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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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Photo Of The Day: Candy Bar Meets Cake

October 23, 2012 9:00 am | News | Comments

This Halloween, Tastykake is joining forces with North America's largest chocolate manufacturer, The Hershey Company, to introduce a new treat that combines the "best of both worlds." New Kandy Bar Kakes are the perfect blend of cake and candy, made with real quality ingredients and featuring HERSHEY'S most popular flavors.

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Q&A: Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow (Part II)

October 23, 2012 8:00 am | by Patricia Riedl, Booz & Co.; Maria Ferrante, PMMI | Articles | Comments

The Manufacturing Excellence Share Group (MESG), part of the GMA, developed the paper in conjunction with a Booz & Co. study and panel discussion in which more than a dozen manufacturing executives spoke about hiring, training, skill requirements and development, operational styles and new ways to uncover talent.

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Customs Dogs Protect The Food Supply

October 23, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Inspecting imports into the U.S. demands not only government oversight, but also the sharp olfactory skills of specially trained dogs. At the Port of Oakland, California, dogs are important tools in tracking down insects that could devastate agriculture in America.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Linerless Label Technology, Booth #669

October 23, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company will be showcasing its linerless labeling technology at PACK EXPO in Chicago.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Safety Sensors, Booth #4533

October 23, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eden is a non-contact safety sensor for use on interlocked gates and hatches.

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Mixer Homogenizer

October 23, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Mixture Homogenizer can achieve a globule or droplet size between 2 to 5 microns.

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Consumer Trends: The Culture Of Eating Too Much

October 22, 2012 12:00 pm | News | Comments

While the increasing focus on products and nutrition panels has been somewhat helpful, The Hartman Group believes that the obesity issue is really one that is symptomatic of larger cultural shifts occurring in how people in America eat… and eat too much.

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SunTrust 3Q Earnings Up Sharply, But Shares Fall

October 22, 2012 11:56 am | News | Comments

SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, largely due to the regional bank's sale of shares it owns in The Coca-Cola Co. But SunTrust reported higher expenses amid persistently low interest rates, and its shares slipped in morning trading.

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Land Battles Surface In Myanmar As Reforms Unfold

October 22, 2012 11:52 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The landscape of Mingaladon township on the northern outskirts of Myanmar's main city tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized by one of Myanmar's most powerful companies.

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Ben & Jerry's Joins The Growing B Corporation Movement

October 22, 2012 11:46 am | News | Comments

A quarter-century after pioneering the socially responsible business movement, Ben & Jerry’s is throwing its support behind the growing B Corporation (B Corp) movement, a network of companies that meet what Inc. magazine has called "the highest standard for socially responsible businesses."

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Ag Chief Seeking To Get Out Of Sugar Mill Business

October 22, 2012 11:41 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain proposed to borrow $7 million to take ownership of a failed sugar cane mill in southwestern Louisiana built with state dollars and now teetering on default of its debt payments. If the mill defaults on its debt, the bank would take over the property.

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ADM Bids For Australia's GrainCorp In $2.77B Deal

October 22, 2012 11:37 am | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has offered to buy Australian grain handler GrainCorp for about $2.77 billion. GrainCorp says it is considering the non-binding offer that values it at 11.75 Australian dollars ($12.13) per share, which comes to 2.68 billion Australian dollars.

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Report: Most School Kitchens Clean, Safe

October 22, 2012 10:23 am | News | Comments

School cafeteria kitchens in Washington serve about 500,000 lunches a day. Given that volume, you might expect school kitchens to rack up a fair number of health department violations. A review found only 521 citations in three years in Washington's 295 school districts, which includes more than 3,000 schools.

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