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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photo Of The Day: Scenes From Japan's Food Crisis

March 15, 2011 4:37 am

(AP) — A man shops in a convenience store where shelves on food aisles are left empty in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (AP) — Meat products are in short supply at a super market Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Tokyo.

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Worker Dies In Pepsi Plant Accident

March 14, 2011 4:56 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers.

Coffee Linked To Lower Stroke Risk In Women

March 14, 2011 4:54 am

DALLAS (AP) — Women who enjoy a daily dose of coffee may like this perk: It might lower their risk of stroke. Women in a Swedish study who drank at least a cup of coffee every day had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less coffee or none at all. "Coffee drinkers should rejoice," said Dr.

Kellogg CEO's Pay Package Down 23 Percent

March 14, 2011 4:50 am

Kellogg's former CEO, David Mackay, received a pay package valued at $6 million in 2010, his final year at the helm of the world's largest cereal maker, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's 23 percent less than the $7.8 million Mackay got in 2009.

80 Rescued From Floating Restaurant

March 14, 2011 4:46 am

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Crews moved a floating restaurant back to shore on Sunday after it partially tore loose from its moorings and stranded more than 80 people on board for hours. By late in the afternoon, the crippled Waterfront restaurant was sitting in the river near a landing, waiting for crews to secure it.

Meat Plant Recalls Mislabeled Jerky

March 14, 2011 4:43 am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company is recalling some jerky products because they contain known allergens soy, wheat and milk that are not noted on the label. Old World Meats of Duluth is recalling about 83 pounds of individually packaged hot and teriyaki-flavored red meat jerky products The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the jerky was produced on one of the following dates — Feb.

Photo Of The Day: Brewing Success

March 14, 2011 4:40 am

(AP) — In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. say they have reached a deal that will bring single-cup Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea pods to Keurig users.

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Skippy Recall Targets Less Than 3,000 Jars

March 11, 2011 3:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes Skippy peanut butter says fewer than 3,000 jars possibly contaminated with salmonella made it to store shelves. A spokeswoman for Unilever United States Inc. declined to name the states where the peanut butter ended up on shelves. The recalled jars were distributed to — but not necessarily sold in — 16 states.

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