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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.                  

Chemical Discovered To Treat Citrus Greening

June 5, 2014 10:34 am | by University of Florida | News | Comments

A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, a disease devastating Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.                    


Chobani Layoffs In Idaho

June 4, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant. Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness says the plant has hit its production target and is making shift changes Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead of two 12-hour shifts seven days a week, production workers will operate three eight-hour shifts five days a week.

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how fas

Four Steps For Uncovering Hidden Capacity

June 4, 2014 1:00 am | by David Pate, Ken Van Winkle, Steve Weise, Keith Yeater | Articles | Comments

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how faster setup times and improved equipment performance can translate into increased capacity, more flexibility, reduced lead time and costs, and better quality and speed. 

Panera Removes Artificial Ingredients

June 3, 2014 10:36 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.                             

Square Food Containers

June 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

To meet customer demand for products with a lower environmental footprint, IPL has designed its new clear polypropylene (PP) Film Seal Square Line and Tamper Evident Square Line containers with multiple sustainability advantages.

Fish Kill Investigation Begins After Tyson Foods Chemical Spill

May 29, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials are investigating to determine if a massive fish kill and a bad odor that hung over a southwest Missouri town was caused by a chemical from a Tyson Foods plant that disrupted a wastewater treatment plant and fouled a stream.    

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.

Sriracha Controversy Cools Down

May 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The heat may finally be subsiding in the confrontation between the chili-sauce maker and the Los Angeles suburb that called the plant a public nuisance.                                         

Full Steam Ahead For Pennsylvania Potato Chip Plant

May 27, 2014 11:10 am | by JIM MARTIN, Erie Times-News | News | Comments

The company is moving ahead quickly with plans for the former Troyer Farms plant in Waterford Township. Walls are going up, millions of dollars' worth of equipment stands ready to be installed, and a job fair has been scheduled for Wednesday at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar in Summit Township.

Unilever Offloads Ragu & Bertolli

May 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                                      

Internal Gear Pumps

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Maag Industrial Pumps is pleased to announce that its EnviroGear® Seal-less Internal Gear Pumps for sweetener transfer applications within the ice cream industry.

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training

May 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

A persistent problem in the food industry is the contamination with foreign material from ingredients, processing equipment and the environment. To establish the correct preventive measures and develop a successful program that withstands FDA scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material, processing contaminants and their sources.


Q&A: Addressing Chemicals Of Concern Amid Regulatory Pressures

May 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The evolving regulatory environment presents many challenges to food and beverage manufacturers. And today’s consumers are more vocal than ever, driving the regulation of certain substances that come into contact with foods and beverages during production. Perception is often the new reality and product manufacturers must proactively address any chemicals of concern to ensure brand integrity and consumer loyalty.

Idaho Milk Plant Hit With Fines

May 13, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A south-central Idaho milk processing company has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for dumping wastewater with acidity levels high enough to damage Jerome's wastewater treatment plant.                    

Stainless Steel Levers

May 12, 2014 10:14 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing GN 300.5 Threaded Stud Type All-Stainless Steel Adjustable Levers, in inch and metric sizes for applications in the food processing and chemical industries.

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

Cargill Workers Win More Benefits

May 9, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                               

Unilever Closes Ontario Plant

May 9, 2014 11:33 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont., that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced yesterday.                                     

Coke Drops Brominated Veg. Oil Entirely

May 5, 2014 2:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will drop a controversial ingredient from all its drinks that contain it, not just Powerade.                                         

Powerade Drops Controversial Chemical

May 5, 2014 10:31 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A controversial ingredient is being removed from some Powerade sports drinks after the chemical was also taken out of rival Gatorade last year.                                     

2 Week Cool-Down For Sriracha

April 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                          

GMO Crop Controversy Heats Up In Hawaii

April 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.

Meat Mixers

April 16, 2014 12:42 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Weiler offers a full range of vacuum and non-vacuum mixers to ensure the mixing versatility processors must have to handle any protein application, including beef, pork, mutton, poultry, veal, seafood and more.

BNSF Promises More Fertilizer Trains

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting, Sen. John Hoeven said Monday.                                      

CA City Declares Sriracha Maker A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

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