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Powder-Solutions Group Expands Minn. Facility

August 17, 2012 11:13 am | News | Comments

Powder-Solutions Group has expanded its corporate office building to make room for more employees, to free valuable warehouse space necessary for shipping, and to expand space for inventory of spare parts, the company has announced. The company says the expansion has come at a time of growing demands in the bulk powder handling industry, which has required them to accommodate their space accordingly.

Obama Speaks To Iowans About USDA Purchases

August 17, 2012 10:23 am | Videos | Comments

President Obama stopped in Iowa this week to talk to local farmers about the USDA's plan to buy pork, chicken, lamb and catfish from farms hurt by the drought hammering the Midwest. Dry conditions have created difficulties for farmers who rely on corn for animal feed. The USDA's plan is meant to mitigate these losses by providing an addition revenue stream to these farmers.

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Coca-Cola Bottling Execs Switch Roles

August 17, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, said Thursday that its board named Henry Flint as president and chief operating officer and William Elmore as board vice chairman, effectively switching the roles of the two men.Coca-Cola Bottling said the moves are the result of a planned succession process.Coca-Cola Bottling shares fell 19 cents to $65.88 in afternoon trading.

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Drought May Play Role In Anthrax Cases

August 17, 2012 10:10 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.Anthrax outbreaks happen occasionally in livestock herds and wild animals in the U.S., usually west of the Mississippi River. More than 60 cows on three Colorado ranches and nearly 50 sheep from a Texas herd have died so far.

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Michael Phelps Is Back On The Wheaties Box

August 17, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions.General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.The limited-edition boxes will be available nationally starting next month.

Process Improvement and Mud Bogging

August 17, 2012 10:07 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Sometimes our initiatives or our changes just get stuck. We cannot just let our projects linger in a no-movement state. When stuck take action, be decisive, and make something happen. Everyone has experienced that frustration of a project, design, new product, new process, new template, or some fix or improvement of any kind getting stuck and going nowhere. The worst thing we can do is let that betterment lie in the stuck state.

Hostess Workers To Vote On Final Contract Offer

August 17, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

A union representing workers at Hostess Brands Inc. is advising members that rejecting the company's final contract offer could result in the loss of their jobs.Hostess, which makes Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other brands, has been negotiating with workers about a new contract as it seeks to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's "Last, Best and Final Offer" was presented over the weekend.

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Woman Sues ConAgra For False Advertising

August 17, 2012 10:03 am | by MARGERY A. BECK,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nebraska woman has filed a false advertising lawsuit against ConAgra Foods, accusing the packaged food company of intentionally misrepresenting its Parkay Spray butter substitute as fat-free and calorie-free.The lawsuit filed by Pamela Trewhitt, of Gretna, Monday in Omaha's federal court seeks class-action status to represent thousands of people it says have been deceived by the company's product labeling.

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Photo Of The Day: Gold-Medal Cereal

August 17, 2012 10:01 am | News | Comments

General Mills has unveiled a limited-edition box of Wheaties featuring Michael Phelps.With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions. General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.

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Whole Bird Splitter

August 17, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CBS-100 Whole Bird Splitter reduces mis-splits and downgrade cuts.

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Optical Sorter

August 17, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Halo 500 optical sorter is sensor-based and sorts or grades for quality, shape, color, size and food safety.

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Measuring Wheel Encoder

August 17, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MA20 measuring wheel encoder provides simple, flexible and dependable position and speed feedback for conveyor systems.

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Heineken To Take Over Distribution Of Strongbow Cider

August 16, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Heineken USA said yesterday that it will take over the U.S. distribution of a cider that is owned by its parent company.

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New York Looks To Capitalize On Greek Yogurt Craze

August 16, 2012 12:50 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

New York officials promised Wednesday to try to cut regulations and costs for farmers and producers to capitalize on a national boom in Greek-style yogurt.

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Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Colorado Cattle

August 16, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches.

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PepsiCo Creates New Role In Beverage Unit

August 16, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that it will create a new position to oversee its Gatorade and Tropicana brands in North America, marking the company's latest push to build up its core brands.

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Fishing Company Faces $3M In Fines For Dumping Oil Waste

August 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury yesterday convicted a New Zealand fishing company of dumping oil waste into U.S. waters outside American Samoa and of falsifying records.

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Consumer Trends: Growth Opportunities In China's Fast Food Market

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

With the total amount of foreign fast food outlets in China set to break the 50,000 mark this year, up from 48,477 in 2011 and 36,037 in 2006, and 44 percent of Chinese consumers saying that they plan to spend more on fast food in the coming year, the potential for the sector is clear.

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Wright Foods Opens In North Carolina

August 16, 2012 10:18 am | Videos | Comments

Wright Foods has opened a new facility in Troy, N.C. The facility will process fruits and vegetables, extending shelf-life without the need for refrigeration.

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Johnsonville Recalls 49K Pounds Of Sausage

August 16, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove.

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