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Worker Dies in Blender at Ore. Meat Plant

May 1, 2013 9:24 am | News | Comments

An Oregon cleaning worker was killed when he fell into a running blender at a meat-processing plant, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Deputy Nate Thompson identified the worker as Hugo Avalos-Chanon, 41, of Portland. He worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company that has a contract with Interstate Meat Distributors.


Photo of the Day: Hollywood and Vine

May 1, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

In this photo taken March 15, 2013 Kate MacMurray, daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray poses with a glass of Pinot Noir by a photograph of her father in a tasting area and gallery of old photographs at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif. The former cattle ranch, which was purchased in 1941 by the actor in the popular TV series "My Three Sons," now produces wine and is owned by the Gallo wine family.


What Makes a $9 Chocolate Bar?

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A visit to the Mast Brothers Chocolate factory reveals that top shelf ingredients like organic cacao beans from Madagascar processed in specialized equipment like stone grinders can produce a gourmet chocolate bar that will delight the taste buds and lighten the wallet.


Legos on the Plant Floor?

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Apple’s campus-in-progress will feature an orchard for engineers to wander through, while Facebook is wrapping up work on campus that features a B-B-Q shack, a sushi house and a bike shop. At the same time, Google is offering ping pong tables, video game arcades and Lego stations.

Tube Filling Platform

May 1, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Oystar IWK FP 10 Filling Platform is designed to fill metal, plastic and laminated tubes at speeds up to 70 cycles per minute.


Electric Cushion Tire Forklifts

May 1, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced a new series of 4,500 to 6,500 lb. capacity electric four-wheel cushion tire forklift trucks.


Gearing Solutions for Food Applications

May 1, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Company now offers seven sizes of stainless steel worm speed reducers as a family of gearing solutions for challenging applications in food processing, meat and poultry, and beverage handling facilities.


Resources Improve Sustainability of U.S. Dairy

April 30, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy today announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners and stakeholders. The resources help the industry act on the unprecedented scientific research commissioned as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment — a collective effort of the dairy value chain to measure and improve the sustainability of U.S. dairy from farm to table.


General Mills Reports Global Responsibility Efforts

April 30, 2013 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Today, General Mills released its 2013 Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company's progress and commitments in the areas of health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement. The full report can be accessed at


AB InBev Sees Falling Volumes in Key Markets

April 30, 2013 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, says that its profits rose in the first quarter in spite of falling sale volumes in important markets. The company behind Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Becks said Tuesday that even though revenues grew by 1.5 percent in the first quarter, volumes declined by 4.1 percent.


Posh Vegas Restaurant Shuttered amid Outbreak

April 30, 2013 12:28 pm | by MICHELLE RINDELS,Associated Press | News | Comments

A trendy Las Vegas tapas restaurant that's racked up hundreds of rave reviews on the website Yelp is closed after more than three dozen patrons reported food poisoning symptoms. Southern Nevada Health District officials said the flagship Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road was shuttered Friday and will remain closed while they run tests to try to determine the source of the outbreak.


Heinz Shareholders Approve Acquisition

April 30, 2013 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Heinz is one step closer to going private. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker said Tuesday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the investment firm that also owns Burger King.


Consumer Trends: Top 100 Brunch Restaurants

April 30, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Just in time for Mother's Day, OpenTable is pleased to announce the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


NLS Food Quality Symposium

April 30, 2013 10:56 am | Events

Join key decision makers in the food and beverage, retail, grocery, restaurant and foodservice industry for the 5th annual Food Quality Symposium. The summit features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in Safety, Quality Assurance (Q & A), Regulatory Affairs and many other related fields within the food industry.

NLS Food Evolution Summit

April 30, 2013 10:55 am | Events

Join key decision makers in the food and beverage, retail, grocery, restaurant and foodservice industry for the 6th annual Food Evolution Summit. The summit features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in New Product Development (NPD), Research and Development (R & D), Innovation and many other related fields within the food industry.

The Two Faces of U.S. Manufacturing

April 30, 2013 10:22 am | by AJ Sweatt | Articles | Comments

The fact is that our trade and economic policies — or lack thereof — are the primary cause of stagnant manufacturing growth in this country. We in and of manufacturing find ourselves in an environment of two camps, vying on many fronts for supremacy & influence.


Sumitomo To Set Up Joint Venture in China To Make Sugar

April 30, 2013 9:51 am | News | Comments

Trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a joint venture in China with Hong Kong and South Korean firms to manufacture and sell sugar from 2014. Sumitomo and TS Corp. of South Korea will hold a 33 percent stake each in the joint venture, while Taikoo Sugar Ltd. of Hong Kong will have a 34 percent stake in the venture to be launched in China's Guangdong Province.


Dairy Co-op Laying Off More Than 100 Workers

April 30, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

A large Wisconsin dairy cooperative plans to close a cheese plant, idle another plant indefinitely and lay off more than 100 employees. Baraboo-based Foremost Farms is closing an Alma Center plant that makes mozzarella cheese for foodservice markets. The co-op is idling a cheddar cheese plant in Waumandee.


Czech Whisky Succeeds in Communist Market

April 30, 2013 9:47 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for Hammer Head has been solid around the globe, but Vaclav Sitner, a member of the team tasked with creating a premium whisky, would not reveal how much was made and how much is still available. He would only said if the current sales remain at the same level of 10,000 - 15,000 bottles a year, it is expected to be sold out in five to seven years.


Hostess Opening Bakeries in Indiana and Illinois

April 30, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.



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