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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2011
Spice company McCormick & Co. Inc. said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement to buy a Polish food company, continuing the Sparks company's expansion overseas. McCormick plans to purchase all the shares of privately held Kamis SA in a $291 million deal. Kamis makes spices, seasonings, flavorings and mustards, with distribution in Russia and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Kamis had sales of about $105 million last year. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in September.
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January 15, 2013
A nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly provides a guest post. This week, Shanti Lewis weighs in on gluten-free diets. Have you walked in the grocery store lately and seen a plethora of products labeled "gluten-free?" Do you think that gluten free is a means to help you lose weight or improve your health? Here's what you need to know. What is gluten? Gluten refers to a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people suffer from celiac disease where they have an autoimmune reaction to gluten.
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August 24, 2012
I am a culinary food scientist who arrived in Baltimore a quarter century ago with little more than my degree in hand. I embarked on a career with local food manufacturers and have lived for more than two decades with my life partner, a health-care administrator with a renowned local medical institution. On our 10th anniversary we were joined in a civil union at an Episcopal church in Vermont. I helped my partner raise his son, who made us extremely proud by serving this nation honorably in Iraq.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
Protenergy Natural Foods Corp. expects to add as many as 100 workers to its Eastern Shore operations by next spring, the state announced Tuesday. The Canadian food processing company, which currently employs 53 in Cambridge, is ramping up faster than originally anticipated. When it opened the site a year ago as its U.S. headquarters, Protenergy told the state that it expected to have 100 employees by 2016. As part of the expansion, the company purchased the 67-acre site it had been leasing.
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By New York Times News Service | November 28, 2008
For more than a year, food manufacturers have been shaving package sizes and raising prices, declaring that they had little choice because of unprecedented increases in the cost of raw ingredients like corn, soybeans and wheat. Now, with the price of grains and other commodities plunging, it may seem logical that grocery prices will follow. But while some grocery items like milk and fresh produce are dropping, the prices of most packaged items and meat are holding firm or increasing. Experts warn that consumers should not expect lower prices any time soon on most items at the grocery store or in restaurants.
NEWS
May 1, 2007
Pet food really gets around, doesn't it? Lately we've learned that America's vast output of meat and grain products apparently isn't enough - or isn't cheap enough - to fully fuel the domestic pet food industry. Supermarket shelves are lined with dog and cat foods that include ingredients imported from - who knew? - China. One element in the mix is wheat gluten. It adds protein and is harmless - unless contaminated, as some of it was, with the chemical melamine. The contamination's result, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration, has been at least 16 pet deaths and the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 10, 2005
Candy lovers from 200 countries voted on a new M&Ms color in 2002. Purple won, and hundreds of newspapers and television stations reported the news. Web sites buzzed. Jay Leno worked it into his monologue on The Tonight Show. The campaign, regarded as a masterwork of food marketing, was created by Porter Novelli, one of the world's largest and most successful public relations companies. Now the company is selling a different kind of product. Within the month, the Agriculture Department is expected to present a new icon to help Americans interpret the recently released federal dietary guidelines.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2003
In a dimly lit conference room, women in white lab coats learn to describe smells and tastes for McCormick & Co. Inc. Nearby, a research chef, working in a fully stocked kitchen that Martha Stewart would envy, whips up a trendy salad dressing that features vanilla, chipotle and sour orange flavors. And in immaculate laboratories just around the corner, chemists work with computers that analyze a flavor down to its molecular building blocks. It used to be that McCormick was about as traditional as any company could be. Its basic spice products could be found on the shelves of virtually every American kitchen.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
A nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly provides a guest post. This week, Shanti Lewis weighs in on gluten-free diets. Have you walked in the grocery store lately and seen a plethora of products labeled "gluten-free?" Do you think that gluten free is a means to help you lose weight or improve your health? Here's what you need to know. What is gluten? Gluten refers to a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people suffer from celiac disease where they have an autoimmune reaction to gluten.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2011
A Canadian company is launching a food manufacturing operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the state announced Monday. Protenergy Natural Foods Corp., based in the Toronto area, has leased a building in Dorchester County that had been used by food manufacturer FoodSwing and acquired that company's equipment earlier this month, according to the state Department of Business and Economic Development. Protenergy, which is seeing more demand for its soups, broths, sauces and gravies, told the state that it expected to hire 100 people to work at the Cambridge site by 2016.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
