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McCormick Acquires Spice Co. For $291M

June 28, 2011 4:35 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SPARKS, Md. (AP) — Spice and seasonings maker McCormick & Co. is buying Polish spice company Kamis SA for about 830 million zloty ($291 million). Privately held Kamis distributes in Russia and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. McCormick said Tuesday that that deal will expand its reach in Western Europe into Poland as well as other markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Photo Of The Day: 'Chilling' For Food Safety

June 28, 2011 4:31 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — This video frame grab provided by the Agriculture Department shows the "chill" aspect in a new government campaign to raise awareness of safe food handling in the wake of a European E. coli outbreak that has killed almost 50 people. Clean. Cook. Chill. Separate. That's the message of the new campaign.

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5,700 Pounds Of Ham Recalled

June 27, 2011 5:14 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) —Specialities Agro Alimentation, a Millington, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes , the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

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Coca-Cola To Raise Prices

June 27, 2011 5:10 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — That soda on a summer afternoon is about to get more expensive: Coca-Cola Co.'s two big bottlers both plan to raise prices starting next month. The trade publication Beverage Digest, which first reported the price increases, cites letters that the bottlers sent to retail customers.

Cherry Wars: Bulgaria Fights Orchard Thieves

June 27, 2011 5:07 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KONYAVO, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian forces with night-vision goggles appear to be winning an extraordinary fight over thieves seeking to make off with this year's lucrative cherry harvest. For many years, the thieves had little trouble raiding Bulgarian cherry farms at night. But that was before the "cherry war" by police and border guards.

UK Issues Sprout Warning After French E. Coli Scare

June 27, 2011 5:05 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LONDON (AP) — British officials warned consumers Saturday against eating uncooked sprouts after authorities in France linked seeds distributed by an English vendor to an E. coli outbreak near the city of Bordeaux. France halted the sale of fenugreek, mustard and arugula sprout seeds from British mail order seed and plant company Thompson & Morgan after eight people were hospitalized following an E.

Death Toll Rises In European Outbreak

June 27, 2011 5:02 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BERLIN (AP) — The death toll in Europe's E. coli outbreak has risen by three to at least 47, German authorities said Monday, even as new infections continue to tail off. Germany's disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said 46 deaths have now been reported in the country.

Photo Of The Day: Selling Square Watermelons

June 27, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — A woman examines a cubic watermelon before shipment at Zentsuji, western Japan, on Monday June 27, 2011. About 300 dice-sized fruits were sent out from a local agricultural cooperative branch to big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. This year they are expected to fetch a price tag of about 10,000 yen (US$125) each.

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Jury Rules For Hog Farm In Odor Case

June 24, 2011 4:59 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Weeks after a jury ordered a hog farm to pay dozen Missouri residents $2 million because of its foul smell, another jury rejected a farmer's claims in a similar case. Vernon Hanes had sought $3 million, saying odors from a Premium Standard Farms hog farm in Daviess County damaged his use and enjoyment of his Daviess County property in northwest Missouri.

Report: Fight Fat In Infants, Toddlers

June 24, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — A food pyramid just for the under-2 set? Contrary to popular belief, children don't usually outgrow their baby fat — and a new report urges steps to help prevent babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy too soon. That's a growing problem: Already, one in five preschoolers — 2- to 5-year-olds — is overweight or obese.

Dole Recalls Listeria-Tainted Salad

June 24, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(FDA) —Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE® Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

Campbell Soup Announces New CEO

June 24, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. on Thursday formally named Denise Morrison as its next president and CEO. The 57-year-old Campbell executive will become the first woman to run the world's largest soup maker. The Camden-based company's announcement that she will take over Aug.

Cheerios Turns 70

June 24, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a little quiz for the breakfast table: What is the most popular cereal brand in American grocery stores? Hint: It's been General Mills' top name since 1951. Another hint: If you're a parent, you've vacuumed it from the minivan and under the high-chair cushion by the cupful.

Photo Of The Day: Water Wars

June 24, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this June, 10, 2011 photo, Joe Marchini of Marchini Farms stands in front a water cutbacks sign on the flanks of his field and highway 99 near Chowchilla, Calif. Drive on Highway 99 or Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles and you will see them, scattered among wine tasting ads and billboards hawking the latest pesticide.

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Russia Bans Food From 300 German Companies

June 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian regulators are introducing a ban on meat and milk products from some 300 German companies, citing concern about E. coli. The statement by the agricultural oversight agency Rosselkhoznadzor did not identify the companies but said the ban will begin Monday. The agency's chief, Sergei Dankvert, told the Interfax news agency Wednesday that the ban follows inspections of German imports that found bacteria related to E.

G-20 Announces Plans To Stabilize Food Prices

June 23, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PARIS (AP) — The largest economies in the world agreed Thursday to a series of measures to stabilize world food prices after years of sudden fluctuations caused global instability, especially in poorer countries. French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire said the G-20 summit of agriculture ministers had agreed to calm the world market by establishing a transparent system to track global supplies, emergency food reserves, engage in more research into new wheat strains and create a rapid response mechanism to deal with drought in producer countries.

ConAgra 4Q Income More Than Doubles

June 23, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra's fourth-quarter net income more than doubled thanks to higher food prices and an insurance settlement. But the company warned Thursday that first-quarter earnings may fall below last year's numbers in what CEO Gary Rodkin calls a "challenging" market place.

Chips The 'Biggest Demon' Behind Weight Gain

June 23, 2011 4:42 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can't eat just one. "They're very tasty and they have a very good texture.

Mix Of 2 Deadly E. Coli Strains Caused Outbreak

June 23, 2011 4:37 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LONDON (AP) — A mix of two dangerous E. coli strains caused the recent deadly food poisoning outbreak in Germany, according to a new study of the bacteria's DNA. Scientists said the E. coli outbreak strain combined one that makes a toxin and another that sticks to the gut in a way that potentially speeds up the body's absorption of the toxin.

Photo Of The Day: Bulking Up On Chips

June 23, 2011 4:34 am

(AP) — Potato chips displayed on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in Philadelphia. The potato chip is the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Read more at Chips The 'Biggest Demon' Behind Weight Gain   New Rules Could Speed Up Union Elections Vienna Beef Sues Rival Co.

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