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Chick-fil-A Sandwiches Become A Political Symbol

July 27, 2012 10:51 am | by BILL BARROW,Associated Press | News | Comments

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

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Fire Destroys New Orleans Bakery

July 27, 2012 10:47 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire has gutted a bakery that pleased New Orleans' tastes for generations with its locally iconic line of fried snack pies.

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Consumer Trends: Fast-Food vs. Fast-Casual

July 27, 2012 10:42 am | News | Comments

Look for a blurring of the lines between fast-food and fast-casual restaurants, with operators in each sub-segment tweaking their concepts with new unit designs and convenient service formats in order to remain competitive.

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Manufacturing Can Be Competitive In The United States

July 27, 2012 9:30 am | by John W. Kemp, Senior Managing Director, & Charles M. Mouranie, Managing Director, Operational Improvement & Restructuring Division, Houlihan Smith & Company Inc. | Articles | Comments

Increased foreign competition continues to drive much of the U.S. manufacturing sector overseas to take advantage of cheap labor. However, there are still many ways to improve performance and become more competitive while keeping operations in the United States.

From Feed to Food (Part I)

July 27, 2012 8:00 am | by Roger DeGood and Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

What does the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) case against the now-bankrupt American Peanut Corporation have to do with dog kibble? Plenty, if a dog or cat owner contracts salmonellosis or another food-borne illness from handling tainted kibble.

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Issues In Food Safety

July 27, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The Vice President and Director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) discusses trends in the food environment and new food safety standards impacting food processors.

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Analytics Server

July 27, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Quality Analytics Server™ can deliver real-time process and operations intelligence to an entire organization.

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In-Mold Label Production

July 27, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RSM MX 410 with Star Wheel Delivery features rotary die cutting technology for in-mold label production and is especially suited for medium to long production runs.

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Open Frame Weighbelt Feeder

July 27, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DEA Open Frame Weighbelt Feeder is designed specifically for sanitary processes and features tool-less, rapid belt removal for frequent cleaning cycles.

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Berkshire Unit Buys Restaurant Food Distributor

July 26, 2012 3:01 pm | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Warren Buffett's company is buying a national restaurant food distributor.

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Japan Sought Whale Activist’s Arrest In Germany

July 26, 2012 3:00 pm | by FRANK JORDANS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan asked Germany to arrest Paul Watson, the founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, days before he skipped bail and apparently fled the country.

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Agriculture Is Bright Spot In Calif. Economy

July 26, 2012 2:58 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

As counties across the Golden State begin releasing annual reports on crop revenues, they show prices earned for many commodities are setting records, and not just by a little.

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Dr Pepper Profit Rises 3 Percent

July 26, 2012 2:56 pm | News | Comments

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said Thursday that higher prices for its portfolio of sodas, teas and juices helped lift its second-quarter net income by 3 percent.

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University Releases New Wheat Variety For Drier Areas

July 26, 2012 2:55 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

A new hard red winter wheat variety that was more than a decade in the making has the potential to be a top performer in drier areas of the state, South Dakota State University officials say. That could translate into millions of dollars for farmers.

Photo Of The Day: Conventional vs. Organic Wheat

July 26, 2012 2:52 pm | News | Comments

The Organic Center recently released the first two of six reports, which examine the nutritional superiority of organic grains compared to "natural" and conventional varieties.

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White Castle Plans New Frozen Foods Facility

July 26, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Family-owned and Ohio-based White Castle plans to build a new frozen food facility creating 100 permanent jobs in Vandalia.

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Price Hikes Boost Hershey’s 2Q

July 26, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Hershey Co. lifted its profit outlook for the year Thursday after raising prices had boosted second-quarter net income 4 percent.

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Corn, Soybean Prices Climb As Hopes Dim For Rain’s Help

July 26, 2012 12:44 pm | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices for corn and soybeans are climbing as hopes fade that rain can benefit parched crops across the nation's heartland.

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Senate Panel Considers National Standards For Hen Cages

July 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.

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Taste Testing The New Diet Sodas

July 26, 2012 12:41 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Associated Press asked a panel that included a food blogger and Bruce Bozzi, who heads marketing at The Palm steakhouses, to come to its New York City headquarters to gauge how the latest generation of low-calorie sodas stack up to the originals. The verdict? Soft drink makers have a long way to go.

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