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Vt. Inmates Process Holiday Potatoes

November 20, 2012 12:41 pm | by WILSON RING,Associated Press | News | Comments

A number of Vermont prison inmates are helping some of the state's needy families by processing thousands of pounds of potatoes destined to become part of Thanksgiving Day feasts. Inmates at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor have been cleaning, sorting, weighing and bagging thousands of pounds of potatoes that will be distributed via food banks in time for Thanksgiving.

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Hormel 4Q Profit Rises

November 20, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Continued strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods as its net income climbed 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter. The Austin, Minn., company also increased its annual dividend by 13 percent to 68 cents per share.

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Green Mountain Coffee Names Coke Exec As New CEO

November 20, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has picked a new CEO, Coca-Cola executive Brian Kelley, as the coffee company deals with slowing sales growth. Kelley, 51, will also become president and join the board, effective Dec. 3. The stock climbed 12 percent in premarket trading Tuesday.

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Consumer Trends: Misconceptions About Food Production

November 20, 2012 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. The survey, released in conjunction with The Food DialoguesSM: New York, revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction.

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Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value & Driving Growth

November 20, 2012 11:21 am | by Yossi Sheffi, Author, "Logistics Clusters" | Articles | Comments

Yossi Sheffi is an international expert in supply chain management, Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics who has worked with leading manufacturers around the world on logistics issues. Here, he discusses his new book, Logistics Clusters.

Calif. Sells Out Of First Pollution Permits

November 20, 2012 9:44 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press | News | Comments

California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly. The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale of 23.1 million permits — each allowing for the release of one ton of carbon — for $10.09 apiece, the California Air Resources Board said.

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Flowers Foods Rises On Hostess Brands Possibilities

November 20, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares jumped in Monday trading as investors bet that the bakery company may benefit from the liquidation of Hostess Brands Inc. Hostess, which makes a number of well-known products such as Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Ding Dongs, was in bankruptcy court Monday to start the process of liquidating itself.

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Campbell Soup 1Q Slips As Company Repositions

November 20, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

Campbell Soup's net income slipped 8 percent in the first quarter, as the world's biggest soup maker booked charges related to closing its oldest U.S. plant and a push into the faster-growing premium juice market. The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm baked goods and V8 vegetable juices, on Tuesday cited the moves to reposition its business for the decline in its quarterly profit.

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Airports Rated On Health Food

November 20, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

Travelers looking for a healthy meal on the go stand a better chance in Newark, N.J., than at other airports. That's the conclusion of a physicians' group, which ranked Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last. The report looked at the percentage of restaurants at an airport that offered at least one vegetarian meal that was low in fat, high in fiber and contained no cholesterol.

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Judge Asks Hostess To Mediate With Union

November 20, 2012 9:36 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge noted that the parties hadn't gone through the critical step of private mediation. That means the maker of the spongy cake with the mysterious cream filling won't go out of business yet.

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Photo Of The Day: Promoting Ontario Processing

November 20, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

Sparked by private label dollar share hitting a record high of $59.9 billion in 2011, members of the Ontario Food Cluster attended the PLMA 2012 Private Label Trade Show to highlight the cluster’s reputation for reliable, sustainable sources of agricultural raw materials, state-of-the-art automated food processing methods, and world-class food safety.

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What's In Your Blueberry Muffin?

November 20, 2012 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

TODAY correspondent Jeff Rossen reveals to consumers that the "fruit" often found in processed foods is not really fruit at all. Food products such as muffins, cereal and drinkable yogurt contain ingredients like oil and sugar to approximate the look and taste of fruit.

Small Manufacturers Are Not Little Versions Of Major Manufacturers

November 20, 2012 9:12 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered why manufacturing process improvement programs are introduced with great fanfare, but eventually fade away? A good example is Six Sigma, which is the answer to process variation. Now, GE and Honeywell have backed away from Six Sigma, as have hundreds of other manufacturers.

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Pneumatic Directional Control Valves

November 20, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The 503 Series of pneumatic directional control valves features ultra-high flow ratings.

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Motor Run-Time Data Logger

November 20, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The HOBO® UX90 Motor On/Off Logger is a matchbox-sized, LCD-display data logger for monitoring run-times of motors, pumps, compressors and other equipment.

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Crust Freezers

November 20, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Spinning at up to 2,000 RPMs, high-speed deli-log slicers can be optimized for high repeatability with crust-freezing know-how and high-efficiency cryogenic freezers.

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U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Brand Makeover

November 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by Eileen Markowitz, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

U.S. manufacturing was once a flagship of our economy, and nothing could knock it from its pedestal — or so we thought. But the pendulum is swinging back — or should I say forward — as Made in America quality once again becomes a status symbol for consumers and a competitive advantage for manufacturers here at home.

Bavarian Brewer Celebrates 150 Years

November 19, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

What else is there to say but "prost" when Frankenmuth Brewery celebrates its 150th anniversary and offers up a limited-edition dark beer for the occasion? The German toast is welcome Monday, when the brewery in the Bavarian-themed Saginaw County community bottles Frankenmuth Dark. The brew includes some of a 50-year-old batch of the beer that originated in the 1940s.

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Calif. Egg Producers Dispute Prop 2

November 19, 2012 12:39 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

California's landmark Proposition 2 said chickens in cages must be able to stand up and stretch their wings without touching cage walls. Whether that means one chicken at a time or a bunch at once is the impetus behind the third lawsuit filed by egg farmers since passage of the ballot measure.

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Kalamazoo Serves As Epicenter Of Michigan Beer Scene

November 19, 2012 12:37 pm | by JOHN LIBERTY,MLive.com | News | Comments

"Kalamazoo comes up again and again in beer circles as a destination," Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, said. "You've got yourself a burgeoning beer culture and that's a beautiful thing we're starting to see in pockets around the country, including Kalamazoo," she said.

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