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Heinz Shareholders Approve Acquisition

April 30, 2013 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Heinz is one step closer to going private. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker said Tuesday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the investment firm that also owns Burger King.

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Consumer Trends: Top 100 Brunch Restaurants

April 30, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Just in time for Mother's Day, OpenTable is pleased to announce the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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NLS Food Quality Symposium

April 30, 2013 10:56 am | Events

Join key decision makers in the food and beverage, retail, grocery, restaurant and foodservice industry for the 5th annual Food Quality Symposium. The summit features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in Safety, Quality Assurance (Q & A), Regulatory Affairs and many other related fields within the food industry.

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NLS Food Evolution Summit

April 30, 2013 10:55 am | Events

Join key decision makers in the food and beverage, retail, grocery, restaurant and foodservice industry for the 6th annual Food Evolution Summit. The summit features the ideal peer-to-peer networking environment for Top Level Executives in New Product Development (NPD), Research and Development (R & D), Innovation and many other related fields within the food industry.

The Two Faces of U.S. Manufacturing

April 30, 2013 10:22 am | by AJ Sweatt | Articles | Comments

The fact is that our trade and economic policies — or lack thereof — are the primary cause of stagnant manufacturing growth in this country. We in and of manufacturing find ourselves in an environment of two camps, vying on many fronts for supremacy & influence.

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Sumitomo To Set Up Joint Venture in China To Make Sugar

April 30, 2013 9:51 am | News | Comments

Trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a joint venture in China with Hong Kong and South Korean firms to manufacture and sell sugar from 2014. Sumitomo and TS Corp. of South Korea will hold a 33 percent stake each in the joint venture, while Taikoo Sugar Ltd. of Hong Kong will have a 34 percent stake in the venture to be launched in China's Guangdong Province.

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Dairy Co-op Laying Off More Than 100 Workers

April 30, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

A large Wisconsin dairy cooperative plans to close a cheese plant, idle another plant indefinitely and lay off more than 100 employees. Baraboo-based Foremost Farms is closing an Alma Center plant that makes mozzarella cheese for foodservice markets. The co-op is idling a cheddar cheese plant in Waumandee.

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Czech Whisky Succeeds in Communist Market

April 30, 2013 9:47 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for Hammer Head has been solid around the globe, but Vaclav Sitner, a member of the team tasked with creating a premium whisky, would not reveal how much was made and how much is still available. He would only said if the current sales remain at the same level of 10,000 - 15,000 bottles a year, it is expected to be sold out in five to seven years.

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Hostess Opening Bakeries in Indiana and Illinois

April 30, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.

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FDA Investigating Added Caffeine in Foods

April 30, 2013 9:41 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer. The Food and Drug Administration is closely watching the marketing of these foods and wants to know more about their safety.

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Photo of the Day: Communist Whisky Rises to Excellence

April 30, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

In this Monday, April 8, 2013 photo Eva Brozovska labels bottles with single malt "Hammer Head" whisky in a distillery in Pradlo, Czech Republic. The "Hammer Head" whisky made in communist Czechoslovakia matured in oak barrels for more than 20 years to reach surprisingly good quality before hitting the market.

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Daily Sound Bite: Saving the Bees

April 30, 2013 8:12 am | News | Comments

Much attention has been paid to colony collapse disorder over the past several years as bee populations have plummeted. The pollination provided by bees is crucial to plant growth, and the EU has voted to restrict the use of certain pesticides in an attempt to curb colony collapse.

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5S Your Digital Workspace, Carefully

April 30, 2013 8:12 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The Lean tool known as “5S” was conceived and developed in a manufacturing environment.It is a very effective tool at eliminating some of the most senseless and aggravating sources of wasted time and energy.Most commonly, it stops the wasted effort of searching for stuff that we need right now.

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Europe Rethinks Food Safety After Horsemeat Scandal

April 30, 2013 8:12 am | by Euronews | Videos | Comments

The Director General of the European Consumers' Organisation discusses food safety and consumer retail fraud in the wake of the horsemeat labeling scandal. She reminds consumers to be vigilant regarding food safety, especially at a time when food processors may be lowering food safety standards as a way to cope with the economic crisis in Europe.

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Explosion Proof Vacuum

April 30, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company has expanded its explosion proof vacuum family with the DS2-EX Series.

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Flexible Flat Cables

April 30, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Highly Flexible Flat Cables are designed for food manufacturing machinery applications, where long term reliability is critical and down time is not an option.

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Ultra-Compact Intelligent Drives

April 30, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The iPOS3602 BX-CAN and iPOS3604 BX-CAN drives are based on the IPOS family design concept of closed frame intelligent drives.

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Mid-Market Execs Anticipate Growth But Cite Gov’t Roadblocks

April 29, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

After sustained economic turmoil, mid-market executives have a stronger footing and are taking the necessary steps to make the sector an engine for growth in the next year. However, while optimistic about their own growth, according to findings in Deloitte's "Mid-market perspectives: 2013 report on America's economic engine," they have lower expectations for U.S. economic growth.

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Beer Sales Debate Heats Up in Pa.

April 29, 2013 12:44 pm | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Where you can buy beer in Pennsylvania will be the subject of debate in the coming weeks in the state Senate, pitting profit-seeking businesses against one another and perhaps even against beer drinkers' wishes. What do beer drinkers want? In Harrisburg, that story line is being told by a variety of businesses in the context of what lines up neatly with their would-be profits.

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Animal Advocates Oppose Feinstein’s Egg Bill

April 29, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Senator Feinstein's measure would codify a controversial deal between the United Egg Producers (UEP) ­— the egg industry trade association recently sued for an alleged price-fixing scheme — and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which is now endorsing the exact same egg factory cages it previously opposed.

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