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Packaging Plant To Expand

November 13, 2012 9:50 am

GSC Packaging, a nationwide provider of turnkey contract packaging solutions, has purchased a 100,000 square-foot facility to keep up with the company’s rapid growth. In December of 2012, GSC Packaging will move from its current contract packaging facility at 3715 Atlanta Industrial Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia, to the new location at 575 Wharton Drive.


Jimmy Dean Recalls Breakfast Sandwiches

November 13, 2012 9:46 am

 Jimmy Dean® is voluntarily recalling a partial production run of its Jimmy Dean French Toast & Sausage Sandwich as a precautionary measure because the product may contain the undeclared allergens egg and soy, not listed on the label. 


Calif. Greenhouse Gas System To Affect Food Companies

November 13, 2012 9:42 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

California's new "cap-and-trade" system is designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. Under the plan, the California Air Resources Board will auction off pollution permits on Wednesday called "allowances" to more than 350 businesses, including electric companies, food processors and refineries.


Sunland Peanut Butter Plant Remains Idle

November 13, 2012 9:40 am

The New Mexico peanut butter plant linked to a salmonella outbreak remains idle as officials wait for federal approval to reopen. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn declined Monday to estimate when operations at the country's largest organic peanut processing plant may resume, saying only that officials are awaiting a response from the Food and Drug Administration.


Hostess Closing 3 Bakeries Following Strike

November 13, 2012 9:38 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The facilities employ 627 workers.


Photo Of The Day: Thanksgiving Style

November 13, 2012 9:34 am

MaxPoint Interactive issued the results of an indexing study that reveals neighborhoods in Atlanta and Oklahoma City as those most interested in gourmet and comfort foods, respectively. This data helps advertisers get the most out of their digital ad spend by targeting Thanksgiving diners with ads that speak to their specific tastes in food.


Consumer Union Urges Reduction Of Antibiotics In Food

November 12, 2012 1:02 pm

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today called for a major reduction in the use of antibiotics in food animal production because their overuse promotes the spread of drug-resistant superbugs and makes antibiotics less effective for people.


North Korea Has Better Harvest, Still Faces Shortages

November 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press

North Korea increased its production of staple foods for the second year in a row, thanks in part to better use of fertilizers and plastic sheeting to protect crops, but its citizens are still suffering from a serious lack of key proteins and fats in their diets, a U.N. report said Monday.


Poultry Industry Continues To Improve Worker Safety

November 12, 2012 12:56 pm

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector, which includes slaughter and processing, continues to decline, according to the 2011 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).


PepsiCo To Launch Pepsi With Fiber In Japan

November 12, 2012 12:52 pm

Fruits, vegetables and wheat bread are all sources of fiber. Now, so is Pepsi-Cola in Japan. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday plans to launch a version of its namesake soda with a fat-blocking fiber called dextrin in Japan. In an announcement on the company's Japanese website, PepsiCo explains how dextrin helps reduce fat levels in blood.


Hostess Bakers Strike Across U.S.

November 12, 2012 12:50 pm

About a dozen workers began picketing at a Hostess Brands plant in Sacramento honoring a bakers' union strike at the bankrupt company's plants across the country. The picket line formed on Sunday, two days after the walkout began when the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs imposed a contract that would cut wages by 8 percent.


Consumer Trends: Eating Alone

November 12, 2012 12:46 pm

Did you know that eating alone has become as normal as eating together? Eating alone is fast becoming the new normal. The Hartman Group’s analysis of how we eat as a culture shows that today a fairly astounding 46% of all adult eating occasions (up from 44% in 2010) are undertaken alone.


ConAgra To Expand Potato Plant

November 12, 2012 9:53 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. plans a $200 million expansion at its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Ore., which will create about 100 jobs. The food maker says Friday that the expansion will add a new line to the plant and increase capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products as consumer demand continues to grow domestically and internationally.


Farm Bill Could Hinge On Budget Cuts

November 12, 2012 9:51 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide they need its spending cuts — including a small reduction in the $80-billion-a-year food stamps program — to make a deal for averting the "fiscal cliff."


Nations Set To Discuss Bluefin Tuna

November 12, 2012 9:48 am | by MICHAEL CASEY,AP Environmental Writer

Thanks in part to a sharp reduction in the amount of fish legally caught, the bluefin population in the Atlantic is on the rebound though "the magnitude and speed of the increase vary considerably," according to a stock assessment by scientists released ahead of the annual International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas which starts Monday in Morocco.


Variety Of Food Labels Confuse Consumers

November 12, 2012 9:45 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month — and consumers are willing to pay extra for products that feature them. While eco-labels can play a vital role, experts say their rapid proliferation and lack of oversight or clear standards have confused both consumers and producers.


Chicken Plant Shooter Was Mentally Unstable

November 12, 2012 9:41 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

A Fresno County mental health evaluation in 2004 diagnosed suspect Lawrence Nathaniel Jones with intermittent explosive disorder, drug-induced psychotic disorder, and dependence on multiple substances including amphetamine, marijuana and alcohol.


Photo Of The Day: Endangered Sushi

November 12, 2012 9:37 am

After defeating a proposal in 2010 to ban the export of an endangered fish that is a key ingredient of sushi, Japan and Asian nations argued it should be left to quota-setting international fisheries bodies to bring the species back from the brink.


A Feast Of Food History

November 9, 2012 1:05 pm

The Smithsonian's first major exhibition on food history explores some of the major changes in food and eating in postwar America. Among the topics on the 3,800-square-foot exhibition's menu are changes in food production and processing, in who cooks and why, where and when meals are consumed and what people know (or think they know) about what is good for them.

Franklin Foods To Open Cream Cheese Plant

November 9, 2012 1:02 pm

A fast-growing cream cheese company is opening up a Casa Grande plant. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the Delray Beach, Fla.-based Franklin Foods is opening up its second company manufacturing facility and production is expected to begin in early 2013.



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