Last month, ERP provider SAP hosted 15,000 customers, partners and journalists at its annual user conference, SAPHIRE, in Orlando, FL. Although the software has been known to be difficult, time-consuming and expensive to install, Richard Ogburn, SAP vice president for small- to medium-sized enterprise solution center reports that the company has been addressing this issue with a variety of implementation aids.
Restaurateur-turned-processor Charles Dale believes shelf-stable foodservice products are poised to replace frozen and refrigerated ingredients, and his new Stock-in-a-Box soup stocks will ride that wave into the nation's restaurants.
California and several other states that have mandated strict food product labeling requirements are taking their fight against federal uniform standards to the US Senate. The House of Representatives approved legislation in March to set one national standard, so food manufacturers don't have to adopt different packaging for products sold in different states.
Bush Brothers & Co. is investing $38 million to expand its Chestnut Hill, TN, operation. The processing capacity of the current 200,000-sq.-ft. facility will be doubled and include a building addition of 40,000 sq. ft. for a new sterilizing system.
Christopher Warmoth, senior vice president for Heinz Asia, and Michael Milone, senior vice president Pacific and Rest of World, will both assume the position of executive vice president, president and CEO for Heinz's operations in Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.
USDA has set up a toll-free number for poultry producers to report any suspicious deaths or illnesses in their flocks that could be the deadly H5N1 virus, or "bird flu." US officials say they expect the virus to first arrive in North America via migratory wild birds, but that commercial flocks could also be vulnerable.
Wayne Farms LLC opened its Decatur, AL, further processing facility in January. The new plant is Wayne Farms' sixth poultry facility in the state and is bringing an additional 165 new jobs to the area.
Dole Food Co. promoted Peter Gilmore to vice president, Eastern Seaboard sourcing. Gilmore joined Dole in 1979 as a management analyst. His most current role with the company was vice president, business development for Dole Fresh Fruit.
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream's Bakersfield, CA, plant was honored as Food Engineering's (FE) 2006 Plant of the Year in a special awards presentation at the Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference last month.