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Consumer Confidence Slipped In June

June 26, 2012 12:47 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index is at 62. That's down from the 64.4 reading in May and the 63.2 analysts were expecting. The index remains well below the 90 reading that indicates a healthy economy — a level it hasn't been near since the recession began in December 2007.

McDonald’s At Olympics Is Supersized

June 26, 2012 12:45 pm | by SYLVIA HUI,Associated Press | News | Comments

The fast-food giant, a top Olympics sponsor with exclusive rights to sell branded food products inside the venue, said Monday its two-story restaurant at the games will be its biggest and busiest in the world, seating 1,500 diners and serving up to 14,000 people a day.

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Hershey Plans Growth Around Key Brands

June 26, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Hershey Co. reaffirmed its full-year forecast and set its long-term financial goals Monday as it outlined plans to build its business around five key candy brands.

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Wis. Livestock Operation Accused Of Overdosing Cows

June 26, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

A livestock producer in Shawano County has agreed to shut down until it can prove to federal authorities that its cows aren't being overdosed with antibiotics.

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Consumer Trends: What Is In Your Hot Dog?

June 26, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

As National Hot Dog Month approaches in July and Americans prepare to chow down on an estimated 150 million wieners on Independence Day alone, a new survey finds that while many Americans differ in preferences for what's on their hot dogs, 77 percent of Americans are concerned about what's in their hot dogs.

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Bel Brands Opening Cheese Plant In South Dakota

June 26, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Chicago-based Bel Brands USA is holding a groundbreaking ceremony this week for a new cheese plant in Brookings.

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Hawaii Governor To Veto Kona Coffee Bill

June 26, 2012 9:45 am | by OSKAR GARCIA,Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday he plans to veto a bill that would remove mandatory certification for Hawaii-grown coffee, a measure Kona coffee farmers said would be disastrous for the industry's integrity and reputation.

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Missouri Farmers Spotlight The Elderberry

June 26, 2012 9:44 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri farmer Terry Durham, who oversees one of the nation's largest commercial elderberry farms on 37 acres of Missouri River bottomlands, believes the crop has huge potential as Americans continue to tap into the medicinal properties of food.

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Local Butter Gains Big Recognition

June 26, 2012 9:41 am | by JIM HOOK, (Chambersburg) Public Opinion | News | Comments

Butter from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg is spreading through five-star eateries in the Northeast. The local artisan butter was among 19 recommended by Culture, a national magazine about cheese and other foods.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $3 Billion In India

June 26, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Co. plans to invest an additional $3 billion in India through 2020 as it looks to capitalize on the growing market.

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Photo Of The Day: Elevating The Elderberry

June 26, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

Folk healers have long used elderberries to concoct herbal remedies, but the federal government is now investing millions of dollars in studying their potential medicinal benefits.

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Five Capabilities That Mid-Sized Manufacturers Need To Build

June 26, 2012 9:30 am | by Mindy Fiorentino, SAP | Articles | Comments

A mid-sized manufacturer needs to do the following five things right, so it can continue to successfully compete and maintain its growth rate.

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Wisdom Wanted!

June 26, 2012 8:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Businesses are beginning to hire experts and mid-level leadership again, but they are cautious in their selections. It is a challenge to dig beyond what a person knows to decipher what a person can do. Here are some thoughts.

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Meat vs. (Not) Meat

June 26, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

A marathon runner talks about his plant-based diet and the competitive advantage that it provides.

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Motor Lead Disconnects Save Time

June 26, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackburn KUBE® Motor Lead Disconnects provide a fast, snap-together connection that saves time in changing out electric motors, eliminating the need to cut through messy insulating tape and unbolt conventional lugs.

Weigh Belt Feeders

June 26, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers a complete line of High Capacity, Heavy Industry Weigh Belt Feeders Model MH capable of accurately measuring and controlling feed rates up to 3,000 tons per hour.

AC/DC Or LED Driver Power Supply

June 26, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company announces the LF1048 Series AC/DC constant current or constant voltage dimmable LED driver power supply. Units are fully potted and suitable for dry and damp locations.

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What If The Humane Society Were In Your Facility?

June 25, 2012 1:22 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

If food companies take the time to learn the concerns of animal activists and consumers, they can take action before a potentially detrimental situation occurs at their facility, as well as gain the respect and trust of their customers.

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Python Cook-Off Held To Raise Awareness About Ecology

June 25, 2012 1:05 pm | News | Comments

Three local chefs participated Saturday night in a cook-off competition using the invasive species as key ingredients. The goal was to raise awareness about how the animals impact South Florida's ecology — and perhaps even generate an appetite for them.

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Kraft Looks To Upgrade Delaware Facility

June 25, 2012 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group is asking state officials for a grant of up to $456,000 for upgrades to its manufacturing facility in Dover.

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