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Thought Of The Day: Freer Fishing

December 17, 2012 9:00 am | News | Comments

Feds are considering opening long-closed fishing areas in the Northeast. Those involved in the fishing industry in the area are debating the best way to limit over-fishing while ensuring the livlihood of local fishermen. Here's the position of Maggie Raymond, a fishing boat owner from Maine.

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FM Rewind: Top Recalls & Outbreaks Of 2012

December 17, 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. Using a careful metric analyzing scope, scale and newsworthiness, we rank the top five recalls of the year. Stay tuned all week as we bring you the year in review.

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Cable Entry Seal

December 17, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The C RS T cable entry seal has been approved for IP69K, demonstrating its ability to protect equipment during industrial high pressure cleaning with very hot water.

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Ferrous Traps

December 17, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ProGradeÆ Model L Traps are designed to serve as magnetic pipeline traps where operating conditions are not too severe.

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Shelf-Stable Packaging

December 17, 2012 2:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

These flexible retort packaging products include a range of foil and non-foil pre-made retort pouches, along with easy-peel retort lidding for Company's line of retort cups, trays and aseptic packaging.

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Consumer Trends: America's Most Popular New Restaurants

December 14, 2012 10:12 am | News | Comments

Urbanspoon, the leading mobile restaurant discovery application and reservation management system, today released its list of America's Most Popular New Restaurants of 2012 , highlighting the 50 most sought-after restaurants across the U.S. to open this year.

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Coca-Cola FEMSA To Buy Stake In Philippines Bottler

December 14, 2012 10:09 am | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Co.'s biggest franchise bottler, Coca-Cola FEMSA, said Friday that it has agreed to buy a 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. for $688.5 million in cash. Coca-Cola FEMSA is based in Mexico and distributes Coca-Cola products throughout Latin America. The deal allows the bottler to expand beyond that region while capturing one of the company's biggest markets.

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China, South Africa Ban Beef Imports From Brazil

December 14, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

Brazil says China and South Africa have banned imports of its beef because of fears of mad cow disease. The Agriculture Ministry says China and South Africa told Brazil they are temporarily suspending beef imports from the world's second largest exporter of the product. Japan did the same earlier this month.

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Vegetable Farm Settles Discrimination Suit

December 14, 2012 10:05 am | by PHILLIP LUCAS,Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the state's largest vegetable farms reached a settlement with former employees who claimed they were discriminated against because of their race or national origin. Hamilton Growers Inc., which has done business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable Inc., agreed to pay $500,000 in a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Coalition.

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Gloria Jean's Tall Coffee Scheme Leaves Bitter Taste

December 14, 2012 10:03 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press | News | Comments

A promotion earlier this month by Gloria Jean's Coffees International offered a free second drink to women who measure at least 1.65 meters, or about 5 feet 6 inches, and was meant to echo a government campaign to increase the average national height, state media reported. But critics said on the social networking site Facebook that the promotion was offensive to Vietnamese women, prompting the company to cancel it and apologize.

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Illnesses Prompt Expanded Burger Recall

December 14, 2012 10:01 am | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is monitoring the recalls, which were prompted by four cases of E. coli infection. Public Health officials notified the CFIA last week that the E. coli cases could possibly be linked to a food source, which prompted the investigation into the meat.

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Consumer Prices Drop 0.3 Percent

December 14, 2012 9:47 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the biggest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices.

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Schumer: Fiscal Cliff Would Hike NY Milk Prices

December 14, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer warns that if Washington doesn't avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, New Yorkers could see the price of milk double and dairy farmers would suffer. The Democrat says Congress must agree on a budget or a 1940s law will kick in on Jan. 1 that will trigger higher costs even as famers get lower prices under the government's subsidy program.

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Missouri Wineries Flourish Over Past Decade

December 14, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

A University of Missouri researcher says the number of wineries in the state more than tripled over the past decade. Fabio Chaddad is an assistant professor of agricultural economics. His research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Missouri had 108, mostly small wineries last year, compared with just 31 wineries in 2000.

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Graincorp Rejects ADM's Latest Offer

December 14, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

GrainCorp says Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s latest, $2.35 billion offer for the Australian grain handler is still too low. ADM earlier this month offered GrainCorp shareholders 12.20 Australian dollars per share in cash. That works out to about $2.35 billion for the shares of GrainCorp ADM doesn't already own. ADM has a 19.9 percent stake in GrainCorp.

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Dairy Co-Owner Indicted In Theft

December 14, 2012 9:36 am | by CASEY GROVE,Anchorage Daily News | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted the former manager and current co-owner of Valley Dairy, which owns and operates Palmer-based Matanuska Creamery, on charges of misusing federal grant money that was intended to help Alaska's dairy industry. Under the indictment handed up Tuesday, Kyle Beus faces three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The Next Frontier Of Competitive Wars In Supplier Management

December 14, 2012 9:35 am | by Vineet Seth, Head of Product Management, SAP Global Business Incubator | Articles | Comments

Supply disruptions are expensive. Businesses are always looking for ways to predict and address these disruptions before they hit them, but traditional supply chain analytics and supplier scorecards can’t solve the problem completely. 

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Photo Of The Day: A Cranberry Christmas

December 14, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

“Cranberries are an exceptional holiday fruit,” said Larry Martin, vice president of global marketing at Ocean Spray. “They make everything more festive and provide the perfect complement to holiday dishes and décor whether they’re fresh, dried, juice or sauce.”

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Food Poisoning Test On The Way

December 14, 2012 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, talks to Charlie Rose and Gayle King about a new test that could make it easier to diagnose food poisoning. Some people are expressing concern, however, because the test could make it harder to track the source of future contaminations.

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Report: Wide Agreement On U.S. Competitiveness

December 14, 2012 9:04 am | by Harvard Business School, SRBI and GfK | Articles | Comments

A new Harvard Business School (HBS) survey reveals serious concern about America’s competitiveness trajectory, but wide agreement between liberals and conservatives on the policy imperatives that Congress and President Obama should advance following the election.

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