Food & Beverage
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9/19/2018

At the end of any well-executed grocery supply chain is a satisfied consumer. However, as we witness an era of unprecedented change in food retail, supply chains must become more agile to keep today's consumer satisfied. Explore ways in which the supply chain is evolving.

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9/19/2018

Each time a product is touched in the supply chain -- in production, on the shelf or in between -- costs and availability are impacted. One of the most significant drivers that can cause an increase in product handling is simply the way a product is ordered. Retailers stand to gain from optimizing product flow through the supply chain. Ordering the right quantities of product can impact operational costs like labor, workplace injuries, product damage, storage and floor space.

Presented by FMI and CHEP, join us as we discuss:

  • Specific operational and environmental savings that can be achieved throughout the supply chain while ensuring days-on-hand targets are met.
  • Order patterns that impact labor inefficiencies, causing product to be "case picked."
  • The importance of a stable unit load.

This free webinar will be held today at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register now.

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9/19/2018

Coca-Cola has acquired Organic & Raw Trading Co., an Australian firm with a portfolio that includes the Mojo kombucha brand. "The addition of Mojo kombucha fits perfectly with the growing popularity of organic, probiotic drinks," said Coca-Cola Australia President Vamsi Mohan.

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9/19/2018

B&G Foods' Green Giant brand has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to feature artwork from two of its patients on limited-edition packaging this fall, in addition to providing the hospital with a $350,000 gift. "It was important for us to release this timed to September and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to bring awareness of the important work being done by St. Jude to help children and families," said Green Giant's Jordan Greenberg.

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Drug Store News
9/19/2018

Talking Rain Beverage Co. is bringing its Sparkling Ice brand into the energy drink category with the debut of Sparkling Ice + Caffeine. The company is testing the product in select cities and expects a nationwide rollout next year.

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9/19/2018

The grower-owners of New York's Crunch Time Apple Growers are turning out higher volumes of the RubyFrost and SnapDragon varieties this year. The company licenses the rights to grow, market and sell the varieties, which were developed by Susan Brown, an apple breeder at Cornell University.

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Susan Brown, Cornell University
9/19/2018

New varieties and hardier plants are helping US blackberry growers extend the season a bit more each year. Berry farmers in California and North Carolina have two growing seasons annually, and the current fall season could extend into October, while Mexico's blackberry season is off to a slower-than-usual start.

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North Carolina, Mexico, California
9/19/2018

Cyclospora was detected in two romaine lettuce samples from McDonald's, but the pathogens were not part of the outbreak linked to the chain's salads, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Some 2,173 cyclosporiasis cases have been confirmed in the US this spring and summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

9/19/2018

Australia will change the law to increase the maximum penalty for people convicted of contaminating food to 15 years in jail, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week. The change comes as officials continue to seek the culprit in a growing wave of reports of needles and pins found in strawberries.

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Reuters
9/19/2018

A Utica, N.Y., project called Food2Energy seeks to transform food waste from restaurants, colleges and other places into energy. The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority will build a $3.4 million facility set to open in 2019 to process the food waste, and organizations can dispose of food scraps there at $20 less than the usual rate of $62 per ton.

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