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Anheuser-Busch Reaches Deal with Teamsters

March 24, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage maker's 12 U.S. breweries. The deal is subject to ratification by the union members.

Judge Schedules Sale of Northern Beef Packers

March 24, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge has set a closing date for the sale of Northern Beef Packers, a failed South Dakota beef packing plant. A San Francisco-based investment banking firm still holds the top bid of $44.4 million for the plant, which filed for bankruptcy last summer.

PepsiCo CEO’s Pay Increased by 5 Percent

March 24, 2014 10:02 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi got a pay package worth $13.2 million last year, representing a 5 percent increase from the previous year. The pay bump was the result of a higher performance-based bonus, reflecting the company's improved financial results.

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USDA: Organic Industry Continues to Grow

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with more than 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Bottling to Move to Ky.

March 24, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Pernod Ricard USA officials said bottling operations of Wild Turkey bourbon will move from Fort Smith, Ark., to Lawrenceburg, Ky., effective March 29. Pernod Ricard sold the Wild Turkey brand to Gruppo Campari in 2009, but continued to bottle the bourbon.

Oceana Exposes 9 Dirtiest U.S. Fisheries

March 24, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Oceana released a new report exposing nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the United States. These nine fisheries combined throw away almost half of what they catch and are responsible for more than 50 percent of all reported bycatch in the U.S.

New Sensors Show When Food Is Spoiled

March 24, 2014 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers in China have created a new gel that changes color as food spoils. Author Michael Moss talks about how the technology could revolutionize how we track the safety of our food, as well as how the sensors could reduce food waste.

Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part III)

March 24, 2014 9:00 am | by Christophe Venaille, CEO of Luceo Inspection | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

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Pallet, Sleeve and Top Cap System

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The 1000 x 1200 CS CISC OPTE Bulk provides a bulk packaging solution to store, handle and ship food and beverage products.

Variable Speed Compressors

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Variable speed VZH compressors provide superior efficiency at part-load conditions, can improve efficiency by more than 30% compared to fixed-speed compressors and offer precise cooling capabilities.

McDonald’s COO to Retire

March 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's chief operating officer Tim Fenton will retire in October, then act as a special adviser to CEO Don Thompson. Fenton joined the company as a teenager in 1973 as a worker at a restaurant in Utica, N.Y. McDonald's said it will not refill the position.

Shrimp Costs Spell Trouble for Red Lobster

March 21, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Even as Red Lobster is fighting to win back customers, the seafood chain is facing another battle with higher shrimp costs. Executives said that costs in the most recent quarter rose about 30 percent because of "production issues in Asia."

Tenn. Governor Signs Supermarket Wine Bill

March 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law allowing supermarket wine sales in the state. However, the earliest wine can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores is the summer of 2016 — or a year later if they are located near an existing liquor store.

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Hawaii House Revives, Quickly Kills GMO Bill

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived. Representative Jessica Wooley gutted an agriculture bill to replace it with the GMO-labeling requirements.

EXPO PACK Guadalajara Adds New Pavilions

March 21, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced new pavilions for processing, pharmaceutical/medical devices and package printing, and new dates for the 2015 edition of its EXPO PACK Guadalajara. EXPO PACK Guadalajara will be held March 10–12, 2015.

Starbucks to Offer Beer, Wine at More Cafes

March 21, 2014 10:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks plans to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years. The chain first offered beer and wine after 4 p.m. at one of its Seattle cafes in 2010. "Starbucks Evenings" is now available in 26 cafes, with plans to reach 40 by the end of the year.

Explorers Club Sues Diageo over Whisky Brand

March 21, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The famous Explorers Club in New York City has filed a lawsuit against Diageo, the parent company of Johnnie Walker, for using its name on a new whisky brand. Diageo's line of "Explorer's Club" whiskies was launched in duty-free-shops in late 2012.

More Candy Options Burst Gum Market’s Bubble

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

U.S. sales of gum have tumbled over the past four years. The biggest reason for the decline may be that people simply have more to chew on. From designer mints to fruit chews, candy companies have invented a plethora of gum alternatives.

Mexico Crusade on Hunger Raises Questions

March 21, 2014 9:43 am | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, ASSOCIATED PRESS | News | Comments

More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say the crusade appears to be doing far less than advertised.

Bob Marley Inspires Son's Coffee Business

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Rohan Marley, son of legendary Reggae star Bob Marley, co-founded Marley Coffee, a brand dedicated to sustainable farming and social entrepreneurship. Rohan said he hopes to infuse the values he learned from his father into the business.

Brainstorm: Plant Automation (Part I)

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by Jonathan Ferrell, Packaging Market Specialist, ABB Robotics | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What types of plant automation should food manufacturers be looking at to most effectively streamline their operation?

Put Wall System

March 21, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s Put Wall System is an order fulfillment solution for piece picking applications. The scalable and modular solution accommodates the changing operational requirements of the order processing environment.

High Bay LED Light

March 21, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-HB-2X160LED High Bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional gas burning luminaries.

Cocoa, Chocolate Companies to Train African Farmers

March 20, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

More than 200,000 cocoa-farming families in West and Central Africa will be growing more cocoa and producing more food for their own tables within the next five years, thanks to a new program by the World Cocoa Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.

Japan University, Food Companies Develop Halal Soy Sauce

March 20, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

A soy sauce maker and a food company in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui, along with the Fukui Prefectural University, have jointly developed an alcohol-free, soy sauce-like seasoning with the aim of marketing it to Muslim consumers in Japan and abroad.

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