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Phyllis Schlafly Family in Beer Trademark Spat

March 13, 2014 9:40 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An up-and-coming St. Louis brewery is seeking a trademark that would give it the exclusive right to use the Schlafly name to sell its craft beer. But Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent conservative commentator, has asked that the request be denied.

Tasting a 3D Printed Oreo Cookie

March 13, 2014 9:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Mondelez International has developed a machine that uses 3D printing technology that allows consumers to customize their own Oreos. Laurie Segall, Tech Correspondent for CNNMoney, prints her own Oreo cookie and lets us know how it tastes.

The Parmesan Showdown

March 13, 2014 9:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The European Union wants the names of its cheeses back in a move to purify its products and increase sales. While it’s understandable that tradition is a powerful force in EU companies, at what point does the whole idea become ridiculous and fall flat?

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U.S. Senators Call on Kellogg to End Lockout at Memphis Plant

March 12, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Five U.S. Senators have written a letter asking Kellogg to end its nearly five-month lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn. cereal production facility. The workers have been locked out of their jobs at the plant since October 2013.

Obama Pushes for More Overtime Pay

March 12, 2014 1:04 pm | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said. The directive is meant to help salaried workers who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.

Leading Manufacturers Find Energy Savings

March 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

Executives enjoying the current renaissance of manufacturing in the United States have found a new weapon in their constant battle with production costs: energy savings. Leading manufacturers are using a variety of methods to help determine the energy component of their production costs.

U.S. Senate: EU Attempt to Restrict Food Names Is Unacceptable

March 12, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate sent a letter saying it will not tolerate the European Union's efforts to restrict U.S. production and exports through use of overly restrictive protected food names. The letter comes as the EU looks to ban the use of European cheese names in the U.S.

Margarine Rejects FDA’s Trans-Fat Rap, Says Butter Isn't Better

March 12, 2014 12:40 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The margarine industry has submitted comments to the FDA, urging the agency to “stop inaccurately classifying margarine products as a category high in trans fat.” Margarine consumption has taken a hit in recent years as more consumers turn to butter.

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EU Looks to Ban U.S. from Using European Cheese Names

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States, arguing that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.

FDA Halts Production at Cheese Plant Linked to Deadly Outbreak

March 12, 2014 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA has halted operations at Roos Foods after a listeria outbreak linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others. This is only the second time the agency has used its authority to close a plant since the Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011.

Photos of the Day: Arctic Zero Pushes Its Way onto Wal-Mart Shelves

March 12, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Small Food Companies Push into Big Deals

March 12, 2014 9:38 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Calif. Drought Threatens Sake Maker

March 12, 2014 9:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Gekkeikan Sake in Northern California is the second largest producer of Sake in the United States. The company is considering drilling wells onsite to help boost its water supply, which has been threatened by California's widespread drought.

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Where’s the Growth in Frozen Foods?

March 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

As March finds much of the country unthawing from a harsh winter, it’s Frozen Foods Month, according to the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association. Food Manufacturing spoke with Laurie Demeritt, CEO of the Hartman Group, about the latest developments in the frozen foods sector.

Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

March 12, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new line of molded-case circuit breakers, as well as control-circuit and load-protection devices, meets global certifications, including CE, CSA and CCC.

Adding Substance to Your Business Philosophy

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers have some kind of marketing function. Sometimes marketing is just a person who does the advertising, promotion, brochures, website, and lead generation — the trappings, not substance, of industrial marketing. The substance is a business philosophy driven by the markets and customers.

UN Warns Asia-Pacific of Impending Food Crisis

March 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Asia-Pacific governments must make “major, fundamental decisions” to increase food production, or the region will face critical food shortages and widespread hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned Monday.

Mars Announces No-Deforestation Policy

March 11, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Mars has committed to remove deforestation from all its products by the end of 2015. “Mars joins a growing list of companies including Unilever and Nestlé that are finally promising forest-friendly products to their consumers," said Areeba Hamid, forest campaigner at Greenpeace International.

Green Mountain Adds 'Keurig' to Company Name

March 11, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc. The company, known for its single-serve coffee makers, said in January that it planned to alter its name to reflect its Keurig coffee machines.

Sbarro Again Files for Bankruptcy

March 11, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Pizza chain Sbarro announced Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for the second time in just three years. The business has struggled to turn its business around amid a decrease in traffic at shopping mall food courts.

Chiquita and Fyffes Will Merge to Form Largest Banana Supplier

March 11, 2014 9:42 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita and Fyffes said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier. The two companies will become ChiquitaFyffes PLC, which will be headquartered in Dublin, a more tax-efficient corporate base.

The Importance of a Transfer Pricing Policy to Food Manufacturers

March 11, 2014 9:00 am | by Adam Beckerman, Partner-in-Charge of the Manufacturing & Distribution Group, and Robert Verzi, International Tax Partner at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP | Articles | Comments

A transfer pricing policy is an important tax-saving and profit-allocation vehicle that could save food manufacturers valuable tax dollars every year on profits made overseas, while eliminating the risks of penalties, backed taxes and legal fees associated with a transfer pricing dispute.

Study: Eating Peanuts Daily Can Improve Health

March 10, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

A new study recently released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating peanuts on a daily basis can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels — regardless of whether or not the peanuts are flavored or salted.

What EPA Overregulation Means for U.S. Manufacturing

March 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and global competition, continue to struggle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has instituted tough regulations on U.S. businesses, worrying many manufacturers that compliance may be a rough road.

Peco Foods Plans $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 12:57 pm | by CHRISTINA HUYNH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties. Peco Foods is the eighth-largest poultry producer in the country.

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