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Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 3

March 26, 2015 2:25 pm | by Sean Brady, Marketing Director, Ready Meals / Case Ready, Sealed Air’s Food Care Division | Articles | Comments

In the third part of this four-part series, we ask: which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Mental Exam Ordered For Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a ...

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the fourth installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-...

Kudos to Food Manufacturers That Sweeten the Pot for Mom Bloggers

March 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

While Mom Bloggers love to review food and food-related products, they really appreciate food...

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

Supply Availability for Food and Beverage will Trump Price: Manage Your Supplier Relationships

March 26, 2015 8:45 am | by Dave Donnan, Partner and Leader of A.T. Kearney’s Global Food and Beverage Practice | Articles | Comments

Building strategic supply relationships today can give companies a disproportionate advantage as global forces impact resource availability, commodity availability, and pricing and consumer tastes. But at the same time determining when and with whom to partner be a fundamental challenge for food industry executives. Here are some examples of companies that are thinking about supply partnerships strategically.

NAMI Foundation to Host Training on Fundamentals of Meat Specifications

March 26, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

The training features a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood. 

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Heinz Buying Kraft and Building a Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and a large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 3

March 25, 2015 8:45 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the third installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, Greg discusses No. 3.

Four-Foot 28 Watt LED Light Bulb

March 25, 2015 6:00 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDT8-28W-V1 28 watt T-series LED bulb from Larson Electronics works with any T8 fluorescent light fixture, can be configured for any T series fluorescent light fixture and requires no ballast for operation.

Orkin Seasonal Pest Control Series: Think of Pests With Your Landscaping Plans This Spring

March 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

During the early spring, pests emerge from overwintering and begin actively looking for sources of food, water and shelter they need to survive. Their search may bring them to your facility, and certain aspects of your landscaping plan could be providing an open invitation for them to come inside.

J.M. Smucker Co. Completes Acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands

March 24, 2015 8:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

Big Heart Pet Brands is a leading producer, distributor, and marketer of premium-quality, branded pet food and pet snacks in the United States.  Its brands include Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles 'n Bits, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature's Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

March 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why.   

Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To?

March 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by Hugh Lenz, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials | Articles | Comments

In the first part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

Lone Star Western Beef Inc. Relocates Facility to Greater Reading, Pa.

March 23, 2015 11:50 am | by Greater Reading Economic Partnership | News | Comments

The company's products are currently sold direct to consumer on the company's e-commerce website and in over 10,000 retail stores in the United States. Lone Star currently employs fourteen people and plans to create up to 21 additional jobs, totaling 35 people.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Food Manufacturing is counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers. Today, we start with calibration functionality.

Why Food Will Continue to Get Safer

March 23, 2015 8:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) | News | Comments

From E. coli to salmonella, the headline-grabbing pathogens that can contaminate our food supply are meeting their match, thanks to an array of technology advancements that will impact both food producers and consumers, say food safety research and policy leaders.

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Maple Syrup Producer Taps Into Vermont With Plans to be Biggest in North America

March 23, 2015 8:10 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet?

Martin-Brower to Build Food Distribution Facility in Louisiana

March 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Martin-Brower Company plans a $16 million capital investment to build a new facility in Walker, La. The project will help retain 160 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs.

Fire at NY Poultry Farm Kills 50,000 Chickens

March 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say about 50,000 chickens have been killed in a fire that swept through a barn at a New York poultry farm near the Canadian border late last week.

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Grace | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each year; currently, it is estimated to make up five to seven percent of world trade or $1.77 trillion in 2015.

Managing Food and Beverage Supply in a Constrained World: Segmenting Your Suppliers

March 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dave Donnan, Partner and Leader of A.T. Kearney’s Global Food and Beverage Practice | Articles | Comments

Due to a series of supply-and-demand pressures — from a growing middle class in developing markets to increasing weather volatility — the global food industry is rapidly transforming. As a result, leading food and beverage companies are rethinking their supplier relationships

Napa Winemaker's Life, Finances Unspooling Before He Shot Investor, Self

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Robert Dahl came west from Minnesota with a powerful desire to make his fortune in Napa Valley's famed wine country. And it looked like he had succeeded — for a while.

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Assessing Structural Damage: Your No. 1 Priority After Disaster Strikes

March 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Johnny Johnson, VP of Field Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

After a disaster, your food processing plant must get up and running again as soon as possible. Making moves to clean up or sweep debris may be a tempting first response, but it could be deadly. Instead, you must assess for structural damage first.

Vacuum Conveyor

March 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor by Dorner really does suck...and that's a good thing! The 2200 Series Vaccum Conveyor is perfect for securing parts in transit on an incline conveyor or for critical applications such as inspection, assembly and accurate feeding

Pure Foods Selects Tennessee City for US Headquarters

March 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The specialty snack food maker is investing $22 million to build an 88,000-square-foot facility that's expected to create more than 270 jobs in Kingsport.

Detroit's Better Made Potato Chips Turns 85

March 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by SYLVIA RECTOR, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

Better Made was one of at least 22 chip-makers that sprang up in Detroit in the late 1920s through the mid-'30s — and the independent, family-owned business is the only one of that era still in business, a rare survivor in an industry dominated by conglomerates.

300 Watt Portable LED String Light Set

March 19, 2015 8:40 am | by Larson Electroincs LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 300 watt LED lighting system that is designed for portability and reliability within the job site, and ideal for use in rough and demanding conditions.

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