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Women Winemakers Gain Ground

September 26, 2012 10:13 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press | News | Comments

In 1978, the first vintage that Cathy Corison made wine, she could count on one hand the number of women she knew of doing the same kind of work in the cellars of the Napa Valley. Today, winemaking remains primarily a man's world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.


Kraft Foods Group Joining S&P 500

September 26, 2012 10:10 am | News | Comments

The S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday that Kraft Foods Group, which is being spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., will replace Alpha Natural Resources Inc. on the S&P 500. Kraft Foods Group is a food and beverage business based in Northfield, Ill.


Danone To Settle Lawsuit Over Activia Claims

September 26, 2012 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian division of yogurt-maker Danone has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that challenged health claims made about two of its leading products. The suit, launched in October 2009, questioned the way Danone Inc. marketed its Activia yogurt products and DanActive probiotic drink products.


Photo Of The Day: North Korean Farm Reforms

September 26, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. The signs read "Fortune of holding great leader (Kim Il Sung) as father," left, and "Fortune of holding great general (Kim Jong Il) as father."


Sausage Company Streamlines Shrink Wrapping Efficiency

September 26, 2012 9:30 am | by Jim McMahon, Senior Writer, Zebra Communications | Articles | Comments

Packaged products like Williams Express Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissants have proven to be very successful, necessitating the redesign and integration of two of Williams Sausage's packaging lines. The upgrade centered on a more streamlined and efficient shrink wrapping capability to process 100 percent more sandwiches through the line, while maintaining a zero product-defect rate and maximized uptime.


Food vs. Fuel: Dating Your Feedstock, But Never Marrying (Part I)

September 26, 2012 8:00 am | by Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

New feedstocks are emerging not only for biofuels, but for foods as well. Recently we published a report that the chairman of Nestle, Peter Brabeck-Lemathe, has called anew for a ban on making biofuels from feedstocks that can also be used in food production. The backdrop for Brabeck’s comments is the U.S. drought, which is causing sharp falls in corn yields.


The Safest Stores In The U.S.

September 26, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

NBC's Dateline goes undercover for a special report the network is calling "Dateline's Supermarket Sweep." In the report, the network reveals which of the country's top 10 grocery retailers have high food safety standards and which ones just don't make the grade.


Measure Radioactivity In Food

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FoodGuard-1 Food Screening System has been updated to include multi-language support in Japanese, Russian, Chinese and English.


Flexible Steam Tunnel

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KST 140-712 Dual Zone Steam Tunnel was engineered specifically for packagers of food and beverages who want 300 cpm capacity without the cost and complexity of multiple tunnels.


Bulk Solid Dispersion

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers complete mixer packages for fast and efficient dispersion of bulk solids in large batches.


ND State Flour Mill Profits Fall By Half

September 25, 2012 12:45 pm | by DALE WETZEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Profits at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill fell by half, to $8 million, during its last budget year, the mill's chief executive said Monday. Despite the drop, the Grand Forks mill's annual earnings rank as the third best in its history, said Vance Taylor, the mill's general manager.


Canadian Officials: ‘Several Deficiencies’ Led To Beef Recall

September 25, 2012 12:43 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says "the combination of several deficiencies" could have led to E. coli bacteria being found at a food processing plant which has recalled hundreds of beef products. The CFIA says it has completed an in-depth review of food safety controls at Edmonton-based XL Foods Inc., where the discovery of the bacteria led to a recall of more than 250 beef products.


ConAgra To Expand Arkansas Facility

September 25, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Monday that it is expanding its plant in Russellville, Ark., and will add more than 80 jobs. The food maker has operated in the Russellville area since 1965 and has approximately 1,350 employees there. ConAgra said it is investing $100 million to expand the plant to make Bertolli and P.F. Chang's frozen meals.


Iowa Dairy Workers Go On Strike

September 25, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

About 300 workers at Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines went on strike after voting to reject the company's latest contract offer. Des Moines Register reports Mike Klootwyk, the vice president of Teamsters Union Local 120, said the contract would have required workers to accept a pay freeze and to pay significantly more for health care insurance.


Pepsi Launches Soda With Stevia In Australia

September 25, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Pepsi is launching a reduced-calorie soda in Australia that uses stevia, the first time the beverage maker is using the natural sweetener in its namesake cola. The world's No. 2 soda company says that Pepsi Next in Australia has 30 percent fewer calories than regular. A representative for the company did not immediately know what other sweeteners are used in the drink.


Consumer Trends: Beverages Add Value At Restaurants

September 25, 2012 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Seven out of ten consumers (71 percent) now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more often, up from 66 percent in 2010. As the economy stabilizes from the recession, restaurants and retail foodservice locations are well-positioned to boost beverage sales.


Seven Steps to Avoid Employment Claims

September 25, 2012 12:00 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner, Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella | Articles | Comments

Start with 150 million U.S. employees at any given moment, add tens of thousands of pages of Employment Laws, and you’ve got a recipe for a significant amount of employment litigation. Complicating matters further, employment law is continually expanding (e.g. recent state laws concerning civil unions which affect employee benefit rights).

ConAgra Foods Supports Eliminating Hog Crates

September 25, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods is asking suppliers to eliminate the use of hog confinement crates over the next decade. The Omaha-based maker of Banquet, Healthy Choice and Chef Boyardee products joins several other food companies in calling on pork suppliers to stop confining pregnant sows.


South American Yogurt Maker Opens First U.S. Plant

September 25, 2012 9:54 am | News | Comments

A South American yogurt maker is marking the grand opening of an $18 million plant in western New York, its first in the United States. Executives of Alpina Foods, elected and state officials are expected for a ceremony Monday in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia.


French Vintners Want U.S. Chateaux Kept Out Of EU

September 25, 2012 9:52 am | by RAF CASERT,Associated Press | News | Comments

While French chateau bottles find their origins in wines made at the estate from grapes belonging to the chateau, the U.S. definition for export would use less stringent conditions on provenance. It could include grapes from "vines that have been traditionally used by this wine producer or producer group."



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