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Home-Cooked Meals from a Can

February 14, 2013 9:44 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

There's nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal, especially if it comes out of a can or a pouch. As more people try their hand at mimicking sophisticated recipes from cooking shows and blogs, food companies are rolling out meal kits and starters that make amateur chefs feel like Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray in the kitchen.

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Industrial Real Estate Continues To Strengthen Despite Slow Economic Growth

February 14, 2013 9:43 am | by Jim Morris, Industrial Services Lead, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Demand for industrial real estate continues to rise, but modest economic growth continues to impact the sector nationally. And that modest economic growth trend, impacted by the uncertainties surrounding the U.S. financial and Euro Zone debt challenges, is likely to continue to define the market’s progress for at least another year.

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Rescuer Protects Romanian Horses from Slaughter

February 14, 2013 9:41 am | by ALISON MUTLER and OLIMPIU GHEORGHIU,Associated Press | News | Comments

Even in a country where the horse is a national symbol, such concern for their welfare is rare. In tough economic times, some Romanians are selling their horses to slaughterhouses because they can't afford to keep them. Europe's horsemeat scandal has focused the spotlight on Romania and its network of 35 plants authorized to butcher horses.

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Dutch Company Eyed in Horsemeat Scandal

February 14, 2013 9:39 am | by TOBY STERLING,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cyprus-registered company called "Draap Trading Ltd." moved to the center of Europe's horsemeat mislabeling scandal Wednesday, as it emerged that a man with the same name as the owner of Draap was convicted of fraud for passing off horsemeat as beef by a Dutch court last year.

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Buffet Part of Group to Buy Heinz in $23B Deal

February 14, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co. has agreed to be acquired by an investment group including billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a deal valued at $23.3 billion. The ketchup company says it's the largest deal ever in the food industry. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own. The transaction value includes the assumption of Heinz's debt.

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Photo of the Day: Saving Horses from Wolves

February 14, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

Simion Craciun poses with a horse at Sieu Sfantu, which means "Saving Horses from Wolves," in Romania's central region Transylvania. When Simion hears a horse is being sold to the slaughterhouse near where he lives, he rushes out to offer more money and bring the creature back to his picturesque plot where tourists come for riding lessons.

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Transportation Management System

February 14, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Prophesy OnDemand web-based solution is a fully automated, online dispatch system available on a "pay as you go" basis. It is an easy-to-use transportation management system (TMS) that requires an Internet connection and minimal setup, with no expensive hardware or software to purchase or upgrade.

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Moisture Analyzer

February 14, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The high-speed Excellence HS153 Moisture Analyzer features robust construction, easy operation and quick cleaning.

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Modified Atmosphere Packaging System

February 14, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MAPLOX Program is an easy-to-use, low-oxygen packaging system that maintains refrigerated red meat in pristine condition.

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Daily Sound Bite: Maker's Mark to Make Less-Boozy Booze

February 13, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Demand for bourbon with the iconic melted wax seal has soared, more than doubling in the last seven years. The brand has already cut back on overseas shipments and adjusted its distribution model, but now it's running into ingredients shortages. The solution? Water it down.

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Taco Bell to Roll out Cool Ranch Tacos

February 13, 2013 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Taco Bell fans can finally mark their calendars: Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7. The chain is rolling out the new variety a year after the Doritos Locos Tacos were launched in a Nacho Cheese flavor. Taco Bell says it already sold more than 350 million of finger-staining tacos, making them the biggest ever product launch.

Dean Foods Shares Fall on Weak Guidance

February 13, 2013 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Milk producer Dean Foods on Wednesday posted a fourth-quarter profit of $37 million, reversing a loss from the year before. But its profit outlook fell short of Wall Street expectations, and shares slumped. Dean has had to deal with higher dairy costs stemming from last summer's drought in much of the U.S. that drove up feed prices for cows.

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Sweden Testing Products for Horsemeat

February 13, 2013 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Sweden's food safety authority says it will test a wide range of frozen meat products sold in supermarkets to check whether they contain horsemeat and have been mislabeled. The move comes after recalls of frozen lasagna and other pre-prepared meals in several European countries, including Sweden. The frozen meals were found to contain horsemeat, contrary to what their labels said.

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Gov’t Requires Four Loko to Change Packaging

February 13, 2013 12:40 pm | by JENNIFER C. KERR,Associated Press | News | Comments

The makers of a popular carbonated alcoholic drink guzzled on college campuses are going to be changing the look of its Four Loko cans to settle the government's charges of deceptive marketing. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Chicago-based Phusion Projects will be required to put an "alcohol facts panel" on the back of flavored malt beverage cans containing more than two servings of alcohol.

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Coroner Wants Health Warnings on Soft Drinks

February 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day. Coroner David Crerar issued a final report Tuesday into the death of 31-year-old Natasha Harris, concluding that the mother of eight died from a heart attack.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurants Profit from Low-Calorie Options

February 13, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Restaurant chains that serve more lower-calorie foods and beverages have better business performance, according to a study released by Hudson Institute. Over five years, chains that increased the amount of lower-calorie options they served had better sales growth, larger increases in customer traffic, and stronger gains in total food and beverage servings than chains whose servings of lower-calorie options declined.

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Obama Asks Congress To Deploy Manufacturing 'Institutes'

February 13, 2013 11:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Just after stating that the manufacturing industry has created more than 500,000 jobs in the last three years, and that companies like Caterpillar, Ford and Apple are bringing jobs back to American soil, the President outlined his plan to see Congress approve fifteen manufacturing innovation institutes.

From Field to Little Red Box

February 13, 2013 9:54 am | Videos | Comments

Sun-Maid are the industry's most recognizable raisin brand. See how they make their way from field to box in this video showcasing the company's processing and high-speed packaging plant. Over 100,000,000 tons of raisins are processes and packed at the facility each year.

Kraft Considers Expanding Illinois Plant

February 13, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is weighing whether to spend $40 million to expand a southwestern Illinois plant if the city and state provide about $400,000 to widen a road in front of the site. The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports that the move would add 30 jobs to the 660,000-square-foot plant and warehouse. The facilities now have more than 400 workers. The plant produces Capri Sun and Kool-Aid beverages.

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Snyder’s-Lance 4Q Adjusted Profit Tops Expectations

February 13, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income dropped 65 percent, hurt in part by increased impairment charges. Its adjusted results beat Wall Street's view. The company earned $7.8 million, or 11 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 29. That's down from $22.4 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.

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