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120 Years Of Bologna

June 22, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WEAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For nearly 120 years, Lebanon bologna has been made at a small plant in a tiny village just north of Lebanon. Located along Weavertown Road in North Lebanon Township, the plant was originally built in 1893 by Daniel Weaver, who began making Weaver's Lebanon Bologna in 1885.

New Rules Could Speed Up Union Elections

June 22, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Labor regulators are proposing sweeping new rules that would dramatically shorten the time frame for union elections. The move could make it easier for struggling unions to organize new members, and give businesses much less time to mount anti-union campaigns. The National Labor Relations Board announced the new rules on Tuesday, saying the current rules build in unnecessary delays and encourage wasteful litigation.

Asian Food Processor Signs Consent Decree

June 22, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(FDA) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Sungwon Inc of Columbia, a Columbia, Md., corporation, and the company’s president, Sang Ja Lee, have signed a consent decree of permanent injunction. Prior to entry of the consent decree, defendants manufactured and distributed ready-to-eat Asian food products, including kimchi (a fermented Korean vegetable dish), and side dishes called ban chan, some of which contain seafood.


Flying With Cooking Oil

June 22, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch airline KLM plans to use recycled cooking oil as biofuel to power flights to and from France in a move aimed at cutting carbon emissions. Starting in September, KLM will begin more than 200 flights between Paris and Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil, the company said Wednesday.

Vienna Beef Sues Rival Co. For Stealing Recipe

June 22, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — This is a dog fight Chicago will relish. Vienna Beef, one of the world's most famous hot dog makers, is suing the owner of a rival hot dog company, accusing him of either stealing Vienna's 118-year-old recipe or lying to customers by claiming that he's using it. The rival is none other than a grandson of one of the two men who founded the company after their hot dogs became a hit at the 1893 World's Fair.

Photo Of The Day: Food Crisis Worsens In Ethiopia

June 22, 2011 4:36 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo of Saturday June 11, 201 a butcher arranging meat in his shop in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Ethiopia, like many African nations, has seen spiraling food prices this year. Nearby Uganda has seen violent protests over rising costs. Buyers and sellers in Ethiopia's capital say the government's attempt to bring down prices by imposing price caps on basics like oil and sugar for five months this year has caused even more turmoil.


Egg Cooking Co. Plans $4M Expansion

June 21, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana company that cooks hard-boiled eggs for restaurants, hospitals, universities and food manufacturers says its proposed $4 million expansion would allow it to become the world's top hard-boiled egg producer, turning out more than 1 million of the eggs a day.

Hershey School Seeks To Develop Chocolate Factory

June 21, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey School, whose recent land acquisitions include a golf course and a roadside attraction called Pumpkin World, now has designs on acquiring the world's largest chocolate factory for redevelopment into condos, retail stores, a retirement community, and a boutique hotel.


World Farm Groups Want Trade Exemptions

June 21, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BRUSSELS (AP) — Farm groups from around the globe on Monday demanded further regulation they said is necessary to rein in commodity traders and stop the price volatility that has cut into their incomes. The groups from 66 nations said in a joint statement that "the extent of liberalization must .

FDA Plans To Increase Import Safety

June 21, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. food and drug regulators would share more information with their foreign counterparts as part of a multifaceted strategy to police the safety of millions of imported goods. A Food and Drug Administration report issued Monday lays out a long-term plan to deal with the flood of imports to the U.

Foster's Rejects $10 Billion Takeover Bid

June 21, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia's biggest brewer Foster's Group Ltd. said Tuesday it has rejected a $10 billion cash takeover offer from beer-maker SABMiller PLC as too low. Foster's announcement came after beverages group Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. amended the terms of a brewing joint venture with SABMiller, which enabled SABMiller to make its 9.

Photo Of The Day: Kentucky's Bourbon Boom

June 21, 2011 4:42 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Wednesday, June 15, 2011 photo, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, right, and his son Eddie are reflected in a mirror in the Wild Turkey Distillery offices in Lawrenceburg, Ky. Officials say Kentucky bourbon distilleries have spent millions to expand their operations, moves aimed at quenching an increasing worldwide thirst for the state's signature liquor.


Beef Co. To Pay $1.3M Pollution Settlement

June 20, 2011 4:59 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Swift Beef Co. has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and Nebraska law at the company's Grand Island beef plant. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday said violations occurred several times since 2006.

France Investigates New E. Coli Cases

June 20, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already sickened seven children, the health minister said Friday. Health authorities have ordered a recall of 10 tons of the frozen beef patties produced in France and sold by the German supermarket chain Lidl, but say there is no link to a deadly outbreak of the virus in neighboring Germany.

Corn Bottle Pioneer Locked In Legal Fight

June 20, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DENVER (AP) — The man who started a company that first mass-produced a biodegradable plastic water bottle made from corn remains locked in a legal fight over the company's 2007 demise. David Zutler, founder of BIOTA Brands of America Inc., is in a legal battle with lender UPS Capital Business Services.

Defunct Soft Drink CEO Charged With $806M Bank Fraud

June 20, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former chief executive of a defunct soft-drink maker is scheduled to change his not guilty plea to charges that he perpetrated an $806 million bank fraud then allegedly sold or tried to sell millions of dollars' worth of gold, jewels and other valuables he allegedly bought with money stolen from the company.

Report: 1 In 13 Kids Affected By Food Allergies

June 20, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — Food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate, a new study suggests. The researchers say about 40 percent of them have severe reactions — a finding they hope will erase misconceptions that food allergies are just like hay fever and other seasonal allergies that are troublesome but not dangerous.

Photo Of The Day: Local Milk Industry Sours

June 20, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this June 3, 2011 photo, Brad Kamerman talks about the dairy industry while petting "Coconut," one of a few hundred Holstein cows on his dairy farm near Logan, Mont. Dairymen like Kamerman say better days lie ahead for the local milk industry, one of the final, vibrant milk producing regions in Montana.


House Bill Favors Trimming FDA Budget, Rejects Farm Cuts

June 17, 2011 4:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House voted to slash domestic and international food aid Thursday while rejecting cuts to farm subsidies. A spending bill to fund the nation's food and farm programs would cut the Women, Infants and Children program, which offers food aid and educational support for low-income mothers and their children, by $868 million, or 13 percent.

Jones Soda Relocating Headquarters

June 17, 2011 4:42 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Jones Soda Co. is relocating its headquarters from Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood to a bigger office space in city's Pioneer Square historical district. The beverage company said Friday that it will lease the new space for five years and has a renewal option.


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