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Photo Of The Day: The Bitter Side Of Chocolate

February 15, 2011 3:17 am

(AP) — In this June 30, 2005 file photo, children living in a cocoa producing village walk back from the fields carrying wood and food stuff on their heads on the outskirts of the town of Oume, Ivory Coast. This month, activists say you may want to think twice before biting into a piece of Valentine's Day chocolate.

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Process Safety And Food Manufacturing Course Announced

February 14, 2011 4:01 am

(Chilworth)-- The manufacture of food products such as flour, sugar, bread, biscuits, confectionary and milk powder involves the storage, handling and processing of powders, liquids and gases. Many of the powders handled are combustible and some liquids and gases are flammable including: - Sugar, flour starch, savory flavorings and vitamin powders - Low flashpoint liquid flavorings - Natural gas for fueling ovens - Ammonia for refrigeration - Hydrogen for hydrogenation of oils and fats For this reason, manufacturers of food products need to comply with legislation such as ATEX and DSEAR.

Saving The Earth, One Beer At A Time

February 14, 2011 3:53 am

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Before he started "saving the earth, one beer at a time," all inventor Eric Fitch knew about home brewing was that it could make quite a mess. Once, he accidentally backed up the plumbing in his apartment building by dumping into his garbage disposal the spent grain left over from his India Pale Ale home brew.

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Energy Drinks Linked To Health Problems In Children

February 14, 2011 3:49 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products. The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death, the authors write in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Meatpacking Reforms Face Tough Opposition

February 14, 2011 3:44 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Obama administration's effort to overhaul antitrust rules for the meatpacking industry with the toughest regulations since the Packers and Stockyards Act was passed 90 years ago has run into strong opposition from Republicans. The reforms, which would redraw the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers and ranchers who raise animals for them, have been one of the administration's signature efforts in addressing the growing concentration of corporate power in agriculture.

Production Of Valentine's Day Cocoa Not So Sweet

February 14, 2011 3:40 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Activists say some of the cocoa in your Valentine's Day chocolate probably came from a West African country where the president is clinging to office. And they note that hundreds of thousands of young children also had a role in producing it. Activists are harnessing Ivory Coast's political crisis to add momentum to their campaign to force the world's chocolate makers to improve their labor practices.

Photo Of The Day: The Skinny On Pepsi

February 14, 2011 3:34 am
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Workers End Strike At Venezuelan Coca-Cola Plant

February 11, 2011 4:00 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Workers at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Venezuela have ended a strike that lasted nearly a month and drastically cut back production of soft drinks in the country, the company said Thursday. Coca-Cola Femsa de Venezuela SA said it signed a new contract Wednesday night with workers at its plant in the northern-central city of Valencia.

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Tyson To Pay $5.2M To Settle Mexican Payoff Claims

February 11, 2011 3:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. is paying $5.2 million to settle with the U.S. government over claims that its Mexican poultry subsidiary made payoffs to get products certified for export. Tyson says it voluntarily reported that improper payments of more than $100,000 were made by Tyson de Mexico to two Mexican government veterinarians who certified chicken products for export in 2007.

Kraft Plans More Price Hikes

February 11, 2011 3:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc., like many of its peers, is feeling some pricing pressure. The company reported Thursday that price increases it made to cope with higher ingredient costs are not going to be enough to sustain its profitability and it plans further hikes this year.

Hershey Official: Charity Is Rife With Corruption

February 11, 2011 3:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former official involved with the multibillion-dollar charitable trust that controls the Hershey candy company is claiming in a court filing that board members used the trust's considerable assets to pad their bank accounts and treat themselves to luxury hotel stays, limousine rides and free golf.

New Food Safety Law Protects Whistleblowers

February 11, 2011 3:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Food industry workers who become whistleblowers gained protection against retaliation from their employers with a little-noticed provision in the sweeping food safety law President Barack Obama signed last month. The Food Safety and Modernization Act is best known for sections that aim to prevent foodborne illnesses, allow the Food and Drug Administration to order recalls and make it easier to trace contaminated food to its source.

Photo Of The Day: On Fire For Chilies

February 11, 2011 3:34 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — A customer holds a bunch of chilies at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. In spice-crazed Indonesia, a meal without fresh chilies is almost unthinkable. But prices have soared as much as 10-fold in recent months, some say because of climate change, driving up inflation and pulling everyone from housewives to the president into the debate.

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Photo Of The Day: Freedom To Speak Up

February 11, 2011 3:25 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) —This Feb. 3, 2009, file photo shows the Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Plainview, Texas. Kenneth Kendrick, who had been assistant manager at the plant, spoke out about unsanitary conditions there after a salmonella outbreak that killed nine and sickened hundreds.

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J.M. Smucker To Raise Coffee Prices

February 9, 2011 3:55 am

Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts coffee drinkers beware: it's soon going to cost you more to drink your favorite cup of joe at home. J.M. Smucker Co. said Tuesday that the list price for most of its U.S. coffee products — which mostly includes those sold under the Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts names — will be going up 10 percent, on average, to deal with higher costs for unroasted beans, or green coffee.

Taco Bell Offers 10 Million Free Tacos

February 9, 2011 3:53 am

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Taco Bell will offer Facebook fans a free taco as it tries to recover from a lawsuit questioning the content of its taco filling. The company was recently thrust into the spotlight when a lawsuit claimed that the restaurant's seasoned beef filling did not have enough beef in them to be billed as such.

Flowers Foods Squeezed By Escalating Costs

February 9, 2011 3:49 am

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Shares of Flowers Foods Inc. fell Monday after the maker of packaged bakery goods said its fourth-quarter results missed Wall Street expectations, and it offered a tempered earnings outlook for the current year. Flowers, like other food companies, is dealing with rising costs for ingredients as shoppers cut back on spending.

Sara Lee To Raise Prices

February 9, 2011 3:47 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. will raise prices further to cope with higher ingredient costs that squeezed its profit margins in its second quarter. Sara Lee, like many packaged food makers, is struggling with higher prices for ingredients such as coffee beans, meat and wheat.

Coca-Cola 4Q Income More Than Triples

February 9, 2011 3:45 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co.'s fourth-quarter net income more than tripled, helped by the acquisition of a bottler and selling more drinks in North America. It was the third consecutive quarter of rising sales in the birthplace of the world's largest drink maker. It had been relying on emerging markets such as China and India for growth as weakened consumer spending and increased interest in healthier drinks sapped soda demand in developed markets.

Photo Of The Day: Recipe For A Shipwrecked Brew

February 9, 2011 3:36 am

(AP) —A bottle of beer that was retrieved from a shipwreck in the Åland archipelago in the summer of 2010, is photographed at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Espoo, Finland, Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011. Divers retrieved more than 160 bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer from the wreck of a ship that likely sank during the first half of 1800s.

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