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U.S. Wholesale Prices Jump 1.1 Percent In September

October 12, 2012 9:40 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 0.2 percent rise in food prices in September was the smallest change since prices dropped for two months in April and May. In June, July and August, prices showed larger gains, reflecting in part this year's severe drought in the Midwest.

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Alberta Premier Rejects Call For Inquiry Into Beef Recall

October 12, 2012 9:37 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Alberta Premier Alison Redford has rejected a call for a public inquiry into an E. coli scare that prompted a massive recall at a southern Alberta beef packer. Speaking in Red Deer before her premier's dinner, Redford said it's more important to learn from what happened at the XL Foods plant in Brooks.

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Photo Of The Day: Tweaking Wendy's Pigtails

October 12, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company announced it is updating its logo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. In a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain, instead of the boxy, old-fashioned lettering against a red-and-yellow backdrop, the pared down new look features the chain’s name in a casual red font against a clean white backdrop.

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Pallet For Inline X-Ray Inspections

October 12, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Manufactured with a special compound opaque to x-ray and fluoroscopic imaging, the Radiopaque ProStack® Pallets are ideal for use in food and beverage applications.

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Durable Floors

October 12, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to being sustainable-, chemical-, abrasion- and impact-resistant, Company's epoxy and urethane-based floors perform in extreme heat and cold, resisting both thermal shock and cycling.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Product Stacker Collator, Booth #2212

October 12, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Product Stacker Collator (PSC) seamlessly integrates with Company's Pack series of horizontal flow wrappers to enable multi-count packaging of either raw or wrapped products.

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A Homecoming For U.S. Manufacturing?

October 11, 2012 1:01 pm | by PwC | Articles | Comments

A new report reveals that while rising labor costs are part of the story, a range of factors — including transportation and energy costs and protecting the supply chain — could drive a sustained manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. beyond any cyclical recovery, potentially improving investment, employment, production output and research & development.

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Pair Cleared Of Theft In ‘M-A-S-H’ Hot Dog Feud

October 11, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

The grandson of an Ohio man who founded a hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" was acquitted Thursday of scheming with a company controller to steal nearly $250,000 from the restaurant that sells its hot dog sauce and pickles in food stores nationwide.

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AME Chicago 2012 Offers Special Interest Sessions

October 11, 2012 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will welcome 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around the world to Chicago October 15 to 19, 2012, to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices with other professionals and explore world-class facilities.

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Drought Holds Steady, Clouds Winter Crop Outlook

October 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The nation's worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn harvest is about two-thirds complete, clouding the prospects for the winter wheat crop, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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Recalled Herring May Be Tainted By Listeria

October 11, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says a Brooklyn company is recalling herring fillets because they may be contaminated by listeria. The Four Seasons Dairy Inc., is recalling herring "Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil." No illnesses have been reported yet.

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XL Foods Proceeds To Next Stage Of Review

October 11, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

As part of a rigorous review of Establishment 38, XL Foods Inc., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will allow the facility to proceed to the next stage in the review process. Beginning today, CFIA officials will monitor the plant's food safety controls in action by allowing the plant to process carcasses under continued strict conditions.

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Consumer Trends: Flavored Varieties Fuel Vodka Sales

October 11, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Consumer interest in flavored vodka is expanding, evidenced by the 23.3 percent gain that catapulted the segment to account for more than one-quarter of total U.S. vodka volume in 2011. Flavored vodka increased 3.3 million 9-liter cases in 2011 to rank among the fastest-growing segments of the spirits industry, reveals Technomic's Special Trends in Adult Beverage (TAB) Report: Vodka Category Close-up.

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Food Safety, Privatized

October 11, 2012 10:16 am | Videos | Comments

NBC investigative correspondent Lisa Myers reports on private inspection companies and raises questions about the veracity of these companies' inspections and the effectiveness of a system in which the government's own inspection agency — the FDA — inspects only six percent of food facilities, leaving the rest to these private inspection companies.

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Sitting With America

October 11, 2012 10:06 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Some people buy American because they, as Americans themselves, think it’s simply the right thing to do. Some buy American because, to them, seeing the “Made in America” label means that they’re getting a superior product. Others, because they’ve heard the grave statistics outlining the importance of a strong manufacturing base in the United States.

5-hour ENERGY Maker Plans $25M Plant Expansion

October 11, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5-hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.

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Kellogg Reaffirms 2012 Guidance

October 11, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance on Wednesday, saying that strong performance from its recently acquired Pringles brand offset costs for the anticipated costs a recent recall of Mini-Wheats cereal. The company, based in Battle Creek, Mich., is one of the nation's largest food makers with products ranging from Corn Flakes cereal to Keebler cookies.

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Last 6.5-oz. U.S. Coke Bottle Rolls Off The Line

October 11, 2012 9:41 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line. A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

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Mini-Wheats Cereals Recalled For Metal Fragments

October 11, 2012 9:37 am | News | Comments

Kellogg has initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.

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Monster Shares Fall After Downgrade

October 11, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks. After years of growth, Monster faces tough year-over comparisons, analyst Mark Astrachan noted.

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