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Heinz acquisition largest in food industry history

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Pittsburgh-based food processing giant H. J. Heinz Co. has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital in a transaction valued at $28 billion, the largest ever in the food & beverage industry.
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Food Processing Center sponsors ice cream flavor contest

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is sponsoring a contest to create a new ice cream flavor.
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Stronger regulations on chemicals spur innovation, study finds

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Tougher rules to regulate hazardous chemicals have sparked the continuous invention of safer chemicals and accelerated the pace at which safer alternatives are developed, according to a new study.
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Obama pledges to cut red tape in oil and gas drilling approvals

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In his annual State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the approval of new oil and gas drilling permits and proposed that the country use some of its oil and gas proceeds to finance alternative fuels research.
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National Beef to lay off more than 400 workers

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Kansas City, Mo.-based National Beef Packing Co. announced Wednesday plans to lay off more than 400 workers as a result of losing a "major customer."
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Explosion at Air Liquide plant kills one

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An explosion Saturday morning at the Air Liquide cylinder plant in La Porte, Texas, killed one worker and left another with serious burns.
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Tests show horse DNA in spaghetti bolognese meatballs

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British supermarket chain Tesco said on Monday that the tests it had carried out on its own-brand frozen spaghetti bolognese products, which were pulled from store shelves last Wednesday, were positive for horse DNA.
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Ohio steps up rules for safer disposal of Utica Shale drilling waste

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Ohio is proposing stepping up the current regulations on handling waste with low levels of radiation from natural gas drilling in the Utica shale.
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Asia offers big business opportunities to pharma companies

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Asia is emerging as a strategically important location for global pharmaceutical companies that are looking to take advantage of the opportunities available in terms of R&D, manufacturing and market.
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US meat industry at risk of shutting down for weeks

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The U.S. meat industry may be forced to shut down for weeks as a result of the spending cuts planned to take effect on March 1, the White House has warned.
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