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Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 19, 2012 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from five employees to over 1,300 people.

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FM Rewind: Favorite Features Of 2012

December 19, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

As 2012 comes to a close, the Food Manufacturing editors have put our heads together to recap the top food news stories of the year. We’ve taken into account reader feedback as well as our own favorites in order to present you with some of the most interesting articles we ran in 2012. Stay tuned all week as we bring you the year in review.

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Capping And Lidding Parts

December 19, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company produces tightening discs, gripper rubbers, quills, quill discs and other contact parts to fit virtually any brand of capping and lidding equipment.

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Pallet For X-Ray Inspections

December 19, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Manufactured with a special compound that is opaque to x-ray and fluoroscopic imaging, the Radiopaque ProStack® Pallets are ideal for use in food processing applications.

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High-Speed Shrink Sleeve Labeler

December 19, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The PDC R-500 TS-CB Shrinklabeler applies shrink sleeves at speeds between 500 and 600 labels per minute on a single inline head.

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United Natural Foods Joining S&P MidCap 400 Index

December 18, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

United Natural Foods Inc. will replace Amerigroup Corp. in the S&P MidCap 400 Index after the close of trading Friday, Standard & Poor's said Monday. Health insurer Wellpoint Inc. is acquiring its smaller rival Amerigroup in a $4.46 billion deal expected to close shortly.

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Chobani Opens Idaho Plant

December 18, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The new Chobani yogurt plant in Twin Falls opened in grand fashion Monday, with appearances from company executives, Idaho political leaders, Olympic athletes and a marching band. After nearly a year of construction and planning, the New York-based Greek yogurt maker celebrated the opening of one of the biggest yogurt plants in the world in the heart of Idaho's milk producing region.

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Farmers Worry Over Dairy Prices As 'Cliff' Deadline Nears

December 18, 2012 12:40 pm | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press | News | Comments

As the nation inches toward the economic "fiscal cliff," anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy milk and cheese.

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SD Cheese Company Settles Discrimination Case

December 18, 2012 12:36 pm | News | Comments

A South Dakota cheese making company has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a sex discrimination charge. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Milbank-based Valley Queen Cheese Factory has agreed to pay the settlement to two female applicants rejected for the position of milk hauler.

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The Year In Food

December 18, 2012 12:33 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor | News | Comments

Most Americans never will sip the watermelon margarita at Guy Fieri's behemoth Times Square restaurant, nor savor the chicken Alfredo at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D. It was a year when drought crippled farmers while Californians clamored for foie gras. Twinkies died and Paula Deen endorsed a diabetes drug. Which is to say, it was a year when the unlikely was the norm.

Consumer Trends: Dessert Trends For 2013

December 18, 2012 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Andy Axelrod knows desserts. As the president of Love and Quiches Desserts, Andy meets with foodservice professionals and food retailers all over the world to discuss what products — brownies, dessert bars, cheesecakes, cakes, tarts, cobblers, mousses and more — resonate with their customers. Here are his expert predictions for the top two dessert trends of 2013.

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Thought Of The Day: What's In A Name?

December 18, 2012 12:16 pm | News | Comments

A small Czech brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, and the world's largest beer maker, AB InBev, are locked in a battle that has gone on for over a century. Each wants exclusive rights to the name Budweiser, and when Budvar rejected an AB InBev offer this week, it also refused to put forward a counteroffer.

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Embracing Technology For Recall Preparedness

December 18, 2012 12:05 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

Food companies are no strangers to the world of product recalls. Most modern companies have a detailed, yet very manual process in place for handling a recall scenario. The objective of a plan is to ensure that any suspect product is quickly removed from commerce and to help the company manage specific customer requirements as well as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines.

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LSU Food Business Incubator Organizing

December 18, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

The LSU AgCenter has hired a veteran food consultant to organize a food business incubator. Gaye Sandoz, who most recently was with Edible Enterprises — a food business incubator in in Norco — hopes to have the incubator fully developed over the next 12 months.

Missouri Monks' Fruitcakes Support Solitary Living

December 18, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

Once the bane of pot-luck parties, the fruitcake has been turned into a sought-after treat by Trappist monks secluded in the Missouri Ozarks who some say bake cake that's nothing short of heavenly. Between February and mid-December, monks at the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Mo., produce about 25,000 fruitcakes.

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Talks Break Down In Century-Old War Over Budweiser Name

December 18, 2012 9:49 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press | News | Comments

A deal, it seems, will have to wait a bit longer because settlement talks between state-owned Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch, a U.S. company now part of AB InBev, have collapsed, according to Budvar's director general, Jiri Bocek.

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Higher Poultry Prices Bolster Sanderson 4Q

December 18, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms returned to a profit during its fourth quarter, buoyed from higher poultry prices. The performance topped Wall Street expectations. Company shares rose 2 percent before the opening bell. For the three months ended Oct. 31, Sanderson Farms earned $9.3 million, or 41 cents per share.

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Diet Pepsi's New Campaign: 'Love Every Sip'

December 18, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

Starting at the end of January, PepsiCo Inc. will begin airing TV ads with the tag line "Love Every Sip," along with the rollout of special edition silver cans featuring the blue-and-red Pepsi logo in a heart shape. The company is working with designers to introduce other special designs later in the year as well.

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Photo Of The Day: Battle Of The Bud

December 18, 2012 9:37 am | News | Comments

A small brewer in the Czech Republic and the world's biggest beer maker have been suing each other over the right to put the word Budweiser on their bottles in what has become a David versus Goliath corporate saga. A deal, it seems, will have to wait a bit longer because settlement talks between state-owned Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch have collapsed.

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Rise Of The Jelly Bean

December 18, 2012 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

CNN Money talks with top executives at Jelly Belly, the world's most popular jelly bean company. The company got a big lift in the 1980s due to President Ronald Reagan's well publicized love of the company's products. Jelly Bean now produces 50 official flavors.

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