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Developing a social media policy
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Your company may not be actively using social media, but that doesn't mean your employees aren't using social media to discuss your company. You may want to consider developing a personal social media policy for employees to protect your company's reputation. For example, some corporations' policies state that employees are not permitted to share financial data or internal communications on social media. There are a number of online resources to help corporations develop social media policies, including an online database of sample social media policies collected by This infographic provides a brief overview of social media policies. Also, be sure to review your social media policy with legal counsel to ensure you are not in violation of any labor laws. More

GCCA/OSHA Alliance release 2nd safety poster
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The GCCA/OSHA Alliance recently completed work on its second safety poster. The new poster focuses on the importance of knowing your facility's Emergency Action Plan, including alarms, evacuation routes, assembly points and key contacts in an emergency. The poster, along with the Alliance's first poster on general ammonia safety (available in both English and Spanish) can be found on the GCCA/OSHA Alliance webpage. The Alliance Implementation Team also is working on future posters that will address the OSHA National Emphasis Program for Chemical Facilities and personal protective equipment. More

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Registration opens for Operational Commander Course
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IARW has teamed up with the Ammonia Safety and Training Institute to provide a brand new cutting-edge course designed to teach managers to become "Operations Commanders." The one-day, eight-hour Operational Commander Course provide students with an improved capacity to manage an emergency event in a safe and competent manner, minimizing the "chaotic curve" that results from a poorly managed emergency event. This is an essential workshop for emergency managers, nontechnician certified command team members, and anyone who wants to learn more about best practices in crisis management. Upcoming courses will be offered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Southern California, USA. Registration is $365 and includes all course materials and lunch. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate. This course fulfills the Operations Responder eight-hour training and the annual Technician refresher training requirements defined in OSHA 1910-120 (q). More


Accellos to launch 3PL Suite for Microsoft Dynamics at Convergence 2012
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Accellos Inc. is building on its long and successful history of providing advanced solutions for third party logistics providers by unveiling AccellosOne 3PL for Microsoft Dynamics at Convergence 2012, being held March 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Accellos, a Silver Sponsor of the event, will be demonstrating its latest solutions in booth 904. Accellos' CTO will hold a sponsor speaking session March 20 entitled "Driving ROI Through Supply Chain Excellence." More

RLS Logistics Goes Solar With HelioSage
RLS Logistics and HelioSage Energy announce the commissioning of a 257 kilowatt solar array atop the RLS headquarters in Newfield, NJ! Benefits for RLS include a discounted power bill, reduced carbon emissions, and less reliance on grid power. Stop by Booth #321 in Tucson or click here to learn more!

Raymond welcomes winner of Toyota Material Handling Australia's National Skills Competition
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A New South Wales, Australia, forklift apprentice visited The Raymond Corporation in Greene, New York, USA, on March 5-7 as a result of winning Toyota Material Handing Australia's annual two-day National Skills Competition, which was held in September 2011. Andrew Borsato from TMHA's Coffs Harbour branch won the apprentice section of the contest. More

SmartWatt Energy completes energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades at NOR-AM Cold Storage Logistics
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SmartWatt Energy has helped NOR-AM Cold Storage Logistics achieve savings of 218,761 kilowatt hours at their facility in Schuyler, Nebraska, USA, after an LED lighting retrofit. Representatives from Cornhusker Public Power District were at NOR-AM on Feb. 28 to present a $24,016.08 incentive check for the energy efficient lighting upgrades. The funds are made possible through the EnergyWise program offered by Cornhusker Power, partnered with its power supplier, Nebraska Public Power District. More


DOE offering funding for energy saving mechanical systems or building envelope technologies
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published a Funding Opportunity Announcement that is to develop specifically-identified technologies for buildings that are cost effective and can have a tremendous impact on energy savings overall and lead to a market-ready solution within five years of project launch. Approximately $12 million is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement. Concept papers are due April 17. More

