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Iowa Food Warehouse Sued For Racist Graffit

September 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of black employees of a national food distribution company, alleging that supervisors condoned discrimination by allowing racist graffiti at an Iowa warehouse.


NY Wine Grape Crop High In Quality

September 26, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

This year's wine grape crop from upstate New York is high in quality with a bit less quantity. Growers say the warm early spring followed by a cold spell and a dry summer took a toll on the overall yield, but that the grapes that made it through are in good shape.


ASSE: Where’s The Concern Over Work-Related Deaths?

September 26, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

With the recent release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary results of the national census of fatal occupational injuries report showing 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. in 2011, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said people should be concerned.


Sunland Plant Shut Down After Peanut Butter Recall

September 26, 2012 12:36 pm | News | Comments

A peanut butter plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to the facility. The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the peanut butter-making equipment. Sunland officials say the rest of their processing facilities continue to operate.


Consumer Trends: Beer Industry Faces Challenges

September 26, 2012 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a 1.3 percent decline in 2011. Total beer volume was 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases for the year, according to Technomic's recently-released 2012 BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report.


Monsanto, MSU Partner To Fight Corn Rootworm

September 26, 2012 10:17 am | News | Comments

Michigan State University says it's working with Monsanto Co. to find ways to fight corn rootworm, one of U.S. agriculture's most damaging pests. The East Lansing school says Monsanto is pledging up to $3 million to support research on rootworm.


Sweeping Changes Expected For North Korean Farms

September 26, 2012 10:15 am | by JEAN H. LEE,Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korean farmers who have long been required to turn most of their crops over to the state may now be allowed to keep their surplus food to sell or barter in what could be the most significant economic change enacted by young leader Kim Jong Un since he came to power nine months ago.


Women Winemakers Gain Ground

September 26, 2012 10:13 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press | News | Comments

In 1978, the first vintage that Cathy Corison made wine, she could count on one hand the number of women she knew of doing the same kind of work in the cellars of the Napa Valley. Today, winemaking remains primarily a man's world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.


Kraft Foods Group Joining S&P 500

September 26, 2012 10:10 am | News | Comments

The S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday that Kraft Foods Group, which is being spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., will replace Alpha Natural Resources Inc. on the S&P 500. Kraft Foods Group is a food and beverage business based in Northfield, Ill.


Danone To Settle Lawsuit Over Activia Claims

September 26, 2012 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian division of yogurt-maker Danone has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that challenged health claims made about two of its leading products. The suit, launched in October 2009, questioned the way Danone Inc. marketed its Activia yogurt products and DanActive probiotic drink products.


Photo Of The Day: North Korean Farm Reforms

September 26, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. The signs read "Fortune of holding great leader (Kim Il Sung) as father," left, and "Fortune of holding great general (Kim Jong Il) as father."


Sausage Company Streamlines Shrink Wrapping Efficiency

September 26, 2012 9:30 am | by Jim McMahon, Senior Writer, Zebra Communications | Articles | Comments

Packaged products like Williams Express Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissants have proven to be very successful, necessitating the redesign and integration of two of Williams Sausage's packaging lines. The upgrade centered on a more streamlined and efficient shrink wrapping capability to process 100 percent more sandwiches through the line, while maintaining a zero product-defect rate and maximized uptime.


Food vs. Fuel: Dating Your Feedstock, But Never Marrying (Part I)

September 26, 2012 8:00 am | by Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

New feedstocks are emerging not only for biofuels, but for foods as well. Recently we published a report that the chairman of Nestle, Peter Brabeck-Lemathe, has called anew for a ban on making biofuels from feedstocks that can also be used in food production. The backdrop for Brabeck’s comments is the U.S. drought, which is causing sharp falls in corn yields.


The Safest Stores In The U.S.

September 26, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

NBC's Dateline goes undercover for a special report the network is calling "Dateline's Supermarket Sweep." In the report, the network reveals which of the country's top 10 grocery retailers have high food safety standards and which ones just don't make the grade.


Measure Radioactivity In Food

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FoodGuard-1 Food Screening System has been updated to include multi-language support in Japanese, Russian, Chinese and English.


Flexible Steam Tunnel

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KST 140-712 Dual Zone Steam Tunnel was engineered specifically for packagers of food and beverages who want 300 cpm capacity without the cost and complexity of multiple tunnels.


Bulk Solid Dispersion

September 26, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers complete mixer packages for fast and efficient dispersion of bulk solids in large batches.


ND State Flour Mill Profits Fall By Half

September 25, 2012 12:45 pm | by DALE WETZEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Profits at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill fell by half, to $8 million, during its last budget year, the mill's chief executive said Monday. Despite the drop, the Grand Forks mill's annual earnings rank as the third best in its history, said Vance Taylor, the mill's general manager.


Canadian Officials: ‘Several Deficiencies’ Led To Beef Recall

September 25, 2012 12:43 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says "the combination of several deficiencies" could have led to E. coli bacteria being found at a food processing plant which has recalled hundreds of beef products. The CFIA says it has completed an in-depth review of food safety controls at Edmonton-based XL Foods Inc., where the discovery of the bacteria led to a recall of more than 250 beef products.


ConAgra To Expand Arkansas Facility

September 25, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Monday that it is expanding its plant in Russellville, Ark., and will add more than 80 jobs. The food maker has operated in the Russellville area since 1965 and has approximately 1,350 employees there. ConAgra said it is investing $100 million to expand the plant to make Bertolli and P.F. Chang's frozen meals.



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