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New Belgium Now Employee-Owned

January 15, 2013 11:40 am | News | Comments

The company that makes Fat Tire beer is now completely owned by its employees. Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing announced the milestone Tuesday, a day after its 456 employees got the news at their annual winter retreat. The company is the nation's third-largest craft brewer.

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Venezuela Struggles with Sporadic Food Shortages

January 15, 2013 11:38 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER and VIVIAN SEQUERA,Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans have long had to shop around to find scarce foods, and lately consumers have had particular trouble finding staples like chicken, cooking oil, sugar and coffee, as well as toilet paper and some medicines. The shortages are a potential political vulnerability for the government while President Hugo Chavez lies bedridden in Cuba, unheard from more than a month after his fourth cancer operation.

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Falling Food, Gas Costs Lower Wholesale Prices

January 15, 2013 11:34 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row last month, pushed down by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame. The producer price index dropped 0.2 percent in December, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That follows a decline of 0.8 percent in November.

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Budvar Secures Budweiser Trademark in Britain

January 15, 2013 11:33 am | News | Comments

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a British court has rejected for good Anheuser-Busch's request to have Budvar's Budweiser trademark declared invalid in the country, the latest ruling in a long legal battle over the brand name.

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IPPE Coverage: What to Expect at the Show

January 15, 2013 11:33 am | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association previews the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo, as the International Poultry Expo merges with the American Meat Institute's annual trade show. This year's show in Atlanta will feature some of the latest technologies available to the meat and poultry processing market.

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NYC: 3-Month Reprieve from Sugary Drink Fines

January 15, 2013 11:31 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Soda sellers are set to get a three-month grace period from fines for violating New York City's upcoming crackdown on supersized sugary drinks, but a size limit still is set to take effect as planned in March, officials said Monday. The reprieve on fines comes as soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses are suing to try to block the unprecedented rule from going into effect at all.

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Consumer Trends: Demand for 'Farm-to-Table' to Grow in 2013

January 15, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

Consumer demand for "Farm-to-Table" will continue to grow in 2013 if shopper behavior matches responses to new research conducted for Plainville Farms turkey and FreeBird chicken. Shoppers said their motivation for wanting "Farm-to-Table" products is based on a belief that they are "fresher" (95%) and "healthier/ more nutritious" (90%).

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Author Takes Shot at Food Industry

January 15, 2013 10:02 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, targets the food industry generally, and processed sugar specifically, laying the blame for the U.S.'s obesity epidemic at the feet of sweet and fatty foods.

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Candy Maker Recalls Product due to Undeclared Milk

January 15, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

An Ohio candy maker recalled 492 bags of its product because it contains milk that is not declared on the label. Island Delights Inc. of Seville announced the recall of the bags of Coconut Haystack candy earlier this week. An audit by the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the candy contained milk that could be harmful to the health of people who are allergic to it.

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Virginia Wine Sales Break Record in 2012

January 15, 2013 9:39 am | News | Comments

Virginia wineries enjoyed record-breaking sales in fiscal 2012. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that nearly 485,000 cases were sold during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. The previous record was about 477,000 cases sold in fiscal 2011.

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Vilsack to Remain Ag Secretary

January 15, 2013 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keep his job in President Obama's second term. USDA communications director Matt Paul said Monday that Obama asked Vilsack to stay in his post and Vilsack accepted. Vilsack is the former Democratic governor of Iowa.

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Flowers Foods Stock up on Hostess Deal

January 15, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares soared Monday on the bakery's plans to buy Hostess Brand Inc.'s bread business, including its iconic Wonder bread brand. Flowers announced late Friday that it had signed two asset purchase agreements with Hostess that made it the "stalking horse bidder" that sets the bar for the court-supervised auction of the company's bread business.

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Address Problems “Below the Radar”

January 15, 2013 9:34 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Have you ever had a leader give you advice to not cause trouble and to, instead, try to keep your activities “below the radar?” Just as we learn to look for the "hidden" factory or un-official process steps when we seek to improve a production process, we should look for business-level problems that hide from our usual view.

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Calif. Cold Snap Damages Citrus, Lettuce

January 15, 2013 9:32 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press | News | Comments

As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona. The extreme chill in the West comes as the eastern U.S., from Atlanta to New York City, is seeing spring-like weather.

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Photo of the Day: Coke Focuses on Calories

January 15, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it will start airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health.

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Grinding & Conveying for Coffee Processing

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company features innovative engineering resources and equipment manufacturing capabilities to handle complete coffee system requirements.

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Bulk Bag Conditioning System

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

New bulk bag conditioning system utilizes hydraulically actuated, twin heavy wall tubular steel pivoting conditioning arms.

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IPPE Coverage: Gourmet Patty Former, Booth #6059

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The high-speed Vemag Gourmet Patty Forming System produces hamburger patties with a "homemade" look.

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Snyder’s Lance CEO to Retire in May

January 14, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance said Monday that it is promoting its president and COO Carl Lee to lead the company, as CEO David Singer plans to retire in May. Singer will step down after the snack food company's annual shareholder meeting on May 3.

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Case Sheds Light on Inner Workings of Maple Leaf Foods

January 14, 2013 12:39 pm | by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $175,000 a month in interim spousal support after an Ontario judge struck down parts of a marriage contract meant to keep the family's wealth within the bloodline. The case lays bare intimate details of the McCain's marriage and lavish lifestyle, as well as the inner workings of one of Canada's largest food empires.

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