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Gulf Coast Oyster Harvests Still Down From BP Oil Spill

August 12, 2014 10:28 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst oil disaster. Even after a rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc. | News | Comments

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

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GMA Highlights Food Industry Progress on Sustainability

August 12, 2014 7:40 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association | News | Comments

A new report by the Grocery Manufacturers Assocation highlights a diverse cross-section of initiatives from an equally diverse slate of manufacturers. The report spotlights the achievements by food and beverage facilities as they work to reduce their environmental footprints.

Progresso Brand Introduces Six New Flavors

August 12, 2014 7:20 am | by Progresso | News | Comments

Consumers are striving to eat more vegetables, but often fall short of the recommended amount. With this in mind, Progresso is bringing six new varieties of soup to the table by introducing new flavors that help consumers manage their weight.

Cargill Hosts Job Fair to Help Employees of Milwaukee Plant Closure

August 11, 2014 1:53 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is hosting a job fair to help employees of the Milwaukee Cargill plant that recently closed. A shortage in the cattle supply forced the beef processing facility to close its doors on August 1.

Dean Foods Slumps as Raw Milk Prices Climb

August 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest milk processor in the U.S., whose brands include Mayfield, Oak Farms and Tuscan, said it is facing its toughest business environment ever. The company said it took a loss in the second quarter as raw milk prices grew 31 percent compared to last year.

VIDEO: Why Do Wines Taste Differently?

August 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Wine makers take note! Researchers found that location is an important factor for growing wine grapes. From where the grapes are grown to where bottles are stored, the taste of wine can vary greatly, even in the same types of wine, due to location.

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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important. The question which should be asked is “where is the best place to manufacture?"

Q&A: Collaboration is the Key to Improved Supply Chain Visibility

August 11, 2014 10:09 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

While food manufacturers large and small may have diverging business interests, working together with their trading partners to agree upon standards can make the supply chain operations more efficient, less complex and less costly.     

ConAgra CEO Plans to Retire Next May

August 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Gary Rodkin, 62, of ConAgra Foods, plans to retire in May 2015. The packaged food company, known for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has formed a search committee to look for Rodkin's successor. Rodkin was previously CEO of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods.

Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

Pittsburgh Brewing Aims to Return to Glory Days

August 11, 2014 9:33 am | by CHRIS FLEISHER, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Once a regional powerhouse that produced more than a million barrels of beer per year, Pittsburgh Brewing Co. is a shell of its former self that has struggled under a series of ownership changes — there have been four owners since 1991 — and evolving consumer tastes.

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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.

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.

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.

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