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Manufacturing: A Cornerstone Of American Independence

May 2, 2012 9:30 am | by Jack McDougle, Senior VP, Council on Competitiveness | Articles | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to the American people to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security. This series was recently presented to the government as a non-partisan strategy to resolve issues facing American manufacturing.

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DuPont Acquires Soy Ingredients Company

May 2, 2012 9:24 am | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. has acquired full ownership of Solae LLC, a soy ingredients producer that had been a joint venture with Bunge Ltd., an agribusiness and food company based in New York.

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Food Processors Collaborate to Expand Workforce Labor Pool

May 2, 2012 9:04 am | by SOURCE DePaul Industries | News | Comments

In an effort to help close workforce talent gaps and reduce turnover in the Tri-Cities food processing industry, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and DePaul Industries held a roundtable discussion among area food processors at the Port of Pasco last week that led to the development of several new ideas for attracting skilled talent to the industry and area.

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Consumers Clamor For GMO Labels

May 2, 2012 9:00 am | Videos | Comments

Jeffrey Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology addresses consumer concerns about the continued and growing use of GMOsin foods and recommends that food companies disclose GMO use on food labels.

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Asset Failure: Why Risk it?

May 2, 2012 9:00 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

It’s no real secret that companies that fail to store data necessary to support asset integrity management in a secure and accessible enterprise system are exposing themselves to greater enterprise risk. But what seems unclear to some manufacturing executives is how significant an issue this is, and what exactly should be done about it.

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Louis Dreyfus Commodities Buying Imperial Sugar

May 2, 2012 8:57 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness company Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC is buying refined sugar processor Imperial Sugar Co. for about $77.5 million in cash as it diversifies its operations.

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Land O' Lakes, Eggland's Best Hatch Joint Venture

May 2, 2012 8:54 am | News | Comments

Land O'Lakes Inc. said on Tuesday that it is creating a joint venture with Eggland's Best Inc. to sell specialty branded eggs. Each company will own half of the new venture, to be called Eggland's Best LLC.

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Japanese Butcher Serves Up 'Cesium Beef'

May 2, 2012 8:51 am | News | Comments

On the afternoon of March 11, exactly one year after last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, a group of around 30 people were invited to gather at a 12-story building a few blocks away from the bustling streets of the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. The diners were in for a nuclear treat.

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Corn Products' Profit Falls As Costs Rise

May 2, 2012 8:48 am | News | Comments

Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell as costs rose faster than revenue. But the results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company said it expects earnings to rise in the second half of the year.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Help Battle Stress

May 2, 2012 8:43 am | News | Comments

New research presented last week at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, California, suggests that grape consumption may be able to positively affect anxiety and related hypertension, as well as cognitive impairments associated with anxiety. 

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State Resolution Thanks Member For M&Ms

May 1, 2012 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Rep. Atkins has carried on a tradition since 1999 in which every time there's a pause for a House roll call, he dumps a bunch of M&Ms into a glass jar on his desk . . .

Stocks Turn Higher On Better Manufacturing Report

May 1, 2012 12:03 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management said its national manufacturing index rose to its highest level since last June . . .

Calif. Chefs Seek Repeal Of Looming Foie Gras Ban

May 1, 2012 12:00 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the law set to take effect the July 1, some of the state's top chefs on Monday were attempting to overturn it . . .

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Cattle Prices Should Recover Again

May 1, 2012 11:57 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

For the rest of the year cattle prices should recover as markets shift from the short term supply bulge to materially lower supplies . . .

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It’s Back: Recurring Problem Syndrome

May 1, 2012 9:30 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe Inc. | Articles | Comments

Nightmare scenario: The phone rings, and you learn with dread that the problem you thought you had gotten rid of a month ago is back and bigger than ever. Your stomach sinks and your pulse quickens as you scramble to find out exactly what is happening. You know it is only a matter of time before plant management will be showing up at your door to have a serious discussion.

Q&A: Energy Management: More Financial Issue Than Tech Issue

May 1, 2012 9:00 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to cut costs in the post-Great Recession business climate, the desire to become more energy efficient has become more prevalent among businesses of all sizes and types. Many find themselves investigating the ways in which they can address energy issues and learning about technology designed to help them achieve their energy goals.

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Food Safety On The Farm

May 1, 2012 9:00 am | Videos | Comments

Terry Farms is a family-owned farm in California. Will Terry shares his family's commitment to providing fresh, safe produce to consumers by ensuring that proper food safety protocol is followed on the farm.

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Doctors: McDonald's Olympics Sponsorship Sends Wrong Message

May 1, 2012 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics — and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

Consumer Trends: Shoppers Seek Dark Meat

May 1, 2012 8:40 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press | News | Comments

The poultry industry used to have trouble finding a market for dark meat, but changing domestic tastes and growing exports to countries that prefer leg quarters are pushing up prices and helping pull the poultry industry out of a deep slump.

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Calif. Grocer Recalls Beef After Finding Pen In Grinder

May 1, 2012 8:31 am | News | Comments

A Northern California supermarket chain has been forced to recall all the ground beef at one of its stores after an employee reported finding bits of chewed up pen in the store's meat grinder.

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