Oreo Cookie Manufacturer Mondelez to Buy Hershey; Hershey Says No.

On Thursday Hershey shot down a buyout offer from Mondelez, maker’s of the Oreo cookie brand. Hershey confirmed getting a preliminary offer from Mondelez for that offered money and stocks totaling $107 for each share of Hershey Co. common stock. That would bring value the value of the deal to roughly $22.3 billion. Hershey turned down this initial offer, and a Mondelez spokesperson, Valerie Moens, didn’t want to comment on whether the company would make a new offer.

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Plant Automation

Plant Automation in Food Manufacturing

Who executes your company’s specific manufacturing processes better than your most efficient employees, with or without automation? If you said “no one”, then you answered correctly. Your best operators streamline your operation — but your best operators can’t be at the plant 24 hours a day. Other less experienced or knowledgeable employees will need to fill in, and the plant manager will expect the same consistent high quality and output goals to be met.

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Training for Ballast Water Treatment Retrofits

With the market for retrofitting facilities with Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment systems in full swing, the ability for suppliers to deliver treatment systems will be just one cog in a much larger machine. Alfa Laval have created a brand new comprehensive training program that helps engineering companies learn how to work with the PureBallast Alfa Laval is preparing to meet this new retrofit boom head on.

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OSHA Introduces New Safety Program in Nebraska

OSHA recently launched a safety focused program in Nebraska for workers in the meat processing industry. Machine guarding, repetitive motion injuries, process safety management, control of hazardous energy, and musculoskeletal injuries are some of the topics of discussion. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ shows 7.5% of all meat processing workers reported experiencing illness and/or injury in 2014.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a New Facility

When you choose the ideal site for a new food manufacturing, processing, or packaging plant, you should first ask yourself a very important question: “How will this new location help my company thrive?” If you put together a solid business plan based on the type of goods sold and the quantity of the goods you will produce. By asking yourself that question you can create a certain criteria for each site that you consider. You should look at several [...]

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Adapting to Resealable Food Packaging Technology

Although resealable food packaging still gains in popularity, there are still some companies out there that haven’t really thought about making the decision to change from the old and outdated forms of packaging due to misconceptions about the costs involved. In the past it used to be more expensive to add a resealable feature to food packaging, which some companies viewed as a little too risky. But now, thanks to a new option called “pre-applied zipper film” these companies [...]

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Big Data Food Manufacturing

How Big Data Changed the Food Manufacturing Industry

The Internet of Things is still permeating in the minds of the people responsible for making the technological decisions in all areas of most industries. Recent estimates theorize that the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet’s financial impact nearing trillions of dollars, the big data that these new technologies create are getting larger and larger in volume every day. That means that having an analytical eye for understanding the data produced by these technologies has become critical to analyzing [...]

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Natural Flavoring and Colors in Food Manufacturing

Food manufacturing firm General Mills Inc. has long been determining the perfect natural food colouring agents. With using fruits, greens and spices, they’re attempting to exchange synthetic food coloring that will go well with the palate of customers with out compromising the general enchantment and style of the food shoppers have gotten used to.   It has been reported that Individuals have gotten involved over synthetic meals coloring, flavorings, dyes, and preservatives. This growing demand from customers prompted food [...]

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Food Processing in the Agriculture Business

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. (CAEDC) has recently finalized the Strategic Financial Development Plan, authorized by the Board of Commissioners on Dec. 7th, for Cumberland County. Within the plan, the focused trade for the focus space of Business Attraction shall be agribusiness with a selected emphasis on food processing and manufacturing. 

The world’s strategic location, plentiful and fertile farmland, expert workforce, and complete infrastructure permits merchandise to get to market rapidly and at an affordable price. These are [...]

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New Food Packaging Additive WESTON 705

The recent increased interest in the consumer wellness movement for more wholesome food and ingredients has made major companies like Nestle and Kraft jump on the trend by eliminating artificial ingredients. Now food and beverage companies are looking at food packaging as the next big step in food safety. Back in the early years of 2000, many groups representing concerned consumers began questioning the use of bisphenol A, BPA, in baby bottles and other food and beverage containers. Then [...]

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