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Happy 150th Birthday, Jim Beam!

August 20, 2014 2:56 pm | by Beam Suntory | News | Comments

Fans named Jim Beam are invited to make history in Kentucky by joining in on toasting their "namesake" during the legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150th birthday celebration. Jim Beam Bourbon is now the world's number-one selling bourbon whiskey.

Investing in America’s Manufacturing Future

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help...

Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | News | Comments

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to...

Q&A: How 1 US Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from...

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WhiteWave to Remove Critical Ingredient from Horizon, Silk Milks

August 20, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After much criticism in some circles, and natural-food advocates pointing to animal studies that suggest it causes gastrointestinal inflammation, WhiteWave Foods is removing carrageenan from its Horizon milks and Silk beverages within the next two years.

Food Compactor Systems

August 20, 2014 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Food compactor systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

Vacuum Tumbler

August 20, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vacuum Tumbler increases yield, tenderizes product, reduces cook time and evenly distributes flavor throughout the product whether it is meat, fish or poultry.

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New CEO of Idled SD Beef Plant Optimistic About Future

August 18, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. The new CEO of the renamed New Angus plant said he is working on a five-year plan for the facility with a goal of eventually employing nearly 600 people and handling up to 1,000 head of cattle per day.

Craft Brewer Sun King Plans Indiana Expansion

August 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Craft beer maker Sun King Brewing Co. is planning to build a second production facility and tasting room in central Indiana. The new brewery, which is expected to open next summer, will help Sun King keep up with demand and have outdoor space for events with up to 3,000 people.

Process Solutions For Adding Gluten-Free to Your Product Mix

August 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food facilities that work with allergen products can design dedicated process lines to avoid cross-contamination issues. Yet, with gluten-free products being relatively new, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

Oscillating Circulation Fan

August 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whether aimed at a workstation using a standard wall mount or down an aisle or assembly line using a pedestal, Twister provides the versatility and performance needed to improve worker productivity and safety where it's needed most.

Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

August 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food producers often find themselves saddled with too many different products, or SKUs, all in an effort to appease customers. Too many SKUs can drag down profits with frequent changeovers that drive up production costs and decrease throughput.

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Economic Development: What's in it for Food Manufacturers?

August 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Charles Ching, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Fairfield, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Fairfield officials see a bright road ahead for its food manufacturing cluster because of a business-friendly environment, available space to attract additional businesses and its impressive list of attributes, like its ample supply of water. 

NH Frozen Pizza Facility Comes Back From the Ashes

August 15, 2014 9:08 am | by Rustic Crust | News | Comments

Rustic Crust, a manufacturer of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, is soon to break ground with a new frozen pizza facility on the site of its former factory in Pittsfield, N.H., which burned to the ground earlier this year.      

Coca-Cola Bets on Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is buying a heavy stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. The deal is the latest move by Coca-Cola to look beyond its own portfolio of Sprite, Dasani, Powerade and other drinks for growth. 

US Producer Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in July

August 15, 2014 8:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June. The cost of vegetables, among other goods, fell. In the past year, producer prices have risen just 1.7 percent, slightly below the Federal Reserve's target.

Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps to Compete With Larger Rivals

August 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | Articles | Comments

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to get volume discounts. 

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Illinois Company is Latest to Venture into Carp Business

August 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.

Bottled Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

August 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine Springs bottled water company says it is required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. Now, the company is suing Poland Spring, which apparently told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

Keurig Raises Coffee Prices By 9 Percent

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain said that it needs to boost prices because of factors including higher prices for cocoa and green coffee and increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs. The price increases will take effect on Nov. 3.

Flexible Loading Dock Enclosure

August 14, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexible fabric wall systems enclose the interior loading dock areas. The adaptable wall systems substantially reduce facility energy costs and greatly enhance employee comfort at the loading dock without the need to build permanent walls.

Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota | News | Comments

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

Preventing Pests From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Rotex | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation. 

Kellogg to Require Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:30 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer, is announcing new global sustainability commitments in two areas — responsible sourcing and natural resources. Under the plan, the company will require suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas outputs.

US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

Rethinking Supply Chain Processes to Boost Margins

August 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Brian Shannon, Principal Business Process Management Strategist, Dolphin Corp. | Articles | Comments

Companies across the spectrum of food manufacturing, whether it be a purveyor of customized ingredients for the food and beverage industry or a multi-national food company, have all found a recipe for success and profitability by optimizing their near-cash processes.

Cart Mounted Lights

August 13, 2014 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof portable tank light with a manhole mount flange option uses a 400 watt metal halide lamp to produce 75,000 lumens of light capable of illuminating 20,000 sq. ft. of work area.

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