The food industry is under intense scrutiny. How can telecom solutions help in the way we consume, produce and distribute food and drink?
This just in from the “Uplifting Findings for the New Year” file: A recently released Conference Board research survey revealed that U.S. job satisfaction has reached the lowest recorded level in 22 years. The survey found that only 45 percent of Americans are happy with their jobs.
WASHINGTON (NCBA) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is extremely disappointed that Taiwan has reversed its decision on a carefully negotiated science-based bilateral beef trade protocol. Despite a recent agreement to allow a full reopening of the Taiwan market to U.
PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is cutting 230 corporate and administrative jobs, the chicken producer said Tuesday, just over a week after it emerged from bankruptcy protection. The Pittsburg, Texas-based company sold a majority of its business to the U.S. unit of Brazilian beef giant JBS after emerging from bankruptcy.
DALLAS (AP) — A German-owned company that prepares food for major airlines says it has cleaned up its Denver kitchen after federal inspectors found live and dead roaches and listeria bacteria at the facility. The Food and Drug Administration warned the company, LSG Sky Chefs, that it could be barred from selling food to the airlines at the Denver airport if it flunks further inspections.
MIAMI (Canadian Press) — Florida's governor has signed an emergency order to deal with the cold weather threatening the state's crops. Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday signed the executive order that relaxes the normal restrictions on transporting crops. It also gives the state's Division of Emergency Management and other agencies the authority to provide growers with assistance.
LONDON (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that holders of 1.5 percent of shares in chocolate and gum maker Cadbury PLC have so far accepted its hostile takeover offer, but the U.S. company may gain more support as its offer price moves closer to Cadbury's market value. The gap narrowed on Tuesday as Swiss food company Nestle said it would not make an offer for Cadbury, Kraft offered more cash in an alternative — but no higher — offer, and billionaire Warren Buffett, Kraft's biggest shareholder, warned against offering any more stock to sweeten the offer.
CHICAGO (foodchannel.com) — The Food Channel® ( www.foodchannel.com ) editorial staff has compiled a look back at the last decade in food, giving a perspective on the top flavors, biggest foods, food influences and top food stories. “Our chefs and editorial staff have seen a lot of changes in the last ten years,” said Kay Logsdon, Managing Editor of The Food Channel.
The sooner you can stop a spill, the faster cleanup can begin. Containing spills at facilities is an essential first step in spill response that helps minimize environmental impact and lessen overall response time. According to National Response Center (NRC) statistics, over 10,000 reportable spills occurred in fixed facilities last year.
The Capstone TriSeal Carton Closing Machine accurately positions, closes and seals three-flap cartons at line speeds of 150 cartons per minute. The precision servo-driven carton positioning mechanism within the new system ensures reliable, repeatable high-speed production of high-quality consumer packages at profitable production line speeds.
DAGUARD is a software program that monitors the life of equipment parts based on cycles and time in use. The system is a preventative maintenance solution with predictive maintenance functions. It is programmed to notify users when it is time to maintenance or replace system parts. Software is a web-based system with four modules: Maintenance & Inspection, Part Life Expectancy, Diagnostics, and Maintenance Support.
To meet the need for every company to have a Food Recall Plan, FDS has taken applicable information from both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies and has recreated Food Recall Templates for both food distributors and manufacturers. Using these FREE templates and the associated guidelines, any food distributor or manufacturer can become compliant with the regulations set out by their own regulating agency.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities shut down a dairy in Shanghai and arrested three of its executives after tests found some of its milk products were tainted with the same industrial chemical at the center of a milk safety scandal more than a year ago, state media said Friday. The Shanghai Daily newspaper said authorities found that Shanghai Panda Dairy Co.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Tuesday it voted against Kraft Inc.'s proposal to issue 370 million shares to finance its bid for British candy maker Cadbury PLC, saying the plan gives Kraft management a "blank check." Kraft's shares, which closed at $27.
LONDON (Canadian Press) — The likelihood of a bidding war for British candy maker Cadbury PLC receded on Tuesday after Switzerland's Nestle SA ruled itself out as a suitor — and instead gave Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT) a bundle of cash to sweeten its own hostile offer. Kraft said it will increase the proportion of cash in its existing 10.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (Canadian Press) — Taiwanese lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban imports of some kinds of U.S. beef over concerns about mad cow disease, reversing an earlier deal the government had negotiated with Washington. The legislature's move to reinstate a ban on U.S. ground beef and offal reflects public concern that Taiwanese health officials lack sufficient safeguards to prevent mad cow disease.
PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Federal food safety officials want to shut down a New Jersey-based cheese producer, alleging the company has failed to correct unsanitary conditions and that recent inspections turned up cheeses contaminated with Listeria. The FDA filed a complaint Monday in U.S.
GENEVA (AP) — Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, said Tuesday it has reopened a production site in Zimbabwe's capital after receiving reassurance from the government concerning the safety of its staff. Nestle closed its factory in Harare last month after government officials and authorities made an unannounced visit and ordered milk trucks to be unloaded.
While stories critical of the ag industry are nothing new, there has been a recent flurry of coverage related to agricultural production. This time, critics are attacking the technologies that allow farmers to produce food more efficiently. Recently, the movie Food, Inc. , Time magazine’s cover story “The Real Cost of Cheap Food,” and the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma have all aimed to cast doubt on the integrity of America’s agri-food system.
Untitled Document ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer - January 4, 2010 DALLAS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office says it will not prosecute Pilgrim's Pride Corp. for immigration violations and has dropped an investigation into workers at the chicken producer's plants.