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Group Calls Tax Relief Act Disappointment for Dairy Farmers

January 9, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

John Wilson, Senior Vice President of Dairy Farmers of America issued the following statement regarding the Tax Relief Act and its impact on dairy farmers: “After years of work to bring dairy policy reform to fruition, we are extremely disappointed that Congress has turned its back on dairy farmers."

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Constellation Brands Boosts Profit Prediction

January 9, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Wine and liquor seller Constellation Brands Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 4 percent as volumes increased, and it boosted its profit prediction for the year. The company earned $109.5 million, or 58 cents per share, in the three months through Nov. 30. In the same months a year ago, profit came to $104.8 million, or 52 cents per share.

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USDA Declares Disaster in 597 Counties Due to Drought

January 9, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013.

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Cargill 2Q Profit Quadruples

January 9, 2013 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Cargill said Wednesday that its fiscal second-quarter net income quadrupled, as most of its businesses posted gains. For the quarter ended Nov. 30, the privately held agribusiness company said it earned $409 million, up from $100 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose 6 percent to $35.2 billion.

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Consumer Trends: Health & Nutrition Impact Job Performance

January 9, 2013 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Findings from a new peer-reviewed study of 20,000 American workers suggests employers can maximize their employees’ job performance and reduce absenteeism by using a multi-pronged, integrated approach to well-being improvement. The study demonstrates that employers seeking to improve worker productivity and reduce absenteeism should employ broad work-site based interventions.

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Wishing the Energy Independence Act a Happy Anniversary

January 9, 2013 9:51 am | by ABB | Articles | Comments

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, engineers products and systems serving nearly every industry category. Almost always, no matter the industry or application, there is an electric motor at work. The challenge for engineers — and one of the keys to American energy independence — is simple: do more with less.

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Author: Wheat as Addictive as Crack

January 9, 2013 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

Love bread? Author Dr. William Davis says that feeling might be more than love; it might be addiction. His book Wheat Belly explores what he calls wheat's addictive properties. His follow-up book, Wheat Belly Cookbook arms consumers with what he deems better alternatives.

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Recall: ShurFine Ice Cream May Contain Undeclared Allergens

January 9, 2013 9:36 am | News | Comments

Southwest Ice Cream Specialties of McKinney, Texas, is voluntarily recalling some of its Dulce de Leche ice cream containers because they may contain praline pecan ice cream, which has wheat, soy and pecans that could cause problems for people allergic to those ingredients.

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Wendy's Testing a Pretzel Burger

January 9, 2013 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In its latest push to establish itself as a purveyor of premium burgers, Wendy's is testing a pretzel bun. The Dublin, Ohio-based chain has started selling a bacon cheeseburger in select locations made with a slightly heartier, pretzel-like bun. A spokesman for Wendy's declined to confirm the tests or provide any details, such as the price or where exactly it's being offered.

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Bimbo Bakeries Planning $75M Plant in Pa.

January 9, 2013 9:33 am | News | Comments

The company that makes Thomas' English muffins, bread and assorted sweets is planning a $75 million bakery in eastern Pennsylvania. Horsham-based Bimbo Bakeries says it has bought 30 acres in Upper Macungie Township for a plant that's expected to employ 100 people. The company says it plans to complete the 240,000-square-foot facility by the end of the year, with operations beginning in 2014.

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Texas Water Supplier Votes to Cut off Rice Farmers

January 9, 2013 9:31 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas rice farmers probably won't get irrigation water to flood their fields for an unprecedented second consecutive year after officials overseeing major reservoirs in Central Texas voted Tuesday to cut off downstream allotments if there's no significant rain by March.

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Feds Investigate Sparboe Egg Farm

January 9, 2013 9:29 am | by AMY FORLITI,Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of federal homeland security agents searched Sparboe Farms in Litchfield on Tuesday as part of what authorities called a "larger criminal investigation," but details about the nature of the operation were not disclosed. No criminal arrests were made, but 10 people were picked up on an administrative charge that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement often uses to detain possible illegal immigrants.

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Photo of the Day: Vietnam's Unique Coffee Culture

January 9, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

Starbucks announced Thursday, Jan. 3, it would enter Vietnam in early February with a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City. But the Seattle-based company faces a unique market in Vietnam, where French-inspired coffee culture reigns supreme; two homegrown chains have established presences; and family-run sidewalk cafes are as ubiquitous as noodle shops.

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Mixer/Grinder

January 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The 3000 Mixer/Grinder has a 300 lb. hopper capacity and is ideal for small to medium processors.

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Piston Compressors

January 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GEA Bock piston compressors allow Company to offer piston and screw compressors from five to 6,100 CFM using various refrigerants including R-134a, R-404a, CO2, NH3 and others.

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IPPE Coverage: Protective Gowns, Booth #7148

January 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Company offers VR limited use gowns and PolyWear disposable gowns in a variety of colors including red, blue, white and yellow.

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Thought of the Day: All It Takes Is a Little Zap

January 8, 2013 1:20 pm | Videos | Comments

A new food processing technology that zaps food with microwaves to slow bacteria growth may increase shelf life. MicroZap, Inc. says this technology, when used in the bakery industry, can keep bread mold-free for up to 60 days. In this technology, some see a first step in solving the world's food shortage.

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IPPE Coverage: IPE + AMI = IPPE

January 8, 2013 1:05 pm | Videos | Comments

Dr. Scott Carter of Novus International discusses the inclusion of the American Meat Institute (AMI) with this year's International Poultry Expo (IPE) to form the first ever International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) later this month.

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Small Business Optimism Rises Despite ‘Cliff’

January 8, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Small business owners were slightly more optimistic at the end of 2012 even as they awaited the outcome of negotiations in Congress over the "fiscal cliff." That's the finding of a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying group. The NFIB's small-business-optimism index rose half a point from its level in November to 88. The index remains near its lowest readings on record.

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Yum Brands Falls After Warning of China Sales Drop

January 8, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Yum Brands Inc. fell Tuesday after the parent company of KFC said issues surrounding two of its small chicken suppliers hurt sales more than expected in China. The company, based in Louisville, Ky., now expects sales at locations open at least a year to be down 6 percent, compared with the 4 percent drop it warned of in November.

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