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Large-Packaged Goods & Robinson-Patman: Manufacturers Beware

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Ryan Marth and Steve Safranski, Attorneys at Robin Kaplan | Articles | Comments

There is evidence that large-packaged goods, such as mayo, came into existence to help warehouse stores get around the Robinson-Patman Act’s price equality provision, which requires manufactures to provide products of like grade and quality to competing buyers at equal prices, subject to some exceptions.

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

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ConAgra 3Q Hurt by Charge; Adjusted Profit Tops Expectations

March 26, 2015 9:25 am | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. moved to a loss in its fiscal third quarter because of a hefty impairment charge, but its adjusted profit beat analysts' expectations. The maker of Chef Boyardee and other packaged foods also boosted its full-year profit outlook.

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Supply Availability for Food and Beverage will Trump Price: Manage Your Supplier Relationships

March 26, 2015 8:45 am | by Dave Donnan, Partner and Leader of A.T. Kearney’s Global Food and Beverage Practice | Articles | Comments

Building strategic supply relationships today can give companies a disproportionate advantage as global forces impact resource availability, commodity availability, and pricing and consumer tastes. But at the same time determining when and with whom to partner be a fundamental challenge for food industry executives. Here are some examples of companies that are thinking about supply partnerships strategically.

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Legislator Looks to Cap Scallop Harvest as Maine Fishery Grows

March 26, 2015 8:35 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan has sent waves through Maine's scallop industry, where harvesters wonder what the proposed restrictions would mean for catch and dealers speculate what impact they would have on the price for consumers. Recently, prices at some Maine markets have surged close to $20 per pound, while other scallops are closer to $12.

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Heinz-Kraft Deal: The Stories Behind the Brands

March 26, 2015 8:00 am | by DAMIAN J. TROISE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America's oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Here's a look at the history behind some of those products.

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NAMI Foundation to Host Training on Fundamentals of Meat Specifications

March 26, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

The training features a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood. 

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10 Micron Filter

March 26, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

There is a unique need for this filter in the specialty water, food and beverage industries. The features and size of the filter primarily target the needs of beverage dispensing applications including the filtration of water, coffee, beer, carbonated beverages, dairy and other consumable liquids.

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Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels for Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican who is including the idea in legislation he plans to introduce Wednesday.

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AP Investigation: US Supply Chain Tainted by Slave-Caught Fish

March 25, 2015 1:00 pm | by ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A year-long investigation by the Associated Press has found that seafood caught by slaves in Indonesia is sent to Thailand, where the fish can wind up in the supply chains of Wal-mart, Kroger, Albertsons, and Safeway.

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IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. IDFA has joined with others to urge Congress to quickly pass the bill.

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Lawsuit: Boy, 11, Died of Allergic Reaction to Publix Cookie

March 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

In The News: The Heinz-Kraft Merger

March 25, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Find out everything you need to know about Wednesday's big announcement by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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Changes to Catfish Regulations Could Stifle Imports, Increase Industry Costs

March 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The controversy involves pangasius, a catfish native to Southeast Asia that has slowly grown its U.S. market share in recent years. The lower-priced import, along with higher corn prices, contributed to a declining market share for American catfish.

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Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.

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Heinz Buying Kraft and Building a Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and a large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

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Professional Help Increases Health Food Consumption in Schools

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

According to a recent article published online by JAMA Pediatrics, it was only after schools began hiring chefs to enhance meals that fruit and vegetable consumption began to increase in school aged children.

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Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. He said the cups with pull tab lids are not sold in retail locations and instead are shipped in bulk to "institutional accounts" in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company's sales.

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The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 3

March 25, 2015 8:45 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the third installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, Greg discusses No. 3.

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