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Del Monte Posts 1Q Loss

September 12, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Food maker Del Monte Corp., which was bought by private investors in March, said Friday that it lost $27.6 million in the most recent quarter as revenue fell and its new owners worked through expenses related to the purchase. Spending more on marketing for new products also weighed on Del Monte's profit, while higher prices and sales of new products gave it a boost.

Southern Comfort Mixes In Tabasco

September 12, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Southern Comfort is adding a splash of Tabasco sauce in hopes of stirring some sizzle for the struggling brand. The result is Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper, a spicy spirit reaching bars and liquor stores this month. The brand's parent company expects the concoction infused with original Tabasco brand pepper sauce to especially make a splash with young adult men.

American Crystal Says No Issues With Fill-Ins

September 12, 2011 4:51 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.


Cargill Recalls More Tainted Turkey

September 12, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — Cargill, Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey.

Congress Works To Stall Approval Of Engineered Salmon

September 12, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are pushing to stop the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically engineered salmon, saying not enough is known about a fish they say could harm fishery businesses in coastal states. It appeared last year that the FDA might approve the engineered salmon quickly.

Photo Of The Day: Thailand Rice Scheme To Raise Prices

September 12, 2011 4:29 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo taken on May 25, 2008, Thai farmers work on their rice field in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeastern Thailand. Thailand's plan to pay its rice growers far above market rates is expected to push up prices for the staple that feeds almost half the world's people as rice importing nations look to other countries for tightened supplies.


Wis. Supreme Court Hears Factory-Farm Case

September 9, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could determine whether a municipality can hold farms to higher water-quality standards than the state requires. The case is the first to test a Wisconsin law governing the expansion of livestock farm operations.

McCormick Completes $286M Kamis Acquisition

September 9, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SPARKS, Maryland (AP) — Spice and seasonings maker McCormick & Co. has completed its $286 million buyout of Polish spice company Kamis S.A. McCormick said Thursday that it hopes to build the Kamis brand and continue to run its plant near Warsaw. The company anticipates profits from privately held Kamis to add about 6 percent per share to its 2012 earnings.


Feds To Reimburse Dairy Farmers Affected By Irene

September 9, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The federal government will reimburse Northeastern dairy farmers for the milk they had to dump because Tropical Storm Irene prevented them from getting it to market. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrats, said the funds will replace milk dumped or spoiled by power loss or impassible roads along the Eastern Seaboard.

Coca-Cola Plans $24M Investment In France

September 9, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. reconfirmed its investment in France on Thursday following reports that the company would put a major investment in a French plant on hold to protest a proposed tax on sodas. The company, which is based in Atlanta, bottles and markets Coca-Cola drinks worldwide.

Kraft & Sara Lee Settle Hot Dog Dispute

September 9, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — A dogfight in federal court over who makes America's tastiest wieners has ended with a fizzle. The two-year battle pitted Sara Lee's Ball Park and Kraft Foods' Oscar Mayer hot dogs. The companies, America's largest hot dog makers, both alleged the other exaggerated their claims about being No.

Photo Of The Day: SNL Skit Gets Its Own Ben & Jerry's Flavor

September 9, 2011 4:28 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

EU Puts Limits On Modified Honey

September 8, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BRUSSELS (AP) — Honey that contains traces of pollen from genetically modified crops needs special authorization before it can be sold, the European Union's top court said Tuesday, in a judgment that could have widespread consequences on the bloc's policy on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Baking Soda Maker Doubling Capacity

September 8, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — North America's second-largest producer of baking soda is working to boost production at its Colorado plant while it looks to research how to commercially develop oil shale in the state. Natural Soda Inc., a subsidiary of Natural Resources USA Corp., mines sodium bicarbonate in Rio Blanco County from what the company says are one of the largest known deposits of nahcolite in the world.

Sara Lee Names Chairman For CoffeeCo

September 8, 2011 4:38 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Wednesday that it has appointed Jan Bennink as chairman of CoffeeCo, the beverage business that will split from the food maker next year. Sara Lee announced in January that it plans to split into two companies. One company will keeps the Sara Lee name and concentrate on food service and the North American retail business, which includes brands such as Jimmy Dean and Ball Park.

PepsiCo And NFL Renew Sponsorship Deal

September 8, 2011 4:36 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PepsiCo Inc. and the NFL said Tuesday that they are renewing their marketing deal with a new 10-year deal that begins next year. The financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed. However, a person close to the matter who asked not to be named because the person wasn't permitted to speak publicly told the Associated Press that PepsiCo would pay roughly $90 million a year in rights fees.

Smithfield 1Q Profit Up On Higher Prices

September 8, 2011 4:34 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent, as the world's biggest hog producer charged higher prices and sold more packaged meats. The Smithfield, Va., company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, also cautioned Thursday that high feed costs will remain a problem but that fiscal 2012 should be "another very good year.

Photo Of The Day: Antique Apples

September 8, 2011 4:17 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — This Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 photo shows a basket of apples including a Hudson Golden Gem, top left, a Wickson, bottom left, and a Calville Blanc d'Hiver, bottom right, at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, N.H. Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion.Apple varieties that were popular decades or even a century or more ago but then disappeared from public sight are making a comeback at orchards across the country.


Study: Big Dairies Produce Cleaner Milk

September 7, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MILWAUKEE (AP) — With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that milk from big dairies is cleaner than that from small ones. Lead researcher Steve Ingham said he did the study because he wanted to see whether there was a link between milk quality and the size of a dairy farm.

Archer Daniels Midland Buys Two Factories In India

September 7, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DECATUR, Illinois (AP) — Agriculture conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Tuesday it has acquired two oilseeds processing factories in India, a move that expands its global reach and increases its presence in that market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Decatur, Illinois, company acquired facilities in the cities of Kota and Akola from Geepee Agri Private Ltd.


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