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Idled Beef Packaging Plant On The Block For $12 Million

October 21, 2013 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Northern Beef had spent about $115 million on the plant and equipment. It opened on a limited basis in 2012 after years of delays, but its owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year, saying they didn't have enough money to buy cattle for slaughter. The plant and land has been assessed at about $54 million.

Death Toll From Toxic Liquor Rises

October 21, 2013 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Police arrested 32 people for illegally brewing and selling a toxic drink to villagers, who were celebrating the Hindu "Dussehra" festival last week. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency.

Unregulated Pesticide Use Creating Concerns

October 21, 2013 11:26 am | by Michael Warren, AP | News | Comments

Soy harvests have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world's third largest soybean producer. However, the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were never anticipated by regulatory science. Doctors and scientists worry the chemicals may be the cause of rising cancer rates, birth defects and other health problems.

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Leak Testing Technology

October 21, 2013 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LEAK-MASTER EASY system from WITT is suitable for testing almost any stable and flexible food, pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer packaging.

Energy Bar Company Eyes $160 Million Idaho Expansion

October 18, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

Officials from Clif Bar and local urban development leaders signed off on an incentive deal, clearing the way for the company to begin construction in early 2015 on a new $160 million, 300,000-square-foot baking facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. 

Shutdown Impacted Food Safety, Stalled Salmonella Recall

October 18, 2013 10:33 am | by Don Babwin, AP | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in Washington, but it crept into our lives in a number of ways — from missed vegetable inspections, to recall procedures. The FDA alone sent home 976 of its 1,602 inspectors.

Knife Edge Rollers

October 18, 2013 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Igus has extended its range of knife edge rollers with 14 new variants in length and diameter for applications in lubricant-free conveyor systems.

Beam Sells Maine Bottling Plant

October 17, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

Spirits maker Beam, Inc. is announcing the sale of its Maine bottling plant to a subsidiary of Sazerac Company. Louisiana-based Sazerac says it will continue operating the plant as an alcohol bottling facility and retain its 120 employees. 

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Some Businesses Reimbursed After Honolulu Spill

October 16, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

The shipping company that spilled molasses into Honolulu Harbor last month is reimbursing some businesses affected by the incident. Matson's pipe leaked more than 230,000 gallons of molasses into the harbor, or enough to fill about seven rail cars. The spill killed more than 20,000 fish and other marine life.

Size Of North Dakota Oil Spill Being Questioned

October 16, 2013 10:53 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

Scientists are questioning the methodology used in estimating the amount of crude oil that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline. Tesoro Corporation says it came up with its more than 20,000-barrel spill estimate on ground analysis, but oil spill experts say a more accurate assessment would likely come from analyzing pipeline flow data.

Great Lakes Cheese Expands To Tennessee

October 16, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

The Ohio-based company said it plans to invest $100 million in the 330,000-square-foot facility and create more than 200 jobs. The cheese manufacturing and packaging plant will become the company's ninth. The others are located in Utah, Wisconsin and New York.

Food Grade Lubricant

October 15, 2013 4:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PURITY FG2 with MICROL TM † MAX not only protects equipment under severe operating conditions, it also protects itself. 

Coca-Cola Sees Uptick In Sales, Profits

October 15, 2013 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says its profit rose in the third quarter, as the world's biggest beverage maker managed to sell more of its drinks despite choppy economic conditions. The maker of Sprite, Powerade and Vitaminwater said global sales volume edged up two percent, fueled by its performance in emerging markets such as China, India and Russia.

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Salmonella-Linked Peanut Butter Plant Closes

October 10, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. Officials with Sunland, the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, said "ongoing financial and liquidity challenges made it necessary for the company to file for bankruptcy."

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by Sara Burnett, AP | News | Comments

Biotechnology has helped grow crops that could survive drought and insects, as well as produce higher-quality grain to feed livestock. However, the same scientific advances that have so greatly altered the agriculture industry also have made some consumers nervous about what they are putting in their bodies and what long-term effects it could have.

Missouri Considers Expanding Ethanol Usage

October 8, 2013 2:13 pm | by David A. Lieb, AP | News | Comments

A 2006 Missouri law already requires regular gasoline to contain 10 percent ethanol, which generally is made from corn. The Department of Agriculture implemented that law with a rule capping the ethanol content at 10 percent. The department now wants to amend its rules to sell regular gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

Five Quick Questions: Preventing Waste Along The Food Chain

October 8, 2013 2:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.

A Little Ozone Can Be A Good Thing

October 7, 2013 12:38 pm | by Lindsey Jahn | Articles | Comments

Proper sanitization is always a concern, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control offers his thoughts about the unique sanitization challenges the industry now faces and how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.

Compact Pneumatic Valve

October 4, 2013 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VTUG pneumatic valve from Festo is designed for food, beverage, packaging, electronics, semiconductor, and light assembly industries where low cost and assured performance (high flow rate, small footprint, and long cycle life) is essential.

New Lunch Meat Facility For Indiana

October 3, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

The Land O'Frost lunch meat company is starting construction on a new headquarters building in northwestern Indiana. The company's new $6.4 million corporate headquarters in Munster will see it move about 50 employees from its current offices a few miles to the west.

U.S. Chemical Production Dips In August

October 2, 2013 2:17 pm | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) slipped 0.3 percent in August, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in July. During July, chemical production was lower in all seven regions for the second consecutive month.

Monsanto Announces Acquisition Despite Growing Losses

October 2, 2013 1:25 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP | News | Comments

Monsanto reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter, due to lower sales of its genetically engineered seeds. It also revealed plans to buy farming software and data firm The Climate Corporation. Monsanto said it would pay $930 million in cash for the company, which uses weather forecasting and data analysis to help farmers plan their growing seasons.

Dust Free Powder Induction

October 1, 2013 5:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Ystral Conti-TDS brings major efficiencies to the production process by offering powder induction, wetting and then dispersing of an agglomerate-free liquid with one machine.

Corn Prices Fall To Three-Year Low

October 1, 2013 11:40 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP | News | Comments

The price of corn fell to its lowest point in more than three years after a U.S. government estimate of corn stocks came in higher than traders had anticipated. The price of corn has been falling this summer in response to an 80-year high in planting levels and conditions that didn't mirror last year's drought.

User-Friendly Metal Detector

October 1, 2013 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xtreme Metal Detector from Eriez, made for industry applications including chemical, food processing, packaging, textiles, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, has been re-designed with a user-friendly interface.

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