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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...

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...

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...

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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.                                    

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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.

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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.                  

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.                    

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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.                    

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