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BP Seeks Approval Of Gulf Oil Spill Deal

October 24, 2012 9:51 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant BP has asked a federal judge to disregard objections from a fraction of claimants and give final approval to a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement over economic damages from the Gulf oil spill. BP was joined in the request by plaintiffs' attorneys who helped broker the class-action deal spawned by the 2010 disaster.


Photo Of The Day: Wining About Fracking

October 24, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Fred Frank poses for a photo in his vineyard at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Frank, worries the region's carefully tended reputation is in danger if tourists who make the long trip up from the New York City area and elsewhere have to deal with traffic created by gas drilling.


Beer Bombs

October 24, 2012 9:30 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Back in 1956, three executives from the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute wrote a report titled “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” Their motivation was simple: In the event of a nuclear explosion, what, if anything could be consumed after the fallout?


Rugged vs. Consumer: How To Select The Right Mobile Solution

October 24, 2012 8:00 am | by Mike Wills, VP of North America, Psion | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing organizations use handheld computers for a wide variety of applications such as material management, supply chain, quality control, asset tracking and communications. However, there is sometimes uncertainty surrounding whether to deploy consumer or rugged devices.


From Church-Wine To Grape Juice Giant

October 24, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Welch's concord grape juice was invented over 140 years ago as non-alcoholic wine for the church services. In the century and a half since, the company has grown into a fruit juice powerhouse, selling juices and jellies in over 40 countries around the world.


Container Filling System

October 24, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The model 4P-64 container filling system is ideal for a wide variety of ridged glass or plastic containers.


High Power DC/DC Converter Modules

October 24, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TEP Series of ultra-compact, high power DC/DC converter modules offer 75 to 240W of output power.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Case Sealer, Booth #2230

October 24, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

For snack manufacturers who ship products in a variety of packages, Company provides the Model 436 case sealer that offers interchangeable tape and adhesive sealing on one machine.


Burger King Refranchises 42 Restaurants In Atlanta

October 23, 2012 1:20 pm | News | Comments

Burger King Worldwide today announced the refranchising of 42 company-owned BURGER KING® restaurants in the metro-Atlanta area to GPS Hospitality which is operated by Tom Garrett, former president and CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

SD Harvest Continues To Advance With Rain

October 23, 2012 1:17 pm | News | Comments

South Dakota's row crop harvest continued to progress last week, with nearly all of corn for grain harvested. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 96 percent of the corn for grain has been harvested, up from 90 percent the previous week. This is above the five-year average of 34 percent.


Wegmans Recalls A Brownie Mix Over Undeclared Milk

October 23, 2012 1:15 pm | News | Comments

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product. The recall involves 17.2-ounce packages of Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix the company started selling in May at its 80 supermarkets in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.


Kroger Stops Selling Sprouts Due To Health Risk

October 23, 2012 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Kroger says it has stopped stocking sprouts as of Monday because of their "potential food safety risk." The nation's largest traditional grocer joins Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which pulled sprouts in 2010. The grocer says current technology can't assure that sprouts are safe to eat because germs can reside inside the seeds.


Feds, Slaughterhouse Lock Horns Over Visit

October 23, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

The legal action is the latest salvo in a seven-year feud between Hickory Hills Processing and the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service. Donald Carpenter said he's exempt from inspections because he only butchers animals, typically cows, for people who want meat for personal use. He doesn't have retail or wholesale sales.


Consumer Trends: Moms, Food And Social Media

October 23, 2012 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture is a joint study by The Hartman Group and MSLGROUP Americas to explore how food culture in the United States has evolved under the influence of social and digital media.


Syngenta Third Quarter 2012: Sustained Sales Growth

October 23, 2012 11:33 am | News | Comments

Sales in the third quarter of 2012 increased by 6 percent at constant exchange rates driven by an excellent performance in Latin America. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by 9 percent to reach a record $11 billion, with volume up 6 percent and prices up 3 percent.


Nebraska Harvest Roughly A Month Ahead Of Normal

October 23, 2012 11:30 am | News | Comments

Nebraska's corn and soybean harvest is roughly a month ahead of normal this fall, but the continued drought has hindered the winter wheat crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that this year's harvest continues to run on a different schedule in Nebraska.


Jack Daniel's Toasts Sinatra With New Whiskey

October 23, 2012 11:28 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select will sell at major airports worldwide and high-end retail stores in the U.S. and perhaps abroad, said James Perry, an executive with Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., parent of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.


USDA Announces Ground Beef Recall

October 23, 2012 11:25 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Honolulu company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed to Oahu restaurants because the products may be contaminated with E. coli. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday Higa Meat & Pork Market is recalling 10 pound bags of "Higa Market-Ground Beef Bulk."


Five Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

October 23, 2012 11:24 am | by David Dishneau and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.


The Tip of the Iceberg in Global Competition

October 23, 2012 9:30 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

The open-innovation bandwagon continues to gather momentum. As companies look for new ways to cut costs, many seem to be opening up their kimonos and letting outsiders in. Being one of those outsiders, this delights me. As an American, I am disappointed in our slow adaptation to the requirements of a world in which innovation is becoming the main driver of every economy.



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