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Chocolate Enrober Boosts Production For Candy Maker

October 19, 2012 9:30 am | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

As demand for Sarris Candies’ products grew, the company was challenged to increase output — particularly for its signature chocolate-covered pretzels. Having outgrown the company’s old chocolate enrober, the company's founder headed to PACK EXPO to find a solution that could provide additional capacity to move more product along the line.

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JBS To Reach Out To XL Foods Union, Community

October 19, 2012 8:42 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The union and company taking over management of a troubled Alberta meat packer say they want to work together to make the XL Foods plant a success. JBS USA operates eight beef plants in the United States and all employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

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Farmer: Md. Poultry Lawsuit Stresses Out Family

October 19, 2012 8:39 am | by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alan Hudson, who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue, is being sued by a New York-based environmental group. The group, the Waterkeeper Alliance, says Hudson's chicken-raising operation on his farm in Berlin polluted a nearby river. The group also sued Perdue, saying it should be responsible for the pollution because it owns Hudson's chickens and monitors their growth.

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Nestle Sales Growth Eases As Global Economy Cools

October 19, 2012 8:37 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday said its sales growth slowed to 11 percent in the first nine months of 2012 as demand eased both in developed economies and emerging markets, where high growth is starting to cool off.

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Smucker's Uncrustables Sold To Schools Recalled

October 19, 2012 8:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials have told school lunch programs across the country to check to see whether they have any Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches that might contain peanut butter made by a New Mexico company that is being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination.

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New Mexico Peanut Capital At Heart Of National Peanut Butter Recall

October 19, 2012 8:32 am | by Jeri Clausing, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The country's largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after massive recall of scores of products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall has particularly affected peanut butter and nut products grown and processed in the flat, dusty eastern New Mexico town of Portales. 

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How Safe Is The Food Supply?

October 19, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

A Bloomberg Markets investigation reveals that the food supply in the U.S. may not be as safe as American consumers believe. Last year, nearly 3,000 Americans died from tainted food and 48 million were sickened. With the FDA inspecting only six percent of food facilities per year, is there more that could be done to secure the food supply?

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Same Skills, Different Problems

October 19, 2012 8:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Sometimes, when we decide to engage in process improvement or business improvement endeavors, we feel like we need to hire or contract people with special skills. The truth is, we probably have the right skills already inside of our businesses.

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Food Label Review Service

October 19, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Website offers a service for food companies that need their food labels and packaging reviewed by FDA consultants and attorneys who will identify and correct any mistakes or enforcement risks before labels are printed and product is shipped.

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Floors For Dairy Plants

October 19, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company provides numerous flooring systems designed for every area of a dairy plant: process areas, loading docks, tank farms, coolers, mechanical rooms and chemical storage areas.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Bar Packaging Line, Booth #2212

October 19, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bar Packaging Line consists of the distribution station Sigpack DCI, the horizontal flow wrapper Sigpack HRM with high performance splicer and the new toploader Sigpack TTM.

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Peanut Butter Recall Affects Some ND Charities

October 18, 2012 1:38 pm | News | Comments

A national peanut butter recall is affecting some North Dakota charities. Some Community Action agencies distributed some of the Sunland Inc. peanut butter to clients in August. Postcards with disposal instructions have been mailed to about 800 clients served in Grand Forks, Nelson, Walsh, and Pembina counties.

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CEO: General Mills “Hungry To Help” In Africa

October 18, 2012 1:35 pm | News | Comments

At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, today, General Mills CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to fight hunger in Africa through collaboration and employee volunteerism. He discussed General Mills’ ability as a food company to help alleviate hunger by leveraging the skills of the many General Mills employee volunteers who are eager to give back.

Hershey Named To Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

October 18, 2012 1:29 pm | News | Comments

The Hershey Company, along with six others in the Food & Beverage category, has been selected to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). The Index is determined by SAM (Sustainable Asset Management), in partnership with the S&P and Dow Jones Indices.

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Drought Conditions Ease In Key Midwest Farm States

October 18, 2012 1:23 pm | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up. The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update released Thursday shows that 62.4 percent of the lower 48 states remained mired in some form of drought, down more than a percentage point from the previous week and a welcome sign for farmers enduring the nation's worst drought in decades.

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EU Mulls Ways To Reduce Use Of Food-Based Biofuel

October 18, 2012 1:20 pm | News | Comments

Europe is considering limiting the amount of food-based biofuels that can count toward its renewable fuel targets while a drought in the U.S. has pushed up food prices worldwide and millions around the world go hungry. As part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union had previously decided that 10 percent of the fuel used for transport in the 27-country bloc must come from renewable sources by 2020.

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Consumer Trends: Marketing To Hispanic Consumers

October 18, 2012 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Marketing to the Hispanic consumer is now a worn-out refrain. For the past two decades (at a minimum), America’s businesses have been on a quest to connect with the nation’s largest ethnic and fastest-growing demographic group. It is a mission to cash in on opportunities for future revenue growth, but also a journey fraught with peril for some marketers.

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GMO Labeling Bill Faces Industry Opposition

October 18, 2012 9:30 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

A new ballot initiative in California seeks to identify food products that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Industry groups and food giants are pushing back on Proposition 37, but its passage could open the floodgates in other states, ushering in a new age of mandated sourcing transparency for food processors.

Nestle Sales Growth Eases As Global Economy Cools

October 18, 2012 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday said its sales growth slowed to 11 percent in the first nine months of 2012 as demand eased both in developed economies and emerging markets, where high growth is starting to cool off.

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HSUS Hatches Bid To Unseat Iowa Lawmaker

October 18, 2012 9:20 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Humane Society of the United States calls its campaign to unseat Rep. Steve King of Iowa "Stop the King of Cruelty." Its ads take King to task for his opposition to bills related to dogfighting and requiring emergency management offices to account for pets and service dogs in their preparedness plans.

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