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Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed as Food Industry Game Changer

May 22, 2015 | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

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Sanderson Farms Stands Firm on Antibiotic Use

May 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Some of the nation's largest chicken producers plan to curb their use of antibiotics in farm animals amid rising health concerns from consumers. Sanderson Farms will evidently not be among them. Joe Sanderson, CEO of the Mississippi-based company, this week said that Sanderson would administer antibiotics to chickens due to a lack of alternatives to treat a common disease.

Q&A: Why Are Antibiotics Used in Livestock?

May 22, 2015 12:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision.

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The Web Is Wide and So Are Cyber-Attacks

May 22, 2015 12:40 pm | by Tammy Incapreo | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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France Cracks Down on Food Waste by Supermarkets

May 22, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.

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Campbell Soup Says 3Q Profit and Soup Sales Declined

May 22, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup said Friday that its net income and revenue fell in the fiscal third quarter, with U.S. soup sales declining.

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Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics, Treatment

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice.

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Distributed Refrigeration: The Benefits of Ammonia Refrigeration Without the Risk

May 22, 2015 9:00 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

The majority of industrial refrigeration systems in the U.S. are central-station ammonia systems — the backbone of the food and beverage industry. For over 100 years, these ammonia systems have dominated the industry.

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Is This America's Best Butter?

May 22, 2015 8:35 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Diane St. Clair makes butter for some of America's best chefs, including Thomas Keller. CNNMoney's Katie Quinn finds out why it tastes so good.

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Bird Flu Crisis Slows in Minnesota, Focus Now on Recovery

May 22, 2015 8:09 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the country's top turkey producing state, affecting nearly 8 million birds, mostly turkeys. But new cases have fallen off sharply and the focus is turning toward getting poultry farms back into production.

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Chobani is Planning an All-Out Assault on Greek Yogurt Foes This Summer

May 22, 2015 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

An influx of Greek yogurt into supermarket aisles from General Mills and Dannon has sent execs at category king Chobani off to find new ways for people to consume its brand. Their solution may be a retail operation of their own.

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PACK EXPO Case History: Flexible, Adaptable Cartoner Serves Pie Maker a Bigger Slice of Success

May 22, 2015 7:45 am | by PACK EXPO, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers must continuously evaluate production lines and enhance efficiency — all while protecting quality, meeting regulatory demands and, ultimately, ensuring customer satisfaction. This is especially true in the food industry, where companies face increasing competition and a growing demand for a variety of products. Find out how a pie manufacturer more than doubled productivity with technology found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

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Bulk Bag Conditioning System

May 22, 2015 7:00 am | by Material Transfer and Storage Material Transfer and Storage Product Releases | Comments

This new, patented system utilizes hydraulically actuated pivoting conditioning arms with extended travel and features "v-shaped" tubular breaker profiles to efficiently return even the most severely agglomerated materials to a free-flowing state.

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High-Tech High Balls? New Tech Uncorks Liquor Bottle Intelligence

May 21, 2015 3:30 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

This new use of tech means consumers can customize messages on the bottles they are drinking. Heck, they even can track its exact location. Distributors and bar owners can use the same technology to track purchases and get sales data.

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First Mobile App For Trucking Industry

May 21, 2015 1:55 pm | by Total Quality Logistics | Articles | Comments

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul. 

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Jamie Oliver Wants to Start a Food Revolution

May 21, 2015 1:20 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wants to start a food revolution, recruiting music stars for a new campaign.

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Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream. The ice cream company recalled all of its products last month.

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ConAgra Plans to Expand Eastern Iowa Plant, Add 55 Jobs

May 21, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it plans to expand its Waterloo, Iowa plant and add 55 jobs to the local payroll. Officials say Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra expects to break ground next month on the 99,000-square-foot expansion, pending approval of state and local incentives.

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Meaty Menu on Tap as Summer Grilling Season Kicks Off

May 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans are expected to eat seven billion hot dogs, or 818 per second, during that period. Hot dog manufacturers estimate that nearly 40 percent of hot dogs are sold during the summer grilling season.

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Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 4

May 21, 2015 10:35 am | by Blake Svejkovsky, Heat and Control, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Look for the latest technology in safe conveyors that are sanitation-friendly, reduce cross contamination, maintain product quality, facilitate proportional product feeding, and reduce costs for operation and maintenance.

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