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Vilsack Announces New Aid For Livestock Producers

August 27, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week made a series of announcements that continue to underscore the Obama Administration's ongoing work to help farmers, ranchers and businesses impacted by the most severe drought in 50 years. The changes announced today by Secretary Vilsack will benefit America's livestock and crop producers alike by improving procedures and lessening requirements during a time of disaster.

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Bird Flu Decimates Mexico's Egg Industry

August 27, 2012 9:52 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN,Associated Press | News | Comments

A summer epidemic of bird flu in the heart of Mexico's egg industry has doubled the cost of a kilo (2.2 pounds), or about 13 eggs, to more than 40 pesos ($3), a major blow to working- and middle-class consumers in a country that consumes more than 350 eggs per person each year.

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EPA Chief Praises Ben & Jerry’s Pollution Controls

August 27, 2012 9:49 am | by WILSON RING,Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday toured the Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant in Waterbury, where she heard about company business practices that place emphasis on its social mission and its environmentally sound production methods.

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Slaughterhouse Gets Approval To Reopen

August 27, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators say a California slaughterhouse shut down because of cruelty and food safety allegations can reopen.Central Valley Meat says the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Hanford plant's action plan and gave the OK to reopen on Monday.

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Social Technology In Manufacturing And Supply Chain

August 27, 2012 9:44 am | by Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source | Articles | Comments

For all the social interactions written about social and sharing, they have mostly referred to a B2C business model. The social aspect works well for this scenario. What has been forgotten and overlooked is the lack of communication and social aspect as it pertains to the B2B model.

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Photo Of The Day: Mexico's Egg Shortage

August 27, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on earth. About 11 million chickens were slaughtered after a June outbreak of bird flu.

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From Chickens To Snack Foods

August 27, 2012 9:35 am | Videos | Comments

Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.

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Streamlining The Innovation Lifecycle

August 27, 2012 9:28 am | by Ken Rapp, Managing Director, Analytical, Development, Quality and Manufacturing, Accelrys | Articles | Comments

True productivity and quality gains will only be realized when data and processes can move bi-directionally across both upstream and downstream activities. For businesses that rely on scientific innovation to differentiate themselves, being first to market with a novel, more effective or attractively priced product is the Holy Grail — a chance to “own” the customer base before competitors catch up.

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Liquid-Level Sensor For Beverages

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LBFS multi-purpose level sensor is designed to recognize and monitor all types of liquids stored in containers and tanks in the beverage industry.

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Meat Blades

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in sizes ranging from 3.95" (100 mm) to 12" (304.8 mm), MeatMiser™ Generation II Food Processing Blades reduce waste and improve per piece yield for meat and poultry processors.

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Fill Station

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's SP-160 fill station clamps directly to the discharge fitting of cooking kettles to cleanly and accurately fill a wide range of flowable or semi-flowable products into pouches, tubs or pails.

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Whole Foods Donates Salad Bars To NYC Schools

August 24, 2012 12:58 pm | News | Comments

The supermarket chain Whole Foods celebrated the opening of a new store Thursday by announcing that it is donating salad bars to 57 New York City schools.The salad bars, valued at $300,000, are part of a citywide initiative to put salad bars in all public schools by 2015. There are more than 1,000 salad bars now.

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Farmers Continue To Grapple With Effects Of Irene

August 24, 2012 12:56 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH and LISA RATHKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring followed by cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought.

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Animal Care Expert Comments On Slaughterhouse Video

August 24, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Animal care expert, Dr. Dave Daley, Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture at California State University and an active member of the cattle community issued the following statement regarding a Central California slaughterhouse that was shut down after an undercover video surfaced showing alleged abuse to dairy cows.

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U.S. Marshals Seize Food From Rodent-Infested Warehouse

August 24, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, Calif., company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread and active rodent infestation. The FDA initiated the seizure of various food products in the warehouse owned by the San Francisco Herb &Natural Food Company on Aug. 21, 2012, under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern of California.

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Balkans Region Suffers Worst Drought In Decades

August 24, 2012 12:41 pm | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC,Associated Press | News | Comments

The record-setting average temperatures — which have been steadily rising for years because of global warming, according to scientists — have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis.

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Consumer Trends: Chefs Turn To Mexican Haute Cuisine

August 24, 2012 12:37 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Like other top chefs from around the world, Christopher Kostow comes to Mexico to study and experiment with the purity of ingredients and flavors in real Mexican cuisine, now a top export commodity that was dismissed for decades as tortillas suffocated in heavy sauces, cheeses and sour cream.

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How Back Office Efficiencies Sweeten The Bottom Line

August 24, 2012 11:17 am | by Werner Hopf, CEO, Dolphin | Articles | Comments

The complex processes that characterize the food and beverage industry pose a variety of challenges including low profit margins, perishable products, stringent government regulations and changing consumer tastes. Managing the dynamics of the business through all of these processes can become a juggling act if not done well.

North Dakota Sugar Plant Expanding

August 24, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is planning a $70 million expansion to its sugar beet processing plant in Wahpeton.The molasses de-sugarization plant that will be built over the next two years will turn byproduct beet molasses into products used in food, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements. The Wahpeton Daily News reports it will create 20 full-time jobs.

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Low-Calorie Sweeteners Promote Weight Loss

August 24, 2012 9:48 am | Videos | Comments

Americans consume 70 to 100 pounds of added sugar each year, according to the USDA. Today hosts talk to a health expert about where the impulse to consume so much, the impact of sugar on health, and how low- and zero-calorie sweeteners impact health.

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