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Colorado's JBS USA Workers Approve 5-Year Contract to Up Wages

July 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Food and Commercial Workers Union officials say JBS USA'S meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado has approved a five-year agreement that would increase employee wages. The agreement would include $1.80 hourly pay raises over the next five years.

Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group 2Q Profits Climb 35 Percent

July 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of beverages such as Dr Pepper, 7Up and Mott's reported its second quarter earnings with a 35 percent increase, topping expectations. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, based in Plano, Texas, said its net income increased to $210 million from $155 million.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 2

July 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramesh Gunawardena, Manager of Technology & Process Development, JBT FoodTech | Articles | Comments

Ramesh Gunawardena, the manager of Technology & Processing Development at JBT FoodTech, talks to Food Manufacturing about what innovations in the thermal food processing world manufacturers should be aware of. This article is the second part of a three-part series.

VIDEO: Where Did the Superfood Acai Come From?

July 24, 2014 9:38 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report Innovation Series, which features food innovations in processing and packaging, this week features two brothers who through their company Sambazon took a little known superfood from Brazil and introduced it to America. Introducing: the acai berry.

Kauai Seed Companies Try to Stop GMO Law, Calling it 'Unfair'

July 24, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities in Kauai County are dealing with a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop the new law from going into effect next month. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid.

OSI Meat Scandal in China Causes Yum Brands to Terminate Deal

July 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight when one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. Now, Yum Brands is terminating all supply agreements with them worldwide.

Bulk Bag Discharger

July 24, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bulk bag system is designed for discharging dehydrated vegetables. Unit features a bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow.

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Could the US Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick.

Food Packaging Company Sealed Air Moves HQ to Charlotte

July 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food packaging company Sealed Air is consolidating its operations in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey and relocating its headquarters to the Charlotte area. The new headquarters will create nearly 1,300 jobs within three years.

Cheaper Prices, New Lay's Flavors Boost PepsiCo Sales

July 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo said global volume for both its snacks and drinks rose 1 percent in the second quarter. The gains were relatively modest, but the lower prices in its Frito-Lay division, along with the addition of four special flavors, has helped lift sales volume.

First Lady's 'Drink Up' Campaign Helps Increase Bottled Water Sales

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama's push for America to drink more water has helped boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales since September. According to a study released by Nielsen Catalina Solutions, her "Drink Up" campaign has increased sales by 3 percent.

China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

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Investing in Energy

July 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

It seems every year that budgets get tighter and costs get higher. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.

Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 1

July 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Errol Raghubeer, Ph.D., Vice-President, Microbiology & Food Technology, Avure Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in thermal food processing should manufacturers be aware of?

Quebec-Based Agropur to Become 5th-Largest Cheese Processor in US

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest dairy co-operative, Agropur, is doubling its U.S. processing operations with a deal to buy the dairy processing assets of Davisco Foods. The Quebec-based company said it will become the fifth-largest cheese and ingredients processor in the states.

Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

Ky. Bourbon Makers Churn Out 5M Barrels, the Most in 37 Years

July 23, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Distiller's Association said the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels of whiskey for the first time since 1977. Production has soared by more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in nearly 5.3 million barrels at the end of 2013.

Vertical Z-Style Conveyor

July 23, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's vertical z-style conveyor is an ideal solution for food processing facilities who have a need to move product to higher elevations.

Ethernet Driver

July 23, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's new Ethernet driver in Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX version 5.15 is an OPC communications platform that allows PC software to access controller data/variables with a streamlined and easy-to-use interface.

Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates as the demand for Diet Coke has fizzled out. The sales volume, however, rose 3 percent, boosted by the gains in China, India and the Middle East.

Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator, created by Aptean, can help companies save in labor costs, material yields and capacity uplift potential, allowing companies to improve in every area of their operations.

Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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