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Worker Cooked To Death At Tuna Plant

October 15, 2012 9:50 am

Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

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Tyson To Audit Treatment Of Animals

October 15, 2012 9:48 am | by JEANNIE NUSS,Associated Press

News of the audit comes as animal welfare activists have been pressuring Tyson to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs, but the Springdale, Ark.-based company said its latest move is not in response to actions from the Humane Society of the United States or other organizations.

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USDA To Audit Canadian Food Inspection System

October 15, 2012 9:45 am | by The Canadian Press

The federal agency responsible for protecting Canadians from preventable food safety hazards will itself soon be under the microscope. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms it will be audited later this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time in three years.

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Industry Sues Over NYC Crackdown On Sugary Drinks

October 15, 2012 9:42 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.

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Photo Of The Day: Tyson Audits Animal Treatment

October 15, 2012 9:39 am

The nation's largest meat company on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, says it's launching an animal treatment audit of suppliers' farms. The news comes as animal welfare activists have been pressuring Tyson to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Sustainability On Show's Agenda

October 12, 2012 12:41 pm

Meeting sustainability goals takes time. It also often requires new equipment, materials and processes. For manufacturers involved in the sustainability journey, PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 23-31; McCormick Place, Chicago) is a dynamic resource for all three.  

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Halving Food Losses Would Feed Additional 1B People

October 12, 2012 12:37 pm

More efficient use of the food production chain and a decrease in the amount of food losses will dramatically help maintain the planet's natural resources and improve people's lives. The world's population is an estimated seven billion people. An additional one billion can be fed from our current resources, if the food losses could be halved.

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Minn. Projected To Harvest Record Corn Crop

October 12, 2012 12:33 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops. They report decent corn and soybean yields even in southern counties that are deep in drought.

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Tully’s Coffee Parent Files For Bankruptcy

October 12, 2012 12:31 pm

The parent company of Tully's Coffee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nine stores this Sunday. The Seattle-based coffee chain has long struggled under the shadow of Starbucks Corp. TC Global Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday to help eliminate some costs that are keeping the company from being profitable.

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Cargill 1Q Profit Soars

October 12, 2012 12:29 pm

Agribusiness company Cargill said on Thursday that its first-quarter profit nearly quadrupled to $975 million. Last year's quarter was hurt by big swings in commodity prices. Still, the Minneapolis company said the impact of the U.S. drought and weather in other crop-growing areas such as the Black Sea region "is still unfolding."

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Consumer Trends: Reducing Fat In Fried Seafood

October 12, 2012 12:27 pm

The possibility of fried seafood with significantly reduced fat may not be that far-fetched. Thanks to donations from the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), researchers at Oregon State University have been working on a project that drastically reduces the fat content in fried seafood using fish protein found in surimi.

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Coca-Cola 3Q Should Show Shifting Trends

October 12, 2012 9:46 am

The Coca-Cola Co. should give investors a snapshot of the ever-shifting geographic and product mixes that are fueling growth for the world's biggest beverage maker when it reports its third quarter results Tuesday. The company has warned that unfavorable currency exchange rates could hurt its results for the period.

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Dean Foods Rating Cut On Rising Dairy Costs

October 12, 2012 9:44 am

Dean Foods Co. shares fell Thursday after a UBS analyst downgraded his rating on the company's shares, expressing concern about rising dairy prices. UBS analyst David Palmer lowered his earnings estimates for 2012 and 2013 and dropped his price target on the dairy company's shares, noting that costs are rising for both the producer and consumers.

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Wendy’s Unveils New Logo

October 12, 2012 9:42 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Instead of the boxy, old-fashioned lettering against a red-and-yellow backdrop, the pared down new look features the chain's name in a casual red font against a clean white backdrop. An image of the smiling, cartoon girl in red pigtails floats above — though this girl looks more vivid and not quite as childlike.

U.S. Wholesale Prices Jump 1.1 Percent In September

October 12, 2012 9:40 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

The 0.2 percent rise in food prices in September was the smallest change since prices dropped for two months in April and May. In June, July and August, prices showed larger gains, reflecting in part this year's severe drought in the Midwest.

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Alberta Premier Rejects Call For Inquiry Into Beef Recall

October 12, 2012 9:37 am | by The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Alison Redford has rejected a call for a public inquiry into an E. coli scare that prompted a massive recall at a southern Alberta beef packer. Speaking in Red Deer before her premier's dinner, Redford said it's more important to learn from what happened at the XL Foods plant in Brooks.

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Photo Of The Day: Tweaking Wendy's Pigtails

October 12, 2012 9:35 am

For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company announced it is updating its logo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. In a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain, instead of the boxy, old-fashioned lettering against a red-and-yellow backdrop, the pared down new look features the chain’s name in a casual red font against a clean white backdrop.

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Pair Cleared Of Theft In ‘M-A-S-H’ Hot Dog Feud

October 11, 2012 12:57 pm

The grandson of an Ohio man who founded a hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" was acquitted Thursday of scheming with a company controller to steal nearly $250,000 from the restaurant that sells its hot dog sauce and pickles in food stores nationwide.

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AME Chicago 2012 Offers Special Interest Sessions

October 11, 2012 12:55 pm

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will welcome 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around the world to Chicago October 15 to 19, 2012, to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices with other professionals and explore world-class facilities.

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Drought Holds Steady, Clouds Winter Crop Outlook

October 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn harvest is about two-thirds complete, clouding the prospects for the winter wheat crop, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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