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NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) | News | Comments

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput,...

USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now...

Kellogg's Sales Thin as Dieters Drop Special K

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As cereal sales in the U.S. have been sluggish for some time now, Kellogg is also dealing with...

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Vitaminwater Fans Complain About New Sweetener

August 1, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola's brand Vitaminwater is reversing its course after fans of the popular drink began complaining of the new sweetener. The reversal comes just a few months after the company had changed the sweetener in the drink to a mix of sugar and stevia.

PRODUCT VIDEO: Syrup Sprayer

August 1, 2014 8:40 am | by Unifiller | Product Releases | Comments

Syrup Sprayer automatically sprays portion controlled liquid products on to cake layers by the use of a product sensor and single shot timer. 

Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms | Articles | Comments

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

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AB InBev Sales Grow, Sees US Improvement

August 1, 2014 8:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AB InBev, known for its Budweiser brand, says its sales and earnings grew in the second quarter, with 7.2 percent growth in Brazil alone. The world's largest beer maker also says it sees an improving economic outlook in the United States.

Judge Orders Kellogg to End Memphis-Plant Lockout

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by BCTGM International Union | News | Comments

A federal judge has granted an injunction that orders the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within the next five days. The judge states that imposing a lock over non-mandatory terms is unlawful.

Botulism Fears Lead Calif. VR Green Farms to Recall Products

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

VR Green Farms, a San Clemente-based food packaging company, is recalling several of its food products over fears of possible botulism contamination. Botulism toxins are odorless and tasteless, but can lead to serious illness and death. 

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Recently, the National Safety Council released a guide for employers, The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace, to help companies understand how employee prescription painkiller use or abuse could directly impact business.

Kraft Foods 2Q Profits Fall 42 Percent

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods, popular for its Velveeta and Oreo brands, reported a 42 percent decline in its second quarter net income. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said its earnings fell to $482 million compared to $829 million in the same quarter last year.

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

Cargill to Close Milwaukee Beef Plant Due to Cattle Shortage

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill is planning to close its Milwaukee beef-processing plant, putting more than 600 people out of work. The meat producer says the drought of 2011 and 2012 in the Midwest hurt cattle levels, and the shortage is at its lowest level since 1951.

Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

Odor Neutralizers

July 31, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Odor neutralizer products chemically react with and neutralize unpleasant smells, and leave behind a fresh, pleasant fragrance. Ideal for use in food manufacturing plants.

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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. | News | Comments

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc. | News | Comments

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support to Manufacturers

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction. The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

LED Signal Light

July 30, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Signal light is a compact design providing versatile status change indication for wide-ranging industrial applications such as conveyor lines, automated guided vehicles, machine tools, robots and warehousing.

Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

Craft a Beer Business Plan at Upcoming Workshop

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Echo Chamber Consulting | News | Comments

It's no secret that the business of craft brewing has been growing at record numbers, but brewing beer and the business of beer are not the same. Learn how to craft a business plan for your beer vision with the "How to Start a Craft Brewery" workshop on Sept. 14-16.

Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

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