I am a culinary food scientist who arrived in Baltimore a quarter century ago with little more than my degree in hand. I embarked on a career with local food manufacturers and have lived for more than two decades with my life partner, a health-care administrator with a renowned local medical institution. On our 10th anniversary we were joined in a civil union at an Episcopal church in Vermont. I helped my partner raise his son, who made us extremely proud by serving this nation honorably in Iraq.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2011
A Canadian company is launching a food manufacturing operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the state announced Monday. Protenergy Natural Foods Corp., based in the Toronto area, has leased a building in Dorchester County that had been used by food manufacturer FoodSwing and acquired that company's equipment earlier this month, according to the state Department of Business and Economic Development. Protenergy, which is seeing more demand for its soups, broths, sauces and gravies, told the state that it expected to hire 100 people to work at the Cambridge site by 2016.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2011
Spice company McCormick & Co. Inc. said Tuesday it had entered into an agreement to buy a Polish food company, continuing the Sparks company's expansion overseas. McCormick plans to purchase all the shares of privately held Kamis SA in a $291 million deal. Kamis makes spices, seasonings, flavorings and mustards, with distribution in Russia and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Kamis had sales of about $105 million last year. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in September.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | November 28, 2008
For more than a year, food manufacturers have been shaving package sizes and raising prices, declaring that they had little choice because of unprecedented increases in the cost of raw ingredients like corn, soybeans and wheat. Now, with the price of grains and other commodities plunging, it may seem logical that grocery prices will follow. But while some grocery items like milk and fresh produce are dropping, the prices of most packaged items and meat are holding firm or increasing. Experts warn that consumers should not expect lower prices any time soon on most items at the grocery store or in restaurants.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | June 13, 2008
David Hedleston Fulton, retired president and former owner of Plantabbs Corp., the Hunt Valley manufacturer of tablet plant food, and city zoning board watchdog, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Tuscany Canterbury home. He was 82. Mr. Fulton was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Johns Road in Roland Park. His education at Severn School was interrupted during World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. After being discharged from the service, he went to work for his father, David H. Fulton Sr., a Baltimore pharmacist who was a founder of Plantabbs.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,Sun reporter | May 16, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Stung by one of the largest recalls in pet food history, makers of dog and cat foods are developing a plan to prevent future contamination by hiring private laboratories to verify that foreign suppliers are shipping the right products and meeting quality standards. Companies will soon begin working out the technical details of hiring government-approved testers to certify the identity and safety of pet food ingredients shipped from overseas, said Duane Ekedahl, president of the Pet Food Institute, which represents manufacturers.
BUSINESS
By ALLISON CONNOLLY and ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2006
North Americans have taken to Cajun, now McCormick & Co. hopes to cultivate their palates for Thai. The Sparks-based spice company announced a deal yesterday to buy an Oakland, Calif.-based manufacturer of easy-to-prepare Asian dishes for $97 million. Epicurean International imports and markets the Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia brands of noodle and soup bowls, meal kits, coconut milk and sauces and pastes. The products are manufactured by suppliers in Asia and distributed to grocery stores, natural food stores, mass merchandisers and warehouse clubs in the United States.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | June 13, 2008
David Hedleston Fulton, retired president and former owner of Plantabbs Corp., the Hunt Valley manufacturer of tablet plant food, and city zoning board watchdog, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Tuscany Canterbury home. He was 82. Mr. Fulton was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Johns Road in Roland Park. His education at Severn School was interrupted during World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. After being discharged from the service, he went to work for his father, David H. Fulton Sr., a Baltimore pharmacist who was a founder of Plantabbs.
NEWS
May 1, 2007
Pet food really gets around, doesn't it? Lately we've learned that America's vast output of meat and grain products apparently isn't enough - or isn't cheap enough - to fully fuel the domestic pet food industry. Supermarket shelves are lined with dog and cat foods that include ingredients imported from - who knew? - China. One element in the mix is wheat gluten. It adds protein and is harmless - unless contaminated, as some of it was, with the chemical melamine. The contamination's result, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration, has been at least 16 pet deaths and the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food.
BUSINESS
By ALLISON CONNOLLY and ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2006
North Americans have taken to Cajun, now McCormick & Co. hopes to cultivate their palates for Thai. The Sparks-based spice company announced a deal yesterday to buy an Oakland, Calif.-based manufacturer of easy-to-prepare Asian dishes for $97 million. Epicurean International imports and markets the Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia brands of noodle and soup bowls, meal kits, coconut milk and sauces and pastes. The products are manufactured by suppliers in Asia and distributed to grocery stores, natural food stores, mass merchandisers and warehouse clubs in the United States.
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