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CedarLane puts food packaging under pressure

CedarLane Natural Foods touts its investment in high-pressure processing as a packaging deal.

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Hanjin’s Empties Pile Up Despite Slowdown in Long Beach

Port Works to Keep Cargo Containers in Check

Pier pressure mounts at ports as Hanjin Shipping’s emptied containers begin to stack up.

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Bag Company Command Packaging Got Early Jump on Recycled Plastic

Ban Wagon

Plastic bag maker moved early to get a handle on recycled content requirements.

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Mat Maker Not Stressed by Price

BallerYoga forms business around high-price product with football-like texture.

Mats made of football-like leather just feel right to YogaBaller founder Cedric Yau.

Russian Firm CJSC S7 Group’s Bid for Rocket Launcher Comes Under Fire

Russian private aviation holding company CJSC S7 Group’s purchase of Sea Launch, a rocket launch company that operates out of the Port of Long Beach, is making waves in the Southern California aerospace industry, with a legal challenge by the Boeing Co. and concerns about the Russian company’s involvement.

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SpaceX Runs Down All Rocket Explosion Leads, Sabotage Included

As part of an effort to run down every lead in its Falcon 9 rocket explosion investigation, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is reportedly looking into sabotage, possibly by its rival United Launch Alliance.

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Software Firm Works to Get on Track With Weed

TECHNOLOGY: Kind Financial aims to keep pot firms compliant.

Kind Financial switched focus to also put money on pot tracing and tracking software.

Russian Firm’s Bid For Rocket Launcher Comes Under Fire

Deals of the Week: A look at the companies that signed on the dotted line last week

Russian private aviation holding company CJSC S7 Group’s purchase of Sea Launch, a rocket launch company that operates out of the Port of Long Beach, is making waves in the Southern California aerospace industry, with a legal challenge by the Boeing Co. and concerns about the Russian company’s involvement.

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Buyer Charged Up Over Electric-Car Storefront

ACQUISITION: Deal grows KLM’s landlord presence at Third Street Promenade.

The sleek storefront that is home to Tesla Motors Inc.’s showroom on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade has sold for about $15.6 million, or roughly $5,200 a square foot, to the same company that purchased the Promenade’s Apple store in 2014.

L.A. Garment Manufacturers Fined for Labor Law Violations

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined 18 Los Angeles garment manufacturers and contractors more than $682,000 this month for labor law violations, the office announced Friday.

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Explosion, Crash Shake Up Firms’ Race to Stars

AEROSPACE: Virgin banks on tiny satellites.

Virgin Galactic’s satellite program could be the warm-up to getting its space tourism business off the ground.

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Bankrupt Shipping Line in Fight Over Fuel Bill

TRADE: Federal marshals arrest Hanjin cargo ship as creditors pursue payment.

U.S. marshals placed hold on Hanjin ship over bankrupt company’s fuel bill.

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Business District Eyes Alleys to Field Green Space

DEVELOPMENT: Project seeks to generate room for gatherings in South Park.

South Park, home to just a couple of small parks, is rich with construction but poor on green space.

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Dead in the Water

The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping may seem like an isolated event, but expect it to have a major impact on the economy.

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Port of LA Cargo High in August; Long Beach Cargo Numbers Drop

The Port of Los Angeles had its second-busiest month in its 109-year history in August, while neighboring Port of Long Beach saw overall cargo numbers decline year-over-year for the month.