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Commodities Firm Buys Viterra

March 20, 2012 1:01 pm | by FRANK JORDANS & ROB GILLIES,Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss-based commodities firm Glencore International PLC agreed Tuesday to buy Canada's largest grain handling company Viterra Inc., in a deal valued at 6.1 billion Canadian dollars ($6.14 billion).

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Judge Upholds Wash. Liquor Privatization

March 20, 2012 12:59 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cowlitz County judge on Monday ruled that a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales in Washington state is constitutional, reversing an earlier decision that had left the measure's fate in question.

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Mo. Farmers Take On Animal Rights Activists

March 20, 2012 12:56 pm | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five farm groups ranging from the Missouri Pork Association and the state Beef Industry Council to agribusiness heavyweights Cargill and Monsanto have united under the banner of Missouri Farmers Care. Their target? The Humane Society of the United States, which pushed the dog breeding initiative and is now the primary financial backer of Your Vote Counts!, a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring a three-fourths majority vote before the Legislature could override voter-approved laws.

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Consumer Trends: The Future Of Functional Foods

March 20, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Functional food and beverages have moved beyond an emergent concept to become an established market, with the market benefiting from a widening appeal. This report identifies key target segments, growth drivers and strategies for success.

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Metal Detection & X-Ray Improve Product Safety

March 20, 2012 12:30 pm | by Bob Ries, Lead Product Manager, Metal Detection and X-ray Inspection, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Articles | Comments

Ever since metal detection for consumer product safety was introduced almost 65 years ago, the two big questions have been how small a foreign object can you find and how often there will be false rejects.

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Greek Looks To Spread Cheap Food Network Europe-Wide

March 20, 2012 10:07 am | by COSTAS KANTOURIS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of a project that helps Greek farmers sell their food products directly to customers at bargain prices hopes to build a Europe-wide network that would bypass middlemen while benefiting local producers and consumers.

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Beatrice Bakery Leaves Bankruptcy

March 20, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

Beatrice Bakery Co., the maker of Grandma's Fruitcake, has left bankruptcy. Before the bankruptcy, Beatrice Bakery had been featured on the Food Network's "Unwrapped" program and ABC's "The View."

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French Presidential Election Mixes Politics And Meat

March 20, 2012 10:02 am | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes in France's age-old butchering industry reflect profound economic and societal shifts gnawing at France's core, and have catapulted the butcher shop into the debate before presidential elections in April and May.

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Protestors March Against Monsanto Outside Gates Foundation

March 20, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to sever its ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. KPLU-FM reports the Seattle protest was led by Agra Watch, a local group opposed to the Gates Foundation's grants supporting research into genetically modified crops.

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CDC: Outbreaks Linked To Imported Foods Increasing

March 20, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.

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'Pink Slime' Taste Test

March 20, 2012 9:50 am | Videos | Comments

Cookbook author J.M. Hirsch volunteers for "pink slime" duty, arranging a taste test pitting ground beef that uses the filler against ground beef that doesn't.

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Photo Of The Day: Butchers And Ballots

March 20, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

President Nicolas Sarkozy has lamented the decline of the traditional French butcher and now wants all meat clearly marked halal, kosher or French while Prime Minister Francois Fillon has suggested that the ritual slaughter of animals by Muslims and Jews is out of sync with modern times.

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Leaving A Legacy

March 20, 2012 9:44 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Often overlooked in the midst of attacks against the food industry are the companies and business owners investing in ways to make food safer and Americans healthier.

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Potato Slice Washer

March 19, 2012 4:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Gentle Wash™ potato slice washer cuts fresh water use and fryer cleaning costs. The unit cleans and recovers water using a hydrosieve and liquid cyclones.

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Food Processing Oils

March 19, 2012 4:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers solutions which serve as drop-in replacements for hydrogenated shortening, allowing users to keep the same product taste while improving nutritional makeup.

Monk Fruit Sweetener

March 19, 2012 4:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

BlueSweet™ is a natural sweetener that reduces the amount of sugar calories in food. The ingredient is GRAS certified and is 300 times sweeter than sugar.

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Aluminum Wall Bowl

March 19, 2012 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Canny is the first wrinkle-free aluminum thin wall bowl, and is primarily aimed at premium or indulgence food markets. The product is smooth and features an easily peelable membrane.

Batch Fryer

March 19, 2012 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Batch-Pro cooking system is designed to produce batch-style (or Kettle-style) chips of many varieties. The system consists of three main areas: the pan, the heating source and the discharge conveyor.

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Probiotic Cultures

March 19, 2012 4:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Yo-Fast cultures are blends that contain probiotic strains with generic health benefits. Yo-Fast consists of probiotic cultures with well-defined flavor and viscosity profiles, but with a unique capability for fast fermentation.

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HACCP Update: Seafood Processing

March 19, 2012 1:32 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

The HACCP Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of HACCP implementation and compliance across the Industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month's survey on seafood processing.

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