashed potatoes, throughout Asia. 

Cargill Plans $45M Grain Handling Facility

July 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to open a $45 million grain handling facility in West Memphis, the first in Arkansas, that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans. Approximately 70 million bushels of grain are produced and harvested within an hour's drive of West Memphis.

Indiana Plans 60- Acre Aquaculture Park

July 14, 2014 11:30 am | by The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana | News | Comments

Indiana is working on developing the state's first aquaculture park, a 60-acre facility, in hopes of attracting more business to build up the fish production in the area. The proposed park would be near the Delaware County town of Albany.

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

When Shopping for an ERP Solution, Beware the Empty Promise

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Timothy D. Garcia
 | Articles | Comments

Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

VIDEO: Milk Journeys From Farm to You in 48 Hours

July 14, 2014 9:36 am | by MidwestDairy | Videos | Comments

How long does it take fresh milk to get from the farm to your table? In this video from Midwest Dairy, find out what duties and processes take place before you pick up that gallon of milk at the store. Take a look at milk's journey of 48 hours in 48 seconds.

Lindt & Spruengli Buys Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lindt & Spruengli, a Swiss chocolate maker, is purchasing Russell Stover Candies, Inc for an unknown amount. The CEO of the Swiss company says the purchase will provide the company with a unique opportunity for them to expand in North America. 

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

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