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PepsiCo Opens R&D Center In China

November 13, 2012 12:31 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo, Inc. today announced the opening of a new food and beverage innovation center in Shanghai, China. The state-of-the-art facility, which is PepsiCo's largest research and development center outside of North America, will serve as a hub of new product, packaging and equipment innovation for PepsiCo's businesses throughout Asia.

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Diamond Foods To Restate Results

November 13, 2012 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Diamond Foods climbed more than 10 percent Tuesday after the snack food company said it would finally release restated results for the past two years, and part of this year. Diamond Foods, which makes Emerald Nuts and Pop Secret popcorn, is cleaning up improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.

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Consumer Trends: Canada’s Lunch Habits

November 13, 2012 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Men want a hot meal, women want to satisfy their lunchtime cravings and everyone wants it as quick as possible. When it comes to lunch, these are just some of the top reasons why Canadians choose to go out to eat, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Loyalty on behalf of Tim Hortons who have just launched their new grilled Panini sandwiches.

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Packaging Plant To Expand

November 13, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

GSC Packaging, a nationwide provider of turnkey contract packaging solutions, has purchased a 100,000 square-foot facility to keep up with the company’s rapid growth. In December of 2012, GSC Packaging will move from its current contract packaging facility at 3715 Atlanta Industrial Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia, to the new location at 575 Wharton Drive.

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Jimmy Dean Recalls Breakfast Sandwiches

November 13, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

 Jimmy Dean® is voluntarily recalling a partial production run of its Jimmy Dean French Toast & Sausage Sandwich as a precautionary measure because the product may contain the undeclared allergens egg and soy, not listed on the label. 

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Calif. Greenhouse Gas System To Affect Food Companies

November 13, 2012 9:42 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press | News | Comments

California's new "cap-and-trade" system is designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. Under the plan, the California Air Resources Board will auction off pollution permits on Wednesday called "allowances" to more than 350 businesses, including electric companies, food processors and refineries.

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Sunland Peanut Butter Plant Remains Idle

November 13, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

The New Mexico peanut butter plant linked to a salmonella outbreak remains idle as officials wait for federal approval to reopen. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn declined Monday to estimate when operations at the country's largest organic peanut processing plant may resume, saying only that officials are awaiting a response from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Hostess Closing 3 Bakeries Following Strike

November 13, 2012 9:38 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The facilities employ 627 workers.

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Get Intelligent About Emerging Markets

November 13, 2012 9:37 am | by Pete Read, Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Analysis & Advisory and Rahul Dhingra, Senior Consultant at GIA North America | Articles | Comments

Any entry into emerging markets is fraught with uncertainties. There are no guaranteed winners. Take Carrefour for example. After an unsuccessful attempt to enter Brazil and its focus on the hypermarket model even as consumers buy more goods locally and online, its share prices have fallen since 2009.

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Photo Of The Day: Thanksgiving Style

November 13, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

MaxPoint Interactive issued the results of an indexing study that reveals neighborhoods in Atlanta and Oklahoma City as those most interested in gourmet and comfort foods, respectively. This data helps advertisers get the most out of their digital ad spend by targeting Thanksgiving diners with ads that speak to their specific tastes in food.

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Benefits Of Remote Monitoring In Meat Processing

November 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Dave Johnson, Senior Software Engineer, Matrix Product Development | Articles | Comments

Remote monitoring is exciting technology for meat processors. The benefits are numerous, including better yields and increased profits, less raw material waste due to improper cooking, product consistency, energy savings, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance, improved worker safety and reduced liability.

LA Promotes Meatless Mondays

November 13, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The Los Angeles city council has adopted an resolution calling on residents to adopt Meatles Mondays, an initiative encouraging consumers to go one day each week without consuming meat products. The benefits of such a diet are discussed on TODAY.

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Phthalate-Free Tubing

November 13, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tygon® S³ product transfer solution is the first bio-based and phthalate-free tubing. This flexible tubing enables food and beverage manufacturers to advance food safety and sustainability measures without sacrificing performance.

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Progressive Scan Cameras

November 13, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IK-TF series of progressive scan cameras is designed for color area scan machine vision applications.

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Sanitary Loader For Feeding Applications

November 13, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The P-Series Venturi Loader is designed for conveying powders in sanitary food applications. It can be used for loading hoppers as well as loss-in-weight feeder refill applications and meets the rigid 3A Dairy sanitary requirements.

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Consumer Union Urges Reduction Of Antibiotics In Food

November 12, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today called for a major reduction in the use of antibiotics in food animal production because their overuse promotes the spread of drug-resistant superbugs and makes antibiotics less effective for people.

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North Korea Has Better Harvest, Still Faces Shortages

November 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea increased its production of staple foods for the second year in a row, thanks in part to better use of fertilizers and plastic sheeting to protect crops, but its citizens are still suffering from a serious lack of key proteins and fats in their diets, a U.N. report said Monday.

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Poultry Industry Continues To Improve Worker Safety

November 12, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector, which includes slaughter and processing, continues to decline, according to the 2011 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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PepsiCo To Launch Pepsi With Fiber In Japan

November 12, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Fruits, vegetables and wheat bread are all sources of fiber. Now, so is Pepsi-Cola in Japan. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday plans to launch a version of its namesake soda with a fat-blocking fiber called dextrin in Japan. In an announcement on the company's Japanese website, PepsiCo explains how dextrin helps reduce fat levels in blood.

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Hostess Bakers Strike Across U.S.

November 12, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

About a dozen workers began picketing at a Hostess Brands plant in Sacramento honoring a bakers' union strike at the bankrupt company's plants across the country. The picket line formed on Sunday, two days after the walkout began when the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs imposed a contract that would cut wages by 8 percent.

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