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Sanitary Bulk Bag Discharger

April 29, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

This sanitary, stainless steel bulk bag discharging system features the heavy-duty Flo-Master™ “breaker bar” bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow.

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Antimicrobial Cable

April 29, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The DEFENDER® antimicrobial cable is designed for the industrial food and beverage market.

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Daily Sound Bite: New Salsa Acquisition

April 26, 2013 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Blue Smoke Salsa, a West Virginia company founded in a basement has just been acquired by White House Foods from neighboring Virginia. The acquisition process is expected to be completed this summer. Blue Smoke's president, Robin Hildebrand, is excited about the future.

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Florida Senate Passes Craft Distillers Bill

April 26, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

The Florida Senate has given final approval to a bill allowing on-site sales of liquor at the state's craft liquor distilleries. The measure (HB 347) passed on a 36-0 vote Friday and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. It previously cleared the House.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Profit Falls

April 26, 2013 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., an independent company that bottles and distributes Coca-Cola drinks in Western Europe, said Thursday that its profit fell in the first quarter as it sold less soda and paid more for ingredients. The company also said it would let its right to buy Coca-Cola's bottling business in Germany expire.

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Poached Elephant Meat Floods Markets in C. African Republic

April 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by KRISTA LARSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Elephant meat is flooding food markets in villages near a famed wildlife reserve in Central African Republic one month after rebels believed to be involved in poaching overthrew the government, conservationists said Thursday. The Dzanga-Sangha reserve in the rainforests of southwestern Central African Republic has been home to more than 3,400 forest elephants.

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Beef Plant Laying Off 108 Workers

April 26, 2013 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A northern South Dakota beef processing plant is laying off 108 of its 420 employees until it can raise enough money to buy more cattle, the company's top executive said Thursday. David Palmer, president and chief executive of Northern Beef Packers, said the plant has raised more than $150 million, but it's putting a planned ramp up on hold until it can raise about $20 million more in working capital, which is used to fund operation.

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White House Foods Acquiring Blue Smoke Salsa

April 26, 2013 12:13 pm | by JOHN RABY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A salsa company that started in a West Virginia basement is being acquired by a family owned food products company in Virginia, the salsa maker's founder said Thursday. Blue Smoke Salsa's Robin Hildebrand said the tentative deal with Winchester, Va.-based White House Foods is expected to be completed by early June. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Consumer Trends: Despite Economy, Americans Still Need Coffee Fix

April 26, 2013 12:07 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Americans may not feel optimistic about the economy but they're still spending more at Starbucks. The world's biggest coffee chain said Thursday that its profit rose in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales figure climbed in the U.S., its biggest market. New drinks and food, such as its sandwiches and pre-packaged lunch boxes, helped lift sales.

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We Need More Vocational Training

April 26, 2013 11:34 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The concept of “everyone should go to college” is finally being questioned, which I think is long overdue. A recent study of college graduates in Oregon shows that about 50% of the degrees were in arts, humanities, behavior, and social science, with an average salary from $35 to $40,000 per year.

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Q&A: Barriers to American Re-shoring

April 26, 2013 9:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing amount of buzz around the concept of “re-shoring,” in which an American company decides it’s more financially viable to bring manufacturing operations back to the U.S. from a foreign land.

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Anheuser-Busch Tries To Block Ohio Brewery Measure

April 26, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

The world's largest brewer is trying to stop Ohio from enacting a measure that would prohibit brewers from buying wholesale beer distributors. That provision was part of a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature last week and is now before Gov. John Kasich.

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Mead Johnson 1Q Profit Rises

April 26, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Mead Johnson's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, as higher prices for the infant formula maker's products in Latin America and part of Asia countered a drop in volume from North America and Europe. The Glenview, Ill., company also said Thursday that it was reaffirming its forecast for 2013 earnings to range between $3.22 and $3.30 per share.

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Sustainability Awards Honor Dairy Businesses

April 26, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

“This year’s winners include dairy farms and businesses from across the country who took steps to reduce their environmental impact, improve their profitability and increase their contribution to a sustainable 21st century food system,” said Molly Jahn, professor of genetics and agronomy at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the awards’ judges panel.

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Hershey Profit Rises on Increasing Sales

April 26, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

Hershey says its net income rose in the first quarter as it sold more of its namesake chocolates and benefited from lower costs for ingredients. The company, which makes Kit Kat, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Twizzlers, said that cost-cutting initiatives also improved its profit margins for the period and raised its outlook for the year.

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Mexican Cucumbers Linked to Salmonella

April 26, 2013 9:27 am | by NBC | Videos | Comments

Cucumbers from Mexico have been linked to 73 U.S. cases of salmonella across 18 states, and the FDA has halted imports from the Mexican company thought to be responsible. Though no one has died from this outbreak, 20 people have been hospitalized.

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Hostess To Reopen Kan. Bakery This Summer

April 26, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

Hostess Brands LLC says it will reopen its eastern Kansas bakery this summer, with the hiring of an initial 250 people already underway. The announcement was made Thursday by the investment partnership that bought Hostess Brands' snack cake product lines.

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Photo of the Day: Dairy Sustainability Awards

April 26, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the second annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on April 23 at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes dairy farms and businesses of all sizes for practices that advance the industry’s commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

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Boot Scrubbers and Washers

April 26, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

The boot scrubbers and washers help reduce cross-contamination between processing areas and eliminate cleaning labor.

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Rheometer with Touch-Screen

April 26, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new DV3T Rheometer features full color touch-screen technology.

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