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Vilsack Urges For Innovation and More Diversity in US Food Supply
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1237 reads)

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes that there is a need for greater diversification of the American food supply and that US diets need to change. These are two statements that were made during his keynote speech at the launch of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) in the United States.

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Fonterra Forced To Close 15 Processing Sites Due To Massive Gas Leak
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1329 reads)

Fonterra says it fears it will lose around NZ $20m of milk a day after it was forced to close 15 of its 17 processing sites on North Island, following a break in a gas pipeline on Monday that led to operator Vector requesting that businesses do not use gas.

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Glanbia Plans US and Europe Acquisitions To Boost Nutrtional Products Business
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1267 reads)

Glanbia said it may spend $278 million next year on acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe to boost its nutritional products business. The U.S. company, which supplies cheese to McDonald's, uses its whey in protein bars, shakes and other nutritional products.

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USDA Predicts Food Prices Could Rise 4.5% in 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1536 reads)

In its monthly retail food inflation forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture now says food prices will likely increase between 3.5% and 4.5% this year, a change from its previous estimate of between 3% and 4%. Food prices rose just 0.8% in 2010. "We haven't had this kind of inflation since the 1970s," said SUPERVALU CEO Craig Herkert.

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Fonterra Cuts 2012 Forecast on Milk Payments
Thursday, October 27, 2011 (1401 reads)

Fonterra Cooperative Group, New Zealand's biggest company by sales, says the decline in its milk payment next year will be greater than it previously forecast, reflecting a high kiwi dollar and weaker commodity prices. Fonterra now expects to pay $6.70 to $6.80 for milk payments in the 2011-12 season, down from the previous forecast of $7.15 to $7.25. 

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3-A SSI Announces 2012 Officers and 3-A Steering Committee Chair
Monday, October 24, 2011 (1289 reads)

The 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) Board of Directors recently elected their 2012 Officers and 3-A Steering Committee, The 3-A Steering Committee oversees a comprehensive inventory of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices and maintains liaison with other standards development organizations.

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3-A SSI Invites Comments on P3-A Pump Standard Revisions
Monday, October 24, 2011 (1391 reads)

3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announces the opportunity for public comments on a recirculation ballot for revisions to P3-A® End Suction Centrifugal Pumps for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, P3-A 003.

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IDF Summit Targets Negative Perceptions of Dairy Products
Friday, October 21, 2011 (1428 reads)

Claus Heggum, chair of the IDF’s scientific program co-ordination committee (SPCC) and also chief consultant in food safety at the Danish Agricultural & Food Council, spoke at the World Dairy Summit in Parma, Italy, outlining the IDF’s scientific strategy in the face of sustainability challenges and nutritional issues that have found the world dairy industry under attack from some quarters.

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CHS Inc. and Land O'Lakes, Inc. Named Top Agricultural Co-ops on NCB Co-op List
Friday, October 21, 2011 (1529 reads)

NCB, known for providing creative financial solutions tailored to meet the needs of cooperatives nationwide, released its annual NCB Co-op 100, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2010, these businesses posted revenues totaling approximately $193.8 billion.

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PepsiCo Aims To Enter U.S. Yogurt Market. Is there Room?
Friday, October 21, 2011 (2179 reads)

With per capita consumption of yogurt in the US still way behind western Europe, one analyst believes a major new market entrant such as PepsiCo could breathe fresh life into the fixture and generate incremental sales rather than merely stealing market share off the top two players.

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