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Wholesale Food Prices Hit 36-Year High

March 18, 2011 4:53 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are noticing higher prices at the grocery store, and it's about to get worse. Food prices at the wholesale level rose last month by the most in 36 years. Cold weather accounted for most of it, forcing stores and restaurants to pay more for green peppers, lettuce and other vegetables, but meat and dairy prices surged, too.

Diet Coke Beats Pepsi As No. 2 Soda

March 18, 2011 4:50 am

Coca-Cola is winning the fight for America's soda drinkers. Diet Coke bubbled up into the second spot in the U.S. soft drink market, ending Pepsi's decades-long run as the perennial runner-up to regular Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola sold nearly 927 million cases of its diet soda in 2010, to Pepsi's 892 million, a report by trade publication Beverage Digest released Thursday said.

Nestle Worker Arrested On Bosnia Torture Charges

March 18, 2011 4:45 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A woman who served in the Croatian army faces extradition from a small Kentucky town to face charges that she forced prisoners to drink human blood and gasoline during the bloody aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. U.S. Marshals arrested 52-year-old Azra Basic (BOS-ICH) on Tuesday in Stanton, about 45 miles east of Lexington, where she lives and works at a nearby food processing plant.


General Mills In Talks With Yoplait

March 18, 2011 4:37 am

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills said Friday that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a majority stake in French yogurt company Yoplait. The binding offer with PAI Partner and Sodiaal, the owners of Yoplait S.A.S., would beat out rivals bidding for the company. General Mills' offer includes a 50 percent interest and a controlling role in the company, the food company said.

China Suspends Officials Over Tainted Pork

March 18, 2011 4:33 am

BEIJING (AP) — Three senior officials in central China have been suspended and more than two dozen others punished after pigs in farms there tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans, state media said Friday. Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China after state broadcaster CCTV ran an expose earlier this week showing that several farms in Henan province were using the fat-burning drug, clenbuterol, in pig feed.

Japan To Release Salt Reserves

March 17, 2011 4:46 am

TOKYO, March 17 (Kyodo) — The Salt Industry Association of Japan will release 900 tons of edible salt from its reserves to cover supply shortages after one of Japan's six salt plants suspended production due to last Friday's catastrophic earthquake in northeastern and eastern Japan, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.

State To Investigate Food Plant Worker's Death

March 17, 2011 4:45 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana work-safety officials are investigating the death of a forklift operator at an Indianapolis food plant. A spokeswoman for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration told The Indianapolis Star for a story Thursday that the agency will investigate why the concrete floor collapsed beneath the machine, killing 50-year-old Alan Beaty of Hendricks County.


Kraft CFO Leaving In Mid-2011

March 16, 2011 4:46 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. says that its Chief Financial Officer Timothy McLevish is leaving the company in mid-2011 to "pursue opportunities in general management." McLevish, 55, has worked for Kraft since 2007. David Brearton, 50, Kraft's executive vice president of operations, will take over as CFO after the company files its first-quarter financial statements.

Professor Turns Soda Waste Into Ethanol

March 16, 2011 4:44 am

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma State University professor says she's found a way to turn byproducts from the production of soda pop into ethanol. Biosystems and agricultural engineering associate professor Danielle Bellmer said that by adjusting the pH levels she has found that the leftover materials from soda manufacturing can be converted into ethanol.

Fishermen Sue To Break Up Seafood Company

March 16, 2011 4:41 am

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon fishermen from Brookings and an antitrust lawyer from Portland have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Medford in an effort to break up a giant seafood company. Lloyd Whaley and his son Todd, along with attorney Michael Haglund, seek up to $520 million in damages and a slew of injunctions that would effectively end Pacific Seafood Group's dominant role in the West Coast fish business, The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene reported.

Worker Killed In Floor Collapse

March 16, 2011 4:39 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at a food manufacturing plant. Capt. Rita Burris says the accident occurred at Royal Food Products about 7 a.m. Wednesday on Indianapolis' southeast side. Burris says the worker apparently drove onto a section of concrete floor that wasn't reinforced and it collapsed beneath the forklift, sending it plunging 14 feet into the basement.

Manufacturing CFOs Reveal Top Concerns Of 2011

March 16, 2011 4:34 am | by Summary of Findings

Seventy-four percent of CFOs feel more optimistic about the economy (up from 67 percent in 2010) Sixty-seven percent are more optimistic about their companies’ financial prospects in 2011 (up from 64 percent in 2010) Nearly all respondents are planning significant capital expenditures in 2011, with 88 percent indicating they will buy manufacturing equipment and 56 percent planning to buy computer hardware.

Photo Of The Day: Pepsi's Plant Bottle

March 16, 2011 4:16 am

This product image provided by PepsiCo., shows the company's new beverage bottle made entirely of plant material. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.


Nercon Joins Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program

March 15, 2011 5:51 am

Oshkosh , Wis. – Nercon has joined the Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program, part of Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork framework which includes business enterprise, sales and solutions, and product technology partners. To become a member of the program, Nercon demonstrated innovation and market leadership with conveyors and equipment that incorporate Rockwell Automation solutions.

Ag Industry Looks To Make Undercover Videos Illegal

March 15, 2011 5:08 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images. Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain access to animals to record their treatment.

Poultry Plant Claims Double Jeopardy In Pollution Case

March 15, 2011 5:03 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A criminal case against a poultry processor accused of intentionally dumping untreated turkey remains into waterways is advancing unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order issued Friday clears the way for federal prosecutors to proceed with their case against House of Raeford Farms.

Pepsi Unveils 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

March 15, 2011 4:59 am

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — Remember the Cola Wars? Get ready for the Bottle Wars. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a bottle made entirely of plant material, which it says bests the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces its potential carbon footprint. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials.

Nestle Recalls 10,260 Pounds Of Lean Cuisine

March 15, 2011 4:57 am

WASHINGTON (USDA) -- Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Kraft Executive Refuses To Attend Cadbury Probe

March 15, 2011 4:52 am

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have expressed anger that Kraft Food Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld has refused to appear for the third time before an inquiry into the U.S. company's takeover of chocolate maker Cadbury. Several lawmakers from the cross-party Business Select Committee on Tuesday grilled three other senior executives, including executive vice president Marc Firestone, about Rosenfeld's absence.


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