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Traceability And Recall: Operations Employees Like To Take Vacation, Too!


Heather Angus-Lee is the marketing writer for JustFoodERP

By Heather Angus-Lee

“We used to have only a few employees who were specialized in food recall, but we like to go on vacation, too!” says Lindsay Palmer, supply chain coordinator at Sahale Snacks based in Seattle, WA.

That bottleneck got resolved when the food processor got a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that features recall and traceability functionality. 

“Now anyone in our company can type in a lot number and hit the ‘trace’ button,” Palmer says. “Product traceability and recall functionality was one of the top priorities in our selection of an ERP vendor.

The requirement for traceability is often at the top of the list of criteria when food processors and distributors are looking for ERP software. They may have product tracing systems in place, but not necessarily precise enough to pinpoint a pro…

Rising From the Sea: Singapore's Marina Bay ...

Out of reclaimed land, Singapore's newly-developed Marina Bay area is now home to one of the world's most profitable casino resorts, glitzy financial buildings and trendy new bars and restaurants.

Unmasking the most influential billionaire in U.S. politics ...

The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson, whose misleading campaign to 'reform' traditional social welfare programs has subtly set the terms of the Washington debate.

By Michael Hiltzik

October 3, 2012

Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics?

If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative causes, the latter to liberal. In either case, you're wrong.

The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson. The son of Greek immigrants, Peterson, 86, served as Commerce secretary under President Nixon, then became chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros. Subsequently, he made his big money as co-founder of the Wall Street private equity firm Blackstone Group.

Peterson doesn't attract venom from the left like the Koch family or bile from the right like Soros. In Washington, he&#…

Emisora de Miami transmitirá en directo la travesía de votantes venezolanos ...

02 / 10 / 2012
- 06:50:09

VA / Globovisión

Una radio que emite desde Miami por internet transmitirá en directo el trayecto de más de 1.300 kilómetros que recorrerán los venezolanos desde esta ciudad hasta Nueva Orleans para votar en las elecciones presidenciales de Venezuela el próximo 7 de octubre.

Serán mas de 60 horas de transmisión de audio y vídeo a partir del 5 de octubre, que se podrán ver en la pagina web de y también a través de la pagina web del periódico El Venezolano.

Los venezolanos residentes en los estados de Florida, Carolina del Sur, Carolina del Norte y Georgia, que integran el circuito electoral de Miami, considerado el mayor centro de votación dentro y fuera de Venezuela, deben votar en esta convocatoria en Nueva Orleans por disposición del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE).

En total son 19.542 los habilitados para votar en Nueva Orleans y de ellos un 90 % reside en el sur de Florida.

La decisión del CNE obedece a que el presidente Hugo Chávez, candidato a la…

India's rich grab Australian assets, new visas may help ...

By Cecile Lefort

SYDNEY | Wed Oct 3, 2012 2:36am IST

(Reuters) - India's wealthy, from old money to nouveaux riches IT entrepreneurs, are quietly snapping up hotels and mines Down Under just as Australia embarks on an immigration campaign to attract long-term investment.

The Jindal family, ranked among the world's top 80 richest by Forbes, in May bought two minor stakes, worth a total of A$26 million (US$26.99 million), in Australian iron ore and coal mines through Jindal Steel & Power (JNSP.NS).

That followed a US$2 billion purchase by Indian self-made billionaire and college-dropout Gautam Adani (ADAN.NS) of a coal mine in the state of Queensland last year.

Silverneedle Hospitality, a company backed by Nadathur S. Raghavan, an Indian philanthropist and co-founder of software company InfosysTechnologies INFY.NX, just bought a hotel in Brisbane for A$57 million. Last year, it bought a chain of about 60 hotels in Australia and New Zealand for an undisclosed sum.

"In the last…

Singapore Port Planning for Additional 50 Million TEUs ...

Mike King, Special Correspondent | 

Oct 2, 2012 2:45PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Development plan to include 15 new berths by 2020

The port of Singapore’s container facilities will benefit from an investment of S$3.5 billion (USD$2.85 billion) over the next decade as PSA Singapore Terminals continues to boost capacity.

Phases three and four of its Pasir Panjang Terminal development will add 15 new berths and nearly 19,700 feet of quay at drafts of up to 59 feet, taking total port capacity to more than 50 million TEUs per year by 2020, up from capacity of 35 million TEU now.

PSA said the new development phases will feature an automated container yard equipped with proprietary planning and operation systems, and unmanned, rail mounted gantry cranes.

Last year Singapore was the world’s second busiest container hub after Shanghai, handling almost 30 million TEU.

Contact Mike King at…

National Mango Board claims USA mango market is steady ...


Retailers are not interested in $8.50 - 9.00 mangoes.

Volume is running very light compared to a normal year.

Most mangoes are committed at much cheaper promotions....

Mango markets steady as offshore takes over

10/02/2012 3:02:51 PM
Andy Nelson

Courtesy Central American Produce

Sabine Henry, saleswoman for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Central American Produce, expects tommy atkins from Brazil to begin peaking the week of Oct. 8.Mango importers reported a smooth transition from Mexican to offshore deals, and they expect markets to remain fairly steady into November.

Freska Produce International LLC, Oxnard, Calif., reported a good transition from its Mexican mango deal, which wound down the week of Sept. 24, to its Brazilian deal, which began the week of Oct. 1, said Gary Clevenger, managing member.

Freska plans to add Ecuadorean mangoes the week of Oct. 15, Clevenger said. The company’s Ecuadorean fruit will be focused on the West Coast and Brazilian mangoes on the East Coast.

