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Long-Delayed Beef Plant Still Without Opening Date

August 29, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant given new life when Korean investors took over in 2009 is without an announced opening date more than six years after it was first proposed. Land for the $109 million Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen was secured in 2006.

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Last Meals: Condemned Inmates Go For Comfort Foods

August 29, 2012 12:39 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press | News | Comments

French fries, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, chicken, steak and pie are commonly requested items among inmates imminently facing execution, according to Cornell University researchers who studied 193 last meal requests in the United States.

Kraft To Close Arkansas Facility

August 29, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group officials say the company's manufacturing facility in Bentonville will close next year.Spokeswoman Joyce Hodel told KHOG-TV Tuesday that 60 employees at the facility have been informed of the company's plans.

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Hillshire Delays Filing Due To Investigation

August 29, 2012 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The Hillshire Brands Co., the former North American business of Sara Lee Corp., which split into two separate companies in June, said Tuesday it will be late filing its annual report with the Securities and Exchange commission for the fiscal year ended June 30, due to an investigation in Brazil.

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Consumer Trends: Ready-To-Drink Tea And Coffee Market Growing

August 29, 2012 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee are widely gaining popularity due to fast and busy lifestyles and consumer desire to substitute to carbonated drinks. RTD tea is especially looked by the consumers in orient as a health drink. RTD coffee is perceived as an instant energy source and it makes the consumer more alert.

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Poultry Shares Rise On Sanderson

August 29, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Shares of poultry producers rose on Tuesday after Sanderson Farms Inc. said it returned to a profit in the fiscal third quarter, helped by improving market conditions. Poultry and meat producers have suffered from high costs for feed and flat demand for poultry, but the pressure is slowly easing. Sanderson Farms' results beat analyst expectations and shares rose nearly 9 percent in afternoon trading.

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Salmonella At Chamberlain Farms Matches Outbreak Strain

August 29, 2012 9:56 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Salmonella collected from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella strain responsible for sickening 178 people.

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Campbell To Roll Out Special-Edition Cans

August 29, 2012 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Campbell Soup is tapping Andy Warhol for another 15 minutes of fame.The world's biggest soup maker plans to introduce special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday. The 1.2 million cans will cost 75 cents each.

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NY Probes Energy Drink Industry

August 29, 2012 9:50 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York. New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas this summer to the drinks' makers, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't yet been made public.

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73 Sickened By Salmonella-Tainted Mangoes

August 29, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities say they are still probing what prompted the outbreak of salmonella Braenderup cases in California. They are trying to identify which specific mango brands or sources might be tied to the illnesses.

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Photo Of The Day: Campbell Channels Andy Warhol

August 29, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

In this photograph taken Aug. 24, 2012, new limited edition Campbell's tomato soup cans with art and sayings by artist Andy Warhol are seen at Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. Campbell plans to introduce the special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

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Drunk Man Kills 70,000 Chickens

August 29, 2012 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Joshua Shelton of Delmar, Md., drunkenly stumbled onto a chicken farm on Saturday night and turned off power to three chicken houses. The power supply controlled the houses' supply of food, water and cooling fans, and by morning nearly all 70,000 birds inside were dead.

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To Maintain Or Not To Maintain Your ERP System

August 29, 2012 8:00 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Assessing the overall effectiveness and future potential of an existing ERP system is a task easier said than done. It’s no secret that advancements in ERP technology and ever-evolving market trends are leading some manufacturers to review the overall effectiveness of the systems they employ today.

Partners In Open Innovation

August 29, 2012 8:00 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

I’m not sure what was more impressive, the Grande Palace in Brussels or the all-star lineup at the First Annual European Open Innovation Summit held in Belgium in late May. Anyone who’s been to the Grande Palace knows it’s quite extraordinary, but in truth, the speakers at the EOIS were first class and knowledgeable beyond compare in the open innovation sector.

Connection Sealing System

August 29, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's sealing system eliminates the need to reattach connections, making troubleshooting easier, and helps with investigations of interference glitches.

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Inventory Management Software

August 29, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

XPress Pix™ Go-Fetch inventory management software is an entry-level software system that can be used to manage order picking and replenishment activities in food processing storage and retrieval operations.

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Compact Micro-Perforator

August 29, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The compact micro-perforator is ideal for film, paper, foil, laminates, nonwovens and more.

Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty

August 28, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Earlier today, Brian Douglas pled guilty to felonious cruelty to animals—a class H felony in North Carolina. Douglas, along with several other Butterball employees, was documented violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks, forcefully throwing turkeys, and bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars.

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Isaac Threatens Record Corn Harvest In Louisiana

August 28, 2012 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture, LSU AgCenter experts say. Cotton, soybeans, and corn all are likely to suffer from the storm expected to make landfall Tuesday as a hurricane packing torrential rains and punishing winds.

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Heinz Expects Emerging Markets To Boost 1Q

August 28, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Food maker H.J. Heinz Co. on Tuesday said strength in emerging markets and a better tax rate will help push its first-quarter earnings above analyst expectations. The world's biggest ketchup maker expects net income of 87 cents per share. Analysts had expected 80 cents per share, according to FactSet. A year ago, net income totaled 78 cents per share, excluding one-time items.

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