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A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

VIDEO: Latinos Tap the Craft Brewing Industry

August 11, 2014 9:14 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

There is a growing trend of Latinos entering the craft beer brewing business. From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, they are tapping into this market by designing recipes and ideas that incorporate traditional elements of Latin food and drink.

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Leak Detection Flashlight

August 11, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rechargeable, violet LED light detection flashlight easily locates all industrial fluid leaks by its bright fluorescent glow.

Dual-Shaft Mixers

August 11, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dual-Shaft Mixers enable efficient powder dispersion and convenient batch temperature control in the manufacture of low to high viscosity formulations.

VIDEO: Meeting the Demands of Microwaved-Food Consumers

August 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Graphic Packaging International, Inc. | News | Comments

In today's time-starved, always on-the-go world, eating can occur anytime, anywhere. Eating alone is an increasingly common practice and family dynamics have also shifted. Approximately 75 percent of decisions about what to have for dinner are made that same day.

How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

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US, Canada Take $17.5B Hit From One-Year Russia Food Ban

August 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many U.S. food companies that sell to Russia have already set up some operations there. A spokeswoman for Mondelez International, Inc., which makes Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz crackers, said the company uses local suppliers and local production facilities.

NC Residents Divided on Proposed Poultry Plant

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms wants to build a $113 million poultry processing plant in an industrial park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. City residents have differing opinions about the plant. Opponents worry about the amount of water the plant will need to operate.

PepsiCo Pushes Recycling in Nature Conservancy Partnership

August 8, 2014 9:47 am | by PepsiCo | News | Comments

PepsiCo is addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. As part of a new partnership called “Recycle for Nature,” PepsiCo will expand the availability of recycling bins in the U.S.

Factory Worker Sentenced to 3.5 Years For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:28 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

A former contract worker for the subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. in Japan was sentenced to time in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide. Toshiki Abe was working at Aqlifoods Co. when he sprayed products with the pesticide malathion.

Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

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VIDEO: 40 Different Fruits, 1 Tree

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Sam Van Aken, a professor from Syracuse University, has created a tree that holds 40 different kinds of fruit. He set out to find a permanent home for varieties of stone fruit that trace back thousands of years. Introducing: the "Tree of 40 Fruits."

Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

A Uniform Way to Avoid Class 1 Recalls in Food Production

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Clean Rental | Blogs | Comments

A recall can potentially cost a food company millions of dollars from lost sales, the recall execution process and brand reputation management. To prevent food contamination and recalls, food manufacturers should be proactive when it comes to public safety.

Indiana Meat Plant to Begin Operations Next Year

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sugar Creek Packing Co. in eastern Indiana is expected to begin operations in July 2015. The meat packing plant will invest $100 million in construction, equipment and land acquisition near Cambridge City. The food facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the state.

Labeling System

August 8, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New labeler achieves label orientation on handled containers with offset spouts up to one gallon in size. Ideal for vinegar and other foods, the servo-driven labeler offers high speed wrap-around labeling with high operating efficiencies.

Combating the Talent Gap With Targeted Training

August 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME | Articles | Comments

The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models. 

Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

J.M. Smucker Co. to Acquire Nut, Fruit Snacks Brand

August 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by The J. M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

The J.M. Smucker Company, popular for its Folgers, Pillsbury and Smuckers brands, has agreed to acquire Sahale Snacks, a Seattle-based company. Sahale is a manufacturer of branded nut and fruit snacks, which are primarily sold in the United States.

Chobani Partners With IMG to Increase Brand Awareness

August 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani will increase its presence and products to students and fans by leveraging IMG College's access to school decision makers and its partner schools' intellectual property on campus, in local retail locations, food service, at athletic facilities and more.

Can MRSA be Controlled in Our Food Supply Chain?

August 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Jim Praechtl, CEO, Clearstream, LLC | Articles | Comments

MRSA and other resistant microorganisms on their own will not control themselves. The industry has to take proactive measures to bring this and similar pathogens that affect livestock operations and production processes under control.      

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

Anheuser-Busch to Tap First Mexican Beer

August 7, 2014 9:18 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of AB InBev, is hoping to tap into the fast-growing Hispanic market by importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.

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