“It’s a sm…

Wal-Mart Says Time Is Right for Japan ...

September 27, 2012, 7:06 p.m. ET

After Rocky Start, Retailer Plans Expansion, Citing Changed Shopper Mindset


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -0.46% is expanding in Japan for the first time since 2008, sensing an opening as increases in the ranks of the working poor and pensioners on fixed incomes propel a trend toward thrift there.

The retailer is planning 22 new stores in Japan in the next two years, as well as scouting for acquisitions to enlarge its 368-store presence in the world's second-largest consumer market, where it got off to a rocky start about 10 years ago.

"I expect single-person households will continue to grow and people will have less money and all of that plays to our strengths," said Steve Dacus, president and chief executive of Seiyu and Walmart Japan Holdings.

The Yomiuri Shimbun/Associated Press

Wal-Mart will expand in Japan. Above, shopping for eel at a Tokyo store.

Japan hasn't been an easy country for the Bentonville, Ark., retailer,…


MMPI (Mango Marketing, Promotions and Information working group) TO MEET ON OCTOBER 28TH IN ANAHEIM ....

Dear All

I wish to thank everybody again for their contributions and participation in the first MMPI meeting that was held 9 February in Berlin and for the information that you have shared with me throughout the year.

The meeting paved the way for better cooperation and sharing of information throughout the Global Mango community.

The second MMPI workshop will be taking place from 17:00 – 20:00 on:

28 October 2012

Anaheim Marriot hotel

700 West Convention Way

Anaheim, CA 92802

714 750 8000

The meeting will coincide with the PMA Fresh Summit, that will be held at the Anaheim Convention Centre from 26 – 28 October 2012.

The main aim of the meeting will be to:

· Ratify the purpose of the MMPI as set in the minutes of the previous meeting to provide participants with a clear structure of the operations of the working group.

· To agree upon and setup an on-going information sharing structure

· Identify role players that are willing to participate in the collation and reporting…


Published on October 1, 2012, in How To Buy Mangoes Online, Mango Variety and Season.

The CA Green Keitt Mango season is coming to a close. This is the last week, for this year, that we will be shipping this variety of mango.

If you didn’t get a chance to try and you want to get a box coming to you, please click here to order!

USA Time bomb: Military ordnance in Gulf poses threat to shipping ...

by Staff Writers

College Station TX (SPX) Oct 02, 2012

A crab sits on a mustard gas canister that appears to be leaking. Credit: Texas A and M University.

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs and other military ordnance that were dumped decades ago in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, could now pose serious threats to shipping lanes and the 4,000 oil and gas rigs in the Gulf, warns two Texas A and M University oceanographers.

William Bryant and Neil Slowey, professors of oceanography who have more than 90 years of combined research experience in all of the Earth's oceans, along with fellow researcher Mike Kemp of Washington, D.C., say millions of pounds of bombs are scattered over the Gulf of Mexico and also off the coasts of at least 16 states, from New Jersey to Hawaii.

Bryant says the discarded bombs are hardly a secret. "This has been well known for decades by many people in marine science and oceanography," he expla…

Why China, Japan dispute islands once home to just albatross feathers and fish ...

Aside from national pride, ownership could give Japan or China control of oil and gas resources.

By Peter Ford, Staff writer / October 2, 2012

Pictured in this Sept. 2 file photo are Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.

Kyodo News/AP/File

In Pictures: Troubled waters: disputes in the China SeasEnlarge


For most of human history, the five rocky islets in the eye of the current diplomatic storm between China and Japan have sat in remote and irrelevant obscurity, lapped by the tropical waters of the East China Sea.

In Pictures: Troubled waters: disputes in the China Seas

Today, leaders in Beijing are calling the barren islands "China's sacred territory since ancient times," and in Tokyo they're calling them "clearly an inherent territory of Japan."

But for generations of humbler folk on both sides, the islands have meant one thing: fi…

FSMA Final Rule still awaits approval ...

Michael Landa, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, updated the produce industry on FSMA progress at yesterday’s Volunteer Leadership Lunch. 

“Even as we wait, (for the final rule) we are implementing FSMA as fully as we can,” he said. “We are developing guidance documents, we’ve already issued some rules, we’re investing in training.” 

While he wasn’t able to predict when the final rule would be issued, Landa stressed the importance of industry input on development and direction of the rules.

~ United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Newsletter Dated October 02, 2012

Southern Spain battered by flash floods ...

Published on Sep 29, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

Flash floods in the south of Spain have killed at least eight people. The torrential downpours have soaked an area that has been suffering from two years of drought. Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

Powerful typhoon hits Japan mainland ...

by Staff Writers

Tokyo (AFP) Oct 1, 2012

Powerful Typhoon Jelawat hit the Japanese mainland Sunday, sparking the evacuation of thousands a day after it tore across southern Okinawa island, where local media said it left one dead and some 140 injured.

Packing winds of up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, the typhoon reached central Aichi prefecture at around 7:00 pm (1000 GMT) and was moving up the main island of Honshu, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The municipal government of the central city of Nagoya issued an evacuation advisory for 57,000 people living in 21,000 homes, due to the fear of flooding caused by rising river levels in the city, according to Jiji Press.

A further 11,000 were told to evacuate in the city of Ishinomaki in the country's northeast, Jiji Press reported.

A 29-year-old man was swept away by high waves when Jelawat hit Okinawa and was later confirmed dead, while at least 140 people were injured in eight prefectures, according to public broadcaster N…