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1 Dead, 4 Wounded At Calif. Food Service Company

November 6, 2012 1:09 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

A parolee who worked at a California food service company opened fire at the business on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, before shooting himself, police said. The suspect was identified as Lawrence Jones, 42. Police said they didn't know what prompted the attack, although fellow employees told police he did not appear to be himself when he arrived at Apple Valley Farms Inc. for work.


Sustainability A Top Packaging Challenge In Coming Years

November 6, 2012 12:56 pm

While today’s packaging professional is focused on cost, performance and food safety/security, sustainability will replace cost as a dominant trend in 10 years, according to a study done by Packaging World and DuPont. Food safety/security is and will remain a top trend, respondents say.


Imports Of Fair Trade Produce Increasing

November 6, 2012 12:52 pm

Fair Trade USA announced significant growth and expansion of its Fair Trade Certified™ fresh produce program. Data shows strong growth across nearly every source country and product, resulting in more than 71.5 million pounds of Fair Trade Certified fresh fruit and vegetables imported in 2011, a 40 percent increase over 2010.


Meat Conferences To Co-Locate During PROCESS EXPO

November 6, 2012 12:49 pm

The North American Meat Association (NAMA) and the Meat Import Council of America (MICA) will co-locate their fall 2013 conferences during the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA)’s PROCESS EXPO in Chicago, IL, November 3 – 6, 2013, the three associations said.


Frozen Meals Can Contribute To Weight Loss

November 6, 2012 12:46 pm

Improving health can be as easy as opening the freezer door. “Save time, save money, boost nutrition and control portions by eating low-calorie, frozen foods,” advises Jessica Bartfield, MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at Loyola University Health System.

Consumer Trends: Modern vs. Traditional Cuisine On Thanksgiving

November 6, 2012 12:38 pm

MaxPoint analyzed offline and online data points—including point-of-sale data and consumption of social media, videos, music, local Web pages and online magazines—to pinpoint the U.S. cities most interested in gourmet and comfort foods. Not surprisingly, the lists look very different.


North Carolina Men Make Molasses A Tradition

November 6, 2012 9:52 am | by NASH DUNN,The Dispatch of Lexington

A group of North Carolina men will cook about a dozen times this fall until the end of October and early November. Based in Denton near the most southern portion of Davidson County, the group is one of the only in the region that still practices the trade of turning stalks of sorghum into sweet molasses.

PACK EXPO 2012 Breaks Records

November 6, 2012 9:50 am

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International 2012, the largest packaging and processing trade show in the world this year. The four-day event, Oct. 28–31, covered more than 1.1 million net square feet (nsf) in McCormick Place with 1,965 exhibiting companies.


Hershey Wins Approval To Tear Down Factory

November 6, 2012 9:47 am

The Hershey Co. has won approval to tear down part of the chocolate factory built by founder Milton Hershey following the shifting of production across town. The Derry Township Design Review Board on Monday approved the chocolate maker's plan to tear down much of the East Chocolate Avenue building, leaving behind the iconic smokestacks and bushes that spell out "Hershey Cocoa."


USDA Donates 1.1M Pounds Of Food To Sandy Victims

November 6, 2012 9:46 am

USDA announced Monday that the department is working with the state of New York and local food banks to distribute 1.1 million pounds of food to victims in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties. USDA worked with New Jersey and local organizations last week to produce meals for victims in shelters there.


Budweiser Seeks Removal From ‘Flight’ Movie

November 6, 2012 9:43 am | by ANTHONY McCARTNEY,AP Entertainment Writer

Denzel Washington's character in "Flight" drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn't going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka. Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film.


Photo Of The Day: Dreaming Up Ice Cream

November 6, 2012 9:38 am

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today kicked off its third annual Create Baskin's Next Favorite Flavor Contest, which invites ice cream fans to concoct their own original ice cream flavors using Baskin-Robbins' virtual flavor creator for a chance to have it featured in Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide in 2013. 


Kraft To Report First Quarterly Results As Stand-Alone Company

November 5, 2012 12:50 pm

Kraft Foods Group Inc., which makes brands including Velveeta, Oscar Mayer and Jell-O, is set to report its first quarterly results as a stand-alone company Wednesday after splitting with its global snacks business. The split, which took place last month, was intended to accelerate growth for both companies by allowing them to focus on a more targeted portfolio of products.


Farmers Urged To Record Losses From Hurricane Sandy

November 5, 2012 12:48 pm

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.


Ranchers Upbeat About South Dakota Beef Plant

November 5, 2012 12:45 pm

Cattle ranchers in the Northern Plains who have been waiting nearly six years for a new slaughterhouse in northern South Dakota are excited that the facility is almost fully operational, saying it will provide benefits such as savings on transportation costs.


More Food Safety Problems Found At XL Foods

November 5, 2012 12:43 pm | by The Canadian Press

Trouble continues for an Alberta meat plant as it tries to resume normal processing under the watchful eye of federal food safety inspectors. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says on its website that its staff observed a number of problems last week at XL Foods.


Del Monte Fights Perceptions About Canned Foods

November 5, 2012 12:41 pm

Del Monte is launching a defense of its maligned steel cans. The company, which was founded in 1892 with the introduction of canned peaches, will start airing an ad campaign Monday in hopes of changing perceptions about canned fruits and vegetables at a time when consumers are increasingly putting a premium on freshness.


Consumer Trends: Top Restaurant Trends In 2013

November 5, 2012 12:38 pm

Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified the top 10 food trends that will be served on restaurant menus and line the supermarket shelves across the U.S. in 2013. With a breadth and depth of culinary experience, the brand strategy, innovation, and creativity firm has counseled and created foods for several of the largest food companies in the world.


Food Safety Expert Discusses Failures In Risk Communication

November 5, 2012 9:49 am

The recent decision by supermarket giant Kroger to stop selling fresh sprouts is important for public health and shows why risk communication messages must be improved at all levels, according to a Kansas State University food safety expert.


NYC Restaurants Deal With Sandy’s Aftermath

November 5, 2012 9:47 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Large swaths of New York City's normally robust, trend-setting restaurant scene were hobbled this week by the storm, some by flooding, others by days without power — and thus refrigeration. Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Tom Colicchio's Craft and Colicchio & Sons, Mario Batali's massive culinary landmark Eataly — all struggled to reopen days after the onset of the storm.


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