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Dorner President & CEO Dies In Accident

September 12, 2012 9:46 am

We are sad to report that PMMI Board of Directors member Rich Ryan, president & CEO of Dorner Mfg., was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident near the border of Idaho and Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 8. He was 59. Rich began his career with Dorner in October 2005 as its COO. He became President & CEO this past June. 

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Photo Of The Day: Coke Finds Its Way To Myanmar

September 12, 2012 9:36 am

For the first time in more than 60 years, The Coca-Cola Company has made a delivery of Coca-Cola to local customers in Yangon, Myanmar. This milestone marks the next step in the company’s long-term commitment to generating lasting positive impact by bringing its global brands to Myanmar, also known as Burma, as the country opens up to the world.

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Coca-Cola Sold In Myanmar For First Time In 60 Years

September 11, 2012 3:36 pm

U.S. beverage giant Coca-Cola Co. has begun selling its flagship drink Coca-Cola in Myanmar for the first time in about 60 years, the company said Monday. The move follows easing of economic sanctions by the United States and European countries in response to the Myanmar government's democratization efforts in recent years.

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Seneca Foods Founder Donates $20M To Cornell

September 11, 2012 12:42 pm

Arthur Walcott, founder of the nation's largest processor of fruits and vegetables, has donated $20 million to Cornell University to help the Ivy League school attract student-athletes. Wolcott is chairman of Seneca Foods Corp., based in Marion in western New York. He founded the company two months after graduating from Cornell.

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Wash. Liquor Sales Pick Up In July

September 11, 2012 12:39 pm

Washington liquor sales picked back up in July, the second month people were able to buy liquor in Washington grocery stores and other markets. Sales were up 15.4 percent compared with July 2011. State officials attribute the jump in sales to consumers, as well as bars and restaurants, buying again in July after skipping some purchases in June.

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Dairy Industry Comments On Romney Milk Fees

September 11, 2012 12:37 pm

The International Dairy Foods Association today responded to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's concern that the Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, raised milk fees.  IDFA shares concerns about industry fees and cautioned that a new Farm Bill proposal would both raise fees and increase domestic milk prices.

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Ranchers Cope With Herd Losses From Isaac’s Floods

September 11, 2012 12:32 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

In August, the ranchlands spreading over the boot of Louisiana were dotted with hundreds of cows and calves grazing on a smorgasbord of tall marsh grasses. But Hurricane Isaac took all that away, turning some of the best cattle country on the Mississippi River delta into brackish, foul-smelling floodwater stretching for miles.

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USDA Resumes Buying Meat From Calif. Slaughterhouse

September 11, 2012 12:30 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying meat again from a Central California slaughterhouse that's been at the center of an animal cruelty investigation. A statement the USDA issued Monday says that Central Valley Meat Co.'s improved oversight for animal welfare prompted the government to reinstate purchases for federal feeding programs.

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Consumer Trends: Parents Support GMO Labeling

September 11, 2012 12:28 pm

A vast majority of American parents want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling for foods that have been genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, according to newly released results from a national poll conducted by the Just Label It (JLI) coalition.

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Organic Dairy To Pay $7.5M In Marketing Settlement

September 11, 2012 9:41 am

Aurora Dairy has agreed to pay plaintiffs in a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit $7.5 million to end litigation involving fraudulent marketing claims concerning organic milk. Aurora and its major customers, supermarket chains selling private-label organic milk, were accused of misrepresenting the authenticity of their products.

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Limestone Mine Hosts ‘Pop-Down’ Restaurant

September 11, 2012 9:38 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN,Associated Press

Discerning food lovers are being served salted salmon, veal tenderloin, snails cooked in Pernod and apple crumble in the "pop-down" restaurant in a limestone mine in the small, southern town of Lohja, 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Helsinki.

U.S. Rum Subsidies Threaten Caribbean Labels

September 11, 2012 9:36 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

Small producers in countries such as Antigua, Guyana and Jamaica complain they are being punched by unfair trade and marketing advantages for global beverage corporations operating in U.S. territories, and say U.S. rum subsidies threaten to drive some beloved top-shelf Caribbean labels out of business, or force them to sell out.

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Woman Found Guilty Of Killing Two At Kraft Plant

September 11, 2012 9:33 am | by MARYCLAIRE DALE,Associated Press

A deluded plant worker who thought co-workers were spraying her with toxic chemicals was convicted Monday of two counts of first-degree murder for a 2010 shooting rampage at a Kraft Foods plant in Philadelphia. A judge questioned why defendant Yvonne Hiller didn't get needed mental health services and how she'd obtained a gun permit.

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Photo Of The Day: Mining For Food

September 11, 2012 9:30 am

The award-winning chef, Niklas Ekblom, is opening a new restaurant in Finland that turns the idea of "pop-up" eateries upside-down: it's located 80 meters (260 feet) underground. Discerning food lovers are being served salted salmon, veal tenderloin snails cooked in Pernod, and apple crumble in the "pop-down" restaurant in a limestone mine in the small, southern town of Lohja.

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Ohio Food Company Plans To Reopen Indiana Plant

September 10, 2012 12:50 pm

A food-processing company from Ohio announced plans Monday to reopen an eastern Indiana plant where an organic food company had planned to hire 1,000 workers before shutting down last year. Sugar Creek Packing Co. said it would spend about $15 million to expand and refurbish the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City and expected to have it back in operation late next year.

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Leader Of India’s Dairy Revolution Dies

September 10, 2012 12:47 pm

Verghese Kurien, an engineer known as "India's milkman" who helped revolutionize the country's dairy industry despite his own dislike for milk, has died at age 90. A longtime aide, P.A. Joseph, said Kurien died Sunday. He had been hospitalized earlier in the month after he grew weak and stopped eating on his own.

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Food Prices Push China Inflation Up In August

September 10, 2012 12:45 pm

A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared with a year earlier, complicating efforts by the government to revive growth with further stimulus measures. The consumer price index for August reported Sunday was higher than July's 1.8 percent growth.

Asia-Pacific Leaders Look To Fortify Food Security

September 10, 2012 12:44 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

Asia-Pacific leaders focused their attention on rising concern over food security on Sunday, as they prepared to wrap up their annual summit with an agreement to slash tariffs on trade in environmental goods and a call to keep markets open even in hard times.

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Isaac Hits Louisiana Crabbers Hard

September 10, 2012 12:40 pm | by KEVIN McGILL,Associated Press

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board member Gary Bauer, who runs a crab processing business in Slidell, said sunken boats, damaged docks and a lack of electricity and ice are among the problems crabbers face. An assessment Friday by the promotion board said crab harvests suffered significant disruption due to Isaac.

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Consumer Trends: We All Scream For Ice Cream

September 10, 2012 12:37 pm

It's been a hot summer, and what's better to cool people off but ice cream. And it appears that the market for ice cream in America has got it licked. According to recent Mintel research, in 2011, the ice cream and frozen novelty market emerged from two years of struggling sales and posted a 4.1% increase from the previous year.

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