State of Logistics Report

March 13, 2024
In Loadsmart’s 2024 Q1 State of Logistics report, you’ll gain a greater understanding of where the market is heading through several key data points and analyses.
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Animal Proteins

New Pork Processing Plant Opens in Western Canada, Easing Shipping Strains for Hog Farmers

Nov. 3, 2023
The North 49 Foods facility in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, will alleviate the need to ship Canadian-raised sows hundreds of miles across the border to the U.S. for processing.
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Snack Foods

Utz Brands Sells Indiana Plant and Will Close Oldest Facility in Hanover, Pa.

Sept. 29, 2023
Hanover, Pa.-based snack manufacturer will shutter its Carlisle Street Plant, has sold its Bluffton, Ind., facility, and will sell its Louisiana and Alabama facilities.
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Legal Issues

Florida Men Sentenced for Multimillion-Dollar, Organized Meat Theft Ring

Aug. 3, 2023
The three men stole an estimated $9 million worth of meat in refrigerated trailers over the course of 17 months in the Great Plains and Midwest.
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Capital Spending

Kraft Heinz Unveils Plan for Massive Automated Distribution Facility in Northern Illinois

July 13, 2023
The 775,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is expected to open in DeKalb, Ill., in 2025 and drive twice the volume for Kraft Heinz customers.
Visual Content
"Data Security"

Americold Suffers Second Network Breach in Three Years

May 2, 2023
Cold storage and logistics company requested customers cancel inbound and most outbound deliveries after it had to shut down its breached network.
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JBS Grand Island Beef Plant Reports Theft of Trailer of Beef

March 31, 2023
About $275,000 worth of beef headed to Virginia never arrived, and the truck’s GPS tracker was disabled.
Schedule And Forecast
Plant Operations and Engineering

How To Schedule and Forecast Efficient Operations

March 20, 2023
Scheduling and forecasting production may seem like an eternal battle against time, but the right approach and tools can help overcome these challenges.
Regulatory Compliance

Biden Uses War Act in Baby Formula Crisis

May 19, 2022
President Biden has tapped the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law, to try to get production of baby formula ramped up.

Ingredient Shortages Are Creating Supply Chain Woes Like Never Before

May 6, 2022
Ingredient shortages are forcing processors to reformulate, downsize and look for alternate sources or alternative ingredients.
Business Strategies

Survey: Supply Chain Focus is Too Short-Term

May 4, 2022
Improving the supply chain is a big priority for companies, but many of them are focusing on basics at the expense of wider opportunities.

Baby Formula Still Hard to Find

April 13, 2022
Baby formula shortages, caused in part by a recent product recall, are so acute that some retailers have taken to rationing it.