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Whole Foods to Cut About 1,500 Jobs Over Next 8 Weeks

September 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition.

US Packaging Machinery Market Grows 4.2 Percent in 2014

September 30, 2015 8:45 am | by PMMI

The U.S. packaging machinery market grew 4.2 percent from 2013 to 2014, coming in at $9.41 billion, according to the 2015 PMMI State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report.


Anheuser-Busch Delivers More than 51,000 Cans of Water to Northern California for Those Battling Wildfires

September 30, 2015 8:25 am | by Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch is providing 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans — to firefighters and relief workers trying to quell wildfires in Northern California.  


AD-4971 Series Metal Detector

September 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Food Manufacturing

Company's new AD-4971 Series Metal Detector provides high-sensitivity detection on a wide range of different product types, including fresh produce, packaged foods, beverages, and many other products. 

EPA Rules Will Strengthen Pesticide Safety on Farms

September 29, 2015 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening 20-year-old rules designed to protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides.


Chipotle: Pork Back in 90 Percent of Locations

September 29, 2015 1:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Mexican food chain had stopped serving pork at about a third of its restaurants in January after it said one of its suppliers violated its animal welfare standards.


German McDonald's Will Offer Company's First Organic Burger

September 29, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

McDonald's is set to debut its first hamburger made entirely with organic beef this week, the latest in a series of moves by the fast food giant to appeal to shifting consumer attitudes.


Coca-Cola to Close Bottling Factory in Moldova

September 29, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola says it will close its bottling factory in Moldova and will import the soft drink from neighboring Romania and Ukraine.


Fishermen Worry as Black Sea Bass Stake New England Claim

September 29, 2015 1:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region's most valuable aquatic species: the lobster.


Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 29, 2015 12:30 pm | by FDA

Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc. of De Soto, Kansas is voluntarily recalling Chocolate Chip Cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts.


PepsiCo Sustainability Initiatives Delivered More Than $375 Million in Estimated Cost Savings Since 2010

September 29, 2015 9:15 am | by PepsiCo, Inc.

PepsiCo, Inc. recently announced that its environmental sustainability programs saved the company more than $375 million since its goals were established in 2010. The savings were achieved through the continued progress of the company's water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives.


Salmonella: Sentencing for Managers who Helped Convict Boss

September 29, 2015 9:00 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

They were star witnesses who helped convict their old boss, a former peanut executive who got the harshest sentence ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case. Now two ex-managers of a Georgia peanut plant at the center of a deadly salmonella outbreak face the prospect of going to prison themselves.


USDA Funds New Pilot Project to Help Almond Growers Gain Greater Access to Greenhouse Gas Markets

September 29, 2015 8:45 am | by Almond Board of California

The Almond Board of California will join with the Environmental Defense Fund and other partners in carrying out a new USDA-funded pilot project designed to give both almond and corn growers greater access to greenhouse gas markets like those under California's cap-and-trade program.


Online a 'Huge Opportunity' for Food Manufacturers Says New Report

September 29, 2015 8:30 am | by

Online selling still represents a huge opportunity for manufacturers to develop a better understanding of their shoppers and to reach them directly, according to a new report from just-food, set to be published next month.


95% of Consumers Buy Private Brands but Concerns in Food Quality and Safety Point to Need for Greater Transparency

September 29, 2015 8:15 am | by Trace One

Trace One, a global leader in private brand product lifecycle management solutions and transparency software, recently announced the results of its “Global Consumer Food Safety and Quality” research. The survey of over 3,000 shoppers across nine countries found that despite buying private food brands often, consumers are concerned about the safety and quality of the foods they eat.


Truco Enterprises Recalls 18oz Café Style Tortilla Chips Due to Possible Presence of Undeclared Milk Allergen

September 29, 2015 8:05 am | by FDA

Truco Enterprises is recalling select packages of 18 oz. On The Border Café Style Tortilla Chips after notification from a supplier that select product may have been exposed to a milk-containing ingredient.


Ie3 Premium Efficiency Gearmotors

September 29, 2015 7:15 am | by Food Manufacturing

The new ie3 premium efficiency gearmotors offer increased efficiency over standard IE1 models throughout the speed range and initiate less mechanical stress, which directly translates into long-term energy savings.

Stainless Steel Ball Bearings

September 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Food Manufacturing

Company has announced an expanded array of stainless ball bearings — “Value Bearings,” “Choice Bearings” and “Classic Bearings.” Value Bearings are designed for general use in severe service environments at an economical price. 

Expansion Project Begins at Cheese Plant in Northeast Iowa

September 28, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press

A cheese plant in northeast Iowa has begun a $20 million expansion of the facility.


Report: Starbucks Scheduling Problems Remain Despite 2014 Pledge

September 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Starbucks officials asked store managers to "go the extra mile" to improve employee scheduling in the aftermath of a scathing report issued by an advocacy group last week.



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