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Q&A: Manufacturing Day 2012: Making A Difference

October 8, 2012 10:11 am | by Roger Kilmer, Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing Day 2012 will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events, the sponsors hope to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing.

Supreme Court To Hear Monsanto Seed Dispute

October 8, 2012 10:11 am | by MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmers' use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds. The justices said they will hear an appeal from Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, who is trying to fend off Monsanto's lawsuit claiming Bowman made unauthorized use of the seeds.

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Problems Found At Peanut Butter Plant In 2010

October 8, 2012 10:09 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there.

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Photo Of The Day: Making The Grade

October 8, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

Vermonters have grown accustomed to their “fancy” “amber” and “grade B” types of maple syrup but new consumers may not be so sweet on the terms. So Vermont is thinking of doing away with those terms and adopting new international names with flavor descriptions to help consumers delineate between four different colored and flavored syrups and to match new worldwide terms.

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And The 'Tasty' Goes To...

October 8, 2012 9:49 am | Videos | Comments

The "Tasties" are awards given out by Cooking Light magazine for the best tasting food products on the supermarket shelves. This year, some surprising products were awarded. TODAY's Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford reveal the winners.

Mobile Bulk Bag Unloader

October 8, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mobile Half-Frame Bulk Bag Unloader with multi-purpose hopper allows material to be discharged from bulk bags, manually dumped from sacks, and conveyed to downstream processes and storage vessels dust-free.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Electric Pumps For Vacuum Conveyors, Booth #7658

October 8, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

New variants of the VS series of vacuum conveyors featuring electric pump options will be showcased at PACK EXPO.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Auto-Adjustment Package, Booth #1228

October 8, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has developed a new Auto-Adjustment Package (AP) to speed up case packing product changeovers debuting at PACK EXPO.

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October Is Fair Trade Month

October 5, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Fair Trade USA kicked off the ninth-annual Fair Trade Month with the launch of a campaign that underscores the power consumers have to make every purchase matter. In 2012 alone, more than 120 new Fair Trade Certified™ products were launched, making it possible for shoppers to find the label in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, in restaurants and cafes, and online. 

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Selecting the Right Grease for Extreme Temperatures

October 5, 2012 12:57 pm | by Lucas Kerley, Senior Lubrication Engineer, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company | Articles | Comments

Today, manufacturers are specifically designing new equipment to be both extremely compact and capable of operating at the highest possible temperatures, under intense pressure. As a result, maintenance professionals can benefit from learning key tips that will help them choose the right grease to deliver the performance they need to protect their equipment over the long haul.

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Poultry Industry Contributes $265.6B To U.S. Economy

October 5, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively provides 1,337,030 jobs, $63 billion in wages, $265.6 billion in total economic activity, and $23.4 billion in government revenue. The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs.

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Constellation Brands 2Q Tops Wall Street’s View

October 5, 2012 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Constellation Brands' net income fell 23 percent in its fiscal second quarter, stung by higher expenses. But the wine and liquor company's earnings beat Wall Street's view, and it raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast. The stock gained almost 4 percent in morning trading on Friday, briefly touching a new all-time high.

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Alberta Premier Looks For Answers On Beef Testing

October 5, 2012 12:49 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Premier Alison Redford wants answers over some aspects of testing as concerns over E. coli in beef from a southern Alberta meat-packing plant continue to grow. Redford says there may be ways to improve the timing of tests to prevent situations such as the recall of meat from XL Foods which now includes more than 1,500 products.

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Salmonella Confirmed At Peanut Butter Plant

October 5, 2012 12:47 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

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Consumer Trends: Canadian Food Innovations

October 5, 2012 12:42 pm | by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Ice cream and frozen yogurt may soothe cravings for a frosty, sweet treat, but those craving something warm and savory might soon be munching on cheese and pepperoni in a cone. Vince Pettinicchio, CEO and managing director Quebec-based Aliments MSU Foods Canada Inc., said the pizza cone was a European fad which started four years ago.

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Triumph Foods Expanding Missouri Plant

October 5, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Triumph Foods in St. Joseph says it's expanding its plant with a 30,000-square-foot addition. The pork processing company announced the $9.5 million investment Thursday and says construction will begin within the next 30 days. KQTV reports Triumph plans to add about 30 jobs as part of the expansion.

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Starbucks Testing New Baked Goods

October 5, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally. Among the items being tested: a whole wheat spinach croissant, a ham and cheese croissant, and a tomato, cheese and herb croissant.

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Judge Halts Order Allowing Some Ky. Liquor Sales

October 5, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a ruling that would allow Kentucky grocery stores and other outlets to sell booze. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on Wednesday ruled that an appeal by state officials and package liquor stores is unlikely to succeed.

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McDonald’s Files Trademark For Ground Coffee

October 5, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. has filed trademarks for ground and whole bean coffee, suggesting that the world's biggest hamburger chain may start selling its brew in stores or in supermarkets. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company filed the trademarks for "McCafe" ground and whole bean coffee last month.

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Canadian Senate Overhauls Food Safety Bill

October 5, 2012 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Senators have amended a bill on food safety to include a mandatory review every five years of the resources and inspectors available to enforce the system. The review will be conducted by the federal agriculture minister. But the senators stopped short of adopting a Liberal amendment that would have had the auditor general do the job.

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