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Kona Coffee Grower Pays $46K To Settle Wage Dispute

October 13, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A Kona coffee grower has paid more than $46,000 in fines and back wages over its treatment of coffee pickers from Mexico following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department announced the action on Wednesday and hinted that it hopes it sends a message to other growers to follow the rules protecting migrant workers, whether legal or illegal.

Peanut Shortage Could Raise Peanut Butter Prices

October 13, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Consumers should be prepared to shell out a bit more for peanut butter soon. Another hot, dry summer in key producing states and competition from more profitable crops like cotton have significantly shrunk the U.S. peanut crop this year. The tight supply means consumers will soon pay more for yet another grocery staple.

Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Deadliest In 25 Years

October 13, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including those who died.

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PepsiCo 3Q Profit Rises On Higher Prices, Market Growth

October 13, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. has found its recipe for success in this economic environment: raise prices and grow overseas. PepsiCo, like many U.S. companies, has faced a balancing act during this period of global economic uncertainty. Many consumer brands from McDonald's to Nike have raised prices as they try to offset their higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel.

Photo Of The Day: Peanuts Get Pricey

October 13, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this June 15, 2011 file photo, peanut and corn farmer Donald Chase looks over rows of peanuts on a farm in Oglethorpe, Ga. Scorching heat, little rain and the draw of more lucrative crops could produce one of the smallest peanut harvests in recent memory. U.S. farmers are expected to produce roughly 1.

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Vending Machine Makes Pizza In 90 Seconds

October 12, 2011 12:45 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

According to the NY Daily News, a new vending machine is being tested to create freshly baked pizzas. The machine works by pressing a ball of dough into an 8-inch pie. Pizza sauce and cheese are spread over the dough … 

One Bowl Of Cheerios At A Time

October 12, 2011 9:43 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home — adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .

Former Marine Launches Hot Sauce Business

October 12, 2011 5:41 am | Videos | Comments

After attending a farming for vets program, former Marine Mike Hanes launched a hot sauce business with the help of another veteran.

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U.S. Marshals Seize Rodent-Infested Food In Wash.

October 12, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

Silver Spring, Md. (FDA) — At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized food products held at the food storage and processing facility of Dominguez Foods of Washington, Inc., in Zillah, Wash., on Sept. 30, 2011. The seized products had been subject to a detention order issued by FDA on Sept.

Study: Food Safety Ranks High In Food Processing Purchases

October 12, 2011 5:01 am | by Cost Pressures Continue | News | Comments

Reston, Va. (PMMI) — According to “Food Processing Machinery Market Assessment,” a new market study from PMMI, food safety ranks as food processors’ leading consideration. That’s not entirely surprising, the author notes, considering the high profile – and highly negative publicity – even relatively minor food safety crises generate for a manufacturer.

EU Catches Chiquita, Pacific Fruit In Banana Cartel

October 12, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc. has escaped a fine over conspiring to fix prices on bananas in Greece, Italy and Portugal between July 2004 and April 2005, because it blew the whistle on the cartel. However, its partner in the cartel Pacific Fruit was not spared and the European Commission has slapped a €8.

375K Pounds Of Ground Beef Pulled For E. Coli

October 12, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company is recalling more than 375,000 pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that routine monitoring confirmed a positive test for E.

Gov't Loosens Junk Food Marketing Proposal

October 12, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam can rest easy. Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won't push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on cereal boxes anytime soon. Allowing the brand icons from popular cereals to remain untouched is one of the concessions officials say they are likely to make as they work to convince food companies to curb junk food marketing to children.

Leveraging Technology to Deal With Disaster

October 11, 2011 11:38 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology When it comes to embracing cutting-edge technology to protect business data, it appears the manufacturing sector is at or near the head of the pack. More and more industrial enterprises are wising up to the fact that the development of a strong disaster recovery plan is a high-priority business task, and leveraging technology is one of the more effective ways to achieve that end.

Post-Oil Spill Tests May Delay Oyster Season In La.

October 11, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year's BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick on the waterbottoms the oysters are in various places, said Harry Blanchet, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Barber Foods To Cut 71 Jobs

October 11, 2011 5:08 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A food-processing company known for its frozen stuffed chicken products says it's cutting 71 jobs at its Portland processing plant because product lines are being moved to another plant owned by its parent company. Barber Foods was acquired by AdvancePierre Foods, of Cincinnati, last spring.

Dr Pepper Launches New 'Manly' Drink

October 11, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Dudes don't drink diet. Or at least that's the idea behind Dr Pepper Ten, a 10-calorie soft drink Dr Pepper Snapple Group is rolling out on Monday with a macho ad campaign that proclaims "It's not for women." The soft drink was developed after the company's research found that men shy away from diet drinks that aren't perceived as "manly" enough.

Cargill 1Q Net Income Plummets 66 Percent

October 11, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Agribusiness conglomerate Cargill Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 66 percent amid a volatile global grain market. The company said its net income from continuing operations for the quarter ended Aug. 31 was $236 million, down from $693 million during the same period last year.

Beef Plant Info Requested For Civil Trial

October 11, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government's investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland, Miss., in August 2004 but lasted less than three months.

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