WASHINGTON (USDA) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday that USDA has already made more than $175 million in disaster payments to America's livestock producers after implementing two new programs in 2009, demonstrating USDA's commitment to rapidly meeting the goals of Congress and providing farmers and ranchers with timely and effective disaster assistance.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture is helping Wisconsin meat processors earn higher profits. A $300,000 federal grant has helped the state open a new meat development center. Its president, Bob Andorfer, says Wisconsin is well known for its cheese, but it's time to shine a spotlight on the state's sausage and cured meat processors.
SEATTLE (AP) — It's little wonder that farmers fret about the future of the livestock industry. In the past two years, feed costs skyrocketed, pork and dairy prices plummeted, and animal rights groups stepped up efforts to improve living conditions for farm animals. Some farmers are hoping to strike back with proactive efforts to ward off unwanted legislation and boost the struggling industry.
NEW YORK (AP) — City health officials have battled trans fat and high-calorie fast food. Now, they're taking on salt. The health department planned to release on Monday draft guidelines suggesting the maximum amount of salt that should be in a wide variety of manufactured and packaged foods.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — The FDA on Friday announced that a Maryland seafood processor delivering fresh, frozen, and ready-to-eat seafood in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., is to stop processing and distributing adulterated fish and seafood because it is not compliant with federal food safety laws.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV said Monday it will buy the beer-making operations of Mexico's Femsa in an all-share deal that values the maker of Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol beers at $5.5 billion, excluding debt. The buy increases Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Heineken's presence in growth markets and cements its position as the world's second-largest brewer by sales.
As January rolls around each year, we tend to make resolutions with every intention on keeping them. By February, however, most have faded away. But if we want manufacturing to emerge from what some call a “Depression,” and support the nation’s economic recovery, then we need to go beyond the annual New Year’s resolutions, and set a number of things into action.
This month, the food and beverage (F&B) industry is embarking not only on a new year, but the dawn of a new decade—one driven by the demands of a new consumer reality focused on value, food safety, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability. Near-term, the industry faces a post-recession economy in which the ability to adapt will separate those businesses that soar into success from those that tiptoe into fragile recovery.
Key Technology introduces its new Online Training Program for Manta® sorters. With this addition, Key’s Online Training Program now covers all G6 sorters as well as ADR® Automatic Defect Removal Systems and Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyors. This interactive, multimedia curriculum helps processors expand the knowledgeability of employees to better operate Key equipment at peak performance to optimize product quality and maximize equipment uptime while minimizing training costs.
The new AccuFill™ table bagging system delivers labor savings, cost-saving performance and space efficiency. Completely engineered and built in the USA, these systems are ideal for the full range of meat, poultry and seafood weigh/bagging applications, including breaded, fresh and frozen items.
The FasFil™ paper packaging system delivers pad-shaped paper for void-fill applications on-line and on-demand. The system uses three pre-set speeds to create custom-length, pad-like paper void-fill material from rolls of 100 percent recycled paper. Capable of producing void-fill output at up to 260 feet per minute, the system easily adapts to on-demand workstations or high-volume continuous feed environments with multiple packaging stations.
With apologies to the old Red Skelton bit, this is the question that manufacturers are now asking about 2010. The 2009 recession has been replaced by the 2010 recovery but thus far it is hard to tell one from another. If this is the year of recovery what will that mean? How will this coming year be judged? Against the miserable performances of 2008-2009 or by the boom years that preceded them? In some respects both will serve as reference points.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A study by the state of Oklahoma showing phosphorous pollution in a sensitive watershed was incomplete, rife with errors and "not scientifically defensible," a scientist testified Thursday in federal court. The testimony targeted Oklahoma's closely watched case against 11 Arkansas poultry companies in a trial that began in September and is expected to run several more weeks.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev SA said Friday it will shed some 10 percent of its west European work force, cutting hundreds of jobs in Germany and Belgium as beer sales slump. The world's largest brewer and the maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois employs about 8,000 people in the region.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities secretly investigated a dairy for nearly a year before announcing the company had been producing milk tainted with an industrial chemical, reflecting the country's unease with the transparency needed to restore public confidence in food safety. The Shanghai dairy had been part of one of China's worst food safety crises, the 2008 tainted milk scandal in which six children died and more than 300,000 fell sick after drinking baby formula contaminated with an industrial chemical.
DES MOINES, IA (pork.org) — Continuing a practice begun several years ago, the National Pork Board will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 12 to meet with Ohio pork producers as part of its January board meeting. The board met with producers in North Carolina last January and with California producers the year before that.
LONDON (AP) — British chocolate and gum company Cadbury PLC said Thursday it will publish an updated defense against Kraft Foods Inc.'s hostile takeover bid next week, followed by a report of its 2009 financial performance. Cadbury will publish its defense on Tuesday, and two days later will report on its profit and loss account for last year.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Court officials say former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin is scheduled to stand trial May 4 on state child labor charges. The trial is scheduled to be held in Waterloo, though it would be moved if an impartial jury can't be found. Judge Nathan Callahan said Tuesday he would set aside three weeks for a trial in which Rubashkin and several managers, including Agriprocessors owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin, face more than 9,000 counts of misdemeanor child labor law violations.
Jason Styron , FLIR Systems, Inc. In the food industry, it's essential to carefully control the temperature of perishable goods throughout production, transportation, storage and sales. Repeated warnings about infections due to tainted and improperly cooked foods highlight the need for tighter process control.
The new Trayfecta S Series Carton Forming Machine uses advanced servomotor drive control of all critical machine motions, allowing the unit to operate at higher throughput speeds and with greater efficiencies than mechanical-drive systems. The S Series also incorporates enhanced ergonomics, such as waist-high carton blank magazines for safer, easier material replenishment.