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Daily Sound Bite: Mo. Gov't Gets Tough After Plant Failure

April 5, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Missouri's Secretary of state, Jason Kander, has filed a cease-and-desist order against the organization underwriting bonds for a failed sweetener plant in Mamtek, Mo. The order alleges that the company did not investigate the sweetner company's business plans.

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An Easy and Powerful Change Leader’s Tool: A Journal

April 5, 2013 12:21 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Affecting change within an organization, regardless of how well understood or widely used the program or system might be, is a matter of leadership.  Leadership is how we constructively influence behavior.  Behavior is ultimately what we must change to make our programs and systems take root.

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Interest in Online Wine Surges

April 5, 2013 12:12 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

The internet is blossoming into quite the virtual vineyard. Online wine options are everywhere, from flash sale sites like Lot18 offering daily deals to Facebook prodding you to send a little something for Aunt Suzy's birthday. And now there's a new generation of startups such as Club W, which adds a little algorithm to your albarino, using surveys and ratings to figure out what you might like to drink next.

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JBS Acquiring XL Foods Plants in U.S.

April 5, 2013 12:11 pm | News | Comments

JBS USA says it intends to complete its purchase of two XL Foods beef packing plants in the U.S., effective Monday. JBS USA is taking over a plant in Omaha, Neb., that can process 1,100 head of cattle per day and another plant in Nampa, Idaho, that is idle. JBS said Thursday it has no immediate plans to reopen the Idaho facility.

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Mo. Files Cease-and-Desist Order in Sweetener Plant Failure

April 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced action Thursday against a financial management company connected to the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener plant in mid-Missouri. Kander filed a cease-and-desist order against Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., which was the underwriter for bonds for the Mamtek project at Moberly. Kander said bond purchasers investing in the failed plant lost $6.5 million.

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India Lifts Curbs on Sugar Sales

April 5, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

India has decided to lift curbs on its $15.5 billion sugar industry that restricted sales of sugar on the open market and required mills to sell sugar to the government at a deep discount. The Cabinet decided late Thursday that sugar mills will no longer face quotas on the amount of sugar they can sell or be forced to sell 10 percent of their output at a discount to the government's public distribution network.

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Tyson To Pay $4M for Deadly Ammonia Leaks

April 5, 2013 12:05 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Tyson Foods has agreed to pay roughly $4 million in civil penalties to settle alleged violations related to eight accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia that happened over a four-year span and caused one death.

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Consumer Trends: Hot Dogs a Hit with Baseball Fans

April 5, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

It's opening week, and as Major League Baseball teams kick off their season, fans are flocking back to ballparks across the nation. No game is complete without a trip to the concession stand, and if there's one ballpark treat baseball fans continue to relish, it's hot dogs.

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China Vows to Get Tough on Food Safety

April 5, 2013 9:42 am | by Al Jazeera | Videos | Comments

Beginning April 1, new food safety rules went into effect in Beijing as the Chinese government seeks to restore consumer confidence in the country's food safety standards. After the initial implementation in the nation's capital, many observers believe the rules will be rolled out throughout the country.

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McCormick Announces $400M Stock Repurchase

April 5, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

McCormick & Co. said Thursday it approved the repurchase of $400 million in company stock. McCormick makes an array of spices and other cooking products for consumers, restaurants and food manufacturers. The company reported results for its fiscal first quarter on Tuesday, and its net income and revenue were both slightly better than Wall Street expected. McCormick's shares are trading around all-time highs.

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Family Businesses Can Outlast Tough Times

April 5, 2013 9:36 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Some family businesses are more resilient during downturns because of that focus on the long term as well as a commitment to their customers, and employees and careful spending, said Pramodita Sharma, a University of Vermont business school professor, and editor of the Family Business Review, a scholarly business journal.

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China Kills Poultry amid Flu Scare

April 5, 2013 9:34 am | by GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press | News | Comments

China has started slaughtering all poultry at a Shanghai market after a new bird flu strain that has killed five people was detected in pigeons being sold there. The mass bird killing is the first so far as the Chinese government responds to the H7N9 strain of bird flu, which has sickened 14 people, many critically, along the eastern seaboard in its first known infections of people. The first cases were announced Sunday.

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Freshest Fish Traded at Night in NYC

April 5, 2013 9:33 am | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Think Wall Street trading is brutal? Head up to the grittiest part of the South Bronx, where cutthroat deals are made in the dead of night on a massive concrete floor that reeks of fish guts. The New Fulton Fish Market is the nation's largest seafood market, and second in the world to Tokyo's.

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3 Hostess Properties for Sale in Iowa

April 5, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

A real estate company working with Hostess Brands is looking to sell three Iowa properties as part of the ongoing auction of the bankrupt company's assets. The Des Moines Register reports that the buildings include a 3,000 square-foot bakery building and a 12,750-square-foot warehouse that are located in Waterloo.

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Photo of the Day: Flu Fears Spreads Through China Market

April 5, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

A worker spays disinfectant liquid on to chicken cages at a wholesale market on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Shanghai, China. In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday.

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Pomegranate Juice Adulteration: Grape Expectations

April 5, 2013 9:24 am | by Dr. Robert J. Packer, PerkinElmer Inc. | Articles | Comments

Fruit juices with high levels of antioxidants, such as pomegranate and cranberry, have become very popular over recent years due to perceived health benefits of antioxidant compounds and the increased accessibility through a number of global producers selling through global retailers.

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Lubricants with Metal- and X-Ray-Detectable Caps and Components

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

DETEX™ products are NSF® registered chemicals specially packaged with metal and x-ray detectable plastic components to protect against foreign object contamination.

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Sine Pumps

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MasoSine positive displacement pumps have full steam-in-place and clean-in-place compliance and can be stripped down in less than 10 minutes.

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Heat for Harsh/Damp Environments

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Heating equipment designed for harsh and damp environments helps keep employees warm and productive.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat by Any Other Name...

April 4, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

The American meat industry is considering revamping the names it uses to differentiate between various cuts of pork, beef, lamb and veal. The current system, known as the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, is better designed to meet the needs of retailers than consumers.

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