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AB InBev: Progress in Talks with U.S. on Deal

March 18, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev says there has been substantial progress toward a resolution of the U.S. Justice Department's legal challenge to the company's $20.1 billion deal to buy Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The companies and the government have asked a federal court to extend a halt to legal activity in the case from March 19 to April 9, giving the two sides more time to talk.


Kern’s Kitchen Sues over Pie Trademark

March 18, 2013 12:06 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press | News | Comments

There's nothing like Derby Pie — and Kern's Kitchen is willing to fight in court to prove that. The Louisville-based company which makes the chocolate-nut pie sued Claudia Sanders Dinner Houses over the use of the name. The suit against the Shelbyville landmark seeks an order stopping the restaurant from using the term "Derby Pie" and more than $335,000 in damages.


$50M Dairy Plant Planned for Va.

March 18, 2013 12:04 pm | News | Comments

One of the largest family-owned-and-operated dairies in the U.S. plans to build a $50 million dairy manufacturing facility in Augusta County. Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Shamrock Farms project will create 60 jobs. The 130,000-square-foot facility will produce products including a new line of protein-fortified milk designed for muscle building and recovery.


Radioactive Fish Found Near Fukushima

March 18, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. That's 7,400 times the government limit for safe human consumption.


Consumer Trends: Healthy Beverage Trends

March 18, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The experts behind Healthy Beverage Expo are naming some of the top "well drink" trends for 2013-2014. The list includes more function in functional beverages; better sweetened beverages; healthy alcohol-based beverages; healthy drinks for the under-18 set; gastronomically seasoned beverages; better tasting and healthy ready-to-drink coffees; and simple lemonade drinks.


Fishing for a Better Tuna

March 18, 2013 10:30 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Three years ago, Mike Babcock opened Oregon Seafoods as a company with strong ties to the local economy. Oregon Seafoods in Coos Bay, Ore., aims to help sustain the local fishing economy by processing tuna and salmon for sale to area grocers and food service companies.


Daily Sound Bite: Smithfield to Shutter Packing Plant

March 18, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

As Smithfield Foods consolidates operations, the company is closing Smithfield Packing Co. in Landover, Md. The plant currently employs 175 workers, some of whom will be transferred to other packing facilities in the area. The company will move it's bone-in ham production to other states.


Pinnacle Foods Aims to Raise $551M in IPO

March 18, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen foods and a host of other packaged food brands, says it plans raise about $551 million in its initial public offering. The Parsippany, N.J.-based company expects to sell 29 million shares at between $18 and $20 per share, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Judge Awards $208K in Fees in Ky. Liquor Fight

March 18, 2013 9:36 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has awarded attorneys for a group of stores in Kentucky $208,000 in fees in an ongoing battle over the state's ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II also granted attorneys for Maxwell's Pic-Pac, and the Food with Wine Coalition $11,000 in costs related to the litigation.


$1M Pilot Project Aims to Take Out Feral Pigs

March 18, 2013 9:35 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year. Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human.


Smithfield Foods Subsidiary Shutting Down Plant

March 18, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

A Smithfield Foods subsidiary plans to close its Landover, Md., plant by early fall as it consolidates operations. The company said Friday that some of the plant's 175 workers will be offered transfers to other Smithfield Packing Co. plants. Smithfield also said that it will negotiate with United Food and Commercial Workers union officials about other possible opportunities for employees.


Ore. Bill Would Phase Out Chemicals Toxic to Kids

March 18, 2013 9:31 am | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A bill before the Legislature would set up a state database to track the use of 19 chemicals in manufactured products shown to be harmful to children, and work with manufacturers to phase out use of the chemicals over five years. The bi-partisan bill is patterned after a law in Washington state.


Photo of the Day: Ousting the Pigs

March 18, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

The USDA has teamed up with the state of New Mexico and others as part of a $1 million pilot project to eradicate pigs from the state. Nationally, federal officials say the feral pig population has ballooned to an estimated 5 million.


Air Movement Improves Workplace Safety

March 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Big Ass Fans | Articles | Comments

Concrete slabs often begin to sweat anytime there’s a change in temperature or humidity. The options for dealing with this phenomenon range from air conditioning your entire facility to increasing air movement with highly efficient large diameter, low speed overhead fans — guess which one’s more affordable.


Makin' a Bacon Bowl

March 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Insider | Videos | Comments

In honor of a new study published in the journal BMC Medicine in which researchers found a link between elevated consumption of bacon and sausage an premature death, Business Insider has created this instructional video about how to make a Bacon Bowl.


Warehouse Management Software

March 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

All product flows throughout any size facility can be planned and tracked via Savanna.NET® Warehouse Management System (WMS) software, including smaller conventional warehouses.

Cook-In Bag

March 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Si-bag is a cook-in bag designed to be used safely in a conventional oven up to 200°C, in a microwave and even in a freezer for subsequent reheating and eating.


Mezzanine Safety Gate

March 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

The GateKeeper's dual reciprocating gate ensures full time safety at the edge of a mezzanine platform by keeping one gate closed at all times.


Consumer Trends: Consumers Want Less Sugar

March 15, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

According to a new study from Mintel Research Consultancy exploring consumer attitudes about the 12 highest volume food and beverage categories, the percentage concerned about total sugars in their diet ranges between 21 percent to 60 percent. In contrast, no more than 3 percent of consumers expressed concern about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), when considering baked goods, beverages, dairy products and condiments.


ConAgra Starts $100M Expansion in Ark.

March 15, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods broke ground Friday on a $100 million expansion to a plant in Russellville where it plans to add 80 new jobs. Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra announced the expansion last year. It plans to produce Bertolli and P.F. Chang's frozen meals at the facility. The company acquired these brands last year as part of its effort to devote more of its business to frozen foods.



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