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New E. Coli Case Linked To XL Foods

November 14, 2012 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A new case of E. coli has been linked to the XL Foods beef plant at the center of an extensive product recall. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the new case is in Alberta and brings the total number across the country to 18. The agency says the person became ill last month and is still recovering.

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Consumer Trends: Chefs Take On Food Allergies

November 14, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

While many restaurant owners are willing and able to substitute ingredients or leave them out altogether to accommodate food-allergic guests, an increasing number of restaurateurs are choosing not to, implementing strict "no substitutions" policies instead.

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Wholesale Prices Fall 0.2 Percent

November 14, 2012 9:49 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesale inflation fell in October as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices offset a rise in the cost of food. Wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent in October, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the first decline since May and followed big gains of 1.1 percent in September and 1.7 percent in August, increases that had been driven by spikes in energy.

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Calif. Business Group Sues To Invalidate Cap-And-Trade

November 14, 2012 9:47 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest business group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the validity of the state's cap-and-trade program on the eve of the first pollution permit auction.The California Chamber of Commerce's lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court was not expected to stop Wednesday's planned cap-and-trade auction.

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Sanderson Farms Backs Out Of Proposed Chicken Plant

November 14, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it won't build a chicken processing operation in southern Nash County. The company said on its website Tuesday that the decision was made in collaboration with Nash County officials and is a result of "various timing issues," which company officials wouldn't discuss.

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Monster Beverage Approves Buyback

November 14, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage said Tuesday that its board has approved the repurchase of up to $250 million of its outstanding common stock. Earlier this month Monster Beverage Corp. reported that its third-quarter net income climbed but its revenue growth slowed.

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Wal-Mart Launches Food Subscription Service

November 14, 2012 9:41 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday will officially launch a mail subscription service, called Goodies, that lets shoppers discover new foods from the comfort of their homes. For a monthly fee of $7 that includes tax and shipping, customers get a box of five to eight hand-picked, sample-size food items, ranging from organic to ethnic products that are not currently carried on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Photo Of The Day: Turkey Treats

November 14, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering ice cream lovers an extra treat this Thanksgiving holiday with its Turkey Cake and new Turkey Leg individual novelty, now available at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.

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A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

November 14, 2012 9:30 am | by Gordon Zuckerman | Articles | Comments

Today, we are threatened by a new brand of economic imperialism. While the form of the threat is different, the results could be as destructive as the earlier dangers of previous problems from Fascist military imperialism, the spread of Communism and the more recent Jihadist terrorist attacks. The restoration of the competitiveness of the American manufacturer is a new kind of war we need to win.

Choose Your Weapons!

November 14, 2012 8:30 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Most of us can name at least a generous handful of different business improvement or process improvement methodologies that have either come and stayed for a while or come and gone quickly.  Some of us can even name a few that the rest of us have forgotten.  With so much of a fad phenomenon in the improvement methodology track record, how do we choose one to adopt for our own needs?

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Food Safety On The Job

November 14, 2012 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

Christina Blanchard works as a food safety and quality assurance officer in a produce packing facility. She discusses her background, her job and her commitment to producing safe, quality foods. She also dispenses advice to future professionals looking to enter the field.

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ATP Test Swab

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Clean-Trace™ Water – Total ATP test swab will be moving to an innovative, liquid-stable formulation that allows improved temperature stability and test result accuracy.

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Continous Level Sensors

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The SmartBob AO level sensor features an integrated 4-20 mA analog output to a PLC for monitoring bin level measurement data.

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DC Motors

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Both IEC and NEMA frame motors are available from 1/50 to 500 HP, and custom-designed motors are available up to 3,000 HP.

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Former Chicken Inspector Decries New USDA Program

November 13, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Phyllis McKelvey, a retired chicken inspector and grandmother of eight from Guntersville, Alabama, is petitioning the USDA on Change.org to stop expansion of a new pilot program she says is already letting bile, feces, pus, and scabs into the nation’s poultry products.

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Heinz Tops In Customer Satisfaction

November 13, 2012 12:36 pm | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Company is pleased to announce that the Company ranked number-one in overall customer satisfaction among food manufacturers in the 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index™ (ACSI). Heinz led food manufacturers for the 13th consecutive year.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea Names New CEO

November 13, 2012 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. has named former Weight Watchers executive Dave Burwick as its new president and chief executive. Burwick will take on the role as head of the coffee chain on Dec. 31. He will succeed Patrick O'Dea, who is stepping down after more than 10 years as president and CEO. O'Dea will continue to serve the company as a member of the board of directors.

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PepsiCo Opens R&D Center In China

November 13, 2012 12:31 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo, Inc. today announced the opening of a new food and beverage innovation center in Shanghai, China. The state-of-the-art facility, which is PepsiCo's largest research and development center outside of North America, will serve as a hub of new product, packaging and equipment innovation for PepsiCo's businesses throughout Asia.

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Diamond Foods To Restate Results

November 13, 2012 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Diamond Foods climbed more than 10 percent Tuesday after the snack food company said it would finally release restated results for the past two years, and part of this year. Diamond Foods, which makes Emerald Nuts and Pop Secret popcorn, is cleaning up improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.

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Consumer Trends: Canada’s Lunch Habits

November 13, 2012 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Men want a hot meal, women want to satisfy their lunchtime cravings and everyone wants it as quick as possible. When it comes to lunch, these are just some of the top reasons why Canadians choose to go out to eat, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Loyalty on behalf of Tim Hortons who have just launched their new grilled Panini sandwiches.

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