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Report: Manufacturing Tech Orders Down in April

June 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The report, which compiles data from companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Order program, showed $384.81 million in overall orders in April, a decline of 8 percent from March and 1 percent compared to April 2014.

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Syngenta Rejects Second Monsanto Buyout Offer

June 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

Syngenta rejected a second buyout offer from agricultural rival Monsanto that added a $2 billion guarantee should the proposed deal fall apart. The Swiss company turned down the first bid early last month, then worth more than $45 billion, saying Monsanto's offer was greatly undervalued.

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Hershey Named a Top 10 Green Company in the US

June 8, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company was recognized for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship in Newsweek’s 2015 Green Rankings. Out of the top 500 U.S. companies named, Hershey placed No. 6, moving up 40 spots from last year’s ranking.

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Organic Farming Practices are Bee-Friendly, Shows New Report

June 8, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Organic Center

A report just released by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.

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McDonald's Sales Slump Continues in May

June 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales at locations open at least 13 months edged down 0.3 percent last month. That was better than the 1.1 percent decline that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected.

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Private Lab Says Listeria Found in Alabama-Made Blue Bell

June 8, 2015 9:30 am | by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from a private laboratory that found evidence of listeria in a carton of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant.

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General Mills Launches Yoplait Yogurt in China

June 8, 2015 9:23 am | by General Mills

According to Euromonitor, yogurt is a $10 billion category in China, with sales growing at a double-digit pace. General Mills is focusing Yoplait's initial launch in Shanghai and plans to grow the brand through a city-by-city approach before expanding geographically.

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Canadian Food Safety Agency Working with Game Farmers to Develop Rules Against Disease

June 8, 2015 9:17 am | by The Canadian Press

Canada's food safety watchdog says it is developing rules with people who raise elk and deer on commercial farms to guard against animal diseases.

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New Hybrid Grapes Help Grow Wine Industry in Cold US Regions

June 8, 2015 9:12 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

The Marquette grapevines clinging to a steep, rocky hillside in the southeastern Adirondacks are among a host of new grape varieties that have enabled a boutique wine industry to take root in areas of the Northeast and Midwest that were previously inhospitable.

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Justices to Review Tyson Foods Appeal Over Class-Action Suit

June 8, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues. The justices said Monday they will review a $5.8 million class-action judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. over the pay for more than 3,000 workers at its Storm Lake, Iowa, pork processing plant.

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Lawsuit Alleges Organic Infant Formula Contains Non-Organic Ingredients

June 8, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The lawsuit, filed in the eastern New York federal court on behalf of parents in New York and California, alleges that 26 of the 49 ingredients in Abbott Laboratories' Similac Advance Organic formula "are not allowed in organic foods," while at least one additional component includes genetically modified foods in violation of federal organic standards.

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5 Reasons Why US Employers are Showing Confidence in Economy

June 8, 2015 8:30 am | by JOSH BOAK and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press

Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy. They added 280,000 jobs — a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling.

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Taco Bell: Artificial Ingredients OK For Cap'n Crunch Treat

June 5, 2015 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Taco Bell says it will roll out Cap'n Crunch-covered balls of dough nationally — and that they're exempt from its recent pledge to remove artificial ingredients.

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FDA Announces Expedited Food Import Review Process

June 5, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators this week announced a faster screening process for foods imported from countries with proven safety records.

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Survey Says Millennial Parents Drive the Demand For Responsible Food

June 5, 2015 2:25 pm | by Foster Farms

New data reveals that Millennial parents are driving the tidal shift in consumer demand for responsibly-raised products and are largely influenced by traditional family values and peer/community feedback when making household food decisions.

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WTO: India Unfairly Blocking US Poultry, Egg Imports

June 5, 2015 1:15 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The WTO has upheld a ruling that India is unfairly blocking imports of U.S. poultry and eggs. The Obama administration called the decision a major victory that should greatly expand export opportunities for American farmers.

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ADM Acquires Nut Processing Operation

June 5, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Archer Daniels Midland this week announced the acquisition of nut and seed processing facilities from California Gold Almonds.

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Workers Begin Cooking Up Spam in $36M Iowa Plant Expansion

June 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Workers in Dubuque have begun cooking up Spam — a pork product loved by many and mocked by others — after the completion of a $36 million expansion of a Hormel Foods plant.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

June 5, 2015 11:05 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Recall Affects 49K Pounds of Pork Sausage Products

June 5, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

 A Michigan-based business is recalling about 49,000 pounds of pork sausage products shipped to institutions nationwide that may be contaminated with foreign materials.

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