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Photo Of The Day: More Young People Pursue Farming

December 21, 2011 3:38 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this photo made Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, Laura Frerichs, 31, is shown with husband Andy carrying infant son Eli on her organic farm outside of Hutchinson, Minn. Frerichs discovered her passion for farming about a year after she graduated from college with an anthropology degree and is among more people in their 20s and 30s going into farming.



December 20, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tritium™ Multipacker is a continuous motion multipacker with single-, double- and three-lane configurations. The system arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, eliminating the need for trays and pads. The packs are sent through an energy efficient heat tunnel to tightly shrink the film around each multipack, producing a consistent, wrinkle-free bull's eye and bottom seal.

Compostable Packaging

December 20, 2011 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

NVIRO® Flexible Packaging is comprised of renewable and compostable materials, printed and laminated with low VOC water-based inks and adhesives. The solution provides a higher product-to-package ratio, is lightweight and creates fewer emissions during transportation. The product can be customized to fit packaging requirements such as roll fed film, preformed pouches and resealable pouches.


Tube Magnets

December 20, 2011 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProGrade® Tube Magnets are small and can be used as inspection tools or anywhere traditional grate magnets will not fit. The units are 1" (25.4mm) in diameter, made of 316L stainless steel and have 1/4 x 20 UNC tapped end plugs. Individual units are available from 4" (100m) up to 24" (610mm) long, can be used to remove ferrous contaminants from liquids in tanks, as a quality control check for dry bulk materials and in many other situations.


Filling Machines

December 20, 2011 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Servo Filling Machines can be cleaned in place and require less maintenance. Modern controls allow the operator to call up a recipe in the operator interface and bring up the appropriate fill profile and the system automatically adjusts. The servo drive acceleration and declaration parameters allow the fill to be customized for maximum speed without splashing or for maximum spread within the tray.



December 20, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

FDT-21 ultrasonic flowmeters are easy to use and install. The product is designed to measure the fluid velocity of liquid in a full/closed pipe with accuracy of 1% and repeatability of 0.2%. The unit also features a positive, negative and net totalizer. The 4-line LCD display makes reading the measurements easy.


High Suction Pumps

December 20, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The sinusoidal pumping principle uses large open cavities to gently pump large solids, ensuring high quality at increased production rates. The product's strong suction capability also eliminates cavitations to prevent pump damage, key for low NPSHa applications like low temperature, high viscosity deli salad and coleslaw production.


Sanderson Farms Posts $29.5M Loss

December 20, 2011 7:59 am | News | Comments

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Sanderson Farms Inc. said higher feed costs and lower demand from restaurants weighed on its bottom line as losses exceeded expectations in the most recent quarter. The chicken producer said Tuesday that it lost $29.5 million, or 97 cents per share, in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Oct.


Crab Report: Chesapeak Bay Not Overfished

December 20, 2011 7:57 am | News | Comments

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are not overfished, but fisheries managers should keep a close eye on this year's harvest because of a cold winter that cut the population. That's the assessment of the bay's blue crab stocks released Monday by federal officials.

Sara Lee Plans $3M Meat Plant Expansion

December 20, 2011 7:54 am | News | Comments

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has plans to build a $3 million expansion that will create 55 new jobs at its St. Joseph meat-processing plant. Mike Cummins, Sara Lee's spokesman, told The St. Joseph News Press that the company is starting a construction project in St.

ConAgra 2Q Income Beats Expectations

December 20, 2011 7:51 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Food maker ConAgra Foods on Tuesday reported fiscal second quarter net income fell 15 percent but results beat expectations as the company raised prices to offset continuing higher prices. ConAgra Foods Inc., like many food companies, is dealing with higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel and has raised its prices to offset those increases.

Fire At Animal Feed Plant Forces Evacuations

December 20, 2011 7:48 am | News | Comments

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A fire at an animal feed plant forced authorities to evacuate some nearby residents Monday as they tried to keep chemicals from getting into the air. City spokeswoman Trina Duerksen said health officials and Utah National Guard were monitoring air quality at Fur Breeders Agricultural Cooperative, which houses containers of ammonia and other chemicals, she said.

Apple Juice, Arsenic And Insurance

December 20, 2011 7:18 am | by Robert Chesler, Lowenstein Sandler | Articles | Comments

Food safety is a major, legitimate issue, one that resonates tremendously with the public.  Contaminated melons in this country and sprouts in Europe have produced numerous deaths and thousands of injuries. The latest scare involves arsenic and apple juice . The most interesting aspect of this situation is how quickly unsupported allegations about food safety can go viral and destroy a brand that has spent decades developing its identity.

Swanson Recalls Tainted Celery Seed

December 20, 2011 4:03 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Swanson Health Products says it is recalling some packages of organic celery seed because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The recall affects Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 ounces.

General Mills' Profit Hurt By Higher Costs

December 20, 2011 4:00 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills' second-quarter net income slipped 28 percent in the second quarter, the company said Tuesday, citing rising costs. Revenue jumped by double digits as it was able to successfully raise prices. The food company maintained its adjusted full-year earnings guidance, but cautioned that second-half gross margin as a percent of sales will be below year-ago levels.

OJ's Secret Ingredient

December 20, 2011 3:58 am | Videos | Comments

ABC News takes a look at the orange juice industry and finds that "Premium Orange Juice" isn't as natural as some consumers would like to think. video platform video management video solutions video player

Q&A: Weighing The Risks Of Nanotechnology

December 20, 2011 3:56 am | by Amy Galland, Ph.D., Research Director, As You Sow | Articles | Comments

Nanotechnology is an emerging science that offers many new opportunities for the food industry, but food manufacturers should be aware that there are some potential risks with this new technology. Food Manufacturing spoke with Amy Galland of As You Sow about nanotechnology and what processors should consider before implementing this new science into their processes.

Judge Approves Sale Of 'M.A.S.H' Diner

December 20, 2011 3:56 am | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is getting a new owner, but the role of its founding family is still unsettled. A judge on Monday approved a $5.5 million deal transferring ownership of Tony Packo's Inc. to a private restaurant group.

Seattle Bans Plastic Bags

December 20, 2011 3:54 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously following months of discussion and debate, takes effect in July 2012.

Cargill Turkey Plant Resumes Production

December 20, 2011 3:51 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas meat processing plant that was linked to a salmonella outbreak this year is producing ground turkey again, meat Giant Cargill Inc. said Monday. The move comes after the Minnesota-based company improved safety measures in response to the outbreak that left one person dead and prompted the recall of millions of pounds of turkey.


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