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Silgan Completes $25M Nestle Purina Steel-Can Buyout

September 7, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestle," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.

Head Injury Kills Worker At Chicken Plant

September 7, 2011 4:43 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.

Kraft Expects Split Before The End Of 2012

September 7, 2011 4:39 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar Mayer meats.

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Photo Of The Day: Millions Of Fish Die In China

September 7, 2011 4:20 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo taken Sept. 3, 2011, a fisherman take stock of the dead fishes at a fish farm in Shuikou Reservoir in Gutian county in southeast China's Fujian province. Local authorities are investigating the mass killing of millions of fishes at fish farms at the reservoir.

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Campbell Soup Adjusted Profit Beats Expectations

September 6, 2011 5:18 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

Campbell Soup Co.'s soup revenue cooled in the fourth-quarter, but stronger sales of Goldfish crackers, Milano Melts cookies and other items helped the food maker deliver adjusted results that beat Wall Street expectations. The company, based in Camden, N.J., is trying to regain ground it lost after several years of declining soup sales as shoppers curbed their soup consumption, stopped stocking their pantries or shifted to competitor's brands.

Quaker Oats Recalls Snack Bars

September 6, 2011 5:16 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CHICAGO (AP) — Quaker Oats Co. issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars, citing an undeclared milk allergen that is not listed on the label. The company, a unit of beverage company PepsiCo Inc., said the recall was initiated after it was discovered that the "may contain milk" disclaimer required for the product was omitted from the package.

Winery, Feds Reach Deal Over False Claims

September 6, 2011 5:14 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the government against a Kansas winery over claims about the medicinal benefits of elderberry juice concentrate. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday signed the consent decree hammered out by the Food and Drug Administration and Wyldewood Cellars of Peck.

FDA To Revise Nutrition Facts Label

September 6, 2011 5:11 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uncle Sam wants you to know more about what you're eating. The Food and Drug Administration wants to revise the nutrition facts label — that breakdown of fats, salts, sugars and nutrients on packaging — to give consumers more useful information and help fight the national obesity epidemic.

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American Crystal Starts Harvest With Replacement Workers

September 6, 2011 5:07 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

Photo Of The Day: Redesigning Nutrition

September 6, 2011 4:31 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this Aug. 10, 2011 photo, designer Renee Walker poses next to her food label samples in San Francisco. Nutrition and design experts want to overhaul the "nutrition facts" panel found on packaged foods to make it easier to understand what a food's value is — and, hopefully, make healthier choices.

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Farmers Flush But Worried Economy Not Recovering

September 1, 2011 8:38 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — More than 600 companies set up tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress Show, but a list of the companies that didn't get in gives you an idea of the strength of the country's farm economy. "We had calls from companies that sell hot tubs, or companies that sell exotic cars, some lawnmower companies," said Matt Jungmann, the show's national manager.

Japanese National Institute Finds Little Risk from BPA

September 1, 2011 8:37 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) — A comprehensive investigative review of all scientific studies on bisphenol A (BPA) conducted in Japan characterized possible risks from BPA exposure as "very small." The report was prepared by the Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS), a division of AIST, a publicly funded research organization that conducts risk and hazard assessments of chemicals.

High-Rise Tank Is New Solution In Farming Fish

September 1, 2011 8:36 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KAMPERLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Adri Bout trawled Dutch waters for 25 years until he recognized the ocean's limits. Now he raises 100 tons of turbot a year in a unique high-rise tank that has overcome some of farmed fishing's most persistent problems. "I knew 20 years ago there is an end.

Plex Announces GFSI Webinar

September 1, 2011 8:36 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Plex Systems Inc.) — Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online FSMS , the leading enterprise Food Safety Management System (FSMS), announced Thursday a new webinar focused on helping food and beverage processors jump-start their food safety initiatives. Free registration is now available for the “Getting Started With Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)" food webinar on Wednesday, Sept.

Va. Wine Sales Break Record, Up 11.4 Percent

September 1, 2011 8:35 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wine sales are at an all-time high. McDonnell said Thursday that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010. The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.

Pa. Cookie Company Has Sweet Success

September 1, 2011 4:26 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CLAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Cookies convey innocence. You ate them in kindergarten at snack time and, if you behaved yourself, for a treat at home. So it's fitting as serving cookies with milk that the innocent approach of Shirley's Cookie Co. Vice President for Sales Patty Shaw helped connect the company with Walmart, which has given the cookie company nationwide presence for two of its products within the last two years.

CDC: Half Of Americans Have A Sugary Drink Daily

September 1, 2011 4:25 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ATLANTA (AP) — Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing a lot. One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.

American Beverage Association Responds To CDC/NCHS Brief

September 1, 2011 4:24 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, "Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the United States, 2005-2008," the American Beverage Association issued the following statement: "Contrary to what may be implied by the introductory statement of this data brief that reaches back 30 years, sugar-sweetened beverages are not driving health issues like obesity and diabetes.

$50M Class Action Filed Against Nestle Waters

September 1, 2011 4:23 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEWARK, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. is not only the largest bottled water company in the U.S. with 41 percent of the nation's market, the giant corporation is defrauding its customers, according to a class action complaint filed Wednesday by its customers in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Del Monte Sues FDA Over Salmonella Investigation

September 1, 2011 4:23 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major fruit company's lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration could have a chilling effect on regulators' efforts to get tainted food off the market. Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce is striking back at the FDA with a lawsuit after the agency halted imports of its Guatemalan cantaloupes, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.

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