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P&G Abandons Foods, Sells Pet Food Brands to Mars for $2.9B

April 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble is shifting away from the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers. The world's biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 percent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion.

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Consumer Trends: More Shoppers Grab Nut-Based Spreads

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

More and more consumers are shopping for nut-based and sweet spreads, according to Mintel. New research indicates that, despite very high household penetration rates, there is still room for growth in this multi-billion dollar category.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Rating Lowered on Struggling Soda Sales

April 9, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. declined Tuesday as an analyst lowered her rating on the beverage company, saying she believes it is overexposed to the U.S. carbonated soft drink category. Dr Pepper Snapple has been dealing with Americans cutting back on soda.

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Virus Kills Millions of Baby Pigs, Drives Up Pork Prices

April 9, 2014 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, never before seen in the U.S., has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year. With little known about how the virus spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

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Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

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Ex-Broker Gets Prison Time for Bribing Buyers at Kraft, Frito-Lay

April 9, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies were sentenced in a federal price-fixing case. Randall Rahal was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants like Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

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Photos of the Day: South Korea's Signature Seafood Dish Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.

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South Koreans Crave Fish That Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.

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A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | News | Comments

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

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Ergonomic Order Picking

April 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Ergo-Label Beam combines the comfortable, ergonomic order selection of the Ergo Beam® with the abuse resistance and barcode label protection inherent in the structural Label Beam®.

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Sanitary Conveyors

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Sanitary Conveyors are designed with stainless steel construction and are built to food industry and plant specific needs.

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Cartoning and End-of-Line Packaging

April 9, 2014 9:30 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers two different approaches for cartoning and end-of-line packaging. To pack light-weight products, new delta robotic technology ensures smooth transfer of the packages for flexible pack patterns.

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Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

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77 Safety Glasses

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.

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Sam Adams Brews the American Dream

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' Brewing The American Dream initiative provides loans and advice to small businesses. Sam Adams Co-founder and Chairman Jim Kock discusses the program, the company's fundraising efforts and the surging popularity of craft beer.

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Cargill 3Q Earnings Fall 28 Percent

April 8, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Cargill said Tuesday its net income dropped 28 percent in the fiscal third quarter because of increased electricity prices and other problems. The Minneapolis company said its net income fell to $319 million and revenue held steady at $32 billion.

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Airlines Drop Limes from Drink Service amid Price Spike

April 8, 2014 12:36 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines to temporarily stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.

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FDA Cracks Down on ‘Honey’ with Added Sweeteners

April 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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King’s Hawaiian Bread to Expand Georgia Plant

April 8, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

King's Hawaiian Bread plans to expand its production facilities in northeast Georgia. The bakery opened its local production line in the Oakwood community in 2010 as part of its East Coast operations designed to meet growing customer demand.

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