If you are a shipper or receiver and still have an interest in attending, we have saved a limited number of slots for you available on a first come basis. Shipper and Receivers (only) can contact Royce Fisk, Executive Director at rfisk@foodshippersofamerica.org There is still limited room availability at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort and at the adjacent Waldorf Astoria for conference attendees only. Reminder that use of room discount while not a registered conference attendee will result in seasonal room rate to be incurred.
The U.S. regulatory agency overseeing transportation at the federal level has announced a new official committee on automation, be it autonomous driving, drones or other self-guided modes of getting around. The committee is designed to help the Department of Transportation (DOT) learn from industry experts regarding how it should be shaping policy and research in these emerging fields. Members of the committee include industry experts like Co-Chairs Mary Barra (GM CEO); politicians including Eric Garcetti (LA Mayor); along with researchers like Vice Chair Dr. J Chris Gerdes of Stanford University’s engineering department. Other noteworthy members include Waymo CEO John Krafcik, Delphi Automotive Engineering VP Mary Gustanski, Uber North America GM Rachel Holt, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, as well as Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson – plus, American hero and one-time Tom Hanks role Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. A full list of committee members follows below.
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A seasoned fast moving consumer goods executive is taking over from Bernt Bodal as CEO of American Seafoods Group. Mikel Durham will take over from Bodal, the longtime CEO of American Seafoods, effective Jan. 16, sources told Undercurrent News. The company later confirmed the hire. "I am delighted to welcome Mikel Durham to the American Seafoods family," said Bodal. "Mikel is a talented food service and consumer products executive with a proven track record of strong performance. I look forward to working closely with her to build greater awareness and demand for the healthy and sustainably-harvested wild seafood products we produce."
The tournament will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club adjacent to the conference hotel on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The morning round is sold out. There are still 30 slots available for the afternoon tee time of 1 p.m.
Food Shippers Agenda 2017
Mike Tamana Freight Lines LLC
Syfan Logistics, Inc.
The incoming Trump administration is looking to "unleash the potential" of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect's pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday. Economic gains are being "jeopardized" by aging infrastructure, rising highway fatalities, growing congestion and a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies, Chao testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Chao, 63, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate. She was labor secretary during George W. Bush's administration and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Tyson Foods has awarded its U.S. media planning and buying business to Mindshare after a review that concerned marquee brands Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm and Tyson Brand. The move amounts to a consolidation for the food giant, which has existing relationships with other WPP agencies including Ogilvy and Y&R. "Our decision to appoint Mindshare was based, in part, on our intent to centralize agency resources through WPP," a company spokesperson wrote, adding, "Mindshare is the right media partner to support our ambitious growth."
Mack Trucks is reigniting interest in Dimethyl Ether, or DME, a clean-burning alternative to diesel, with a new field test to be conducted in partnership with Oberon Fuels and New York City’s sanitation department. The test, using a Class 8 Mack Pinnacle tractor with a 13-liter engine, began this week and is scheduled to run for several weeks of evaluation, with results to be published by mid-year. It is the first commercial test of a DME-powered Mack. The truck maker, along with its parent company Volvo Trucks, voiced interest in the fuel several years ago, but low diesel prices dampened enthusiasm for alternative fuels and both companies canceled their planned DME engine projects in late 2014. But with growing political and social pressure for cleaner vehicle emissions, alternative fuels are catching on again.
CH Guenther & Son, Inc www.chg.com
Citrus World
Domino's Pizza LLC
Dot Foods, Inc
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Pizza Wholesale of Lexington, In
Save A Lot Food Stores
Shamrock Foods
Tip Top Poultry
Ventura Foods
American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said he was honored to be selected as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation's transportation automation advisory committee. "I am grateful to have been chosen by Secretary Foxx to serve on this important panel," Spear said. "Trucking is vital to the U.S. economy and an important part of our transportation system, so it is imperative that trucking and this association have a seat at the table when it comes to issues like autonomous vehicles, and we will be driving that outcome. "While large-scale use of autonomous trucks is years away, the policy framework that will govern this future is being debated and ultimately written today, and I look forward to vigorously participating in those discussions on behalf of the trucking industry."
Kellogg Co. has hired Fareed Khan as its chief financial officer. Khan, formerly of US Foods Holding Corp., will replace outgoing CFO Ron Dissinger, who announced his intentions to retire last year. He comes to the Battle Creek-based breakfast and snack food company after four years at US Foods with previous stops as senior vice president and CFO of United Stationers and in several management-level roles at USG Corp. Khan officially joins the company on Feb. 17.
A fast-growing Ohio shipping firm is opening its first Wisconsin office at The City Center at 735 building in downtown Milwaukee. Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics has leased 9,372 square feet on the sixth floor of the City Center building at 735 N. Water St. The company’s office is scheduled to open March 6. The new office will open with five employees with plans to eventually bring 50 to 75 new jobs to the city over the next three years. The location will be Total Quality’s 58th office nationwide and its first to open in 2017.
Hermann Services, Inc.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state’s newly launched electronic bidding service for contractors working with the Department of Transportation (MDOT) will save the private and public sectors a total of $800,000 per year, according to Equipment World. Used by approximately 40 transportation departments nationwide, Info Tech’s Bid Express system lets contractors submit bids, download contract documents and receive real-time project updates.
Investors eyeing a purchase of Campbell Soup Co. (Symbol: CPB) stock, but tentative about paying the going market price of $59.95/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the alternative strategies at their disposal. One interesting put contract in particular, is the January 2018 put at the $55 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of $2.75. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 5% return against the $55 commitment, or a 4.9% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost ).
Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc.
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Pro Star Logistics
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday state budget problems mean it would be "very difficult" to win legislative approval for a $700 million tax and fee hike for roads and bridges. The increase was recommended last month by a task force named by the governor, and the issue is expected to be debated during the 2017 regular session. Edwards, in an hour-long meeting with the editorial board of The Advocate, said while state transportation needs are tremendous, ongoing state budget problems will make it hard for a major boost in road and bridge spending. While the task force did not spell out a specific way to raise $700 million annually, it said state g
State of Tennessee Treasury Department maintained its stake in shares of Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 45,379 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the third quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Sanderson Farms were worth $4,371,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.



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