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A crispy secret: Surging demand for rice cakes keeps Columbia factory popping

To get a taste of Columbia, visitors often flock downtown to grab a slice of pizza at Shakespeare’s or belly up to the bar for a Booches burger. But what many people may not know is that one of Columbia’s most trendy foods is actually a crunchy treat baked miles from downtown: rice cakes. Since the Columbia Quaker plant’s opening

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Just a little more green: Consumer preference for natural food dyes boosts Marshfield company

By Jacob Luecke and Shawna Scott As today’s shoppers become more label-savvy, foods marked “no artificial colors” are flying off the shelves. “There has been a push for the removal of a lot of food additives, but now coloring has become a big focus for consumers,” said Gary Morris. Morris is the facility manager at the Food Ingredient Solutions plant

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Governor’s Mansion hosts leadership reception

The Missouri Chamber’s annual Leadership Missouri program kickoff was celebrated on April 18 with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion that brought dozens of alumni together to welcome the 2018 class. The Governor’s Mansion reception is a time-honored tradition and this year the Leadership Missouri Alumni Association decided it was time to give back with a campaign to help restore

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Leadership Missouri kicks off in Jefferson City

The Missouri Chamber’s premier leadership development program launched its 2018 class in April with 39 participants. Leadership Missouri began with a visit to Jefferson City to learn about the inner workings of the legislature and how public policy is made and enforced. The class held a mock House session at the Capitol, toured the Jefferson City Correctional Center and enjoyed

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Missouri Chamber awards scholarships to Show-Me Scholars graduates

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry selected eight graduating high school seniors across Missouri to receive $1,000 scholarships through the Show-Me Scholars program. The scholarships are funded thanks to the generosity of AT&T Missouri and State Farm. The Show-Me Scholars program is a statewide effort by the Missouri Chamber to encourage Missouri students to take more rigorous courses during

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Manufacturers learn about Workforce2030

St. Louis-area manufacturers gathered on May 21 to learn about the new Workforce2030 report. The report is part of the Missouri Chamber’s Missouri 2030 strategic plan. The report release event was held at the State Technical College of Missouri Advanced Manufacturing Center in St. Charles. During the event, Toyota-Bodine highlighted the positive impact of the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program which

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Capitol repairs underway in Jefferson City

After more than a century of wear and tear, the exterior of the historic Missouri capitol building is getting much-needed restorations. In 2014, $40 million was appropriated as part of a bipartisan-supported bond package to fund the Missouri State Capitol Construction Project. The repairs will extend the life of the building, fix deteriorating stonework, and improve overall appearance and stability.

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