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Manchester Cheesemaker MDS Foods Plans New Plant

August 29, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester. Coffee County industrial board executive director Ted Hackney says employment is expected to grow from 41 to about 70 in the next few years.  

EPA Sued for Scrapping Livestock Data Collection

August 29, 2013 10:02 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized it to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms.

Fukushima Crisis New Blow to Fishermen's Hopes

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do but catch fish for radiation testing. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast.


Fonterra Resumes Operations in Sri Lanka

August 28, 2013 9:26 am | by BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff amid protests near Fonterra's office, accusing the company of selling tainted milk.

Duo Bets on Apple Cider in Town Known for Beer

August 26, 2013 11:09 am | by TREVOR HUGHES, The Coloradoan | News | Comments

In a town known for beer, Fort Collins residents Aaron Fodge and Matt Fater are betting on apples. The two men last year started a hard cider company, pressing apples in Fater's garage and then fermenting the juice with honey to make apple wine.

Kraft Plans $40M Upgrade of Granite City Plant

August 22, 2013 8:49 am | News | Comments

The Kraft Foods Group plans to invest $40 million in its southwestern Illinois plant, creating 30 jobs over the next two years. The (Alton) Telegraph reports the upgrade of the Granite City plant involves adding new equipment, as well as construction.

Sugar Company Fined for Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Pau, Idaho. The EPA announced the enforcement action Monday.   

Naturally Grown: An Alternative Label to Organic

August 19, 2013 10:28 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Started by a group of organic farmers in New York's mid-Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms in 47 states.


Trident Seafoods Plant to Employ 175 in West Ga.

August 15, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

A seafood company plans to open a $41 million plant that processes frozen fish in west Georgia. Seattle-based Trident Seafoods plans to expand and move into a Carroll County facility once operated by Chiquita. The expanded plant will cover 147,000 square feet.

Iowa Plant Drops Horse-Slaughter Plan

August 14, 2013 10:22 am | by GRANT SCHULTE & JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Responsible Transportation, which owns a slaughterhouse in Sigourney, Iowa, is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.

Salad Mix Production Halted After Stomach Bug

August 13, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

Taylor Farms de Mexico voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska, the company announced Monday. The is expected to last several weeks as the company assists federal authorities in their investigation into the cyclosporiasis outbreak.

China Fines 6 Milk Suppliers in Price-Fixing Probe

August 7, 2013 10:07 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amid intensifying scrutiny of business under China's 5-year-old anti-monopoly law, China announced Wednesday it has fined six milk suppliers, including Mead Johnson and New Zealand's Fonterra, a total of $108 million for price-fixing after an investigation that shook the country's fast-growing dairy market.

NZ Milk Scare Dents China Belief in Foreign Brands

August 6, 2013 10:05 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A botulism scare has soured China's taste for New Zealand milk powder that amassed big sales on a reputation for purity, but consumers even more wary of their own country's dairy industry likely won't eschew the foreign product for long.


Packaging Manufacturer Takes Real-Time Process Monitoring to Next Level

August 5, 2013 11:23 am | by Epicor Software Corporation | Articles | Comments

Rexam serves a number of markets including the beverage, personal care, healthcare and food markets. Production and process control has never been more advanced at Rexam-Berlin than it is right now. Nor has the value of such control as a decision-making tool ever been more demonstrable.

Future of Horse Slaughter in Okla. Still Unclear

August 5, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

Though the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1. Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona.

Examining the Science of Growing Hamburger in the Lab

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

At a public tasting in London Monday, Dutch scientists served hamburgers made from cow stem cells. AP writer Maria Cheng asks some questions about the science behind the revolutionary patty, including what the development could mean for vegetarians.

Chinese Man Stands Trial for Poisoning Dumplings

July 30, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

A former food plant worker in China confessed in court on Tuesday to poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008, a scandal that strained Beijing-Tokyo relations just months before China hosted the Olympic Games.

Pulse Processing Plant Is New Path for SD Farmers

July 29, 2013 10:46 am | by LANCE NIXON, Pierre Capital Journal | News | Comments

Value-added processing, long an important strategy for farmers in eastern South Dakota who have invested in ethanol plants, soybean crushing facilities and similar enterprises, is finally sinking roots in central South Dakota where such enterprises are not as common.

Salsa Recalled After Glass Pieces Found in Jars

July 24, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

Olam Tomato Processors Inc. announced the recall Tuesday of its Mild Chunky Salsa with best-by dates of June 2015 and October 2015, and Medium Chunky Salsa with a best by date of July 2015 after large glass pieces were found in some jars.

SD Beef Plant Files Bankruptcy Protection

July 23, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

An attorney for Northern Beef Packers in the northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen says the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.               

More Setbacks in Horse Slaughter Plans

July 23, 2013 9:25 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Mexico company's hard-fought attempt to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a series of new blows Monday, with the state denying its wastewater permit.           

Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

Twinkies Could Shrink Under New Ownership

July 16, 2013 9:44 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake.

MS Meat Plants Often Cited for Food Safety Violations

July 15, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

More than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. It says that 50 such facilities owned by 35 companies have racked up 69 violations resulting in 31 enforcement actions.

Dodging Disaster: Sunland Inc.

July 11, 2013 3:00 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at Sunland, Inc.

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