IWLA 2012 Annual Convention addresses intergenerational issues
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Members of the North American warehouse-based third-party logistics industry will gather at the International Warehouse Logistics Association 2012 Annual Convention, scheduled for March 18-20, at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in downtown San Francisco, California, USA. The 2012 convention theme is "Bridging Generations for Success" and will feature speakers and educational sessions designed to improve profits for warehouse-based 3PLs. The convention will include a keynote presentation by Tom Deans, an intergenerational wealth expert and best-selling author of "Every Family's Business." Deans will share an approach to family business succession planning. More

Report: Consumers seek ethnic, bold packaged food
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ReportsnReports, a market research firm, has found that Americans are becoming more adventurous eaters, according to its new report, "Packaged Food in the U.S." More

Bonduelle buys Allens frozen vegetable sites in US
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Bonduelle North America is acquiring three processing plants and a packaging center for frozen vegetables, all owned by Allens. The purchase is expected to be complete by the end of March. More

Iceland Foods CEO purchases frozen food chain for $2.3 billion
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Iceland Foods Ltd. CEO Malcolm Walker teamed with investors including DFS Furniture founder Graham Kirkham to acquire the budget U.K. supermarket chain from its Icelandic owners for $2.3 billion after fending off rival bids. More

Heinz increases focus on TGI Friday's frozen snacks, appetizers
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H.J. Heinz Co. is significantly strengthening its focus on the T.G.I. Friday's line of frozen snacks and appetizers by increasing its investment in marketing and product development in fiscal year 2013. More

Target remodels 100 stores to expand food selections
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Later this month, Target Corp. will complete remodels at more than 100 stores, and beginning March 25, these stores will offer a full selection of fresh foods. More

Food production operations waking up to breakfast trends
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Why should a plant manager care about the trendy new food he saw on a cable show last night? Because it could end up in the R&D lab tomorrow and in his own plant's machinery shortly thereafter. More

Vegetarian food pioneer launches urban gardening campaign
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Refrigerated meat alternatives leader Lightlife and the nonprofit organization Urban Farming have teamed up in an effort to build healthier communities and end hunger by helping people become self-sustainable through the simple act of gardening. More

Tyson Prepared Foods recalls misbranded pizza toppings
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Tyson Prepared Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 12,060 pounds of pizza topping products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. More

ConAgra Foods completes purchase of Del Monte Canada
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ConAgra Foods Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Del Monte Canada, based in Toronto, from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. The purchase includes Del Monte branded packaged fruit, fruit snacks and vegetable products in Canada. More

Truckload Carriers Association backs mandatory speed limiters
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The Truckload Carriers Association board of directors has approved a policy supporting a federal mandate of speed limiters on commercial trucks that would not allow them to exceed 65 mph. More


EU requires additional residue testing for meat, poultry
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The European Union has implemented additional screening requirements for meat and poultry products being exported to any EU member state. Residue testing will focus on various chemicals — including ractopamine — in a range of meat and poultry. More

FDA issues guidance on Salmonella testing in food, animal feed
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The Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance for all companies in the supply chain for human food or animal food, addressing testing procedures for Salmonella species. More

FSIS offers advice in choosing third-party lab testing facilities
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USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has developed guidelines for meat, poultry and egg processors to use when selecting commercial or private microbiological testing labs in order to get accurate, reliable results. More

World food prices up, raising inflation concern
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Inflation concerns emerged as global food prices rose for a second straight month in February, the United Nation's food index showed. World food prices were up one percent month on month in February, driven by gains in cereals, vegetable oils and sugar, but were still some 10 percent off a record high hit in February 2011, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said. More

US exports to China boom, despite trade tensions
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While the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to soar, a surge in U.S. exports is emerging as a bright spot in the often-troubled trade ties between the world's largest economy and its largest foreign creditor. More

Russia to ban cattle imports from all EU states
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Russia's food safety and sanitary watchdog will ban cattle imports from all EU countries from March 20 following the spread of the Schmallenberg and Bluetongue viruses. More

House panel debates new poultry inspection rule
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A proposal to reform poultry inspection that would shift quality and deflect oversight away from USDA inspectors toward the companies processing the birds has come under heavy criticism by Food & Water Watch. Last week, the debate spilled over into an agriculture appropriations hearing in the House. More

Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in Senate
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Lawmakers are under pressure to find a way to keep federal aid flowing to highway and transit programs beyond the end of this month after a transportation bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate. More

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