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Potato Processor Strike Enters Third Week

August 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Simplot spokesperson told the station that the company may move employees working in other U.S. factories to the one in Grand Forks if the strike isn't settled by full fall production.                         

Turning Carp Into Cash

August 14, 2014 3:47 pm | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company called American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food, be it for humans or livestock.

Farmers Anxiously Await Herbicide Decision

August 13, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that's been around since the 1940s. It's partly a game of catch-up for the agriculture industry, as many farmers are dealing with weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on corn and soybeans now.

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:42 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                         

Oyster Harvest Still Feels The BP Pain

August 12, 2014 10:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest 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.

Sustainable Tubing Solution

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) announces that it has incorporated the technology behind Tygon S3™, a safe, smart and sustainable tubing solution, throughout its portfolio of tubing for food, beverage and dairy transfer and dispensing applications.

USDA Grain Inspectors Won't Cross Picket Lines

August 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture grain inspectors are refusing to walk past picket lines and into a grain terminal in Vancouver, Washington.                                

Dual View X-Ray System

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the Eagle™ Tall PRO XSDV, a dual view x-ray system designed to detect and remove up to 50% smaller sized contaminants located in rigid and glass containers.

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Food Lab Explosion Caused By Mechanical Failure

August 4, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                           

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cattle Shortage Closes Cargill Beef Plant

July 30, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill says it plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                 

Fish Processing Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

July 28, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                     

Tyson To Sell Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                            

ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.                    

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Pushing For Carp Processing In Peoria

July 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in the Peoria area say they're trying to attract an Asian carp processing plant to central Illinois.                                   

ADM Makes $3B Natural Flavor Deal

July 8, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland already makes sweeteners, fibers, emulsifiers and an array of other ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks. Now it's getting in the business of natural flavors.                           

ConAgra Completes Oregon Expansion

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. has completed a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon.                                    

Monsanto Earnings Dip Lower On Biotech Seed Sales

June 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said its earnings fell more than 5 percent in the third fiscal quarter on lower sales of biotech seeds, but its performance still topped Wall Street estimates and the company raised its 2014 outlook. It also announced plans to repurchase $10 billion in shares. 

Making Rum With Wind

June 20, 2014 1:00 am | News | Comments

Installed in 2010, two majestic, wind turbines now are a distinct part of the Bacardi landscape – and the environmental consciousness – at the world's largest premium rum distillery in Catano, Puerto Rico, just outside San Juan.             

Former Hostess Plant For Sale

June 18, 2014 4:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former industrial bakery in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.               

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 10:31 am | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.                     

Antimicrobial For Direct Food Application

June 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

PURE Bioscience, Inc. announces progress in development of a SDC-based antimicrobial for direct food contact. The company is testing formulations to be used as a rinse or processing aid on produce, poultry and meats.

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

'Pink Slime' Sales Rebounding

June 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                       

OSHA Never Inspected Sugar Beet Plant Before Accident

June 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.                    

Tyson Wins Bidding War For Hillshire Brands

June 9, 2014 10:37 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.                               

Idaho Residents Concerned About Plant Odors

June 6, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Burley City Council in south-central Idaho has approved sending a letter to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality detailing its concerns about foul emissions from a vegetable-dehydration plant.                  

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