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Heavy Rains Lessen Drought In Some Areas

September 7, 2012 12:37 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Isaac's remnants dumped heavy rain on some key Midwest farming states, dramatically lessening the drought there while corn-producing heavyweights Iowa and Nebraska missed out on that moisture and saw their conditions worsen badly, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Olive Oil Gaining Ground

September 7, 2012 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Food aficionados may be surprised to learn that U.S. olive oil producers stand poised to gain ground in what has typically been a market dominated by imports from Europe. While imports as a whole still account for 99 percent of olive oil sales in America, domestic brands offer significantly better quality than well-recognized European brands.

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Debunking Common Myths In The Temporary Staffing Industry

September 7, 2012 12:09 pm | by Bill Schwartz, Vice President and CEO, Civic Staffing | Articles | Comments

It may seem simple; call a staffing firm to provide temporary workers to meet changing production cycles and schedules for your business. Utilizing an outside firm reduces many of the risks employing these temporary workers. But today’s temporary staffing environment is getting increasingly tricky and there may be repercussions in that decision that could have a more permanent — and costly — impact than you would like.

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Kraft Expects Long-Term Growth At New Company

September 7, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Kraft says its new North American food company will be poised to deliver long-term profit and revenue growth, while also returning cash to its shareholders. Kraft Foods Inc. is set to split into two companies next month. One will keep the Kraft name and focus on North American grocery brands such as Velveeta and Oscar Mayer. The other will be called Mondelez and focus on snacks such as Oreos that are sold internationally.

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Campbell Soup Looks Beyond Iconic Cans

September 7, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

If your lunch still consists of a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, chances are you grew up using a typewriter. Generations of Americans have moved on from Campbell's condensed chicken noodle and tomato soups in search of heartier varieties with more exotic flavors. Now, the world's largest soup company is racing to do the same.

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Coca-Cola Introduces Water Flavoring

September 7, 2012 9:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst. The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.

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Raw Milk Recalled From Calif. Dairy

September 7, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

Raw milk and cream from a Fresno County dairy are being recalled after tests found the bacteria campylobacter in the cream. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday it is recalling Grade A raw whole milk, skim milk and raw cream produced by the dairy, Organic Pastures. The recalled products have a code date of Sept. 13. No illnesses have been reported.

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Ben & Jerry’s Sues Over Trademark Violation

September 7, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Ben & Jerry's considers "Ben & Cherry's" in bad taste. The ice cream maker that introduced the flavors Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra sued the maker of "Ben & Cherry's" X-rated DVDs Wednesday, saying the "hardcore pornographic" films have smeared its reputation.

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Photo Of The Day: Energy Drinks On Ice

September 7, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

West Coast Chill Pure Energy packaged in the world's first self-chilling beverage can went on sale to the public on Monday, August 6, 2012. The self-cooling technology, featuring the EPA Stratospheric Award winning MicroCool technology, allows the beverage to drop 30 degrees within minutes once a button on the can has been activated.

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Ben & Jerry's Sues Porn Studio

September 7, 2012 9:38 am | Videos | Comments

A porn company's new line of feature films, produced under the name Ben & Cherry's and featuring titles such as Boston Cream Thigh, features cover art that is strikingly similar to ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's logo.       

Why Cheaper Warehouse Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

September 7, 2012 9:30 am | by Carol Thorsen, Manager, Wynright Corporation’s Inside Sales | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions the Internet has made to our daily lives (outside of being able to connect with people we never spoke to and didn’t even know in high school) is the ability to find the rock-bottom price for just about anything we need to purchase easily.

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Induction, Mixing And Dispersing

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The multifunctional Ystral PiloTec processing system is the newest generation of induction, mixing and dispersing equipment bringing established production processes to a laboratory or smaller scale.

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Barcode Readers

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

DataMan® 100 and 200 fixed-mount barcode readers now feature 2DMax+™ code reading software technology, which allows readers to identify and decode severely damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes.

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Balcony-Style Thermoforming Machine

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Farmo Res Prima K7-Food Thermoformer is designed for the portion packaging of liquid food products such as jam, honey, sauces and spreadables.

Producers Prepare To Tackle Pork Board Budget

September 6, 2012 12:53 pm | News | Comments

In the midst of some of the most difficult market conditions in years, more than 50 pork producers will meet in Des Moines Sept. 5-6 to draft a 2013 budget for the National Pork Board that focuses on continuing to build demand for pork while addressing several challenging production issues.

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Co-Ops Brace For Arrival Of Giant Rivals

September 6, 2012 12:50 pm | by JOHN MILLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

It's no coincidence food cooperatives across the U.S. are making big changes. Many are preparing for the arrival of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, two organic- and specialty-food industry giants that are opening new stores nationwide. Some co-ops are even dispatching camera-toting, intelligence-gathering crews to poach ideas from the big guys.

Apple Cider Gets Trendy

September 6, 2012 12:48 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hard cider, which came to the United States with the pilgrims but was lost in a sea of sweet, unfermented juice after Prohibition, has been making a comeback with increased sales and launches of new styles and flavors that have brought a bushel of options to store shelves.

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EU: Wines Can’t Make Health Claims

September 6, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says wines cannot make assertions like "easily digestible" since it is a health claim unbefitting alcoholic drinks. Thursday's EU Court of Justice ruling means that the Germany's Deutsches Weintor cooperative will have to change the labels on its Dornfelder and Burgunder wines which it described as "mild edition" with "gentle acidity."

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Snyder’s-Lance To Buy Snack Factory For $340M

September 6, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Snyder's-Lance Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy cracker maker Snack Factory LLC for $340 million in cash to expand into the deli-bakery snack business. The company expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter. It anticipates the acquisition will add 2 cents per share in its 2012 fiscal year and 10 cents per share in 2013. Snyder's also thinks the purchase will boost its revenue by $160 million in 2013.

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Consumer Trends: Nanotechnology Awareness Low, But Opinions Strong

September 6, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Awareness of nanotechnology is still low, but there are some surprising differences in opinion. Perhaps not surprisingly, reports of having heard at least a little about nanotechnology were significantly higher among all sub-65 age groups than among those in the 65+ age group.

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