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General Mills 1Q Income Falls

September 22, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income fell 14 percent as one of the nation's biggest food companies continued to deal with high ingredient and energy costs. But adjusted results beat Wall Street's expectations as revenue climbed on increased prices, solid consumer demand and new products.

Chinese Reporter Killed Over Gutter Oil?

September 22, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have rejected speculation that a journalist was murdered because of his reporting, saying Wednesday that he was killed while being robbed. Internet users and some news reports had suggested that Sunday night's attack in which television reporter Li Xiang was stabbed at least 10 times was linked to an ongoing scandal involving recycled food oil.

Pa. Wine Vending Machine Experiment Ends

September 22, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's one-year experiment with wine vending machines at grocery stores is over, at least for now, because of a financial dispute with the contractor, agency officials said Tuesday. Monday was the last day to resolve the dispute with contractor Simple Brands LLC and keep the machines operating, and liquor board CEO Joe Conti said he could not foresee the program being revived.

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Death Toll In Cantaloupe Outbreak Rises To 8

September 22, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death toll has risen to eight in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado-grown cantaloupes, officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a person in Maryland died from eating the tainted produce. Four deaths have been reported in New Mexico and two in Colorado, and one person has died in Oklahoma.

Foster's Backs $10.1 Billion Takeover Bid

September 22, 2011 4:43 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SYDNEY (AP) — London-based SABMiller's $10.1 billion takeover of brewer Foster's Group creates an opportunity for Australian beers to gain greater global acceptance, Foster's chief executive John Pollaers said Thursday. SABMiller said Wednesday that it had won the support of the Foster's board for the takeover after increasing its offer.

Photo Of The Day: From Menace To Meal

September 22, 2011 4:24 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Illinois officials say the solution to two major problems — the Asian carp's threatening of the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger — could be simple.

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Wis. Ban On Margarine Targeted For Repeal

September 21, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A quirky Wisconsin law intended to protect the state's dairy industry by making it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a replacement for butter is being targeted for repeal. The 44-year-old law that's little known to most diners is celebrated by some as a colorful part of the Dairy State's past, even inspiring the state Historical Society to sell T-shirts reprinting the language of the law on a yellowish, buttered-colored background.

OSHA Cites Wis. Brewer For Safety Violations

September 21, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A federal workplace-safety agency has cited City Brewing Co. for 16 serious safety violations at its La Crosse brewery. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the violations include failure to comply with certain safety standards, resulting in workers being exposed to ammonia during the maintenance of pipe lines.

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Tyson To Pay $2.25M In Sex Discrimination Settlement

September 21, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle sex discrimination cases at four Midwest plants. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company has agreed to enter into two consent decrees to pay $2.

Bachmann Says Food Industry Overregulated

September 21, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A week after the Agriculture Department announced wider testing for potentially deadly E. coli in meat, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that regulations were overburdening food producers. Bachmann visited a 140-year-old, family-run meatpacking plant in Des Moines and took a turn at cutting ribeye steaks in a chilly meat locker as she pushed back against regulations for food makers and other businesses.

China Defends Chicken Tariffs After U.S. Complaint

September 21, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that tariffs it imposed on imports of U.S. chicken last year are legal, after the United States filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization saying Beijing violated international trade rules. The Commerce Ministry said on its website that China "believes the anti-dumping and countervailing measures it has taken on chicken products originating in the United States are in accordance with the law and conform to WTO rules.

Photo Of The Day: A Better Butter

September 21, 2011 4:28 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — This Sept 16. 2011 photo shows, clockwise from top left, Butter of Parma Italy, Vermont Cultured butter, Buerre D'isigny France, Black Truffle butter, Sea Salted Butter France and Brookford Farm Uncultured butter in Concord, N.H. A hand-crafted product 50 or so years ago, butter has descended into a mass-produced, taste-shackled commodity only to be resurrected in recent years as interest in good, hand-crafted food has grown.

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Paraguay Bans Beef Exports After Hoof-And-Mouth Outbreak

September 20, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay banned its beef exports Monday in response to outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that could devastate its cattle industry and seriously set back the country's economy. President Fernando Lugo also declared a sanitary emergency to help contain the outbreak of the disease, which is highly infectious in the animals, after three cows tested positive in a herd of 819 cattle in northern Paraguay.

Heinz Brings New Ketchup Packets To Stores

September 20, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is bringing its new ketchup packets to grocery stores and other retailers nationwide, the world's largest ketchup maker announced Monday. The company recently redesigned the classic ketchup packet for restaurants after years of complaints from customers who said the traditional packet was too messy and held too little ketchup.

CDC: 4 Dead In Listeria Outbreak

September 20, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four people have died in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. One death occurred in Colorado, one in Oklahoma and two in New Mexico. The death count could soon rise to six. Chad Smelser of the New Mexico Department of Heath said the CDC is in the process of confirming two additional deaths linked to the outbreak in his state.

ConAgra Withdraws Ralcorp Offer

September 20, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. withdrew its $5.17 billion bid for Ralcorp Holdings Inc. on Monday, ending its aggressive pursuit of the food maker. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and other foods, has made several unsuccessful bids since March for Ralcorp, which makes Post cereal and many private-label foods.

Tyson Pays $32M In Donning & Doffing Settlement

September 20, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Foods, Inc. is paying $32 million to settle a long-running dispute over whether it should compensate poultry plant workers for time they spend putting on and taking off protective clothing. In a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., Tyson agreed to make payments averaging around $1,000 per worker to about 17,000 current and former employees around the country.

Photo Of The Day: Drought-Ravaged Farmers Sell Cattle, Others Buy

September 20, 2011 4:20 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Oct. 19, 2010, file photo, cattle are kept in pens at a feedlot southwest of Omaha, Neb. As ranchers in drought-parched Texas and Oklahoma cut back their herds some ranchers in other states with healthy pastures like Illinois, Iowa and Montana are adding to their herds.

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Wis. Wineries Hopeful For Large Harvest

September 19, 2011 5:07 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's wineries are hopeful that this year's warm, dry summer creates a big harvest for grapes. Botham Vineyards' president Peter Botham told the Wisconsin State Journal that this year's yield is a "once-in-a lifetime harvest" after a late May freeze cost many a portion of their crops.

Pa. Brewers Fight Over Classic Pittzburgh Beer

September 19, 2011 5:04 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two local beer makers are battling over the rights to resurrect Fort Pitt Beer, the post-World War II king of Pittsburgh beers. Jones Brewing Co. of Smithton, which has brewed Fort Pitt in the past, is vying over the rights to the latest iteration of the beer with Duke Brewing's Mark Dudash, the Upper St.

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