FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a 120-year-old food manufacturing company in Fall River say business has been so good that they plan to double the size of their plant and hire as many as 100 new employees. Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods, tells The Herald News of Fall River that business is up about 10 percent in the restaurant end of their sales and nearly 30 percent in sales to markets and wholesale clubs.
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo executives said Monday their purchase of the company's two largest bottlers was the "right move" for the industry, but a similar play by top rival Coca-Cola won't be as fruitful. Eric Foss, who leads PepsiCo's new beverage unit, said it was ready to plunge in with its new model, having completed the $7.
Stockholm, Sweden (Atlas Copco) — Atlas Copco has completed the acquisition of Quincy Compressor from EnPro Industries, with the exception of Quincy’s Chinese operations, where regulatory approvals from relevant local authorities are still pending. Quincy Compressor designs and manufactures reciprocating compressors, rotary screw compressors and vacuum pumps, primarily under the Quincy brand.
“Global Warming, Carbon Footprint, and Energy Efficiency” are becoming mantras for the industrial manufacturing sector. With energy costs constantly rising leading to increased overhead costs, the need to use electrical energy in a more efficient manner by reducing the amount is at the fundamental basis of this crisis.
PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) — Organic farmers fear this year's spring breezes will be carrying pollen from genetically altered sugar beets, which they say could render their crops worthless, and they hope to persuade a federal judge this week to halt the plantings nationwide. Experts and industry groups say such an injunction could jeopardize U.
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — It's a punch line for comedians and an easy target for politicians, but local farm officials and farmers say the U.S. Farm Bill often helps keep farmers afloat during tough times. The stated purpose of the Farm Bill is to provide a sustainable food supply for the United States at an affordable price, and one of the ways it does that is through programs that are commonly known as farm subsidies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Snack maker Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday said it will offer 4.5 million shares to help finance its acquisition of Kettle Foods. Underwriters will have the option to buy an additional 675,000 shares to cover overallotments. Diamond Foods is buying Kettle Foods, the maker of Kettle potato chips, from private equity firm Lion Capital LLP for $615 million.
NEW YORK (AP) — Add Gatorade to the list of endorsement deals that Tiger Woods has lost. A representative for the drink, sold by PepsiCo Inc., confirmed late Friday that it had ended its relationship with the golfer, who made a lengthy public apology last week for his infidelities.
At the risk of being pelted with apple pies, I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m not really into the Olympics. As someone who has dedicated a lot of time to sports—a lifetime cumulative I’d find embarrassing and depressing, I’m certain—the Olympics was never really very compelling for me.
The AutoJet® Model 1550 Modular Spray System ensures accurate, precise placement of the liquid being sprayed to minimize waste. The system provides automatic on/off control of electrically- and pneumatically-actuated spray nozzles and offers greater precision than manual operation or devices such as solenoid valves.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health officials say a New York-based company has recalled 25-pound boxes of crushed red pepper because of a suspected link to a salmonella outbreak. The Rhode Island Department of Health on Thursday announced the recall from Brooklyn-based Wholesome Spice because the pepper could be contaminated with salmonella.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to nine years in federal prison for a grain fraud scheme that bilked 179 farmers out of a combined $27.4 million and earned her the nickname the "Madoff of the Midwest." Cathy Gieseker, 45, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one felony count of mail fraud in November.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A mild January, followed by several days of 60-degree temperatures last week, could lead to the earliest arrival of pear blossoms in the Rogue Valley in nearly two decades. David Sugar, a plant pathologist at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Medford, said the average date for Bartlett pear trees to reach full bloom is April 6.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday weighed in on California's pricey battle with obesity, calling for the elimination of sugary "sports drinks" in schools and more vigorous physical activity during and after school. Alongside former President Bill Clinton, who underwent heart surgery to open a clogged artery this month, Schwarzenegger discussed solutions to the obesity crisis at a summit of leaders in the public and private sectors of health care in Los Angeles.
The December holiday season always proves to be a busy time for retailers and wholesalers alike. Alexandra Foods Co., makers of the finest pierogies and Polish dumplings in the Chicago area are no different. The year-end rush for their products places an undue burden on their factory, which is unable to keep up with the amount of cardboard and plastic shipping and packing materials.
Many of you reading this column may work for a small business, or perhaps aspire to own one. Congratulations. According to Henry Paulson, Alan Greenspan and seemingly everyone else along the beltway, small businesses are the key to this nation's recovery. Small businesses account for 52 percent of all the jobs in this country, and conventional wisdom says that if we can just get them to hire more people we can turn this thing around.