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Tyson Closing Plants in Chicago, Wisconsin

November 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson said in a statement Thursday that the closures are necessary because of changing product needs, the age of the facilities and prohibitive renovation costs, as well as the Chicago plant's distance from its raw material suppliers.


The World's Largest Rooftop Farm

November 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Gotham Greens

The pioneers behind the nation's first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouses are now builders of one of the world's largest. Thursday, Gotham Greens announced their biggest and most ambitious expansion to date with a brand new facility, located in the historic Pullman area on Chicago's South Side.

Coke Seeks To Join Rapidly Growing Sparkling Water Market

November 20, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Co. plans to begin selling a carbonated version of its enhanced water brand in select markets this month. The bubbly variety of Smartwater will initially be sold in one-liter bottles at selected retailers in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company announced Wednesday.


Aberdeen, S.D. Mayor: Once-Shuttered Beef Plant Processing Cattle

November 20, 2015 9:05 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

The new owners of an Aberdeen (S.D.) beef plant that closed in 2012 have fired up the equipment and are processing dozens of cattle a day, the city's mayor said. That's welcome news for ranchers in the region who are tired of having to truck their animals hundreds of miles south to Nebraska.


What's For Dinner? Genetically Engineered Salmon OK'd by FDA

November 20, 2015 9:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years.


NAMI Announces Additional Free Education Programming for 2016 IPPE

November 20, 2015 9:02 am | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute announced it will sponsor three additional free education programs at the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo, scheduled to take place January 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

US Eyes Food Exports to Growing Asia Under TPP Trade Pact

November 20, 2015 8:57 am | by KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended Friday a recently agreed-to 12-nation Pacific trade pact, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide a counterbalance to China's growing influence in the region while also opening up promising Asian markets with their burgeoning middle class.

New Report Identifies Trends that Drive Sales in the Foodservice Packaging Supply Chain

November 20, 2015 8:55 am | by Foodservice Packaging Institute

Foodservice Packaging Institute’s 2015 Trends Report shows overarching themes of sustainability, customization across the supply chain.


Genetically Modified Salmon OK'd For Human Consumption in US

November 19, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States.


DuPont Says New Beer Enzyme Could Shorten Brewing Process

November 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

DuPont last week introduced a new enzyme at a trade show in Germany that it says could both shorten and improve beer's maturation process.

Blue Bell Resumes Production in Texas Plant After Listeria

November 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell has resumed limited operations at its flagship creamery in the Central Texas town of Brenham, seven months after shutting down production out of fear of listeria contamination


Taco Bell's 1st Location to be Lifted and Moved

November 19, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

The taco chain said Wednesday that it is saving its first restaurant from demolition by lifting it from its 53-year-old foundation in Downey, California, near Los Angeles, and moving it 45 miles southeast to Taco Bell's headquarters in Irvine.

Infographic: Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes — Worker Injuries And PPE

November 19, 2015 2:45 am | by Magid

In a manufacturing plant, some hazards can't be avoided — and worker injuries can be costly. Luckily, with PPE and proper practices, these injuries can frequently be avoided. Check out some stats on common worker injuries and their costs, and learn a few methods on how to avoid them, courtesy of Magid.


Q&A: GE Digital's Katie Moore On Brilliant Factory Technologies, Food Industry Applications

November 18, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Food Manufacturing recently corresponded with GE Digital's Katie Moore to discuss brilliant factory technologies and how these solutions and concepts can be of benefit to those in the food manufacturing industry.


Tamale Takedown: Traveler Carried 450 Illegal Pork Tamales

November 18, 2015 3:30 pm | by Associated Press

The latest large seizure of illegal contraband at Los Angeles International Airport didn't involve narcotics. Federal authorities seized 450 pork tamales from the luggage of a traveler arriving from Mexico.

Dunkin' Donuts Tests Delivery and On-the-Go Ordering

November 18, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press

Dunkin' Donuts is testing delivery and on-the-go ordering.

Report: Free-From Food Trends Reshaping Thanksgiving and Other Meal Occasions

November 18, 2015 9:45 am | by Packaged Facts

There is a growing trend among American consumers, as well as in global markets, toward the avoidance of a host of specific food ingredients and components. The ingredients not found in our foods are scrutinized just as much as the ingredients that are included.


ConAgra Transformation Continues, Spins Off Lamb Weston

November 18, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said Wednesday that it will split off leading brands such as Chef Boyardee and Healthy Choice into Conagra Brands Inc. It will spin off its frozen potato business under the Lamb Weston name.


Pork Industry Committed to Responsible Antibiotics Use

November 18, 2015 9:20 am | by National Pork Board

The National Pork Board on Wednesday reiterated the proactive steps the U.S. pork industry has taken to ensure responsible antibiotic use on pig farms. Pork industry leaders say calls by various organizations to end antibiotic use on farms are misguided and would have a negative impact on food safety.

Cargill Surpasses 10 Million Hours Without Lost Time Accident at Texas Beef Plant

November 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Cargill

While the company applauds this significant milestone, Cargill's Friona beef plant employees aren't fixated on this record — they're aiming for greater achievements.



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