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Butterball Talks Turkey In Smartphone App

November 1, 2012 12:42 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

It's almost Thanksgiving again, when millions will attempt the once-a-year challenge of cooking the perfect bird — and that means Butterball's long-running turkey hotline is once again on call as of Wednesday. But this year, the company is adding a smartphone app, Facebook live chats, Pinterest posts and other social media tools to help harried home cooks.

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Consumer Trends: Social Media Engagement Increases Sales

November 1, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Research released today by LoyaltyOne and two leading North American academic institutions provides empirical proof that social media interaction between a customer and a brand drives immediate and long-term sales increases. The research establishes the accountability link long sought by brands that have showered dollars on social media outlets while attempting to prove the return on investment to C-suite skeptics.

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110-Year-Old Dairy To Close

November 1, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

Garelick Farms is ending production at its Bangor milk-processing plant and laying off 35 employees. Garelick Farms' parent company, Texas-based Dean Foods, says production will be phased out over the next two months and that the facility will close permanently in January.

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Campbell Soup Creates Chief Marketing Position

November 1, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Co. on Wednesday named its first ever chief marketing officer, as the world's biggest soup maker looks to revitalize its brand and connect with younger consumers. The Camden, N.J.-based company says Michael Senackerib will oversee marketing services, global advertising, design, media, digital marketing and consumer insights.

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Cassava Plant Remains Vital In Fight Against Hunger

November 1, 2012 9:50 am | by JON GAMBRELL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria is the world's top cassava producer, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with Brazil and Thailand behind it. The plant thrives in this West African nation, often without needing too much help from farmers, which makes it valuable in a country where most still do agriculture by hand, rather than with machines.

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AB InBev Revenues Up Despite Sales Dip

November 1, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's biggest brewer, says its third -quarter revenues rose by 9.1 percent, despite a slight decrease in the global volumes of sales. The company said on Wednesday that volumes in its key U.S. market had "shown encouraging improvements" this year so far. It said that company share gains in the period were boost by Bud Light Platinum and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita.

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ABC News Asks Judge To Toss ‘Pink Slime’ Suit

November 1, 2012 9:44 am | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for ABC News asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a $1 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota-based meat processor over a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," saying the news organization did not knowingly disparage the company or its product.

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Photo Of The Day: Hardy Plant Offer Hope For Hungry Africa

November 1, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

Cassava plants grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Vineyard Robot Will Prune Like A Pro

November 1, 2012 9:14 am | Videos | Comments

A French engineer is offering wine-growers an efficient way to prune their vines without breaking their back — a robot designed to do it for them. While Wall-Ye  the robot is still a work in progress, wine growers who've seen it are drinking to its potential.

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Workforce Trends 2012: Creating Qualified Jobseekers

November 1, 2012 8:00 am | by SOURCE Fluke | Articles | Comments

Research conducted by Fluke Corporation plus interviews with leading educators and trainers point to the importance of extensive hands-on training to meet employers’ needs for industrial, electrical, and HVAC technicians. After a considerable drop in job opportunities through the depths of the recession, the outlook for technical jobs has turned positive.

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Rotary Feeders For Pneumatic Conveyors

November 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for pneumatic conveying of dense materials such as fine powders, the Aero-Flow™ Series of rotary feeders provides highly efficient, air-assisted material introduction to pneumatic conveying systems.

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OSHA Guard Safety Scale

November 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OSHA guard safety scale can be used to check openings in barrier guards during their design, installation and inspection for compliance with Table O-10 of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.217.

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Stainless Steel Power Pusher

November 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The stainless steel pedestrian-operated, battery-operated Power Pusher is ideal for moving heavy rolling loads in the food industry.

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November/December 2012 - Under The Sea

November 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Through a business arrangement with the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority that pumps deep sea water to the surface for use in ocean-based research and business, Big Island Abalone in Kona, Hawaii is using advanced aquaculture techniques to produce abalone for a growing world market.

Haiti Town Suffers Huge Crop Loss From Sandy

October 31, 2012 12:54 pm | News | Comments

A Ministry of Agriculture official in southern Haiti says that Hurricane Sandy destroyed 70 percent of the crops in his region and caused widespread deaths of livestock. Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques says the government has not yet put a dollar figure on the losses.

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Cal-Maine Foods To Buy Texas Egg Operation

October 31, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. says it will buy the operations of Maxim Production Co., adding to its Texas egg operations. Mississippi-based Cal-Maine will buy a feed mill and two egg production complexes that can hold 3.5 million laying hens, all located southeast of Houston, Texas.

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American Cattle Producers Take Issue With Potential XL Foods Sale

October 31, 2012 12:51 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Some American cattle producers want the U.S. government to block the possible sale of a troubled Alberta company's beef operations. The Ranchers-Cattlemen's Action Legal Fund says it is concerned about JBS USA's option to purchase XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta., two U.S. slaughtering plants and other properties.

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Fresh Del Monte 3Q Net Income Nearly Doubles

October 31, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. said Tuesday its net income nearly doubled in the third quarter after it took control of the marketing, sales and distribution of its products in southern Europe. The company said its banana sales fell 2 percent compared to a year ago because of weaker demand in Europe and secondary markets in the Middle East.

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Study: Every Junk Food Meal Damages Your Arteries

October 31, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

A single junk food meal — composed mainly of saturated fat — is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to researchers at the University of Montreal-affiliated ÉPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute.

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Consumer Trends: Top Wines Under $20

October 31, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

The Beverage Testing Institute’s 12th annual World Value Wine Challenge is a competition where hundreds of affordably priced wines competed against their peers to gain accolades. All wines priced $20 and under from around the globe were welcome to participate.

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