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Barcode Scanning App

November 19, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The developers of codeREADr, the commercial barcode scanning and data collection app for iOS and Android devices, has launched a new service option dubbed Direct Scan to URL (DSU) designed for clients with data privacy and regulatory mandates.

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Humane Society: $500M Settlement Reached In Slaughterhouse Abuse Case

November 16, 2012 12:51 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Humane Society says a landmark $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The federal civil court settlement announced by the Humane Society of the United States on Friday is the largest-ever penalty for an animal abuse case.

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J.M. Smucker 2Q Earnings Rise

November 16, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

J. M. Smucker's second-quarter earnings rose 17 percent on higher prices and sales from a newly acquired business. It also raised its outlook for the year, but perhaps not as much as Wall Street was banking on. Shares slipped slightly before the opening bell.

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Drought Forces ADM To Ponder Drier Future

November 16, 2012 12:40 pm | by DAVID MERCER,The Associated Press | News | Comments

At the height of this year's drought, decision-makers at the agribusiness giant Archers Daniels Midland kept an uneasy eye on the reservoir down the hill from their headquarters. At one point, the water level fell to within 2 inches of the point where the company was in danger of being told for the first time ever that it couldn't draw as much as it wanted.

McDonald’s Ousts U.S. President After Sales Drop

November 16, 2012 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. is hoping a leadership shake-up for its U.S. business can help it warm up sales and fight off intensifying competition. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Thursday that Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA, will be replaced by Jeff Stratton, its global chief restaurant officer, effective Dec. 1.

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Dole Shares Tumble On 3Q Loss

November 16, 2012 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Dole Food Co. shares fell Friday after the company posted a surprise third-quarter loss. Excluding one-time items, Dole late Wednesday posted an adjusted loss from continuing operations of $5.3 million, or 6 cents per share. Revenue fell 6 percent to $1.96 billion.

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Consumer Trends: Thanksgiving Across America

November 16, 2012 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Over 80% of people surveyed said Thanksgiving is the most important non-religious holiday of the year. While most people said they spend Thanksgiving with direct and extended family members, people in the West also share the holiday with friends more than people in other parts of the country.

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La. Ag Chief To Borrow $7M To Take Control Of Mill

November 16, 2012 10:03 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain will borrow up to $7 million to take control of a defunct sugar cane mill in southwest Louisiana that was built with state tax dollars and only operational for 90 days. Strain received approval Thursday from the Bond Commission to borrow the money through a bond sale and repay it over 10 years.

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Monster Shares Slip On Energy Drink Probe

November 16, 2012 10:01 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monster Beverage Corp.'s stock was buffeted Thursday by the news that the Food and Drug Administration is investigating deaths potentially tied to a competitor's product. The Corona, California-based company's stock fell more than 5 percent in early trading.

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Hostess Going Out Of Business

November 16, 2012 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI and TOM MURPHY,Associated Press | News | Comments

"Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands," CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a letter to employees posted on the company website.

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XL Foods Starts Shipping Beef

November 16, 2012 9:57 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The plant at the center of an extensive beef recall has resumed shipping products for the first time since an E. coli outbreak forced its closure in September. The union representing workers at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta., says the shipments include a full range of products, including ground beef and steaks.

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FDA: Sunland Knowingly Shipped Tainted Peanut Butter

November 16, 2012 9:55 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Mexico peanut company linked to a recent salmonella outbreak distributed peanut and almond butters after its own internal testing showed the products were contaminated, the Food and Drug Administration says. Sunland Inc. is the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, though it also produces many non-organic products.

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Photo Of The Day: No More Twinkies

November 16, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other snacks. The company had warned employees that it would seek to shutter its operations and sell assets if plants didn't resume normal operations by a Thursday evening deadline.  

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Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

November 16, 2012 9:30 am | Articles | Comments

Programmable drives are becoming more sophisticated and capable, enabling controls engineers to drastically reduce project costs.On a new design, some integrators and OEMs reach for an elaborate multi-axis PLC system to solve a relatively simple application. This happens as designers work under compressed schedules, and choosing a familiar solution seems like the right thing to do.

Satisfying Policy is a Source of Problems

November 16, 2012 8:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

 One phrase that I often repeat is, “Policy begets waste.” A simple way to identify the opportunities to make your organization operate more efficiently, with less wasted time and energy and money, is to seek out the connections between policy and process, and then simplify. 

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GMO: Rigged Research?

November 16, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

This video from Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, claims that the research affirming the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is "rigged." Anti-GMO crusaders were dealt a blow when a measure mandating the labeling of products containing GMOs failed in California last week.

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Variable Speed Drive

November 16, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The P1000 variable speed drive provides simple, reliable and cost-effective control for variable-torque loads through 500 HP and planned expansion through 1,000 HP later this year.

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Powder Induction, Wetting & Dispersing

November 16, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The YSTRAL Conti-TDS offers powder induction, wetting and dispersing of an agglomerate-free liquid, all with one machine.

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Cloud ERP Mobile App

November 16, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company has launched SmartPlex, a service allowing users of Plex Online to access and manipulate data through a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, including those based on the iOS and Android operating systems.

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EU Aims To Get More Women In Boardrooms

November 15, 2012 1:07 pm | by DON MELVIN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's companies should be required to have more women in the boardrooms — not just because it is fair but as it also makes good business sense, the European Union's executive branch said Wednesday. Commissioner Vice President Viviane Reding told reporters the target is to have women comprise at least 40 percent of the non-executive directors of publicly traded European companies by 2020.

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