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General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis company that owns Betty Crocker and Green Giant brands said in a regulatory filing that the 700 to 800 job cuts will take place mostly in the U.S. This is the second time General Mills has trimmed its workforce in a month.  

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Report: Global Dairy Consumption Will Increase 36 Percent by 2024

October 1, 2014 2:22 pm | by Tetra Pak | News | Comments

Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing packaging solutions, released its seventh Dairy Index. The report highlights the opportunities and challenges posed by rising global dairy demand, which is set to overtake the available supply over the next decade. 

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Organic Social Media Festival Reaches More Than 15M Consumers

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Organized by OTA with support from members and organic thought leaders, the Sept. 8 – 17 campaign explored topics like organic's health, taste, economic and environmental benefits — as well as organic standards, definition, certification and regulation. 

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Morton Salt Girl Voted into Advertising Walk of Fame

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Morton Salt | News | Comments

Brand icons are nominated for the Advertising Week Walk of Fame each year, and are decided by the general public. Advertising Week administered a poll on its Facebook page so fans could vote for their favorite icons.         

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Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     

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Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

A new report praises early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models.

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In Defense of Frozen: Natural Sector Continues to Boom

October 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Licata, President, CEO, Blake's All Natural Foods | Articles | Comments

If a clean ingredient deck is the primary driver of the shift toward Natural and Organic meals in the frozen aisle, another contributing factor in consumers’ decisions to abandon their long-standing relationship with legacy brands is the desire to know more about the company who makes their food.

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FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

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Colorado's Marijuana Edibles Market Gets New Competition

October 1, 2014 9:49 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado is issuing licenses for 46 more pot shops, in addition to about 200 already in place. Colorado is also licensing 37 more growing facilities and 13 new product manufacturers who make marijuana-infused products. The expansion means pot prices for consumers could soon drop.

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Photos: World's Largest Six-Pack of Beer

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cluster of 100-foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city's Lake Erie waterfront. 

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Group Tries to Make Food Policy Morph into a Political 'Kitchen Table' Issue

October 1, 2014 9:17 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans don't normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that. They're putting organizational effort into elections for the first time.   

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French Brand Starts Selling Sparkling Wine in China

October 1, 2014 9:05 am | by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Moet Hennessy has launched the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

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Shrink Labeler

October 1, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Product applies full sleeve shrink labels and tamper evident sleeves at speeds of 50 to 300 containers per minute.

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Dole Food Owner Giving $15 Million a Year to Research Institute

September 30, 2014 3:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 91-year-old billionaire owner of Dole Food Co. said Tuesday he is committing $15 million a year in perpetuity to sustain a North Carolina research institute named after him devoted to improving human health through scientifically honed nutrition.

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Risk, Opportunities With Used Equipment

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Cutting costs and accommodating production schedules are two of the major factors driving the purchase of used equipment in the food manufacturing marketplace. On average, a manufacturer can save 25 to 50 percent when compared against purchasing new equipment.

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Iowa AG: Lawsuit Against Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye to Proceed

September 30, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

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8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Oklahoma Man Charged With Murder in Food Plant Beheading

September 30, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 30-year-old Oklahoma man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. Alton Nolen faces murder and assault charges in connection with the death of a 54-year-old woman.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

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VIDEO: McDonald's Looks to Win Over Millennials

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Fortune recently cited data indicating that since 2011, the number of U.S. consumers ages 19 to 21 that ate at McDonald’s at least once a month was down 13%.              

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Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

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